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Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for various experiments.
On 24 August 1965 Gloria Placente, a 34-year-old resident of Queens, New York, was driving to Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Clad in shorts and sunglasses, the housewife was looking forward to quiet time at the beach.
D-Wave is ready to move its quantum computer out of limited use and into more real-world deployments. Quantum computing has been researched for decades and D-Wave deployed what was considered the first such computer in 2011.
An unexpected and somewhat unsettling side effect of learning how to make animated GIFs is that you start looking for them in the wild. When I'm watching movies, I now find myself sensitive to moments that might lend themselves to tidy, seamless loops.
Although Jibo, designed by MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal to be the "world's first family robot," isn't set to ship until 2015, folks are already excited about this little bot with a "big personality. " While there's much to be said for Breazeal's vision of "humanizing technology" so that the smart home of the future doesn't "feel cold and computerized," we might want to pause a bit before rushing to build the type of world depicted in the movie Her.
Fumbling for words in a foreign language? We have the answer.
Automakers intending to develop driverless cars need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, according to the researcher leading Nissan Motor Co.'s automated-vehicle program. Making cars that are "deliberative" in assessing road conditions, rather than just reactive, requires artificial intelligence, said Maarten Sierhuis, director of Nissan's Silicon Valley research center in Sunnyvale, California.
Honda's Asimo robot has grown up - with its latest upgrade giving it enhanced intelligence, added dexterity and the ability to run 5.6mph (9km/h). The first Asimo was created in 2000, and is seen as one of the leading attempts at creating a humanoid.
For many families, the tablet has become the central, shared computing device in the home. It's a hub for learning, for entertainment, and for staying connected.
Eric Schechter's recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, In Defense of Killer Robots, presents a reprise of some frequently debated positions on the place of robotic, lethal decision-making. As is often the case in such opinion pieces, technological veracity takes a back seat, unfortunately.
Behind the numerous benefits of self-driving cars, being touted by Google and other manufacturers, an imminent danger is lurking. The technology could see criminals using the cars in high-speed chases, for example, or to shoot out of the window while the car drives itself.
Voice control is easy to find in cars, but it's not always intuitive. You often have to use specific syntax, which might be hard to remember when you're barreling down the highway.
Newsle announced that it has been acquired by LinkedIn LinkedIn today. Newsle is a San Francisco based machine learning startup that sends news updates to its more than 2 million users about connections in their social networks.
We're entering a new age of artificial intelligence. Drawing on the work of a clever cadre of academic researchers, the biggest names in tech--including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple--are embracing a more powerful form of AI known as "deep learning," using it to improve everything from speech recognition and language translation to computer vision, the ability to identify images without human help.
If we can think it, we can control it. A mind-controlled robotic arm helped this patient drink a beverage without any help from doctors or nurses.
First, Google acquired a startup called DNNresearch, snapping up some of the world's foremost experts in a burgeoning field of artificial intelligence known as deep learning. Then it shelled out $400 million for a secretive deep learning startup called DeepMind.
Loredana Paglialonga leans across her father's prone body and whispers in his ear: "Spinta, Papi, spinta" ("Push Daddy, push"). It is impossible to tell whether Anselmo Paglialonga, a former major in the Italian carabinieri, has heard.
Okay, it's not Shakespeare but then the Bard wasn't a 28kg shiny box of circuits and sensors gliding around on wheels. Pepper is the latest in a long line of made-in-Japan battery-powered bipeds.
In blockbuster productions, Hollywood's depiction of archaeologists stretches the truth more than a little. In reality, archaeologists are less like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft.
IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years, as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips. The computer design initiative could pave the way for functional quantum and cognitive computers that mimic brain functionality.