U.S. Election Officials Are Getting Cybersecurity 101
A team of Harvard researchers has published a playbook to help people who manage elections safeguard their systems from hacks. The guidelines have been drawn up by a team from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which is based at… Read more
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If Unleashed in the Wild, Gene Drives Could Create a “Highly Invasive Species,” Researchers Say
Technology’s answer to invasive species and disease-spreading insects is looking riskier than ever in its current form.
This Startup Developed a Promising New Battery Material—and a Novel Survival Strategy
As Kenan Sahin walks through the labs at Tiax, an energy technology development firm located along Boston’s tech beltway, he points to a row of little muffle furnaces in a small beige room. The company’s researchers use the ovens to heat mixtures of...Read the full story →
VIDEO: Boston Dynamics’ Backflipping Robot Is an Astounding Advance
What a difference two years make. If you followed the DARPA Challenge back in 2015, you’ll know that humanoid robots have a track record of falling over—a lot. Fast forward to today, however, and the notorious robot maker Boston Dynamics has gotten its… Read more
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Tesla’s All-Electric Semi Sounds Amazing—But How Much Will It Cost, Exactly?
Elon Musk wants big rigs to trade their diesel for electrons. Last night, the Tesla CEO unveiled his hotly anticipated truck (and also decided to throw the announcement of a new $200,000 super car in for good measure). The Verge has a nice nine-minute… Read more
Automation May Take Your Job Away, But It Might Just Create a New One for You, Too
Robots are undeniably decimating jobs in certain industries—but the news isn’t necessarily all bad.
A New Algorithm Can Spot Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist
Add diagnosing dangerous lung diseases to the growing list of things artificial intelligence can do better than humans.
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China’s AI Awakening
中国 人工智能 的崛起
On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and it’s absolutely crushing them. Lengpudashi, which means “cold poker master” in Mandarin,...Read the full story →
Amazon Key Lets Delivery People into Your House—and It Just Got Hacked
A hardware safeguard in Amazon’s recently launched while-you’re-out delivery service turns out to have a big hole. And, well—let’s just say you probably should have seen this coming.
The FDA Has Blessed Its First Medical Device to Tackle Opioid Withdrawal
People weaning themselves from painkillers may soon get a helping hand via a zap in the brain. The FDA says the snappy-sounding Neuro-Stim System Bridge, which costs between $600 and $800, can now be marketed as a way to treat opioid withdrawal.
It’s… Read more