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The Anti-Drone Arms Race

September 26th, 2016 at 7:21 am » Comments Off

Last week, the director of the Federal Aviation Administration reported that his department is receiving an average of 2,000 new registration requests for drones every day, and that it has registered up to some half a million drones since new rules went into effect in January. But as sales of drones have increased, so too […]



Listen To A Song Written By AI and Inspired By The Beatles

September 25th, 2016 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

SONY CSL Research Laboratory SONY CSL Research Laboratory has produced an AI-written song that sounds amazingly like the Beatles.



Bill Gates Doubles His Bet That Mosquitoes Will Be Wiped Out with Gene Editing

September 18th, 2016 at 6:24 am » Comments Off

But the technology for extinguishing species is dividing conservationists. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to double the sum it is spending to create a mosquito-killing technology that relies on CRISPR gene editing.



Robots perform surgery inside your eyeballs

September 16th, 2016 at 7:10 am » Comments Off

The R2D2 is magnitudes more stable than the steadiest surgeon’s hand. Doctors at Oxford University made medical history recently by successfully completing the first robot-assisted intraocular surgery. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the university, and his team managed to gently peel off a 1/1000th millimeter membrane from the inside of a patient’s eye. To […]



Report: AI will eliminate 6 percent of jobs in five years

September 15th, 2016 at 6:49 am » Comments Off

Within five years robots and so-called intelligent agents will eliminate many positions in customer service, trucking and taxi services, amounting to 6 percent of jobs, according to a Forrester report. “By 2021, a disruptive tidal wave will begin,” said Brian Hopkins, VP at Forrester, in the report. “Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs, […]



The next trick for machine learning is generating videos from photos

September 15th, 2016 at 6:36 am » Comments Off

Show a human any photograph and they’ll able to predict what happens next with pretty decent accuracy. The woman riding her bike will keep on moving. The dog will catch the frisbee. The man is going to have a pratfall. And so on. It’s such a basic skill that we don’t consider the vast amount […]



Remote control of the brain is coming. How will it be used?

September 13th, 2016 at 6:42 am » Comments Off

Controlling the minds of others from a distance has long been a favourite science fiction theme – but recent advances in genetics and neuroscience suggest that we might soon have that power for real. Just over a decade ago, the bioengineer Karl Deisseroth and his colleagues at Stanford University published their paper on the optical […]



Mercedes-Benz Vision Van concept sends drones to last-mile delivery

September 12th, 2016 at 6:21 am » Comments Off

When it comes to making the concept of delivery drones a reality, using vans to handle the brunt of the work is an idea that has some merit. We saw some researchers float the idea a couple of years ago and it now appears Mercedes-Benz also sees some potential in the approach. It has teamed […]



You can now take phone calls with your finger like a secret agent

September 9th, 2016 at 6:59 am » Comments Off

A startup called Innomdle Lab is developing a watch strap named Sgnl that will let you take calls by holding your finger to your ear. The project is currently on Kickstarter, and has already amassed $211,000, blasting through its $50,000 goal in a matter of days. Innomdle Lab is planning on shipping early-bird units sold on Kickstarter […]



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.



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