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Light bulbs watch you buy groceries

December 1st, 2016 at 9:45 pm » Comments Off

In an enormous grocery store in northern France, the lights above the aisles aren’t all they seem to be. They look ordinary—more than a mile and a half of fixtures exuding bright light, folded into a grid overhead—but they’re actually flickering faster than the human eye can see. The unique patterns each individual section of […]



Researchers invent the ‘perfect’ soap molecule

November 30th, 2016 at 6:39 pm » Comments Off

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and […]



Mercedes chief warns that humans ‘will bully robot cars’

November 29th, 2016 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

Dietmar Exler, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, believes that driverless cars are likely to be ‘bullied’ by human drivers when the two are sharing road space.



Russian researchers successfully test 3D printed bullets

November 18th, 2016 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The Russian Fund for Perspective Research has performed tests on 3D printed bullets. According to the organization, the additive manufactured ammunition performed in a similar manner to traditionally made bullets.



Job security won’t exist in the age of ‘superintelligence’

November 17th, 2016 at 3:07 pm » Comments Off

Coined in 1956 by John McCarthy, it was originally intended to define an independent machine agent that can take actions to maximize success toward a particular goal, with human-like functions such as learning and problem solving. AI can be broadly categorized as ANI (artificial narrow intelligence), AGI (artificial general intelligence) and ASI (artificial superintelligence). Almost […]



Killer Russian robot can detect humans and shoot them dead in an instant

November 17th, 2016 at 2:47 pm » Comments Off

A killer robot which can detect a human from over four miles away – and shoot them dead – could be being implemented at the Russian border.



Study: 93% of suicidal patients detected with machine learning algorithms

November 10th, 2016 at 3:23 am » Comments Off

New research published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior shows how machine learning can help identify suicidal behavior using a person’s spoken or written words. The technology was able to pinpoint which participants in the study were suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither in the vast majority of cases.



Hackers could steal cellphone pictures from your IoT crock-pot

November 3rd, 2016 at 12:24 pm » Comments Off

If you have an internet-connected home appliance, such as a crock-pot, a lightbulb, or a coffee maker, you can control it from the comfort of your smartphone. However, a bug in the Android app that controls some of those devices made by a popular manufacturer also allowed hackers to steal all your cellphone photos and […]



Somebody Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

October 28th, 2016 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who […]



Police face-tracking network covers nearly 50% of US adults

October 25th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Using state driver’s license data, US law enforcement agencies have created a huge network of ID photographs that can be searched using facial-recognition software, raising legal and privacy concerns about its use. Photographs of more than 117 million adult US citizens are now part of the “perpetual line-up,” according to a report by that name […]



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