Uber is building an advanced technology hub in Paris to research flying taxis

Uber's flying taxi plans are well and truly taking off. The company announced this morning that it will be building a new advanced technologies centre in Paris for research focused on its flying taxi Uber Elevate project. The research and development hub will be its first outside...

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NASA’s building new tools to manage water, as climate dangers grow

After an unusually dry winter, a late-season storm finally soaked California in early March, piling up several feet of snow across the high granite reservoirs of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the Sunday morning after the weather cleared, a pair of NASA researchers loaded onto a...

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What is RPA? A revolution in business process automation

More CIOs are turning to an emerging technology practice called robotic process automation (RPA) to streamline enterprise operations and reduce costs. With RPA, businesses can automate mundane rules-based business processes, enabling business users to devote more time to serving customers or other higher-value work. Others...

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Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell

Since last year I’ve had a smart speaker in my living room—an Echo Dot. My family uses it mostly to ask Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to play music. But after I saw a report that an Alexa-enabled speaker owned by a family in Portland, Oregon,...

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Are we expecting automation to give us modern day slaves? 

From high impact Hollywood dystopic accounts such as the infamous Terminator films to public responses to the story of a burger flipping robot being “fired”, the stories we tell ourselves about AI are important. These narratives have an impact on our conception and development of...

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Learning a language? Your eyes can tell us a lot about how well it’s going

A study by MIT researchers has uncovered a new way of telling how well people are learning English: tracking their eyes. That’s right. Using data generated by cameras trained on readers’ eyes, the research team has found that patterns of eye movement — particularly how long...

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Now playing: a movie you control with your mind

Usually when you watch a film, you sit back in your chair, eyes trained on a screen, as the story unfolds. It’s a lot different when you watch one of Richard Ramchurn’s latest films. Ramchurn, a graduate student at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England,...

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Microsoft is creating an oracle for catching biased AI algorithms

Microsoft is building a tool to automatically identify bias in a range of different AI algorithms. It is the boldest effort yet to automate the detection of unfairness that may creep into machine learning—and it could help businesses make use of AI without inadvertently discriminating...

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How to get blockchains to talk to each other

Blockchain boosters love to compare the technology to the early days of the internet. Blockchains, it’s often said, will open the door to a new global financial system that works like the internet, except instead of moving around little packets of information, it moves money....

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Five things to know about the future of being human

Let’s assume you are healthy. Would you consider an implant or drugs to boost your physical or mental performance? Questions like these become relevant as we reach a pivotal moment in medicine, when science and technology can go beyond restorative intervention, to allow us to...

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