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Microsoft’s speech recognition is now as accurate as a human’s

October 26th, 2016 at 7:25 am » Comments Off

Robots are now just as good at transcribing speech as humans. According to a paper published yesterday, a team of Microsoft engineers in the Artificial Intelligence and Research division reported their system reached a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, a figure that is roughly equal to that of human abilities.

Former Apple engineers created $1,500 oven that automatically recognizes different foods and cooks them

October 24th, 2016 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

Leanna Garfield/Business Insider If you’re an amateur cook, roasting a rack of lamb or baking fresh bread in an oven can feel daunting.

$1,150 crib automatically calms crying babies back to sleep in minutes

October 24th, 2016 at 6:30 am » Comments Off

New parents rejoice. An innovative baby sleeper aims to teach parents more about their infants and become a “member of the family.”

This winter you can buy a robot to plow your driveway

October 23rd, 2016 at 7:24 am » Comments Off

  But it won’t dig out your parked car. Plowing snow, mowing the lawn, raking leaves. It’s backbreaking work. This season, a robot may have you covered. It’s called Kobi, and for $3,999 it can take over people’s yard work.

Potential Mach 2.2 Airliner Market Pegged At $260 Billion

October 22nd, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

Stretched, trijet 50-seat configuration to be tested by subscale supersonic demonstrator Guy Norris Los Angeles Boom Time More than half a century after development of the Concorde was launched, progress toward economically viable supersonic airliners has proved elusive. But now a Silicon Valley-backed startup says the ingredients for a successful, small, faster-than-sound airliner are in […]

Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Here At Last

October 20th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

 NO, REALLY. AMPUTEES HAVE BEEN TESTING THEM FOR OVER A YEAR For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That’s because it wasn’t there. Olafsson’s amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. “I lived […]

This is what you get when you give a 3D printer artificial intelligence

October 20th, 2016 at 6:06 am » Comments Off

A London-based startup has combined some of today’s most disruptive technologies in a bid to change the way we’ll build the future. By retrofitting industrial robots with 3D printing guns and artificial intelligence algorithms, Ai Build has constructed machines that can see, create, and even learn from their mistakes.

Paralyzed man feels through robotic fingers

October 18th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

  A 28-year-old man left paralyzed after a car accident has been able to feel as though he was touching something with his fingers after a robotic arm was connected directly to his brain in a world-first breakthrough. Nathan Copeland, who was injured after crashing his car on a rainy night in Pennsylvania when he was just 18, spoke […]

The future of wearables: Silkworms fed graphene produce ‘super silk’

October 17th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Graphene just keeps getting better and better. The so-called super material – a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has proven to be incredibly strong, flexible, light and conductive – has now been fed to larval silkworms which then created “mechanically enhanced silk”.

Researchers Create A Gene Therapy Treatment That May Prevent Alzheimer’s

October 14th, 2016 at 7:11 am » Comments Off

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating both for those who suffer from it and for those who love them. It is also expensive. It’s estimated that the current worldwide cost of coping with Alzheimer’s is $818 billion. A cure for Alzheimer’s is not available and current treatments for the disease focus on mitigating symptoms rather than eliminating causes.

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