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Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:29 pm » Comments Off

A provisional deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was reached in the wee hours of 30 June after marathon negotiations between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council.

The death of car ownership?

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:26 pm » Comments Off

Owning a car, in just a few short decades, could be a lot like owning a horse — mostly for hobbyists and really unnecessary for transportation purposes.  

Man Vs Machine: Bricklaying robot can place 1,000 bricks an hour

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:23 pm » Comments Off

Almost as old as human civilization itself, building houses of brick has been perfected over the millennia.  Placing over 700 bricks an hour, the fastest human bricklayers are pretty fast.  

Google’s AI has dreams that are amazing and disturbing

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:20 pm » Comments Off

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   Was once famously asked by American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick.  And the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. Dog-headed knights atop horses, or camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes is what they dream of.

A Hologram you can touch made with superfast lasers

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:16 pm » Comments Off

Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with The Castle of the Carpathians and ever since the halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms, nd how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?  

Tokyo hosts first Robot wedding

July 1st, 2015 at 9:24 pm » Comments Off

Two robots, Frois and Yukirin, married this past weekend in Tokyo, even sealing their union with a kiss.  

The purpose of living is ‘to live forever’, according to Google’s artificial-intelligence bot

July 1st, 2015 at 9:22 pm » Comments Off

Google released last week a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence.  The researchers programmed an advance type of “chatbot” that can learn how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialog.  

Are API’s for the human genome coming soon?

July 1st, 2015 at 9:17 pm » Comments Off

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory geneticist Gholson Lyon, recently pointed out in an article about Apple’s DNA-related ambitions that we don’t yet have a “killer app to interact with [our DNA] quickly and easily.  

Audi made synthetic gasoline without using any petroleum

July 1st, 2015 at 9:12 pm » Comments Off

Audi researchers have managed to do something that at first blush sounds impossible, or at least, highly illogical:  Without using any petroleum whatsoever, they’ve created a small batch of synthetic gasoline.  

Would an algorithm hire better than a human?

July 1st, 2015 at 9:10 pm » Comments Off

It seems that one of the least likely jobs to be automated would be hiring and recruiting.  Computers lack the human skills that the process needs, like making conversation and reading social cues.  

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