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A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can't. Case in point: Google's self-driving car.
Ryan Hait-Campbell says his San Francisco company's invention is really about jobs. Deaf people like himself, explains the MotionSavvy CEO, are too often shunted into positions that don't require talking to anyone--washing dishes, fishing or other solitary vocations that often have low wages, little opportunity for advancement and no need for an employer to hire an interpreter.
Gartner's top 10 strategy technology trends have the potential for significant impact on organizations in the next three years. While this doesn't mean adoption and investment in all of the trends will occur at the same rate, companies should make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.
Scientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings -- so why not the price of Bitcoin? A researcher at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems recently developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of the infamously volatile cryptocurrency Bitcoin, allowing his team to nearly double its investment over a period of 50 days.
Self-driving vehicles will make the driver redundant, but long before that, smarter cars may leave the driver thinking about other things. Ford is already studying that problem, anticipating an evolution toward autonomous cars that will take a lot longer than projects by the likes of Google may suggest.
In 1966, some Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reckoned that they could develop computer vision as a summer project, perhaps even get a few smart undergrads to complete the task. The world has been working on the problem ever since.
Through a computational algorithm, a team of researchers from the University of Guadalajara (UDG) in Mexico, developed a neural network that allows a small robot to detect different patterns, such as images, fingerprints, handwriting, faces, bodies, voice frequencies and DNA sequences. Nancy Guadalupe Arana Daniel, researcher at the University Center of Exact and Engineering Sciences (CUCEI) at the UDG, focused on the recognition of human silhouettes in disaster situations.
The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool's errand.
Last year, former presidential candidate and renegade futurist Newt Gingrich posted a three-minute video imploring viewers to help him come up with a name for his "handheld computer. " He was tired, he said, of the term "cell phone," and wanted to find a name that more accurately reflects the "change that has taken place" in telephony technology.
-- It may have more than a half-billion dollars in the bank and the backing of tech titans like Google, as well as the investors with some of Silicon Valley's deepest pockets. You've probably never heard of Magic Leap, a startup so secretive they're not even telling the public who is on their team.
Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his B.F.F. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms — an hour in which, thank God, I didn’t have to discuss them.
When discussing innovation in healthcare technology, much of the terminology is exotic-sounding and futuristic. Recent examples from this column include: functional MRIs to detect lies, active cancellation of tremor (ACT) to stabilize food utensils for Parkinson's patients, and virtual assistant apps for people with cognitive disabilities.
Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub's reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots. Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.
Somewhat to my surprise, Walter Isaacson's new book, The Innovators, a group portrait of the men and women who invented computers and the Internet, is riveting, propulsive and at times deeply moving. My surprise is not rooted in doubts about Isaacson's skills; he is considered to be the leading biographer of the digital age for a reason.
Computers speak a language of their own. They can only be programmed by those, who know the code.
Who will build the self-driving car of the future? Fired-up by Google's driverlessprototype, carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are already testing autonomous vehicles on public roads.
Apple's famous artificial intelligence agent is eating some humble pie today. Ask Siri "Who is smarter, Siri or Google Now?
Following Tesla's news that it's bringing autopilot to its electric sports cars, CEO Elon Musk says autonomous, self-driving cars aren't far off either. Elon Musk takes a cautious approach to artificial intelligence, but he's certainly not afraid of making our cars a little -- or even a lot -- smarter.
This article is by Sean Varah, founder and chief executive of MotionDSP, a company that makes advanced image processing and video analytics software. Last month the Federal Aviation Administration made a decision that marks a significant step for the commercial drone industry, permitting six movie and television production companies the right to use drones.
Roboticists have long been trying to build robot arms that are light, nimble, and safe to operate near people. Some designs rely on compliant actuators, artificial muscles, or sensors and software to keep the arms from smashing into things that they're not supposed to.
Toshiba has unveiled Aiko Chihira, a humanoid robot that can communicate using sign language. The "communication android", as Toshiba is calling its creation, was unveiled this week at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Japan, and has been designed for a maximum of movement fluidity in its hands and arms, employing 43 actuators in its joints, in order to speak in Japanese sign language.