Innovation

This gadget makes any room ‘smart’

Researchers have developed a single device that, when plugged in to a power socket, can make any room a “smart” part of the Internet of Things. The plug-in sensor package they’ve developed monitors multiple phenomena in a room, including things such as sounds, vibration, light,…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says we’re living in « a golden age of AI »

AI boon and boom For Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos, artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t something to be feared. Instead, it’s to be celebrated. Speaking at the Internet Association’s annual gala in Washington D.C., the renowned tech entrepreneur told the audience that AI…

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What is Ransomware?

What would it mean if you lost all of your personal documents, such as your family photos, research or business records? How much would you pay to get them back? There’s a burgeoning form of cybercrime that hinges on the answers to these questions. You…

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A generation of tech natives is going to change how we manage money. Here’s why

  I vividly remember the day my dad brought home a first laptop. It was 1990, and I was eight years old. I used it for 10 hours in a row and was so excited I did not sleep the whole night. A few weeks…

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Could we one day slow, or even rewind, ageing?

  Humankind has a longstanding obsession with eternal youth. Stories about elixirs of life and fountains that quench one’s thirst for immortality have stirred our imagination since time immemorial. Different versions of these myths appear on every continent – even Alexander the Great’s conquests are…

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Speak computer? These programming languages are in high demand

  « Software is eating the world, » venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared. Someone has to write that software. Why not you? There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent,…

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You’ve heard about it, but do you understand? Everything you need to know about machine learning

  Learning to learn In 1959, Arthur Samuel, a pioneer in the field of machine learning (ML) defined it as the “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed”. ML can be understood as computational methods that use experience…

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Why having a good memory could mean you get bored of things faster

  Memory could be the key to how quickly we get tired of certain experiences, such as listening to music or eating certain foods. “People with larger working memory capacities actually encode information more deeply,” says Noelle Nelson, lead author of the study in the…

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These are Europe’s most innovative universities

Europe’s top tech hubs tend to radiate from massive capital cities like London, Berlin and Paris. But the heart of European innovation isn’t a major metropolis –it’s a small city in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders. That’s the conclusion of Reuters’ second annual ranking of…

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It’s make or break time for artificial intelligence. Here’s how we can make it work

  Artificial Intelligence is the next technological frontier, and it has the potential to make or break the world order. The AI revolution could pull the “bottom billion” out of poverty and transform dysfunctional institutions, or it could entrench injustice and increase inequality. The outcome…

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