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Anybody who has been to British chef Heston Blumenthal's world-famous Fat Duck restaurant in the UK village of Bray will know that strange flavours do work together. There egg and bacon ice cream, snail porridge and tobacco-infused chocolate were born.
A study conducted by local high school students and faculty from the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reveals new information about the motor circuits of the brain that may one day help those developing therapies to treat conditions such as stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury or Alzheimer's disease. "MRI and CAT scans of the human brain can tell us many things about the structure of this most complicated of organs, formed of trillions of neurons and the synapses via which they communicate.
A new app for Google Glass claims to be able to tell you exactly how someone is feeling. Called Emotient, is can tell whether a person is happy, sad angry or confused - and can monitor an entire room of people at once.
A drummer who lost his arm in a freak accident now has a second chance of achieving his dream after being transformed into a 'cyborg' musician. Jason Barnes lost his right arm below the elbow two years ago after receiving an electric shock while cleaning a vent hood in a restaurant.
In the dark world of George Orwell 1984, the 'proles' are forced to read meaningless poetry written by a computer. It might seem like a far-fetched scenario, but Orwell may have touched upon a future trend when he published his novel in 1949.
For anyone that wants Siri to do more than set iCal appointments and dictate SMS SMS messages, there may be hope beyond a hack. Apple Apple is reportedly working on allowing third-party services to integrate with Siri so that the iPhone's digital assistant can carry out tasks -- book flights or send texts on other messaging apps -- which go beyond the services Apple can provide.
As it works on its much-anticipated version of Office for touch interfaces, Microsoft envisions building on what it calls "natural interaction" technologies like digital ink and voice recognition, according to a company official. Today users can take notes and add comments on OneNote or a PowerPoint slide using a touch-enabled device with digital ink, and they can tap into speech recognition capabilities in Exchange to read transcripts of voice mail messages.
In the future, computers and humans will cooperate more seamlessly: perhaps by easier access to data or by the intuitive control of programs and robots. At the CeBIT, latest innovations in this area will be presented.
Police may soon have a new way to catch pedophiles who distribute child abuse photos anonymously online. The technology could also help law enforcement agencies in other ways, such as identifying smartphone thieves who take pictures with the stolen gadgets and then post their snapshots on the Internet.
We're a long way off from a future where every home comes with its own robot. But if that day ever comes, robots like NAO will have led the way.
If Daniel Nadler is right, a generation of college graduates with well-paid positions as junior researchers and analysts in the banking industry should be worried about their jobs. Very worried.
“Her” raises two questions that have long preoccupied philosophers. Are nonbiological creatures like Samantha capable of consciousness — at least in theory, if not yet in practice? And if so, does that mean that we humans might one day be able to upload our own minds to computers, perhaps to join Samantha in being untethered from “a body that’s inevitably going to die”?
Even in San Francisco, where Google's roving Street View cars have mapped nearly every paved surface, there are still places that have remained untouched, such as the flights of stairs that serve as pathways between streets in some of the city's hilliest neighborhoods. It's these places that a startup called Mapillary is focusing on.
IBM has challenged developers to come up with ways to get the vast brain of its supercomputer Watson on to the world's mobile phones. Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language.
When Ray Kurzweil published The Age Of Spiritual Machines in 1999, he predicted a new era of thinking machines that will meet and then exceed human intelligence. The idea seemed outlandish at the time, but not so much anymore.