Insect-Zapping Laser “Fence” Prepares for First Enemy Contact
A device that cooks unwanted flying bugs with a laser beam will be tested against an insect that has decimated Florida’s orange production.
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Imagining the Future of VR at Google
The search giant’s filmmaker on what the new medium does that film cannot.
The MIT professor who helped pioneer nanoscience and launched a new field of energy research.
Our one-day conference will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with blockchains.
Who needs a Tesla when you can build your own automated copilot using free hardware designs and software available online?
Sure, you can soar or swim in VR. Just put on a headset and jump in a pool.
New questions about the FBI’s power to access data have shifted the years-long political debate over reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
The collapse of the Tokyo company’s nuclear development arm puts a likely end to new U.S. plants.
A humanoid bot called Darwin shows how aspects of nursing and child care might be mechanized.
A Biohacker’s Plan to Upgrade Dalmatians Ends Up in the Doghouse
The FDA wants to regulate animals altered using the gene-editing technique CRISPR.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Reinforcement Learning
By experimenting, computers are figuring out how to do things that no programmer could teach them.
by Will Knight
Alphabet-Uber Rivalry Intensifies Over Autonomous Car Cribbing
Waymo claims that an engineer took trade secrets with him on his departure and used them to build new hardware at Uber.
It’s Easy to Slip Toxic Language Past Alphabet’s Toxic-Comment Detector
Machine-learning algorithms are no match for the creativity of human insults.
Bad Math Props Up Trump’s Border Wall
Set aside the questions of whether it’s wise to put a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border or who should pay for it. It simply can’t be done at the price Donald Trump has claimed.
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Home Assistants like Amazon Echo Could Be a Boon for Assisted Living
Elliptic Labs says it can use the speakers and mics on smart home assistants to detect a person’s presence.
by Rachel Metz
The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine May Not Be as Smart as You Think
Artificial intelligence and big data could be helping to fuel an unprecedented propaganda campaign—but there’s little hard evidence to prove it so far.
Your Next Phone Could Be Simple, Not Smart
As many manufacturers show off their most advanced mobile technologies, some companies think you’ll prefer refinement or retro styling over gimmicky gadgets.
The promise of software-defined networking and solutions for its wider adoption were explored in depth at VMware’s inaugural future:net event.
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The Next Step in Finance: Exponential Banking
The current technological revolution is accelerating the transformation, not only of industry and business, but also of human lifestyles, culture, and, therefore, society as a whole.
A Secure Model of IoT with Blockchain
The Internet of Things is a fast-growing, increasingly complex network of connected devices. This excerpt from an Open Mind article touches on blockchain as a way of securing this new ecosystem.
by Ahmed Banafa
The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics
In this article excerpt, a British researcher discusses why AI and cybernetics are moving beyond the realm of science fiction—but warns that the technologies also raise significant ethical questions.