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Machine learning has been used to automatically translate long-lost languages

July 17th, 2019 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

Some languages that have never been deciphered could be the next ones to get the machine translation treatment. In 1886, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans came across an ancient stone bearing a curious set of inscriptions in an unknown language. The stone came from the Mediterranean island of Crete, and Evans immediately traveled there to […]

We’re going to mistake the drones of the future for annoying flying insects

July 17th, 2019 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

  Harvard’s robotic flying bee has been in development for well over a decade now. And despite its incredibly simple design, over the past few years, its creators have improved Robobee’s capabilities, adding abilities such as the ability to hover and even steer itself down a pre-determined flight path. It’s too tiny to carry its […]

Consumer groups call for a moratorium on Libra until ‘profound questions’ are answered

July 16th, 2019 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Some 33 consumer and public-policy groups sent a letter Tuesday to five Congressional committees and federal regulators asking for a moratorium on the Facebook Inc.-backed Libra cryptocurrency. “We call on Congress and regulators to impose a moratorium on Facebook’s Libra and related plans until the profound questions raised by the proposal are addressed,” says the […]

The second coming of the robot pet

July 16th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

  MITA YUN DIDN’T get into robotics to save the world. The lunar rovers she built as a student at Carnegie Mellon, and the software she developed as an engineer for Google—that stuff was just practice. The things Yun really wanted to make were friends. Yun had hungered for companionship since she was a little […]

Materials science may be the most important technology of the next decade. Here’s why:

July 16th, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

  Think of just about any major challenge we will face over the next decade and materials are at the center of it. To build a new clean energy future, we need more efficient solar panels, wind turbines and batteries. Manufacturers need new materials to create more advanced products. We also need to replace materials […]

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