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. Continue Reading »
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.
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? Continue Reading »
Cambridge- and MIT-trained scientist and leader in facial emotion recognition technology, Rana el Kaliouby, is concerned about how computers are affecting the emotional lives of her two small children. Continue Reading »
It can be a frustrating experience when talking to a machine over the phone or through a chat window. However, several research groups, including some at large technology companies like Facebook and Google, are making steady progress toward improving computers’ language skills by building upon recent advances in machine learning.
A new study that appears in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests virtual-reality therapy may help to reduce people’s craving for tobacco and alcohol.
Trillions of dollars will be invested in renewable energy over the next 25 years. This will drive some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 2040.
Companies are hoping to power in a new wave of virtual reality for consumers — whether it’s the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, Microsoft’s Hololens or HTC-Valve’s Vive, to name a few VR devices in the works (some others: FOVE, Razer… the list goes on).
Your whole day can be ruined by missing out on a good night’s sleep. Your mood can be affected, you can find it hard to focus, and it can be nearly impossible to shake the sleepy feeling.
Futurist Thomas Frey: Having just returned from a trip to Alaska, it occurred to me that most of the 660,000 sq miles of this beautiful state will never be habitable until a more complete off-grid solution is found. In Alaska, they’ve already figured out how to turn every one of their 3 million lakes into a landing strip, so transportation is far less of an issue than power, heat, lights, water, and communications.