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When WiFi Won't Work, Let Sound Carry Your Data

WIRED

If you've ever struggled to pair your phone with a Bluetooth speaker or set up a wireless printer, you know that it's often easier to connect to a server halfway around the world than to a gadget across the room. That's a problem as we increasingly use our phones to pay for stuff, unlock doors, and control everything from televisions to thermostats. No one wants to wait for coffee because the cash register can't detect their phone, or shiver in the cold because their watch is trying to connect to their neighbor's door lock instead of their own. Multiple wireless technologies have emerged in recent years to tackle this problem, including Bluetooth, LoRa, and NFC. These technologies are all based on radio frequencies.


Lack of charging bays is the main obstacle to self-driving car rise, says Axa

The Guardian

A shortage of charging points and strain on energy supplies are now the main stumbling blocks to the rise of driverless electric cars, according to the UK boss of insurer Axa. Amanda Blanc said a lack of rapid charging bays and pressure on the National Grid have overtaken questions about accident liability as the biggest barriers to autonomous vehicles entering the transport mainstream. Blanc, a Tesla driver, said personal experience pointed to problems lying ahead for driverless electric vehicles. There are around 125,000 plug-in electric cars in the UK and 14,000 chargers - 2,620 of them being rapid chargers that can give a car an 80% charge in 30 minutes. Shell has just opened its first charging points for electric vehicles at 10 filling stations, mostly in London and the south-east.


Top 10 artificial intelligence stories of 2017

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has continued to gain prominence in 2017 as one of the biggest upcoming technologies. It is beginning to have more of an influence on companies' strategies and is predicted to drive significant change for organisations. Check out the latest findings on how the hype around artificial intelligence could be sowing damaging confusion. Also, read a number of case studies on how enterprises are using AI to help reach business goals around the world. You forgot to provide an Email Address.


Top 10 artificial intelligence stories of 2017

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has continued to gain prominence in 2017 as one of the biggest upcoming technologies. It is beginning to have more of an influence on companies' strategies and is predicted to drive significant change for organisations. You forgot to provide an Email Address. This email address doesn't appear to be valid. This email address is already registered.


Top 10 artificial intelligence stories of 2017

#artificialintelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has continued to gain prominence in 2017 as one of the biggest upcoming technologies. It is beginning to have more of an influence on companies' strategies and is predicted to drive significant change for organisations. Every conference this year contains a dead human genius reincarnated as software system or a robot. Yes, there is a lot of hype, but there is real worth in AI and Machine Learning. Read our counseling on how to avoid adopting "black box" approach.


Artificial Intelligence: What to Expect From Smart Hardware?

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By the mid-20th century, both physicists and lyricists were scratching their heads over the issue of artificial intelligence. What would it be like? What kinds of risks would it bear for humanity? Now we know the answer to the first question. Artificial intelligence is a computer program.


School of Engineering welcomes new faculty

MIT News

The School of Engineering has announced the addition of 16 new faculty members to its departments, institutes, labs, and centers during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. With research and teaching activities ranging from personalization in the microbiome to the application of machine learning to naval architecture, they are poised to make vast contributions in new directions across the school and to a range of labs and centers across the Institute. "I am pleased to welcome our exceptional new faculty. Their presence will enhance the breadth and depth of education and research within the School of Engineering, and strengthen MIT's commitment to making a better world," says Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering. "I look forward to their contributions in the years to come."


This is the smartest robotics company in the world (and soon to be one of the most important)

ZDNet

Sarcos Robotics, a Salt Lake City-based robotics company, has three new products at market or debuting soon. One is a small robotic snake, useful for industrial tasks such as pipeline inspection or for first responders conducting search & rescue or tactical response operations. Another is a hulking two-armed tele-operated robot that can be used for heavy construction or in nuclear power plants. The third is an exoskeleton suit that allows workers to nimbly perform the functions of a forklift. The technology is cool and worthy of the recent spate of coverage.


Citing lack of evacuation plans, Shiga governor repeats objections to Oi reactor restarts

The Japan Times

"We're not in an environment that allows us to agree to the restarts of the reactors, in view of persistent concern among the residents of our prefecture," Mikazuki said at a meeting with Masaharu Nakagawa, minister for nuclear emergency preparedness, in Otsu, Shiga's capital. Nakagawa had been visiting to brief the governor on evacuation plans for a severe accident at the Oi plant. Mikazuki was speaking up because part of Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, is included in the so-called urgent protective action planning zone (UPZ) that lies within 30 km of the plant, which is in Fukui. Kansai Electric is aiming to reboot the two Oi reactors early next year. On the Oi plant's evacuation plans, Mikazuki pointed to the absence of plans for residents, as well as the challenge of securing rescue vehicles and drivers.