Monthly Archives: December 2017

10 Ways Tech Will Shape Your Life in 2018, for Better and Worse

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting – or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin, you’d be right either way. As I look into my crystal ball at what new technologies are most likely to shape our lives in the next 12 months, I see science-fiction dreams coming to life: glasses that mix reality and

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Robot DJ Puts the Tech Into Techno for Czech Clubbers

These days artificial intelligence is so advanced that robots trade shares, make restaurants suggestions and diagnose diseases. But can a robot get a dance floor jumping? It is a question that Prague’s Karlovy Lazne Music Club has endeavoured to answer by employing a specially adapted former automotive industry robot as a DJ in the popular

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Autodesk on How AI Can Lead to Sustainable Development

According to Autodesk, artificial intelligence is the key to sustainable development. The company is adopting technologies based around AI and machine learning to boost its design process, and ease the evolution of designs. But how does this work and bring sustainable development? “As designs become increasingly computable, the ability and ease of making changes grows

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Saved by Sensors, Sony Aims to Expand Their Use in Robotics, Self-Driving Cars

Sony Corp is poised to report its highest-ever profit this year on strong sales of image sensors after years of losing ground in consumer electronics and hopes to develop the technology for use in robotics and self-driving cars as competition heats up. The results will mark a significant turnaround for the conglomerate, once famed for

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Facebook to Notify Users When Photos of Them Are Uploaded

Facebook said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect

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Google Helps NASA Find 2 New Exoplanets, Using Machine Learning to Crunch Data

Alphabet’s Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth’s solar system. The research by Google and the University of Texas at Austin that used data from NASA raised the prospects of

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Google Launching Artificial Intelligence Research Center in China

Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country’s local talent, even as the US search firm’s products remain blocked in the country. Google said in a statement the research center is the first of its kind in Asia and will comprise a small team

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Microsoft Takes Path Less Traveled to Build a Quantum Computer

In the race to commercialise a new type of powerful computer, Microsoft has just pulled up to the starting line with a slick-looking set of wheels. There’s just one problem: it doesn’t have an engine – at least not yet. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant is competing with Google, IBM Corp., and a clutch of

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Google’s Hinton Says AI Poses New Challenges to Regulators

  Expansion of artificial intelligence in financial services, healthcare, transportation and other fields poses new challenges to governments charged with regulating those industries, according to an executive with Google who is a pioneer in the field of machine learning. “It’s going to be a big issue,” Geoffrey Hinton, a vice president with Alphabet’s Google, said at

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Apple Watch Gets First EKG Reader in AliveCor KardiaBand

AliveCor’s KardiaBand has become the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, after being approved by the US’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The KardiaBand is an electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, which means it can check heart rhythm and irregular heartbeat. The latter is medically known as atrial fibrillation, and can increase the risk of

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