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The future of employee monitoring

December 5th, 2016 at 7:20 pm » Comments Off

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Administration, the installation of mass surveillance equipment in cities across Europe, and disclosure of multiple massive user data leaks, people have been forced to confront the dystopian reality that big government has stepped into the role of Big Brother. What has been less discussed […]



Minority Report-style AI learns to predict if people are criminals

December 5th, 2016 at 7:16 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have created a machine that they claim can tell if a person is a convicted criminal simply from their facial features. The artificial intelligence, created at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was able to correctly identify criminals from a selection of 186 photos nine out of 10 times by assessing their eyes, nose and mouth.



Scientists can remove fears from your brain

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fears from the human brain.



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.



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.



Limiting Children’s Screen Time: We Were Wrong

October 25th, 2016 at 6:54 am » Comments Off

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



A robot could be the best boss you’ve ever had

September 14th, 2016 at 6:09 am » Comments Off

Would you like to work for a robot? Although the automation of skilled jobs is a reality, your boss is probably (still) a human. Even though the most optimistic artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiast would struggle to persuade us that the technology to create non-human leaders is upon us just yet, robots could be managing people […]



Your child’s name sets them up for success — or failure

September 9th, 2016 at 6:25 am » Comments Off

What’s in a name? Potentially your child’s future. A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.



On-demand dating? A new app lets women charge for a night out.

August 15th, 2016 at 6:56 am » Comments Off

Tara* (*Names have been changed to protect identities.) had struck gold. After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon browsing through the dating app she was currently experimenting with, she hit it off with a nice-sounding guy, and the two exchanged real names and numbers. She found herself Googling Stuart*, a Brit living in Amsterdam. He worked […]



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