Monthly Archives: January 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: What Is It, and When and Where to Watch It in India

Today, on January 31 2018, a rare lunar phenomenon – termed “super blue blood moon” – will take place in many parts of the world. This spectacle can be observed from Asia (including parts of India), North America, and Australia. The last super blue blood moon was reportedly seen on December 30, 1982, making it

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Better Than Holograms? New Volumetric Display Tech Projects Onto Thin Air

One of the enduring sci-fi moments of the big screen – R2-D2 beaming a 3D image of Princess Leia into thin air in “Star Wars” – is closer to reality thanks to the smallest of screens: dust-like particles. Scientists have figured out how to manipulate nearly unseen specks in the air and use them to

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Google Lunar XPrize Competition to End Without a Winner

The Google Lunar XPrize, an ambitious $30 million (roughly Rs. 190 crores) competition to send a robot to the surface of the moon, will end without any of the teams able to meet the March 31 deadline, organisers said in a statement Tuesday. After consulting with the five teams left in the competition, “we have concluded

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Google to Open AI Research Centre in Paris

Google on Monday announced it will open a research centre in Paris devoted to artificial intelligence, following a meeting between the tech giant’s boss and French President Emmanuel Macron. “The different achievements in this country, including in science, art and the academic field make it an ideal place for the creation of a centre of

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Google’s Cloud AutoML to Help Businesses Build AI Models

Google has launched Cloud AutoML, a product that enables businesses with limited Machine Learning (ML) expertise to build high quality, custom Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to improve their product or service. Cloud AutoML will let businesses and developers train custom vision models for their own use cases. “At Google Cloud, our goal has been to lower

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Google Expands Further Into China, Opens Shenzhen Office

After opening a research lab focused on artificial intelligence (AI) in China – its first such centre in Asia – Google is said to have opened another office in the country. According to a report in TechCrunch on Wednesday, the new workspace for Googlers is in Shenzhen – a city that is home to Tencent,

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You Can Now Print a 200 Million Years Old Dinosaur Skull at Home

Scientists have created a digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, which will allow enthusiasts all over the world to make 3D prints of the fossil at home. The researchers from University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa hope that this will facilitate research on the dinosaur called Massospondylus, as well

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AI Scores Better Than Humans in Key Stanford Reading and Comprehension Test

Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test. Alibaba Group Holding put its deep neural network model through its paces last week, asking the AI to provide exact answers to more than 100,000 questions comprising a quiz that’s considered one of the world’s most

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Five Startups That Caught Our Eye at CES 2018

CES 2018 was full of exciting gadgets, many of which gave us a peek into the future of technology, while some were just too bizarre for our liking. There were plenty of Indian companies displaying their wares at the expo too. Several startups were showing off their latest gizmos, some of which solve first-world problems

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Snuggle Robots and Talking Toilets: CES 2018’s Wildest Gadgets

Are you ready to talk to your toilet? Or cuddle with a robot? Those are just a few of the ideas we’ve seen at CES 2018, the annual consumer technology confab here at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues. Sure, there are tech titans here battling to control our computers, TVs and smart

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