Innovation

How do you teach a driverless car to drive?

Learning how to drive is an ongoing process for we humans as we adapt to new situations, new road rules and new technology, and learn the lessons from when things go wrong. But how does a driverless car learn how to drive, especially when something…

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9 top names in tech give their view on the rise of robots

  In fulfilment centers around the US, thousands of tiny orange robots sort packages for Amazon. In a California factory, red, multi-armed machines assemble Tesla’s electric vehicles of the future. This is the world the tech industry is creating. According to most available data, the…

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Energy from the sun, stored in a liquid – and released on demand

  Would you buy a smartphone that only worked when the sun was shining? Probably not. What it if was only half the cost of your current model: surely an upgrade would be tempting? No, thought not. The solar energy business has been trying to…

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Employees at this Swedish company can get a microchip inserted under their skin

The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another « cyborg » is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter….

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4 supersmart ways technology is changing your commute

Have you spent another morning packed, sardine-like, into a train carriage? Or tapping your steering wheel in yet another endless traffic jam? Well, the tech world has got your back, and some seriously smart people are working on changing how we travel. Whether it’s a…

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The robots shouldn’t be stopped, but we need to keep things fair

  Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers recently took exception to current US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s views on “artificial intelligence” (AI) and related topics. The difference between the two seems to be, more than anything else, a matter of priorities and emphasis. Mnuchin takes…

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The robot dream team keeping an eye on our crops

  A tower and robot vehicle duo can accurately create 3D models of plants and collect data on both regions of crops and individual plants. The mobile sensor tower and an autonomous robot vehicle equipped with three levels of sensors and an additional robotic arm…

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This isn’t sci-fi: A space-based sharing economy powered by nano-satellites could save humanity

  The rise of the internet and the ubiquity of mobile computing devices have changed everything from travel and shopping to politics – think Uber, Amazon and Twitter. But for the next revolution in commerce, governance and social interaction we need to look up –…

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We know sound soothes us. But what if it could kill a tumour?

  Sound has been used for centuries to soothe, treat and heal. An analgesic to some, a mood elevator to others, the use of sound to restore human health has ranged from ancient Tibetan singing bowls to bona fide “sound healers” who treat symptoms of…

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Human brain size has tripled. Here’s why

  Anthropologists have been curious about the evolution of human intelligence for many decades. The main lines of research have involved archaeological finds concerning the use of fire, tools and so on. But what about looking for evidence in fossil skulls, the place where the…

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