Az R

26 Added | 1 Magazine | @Az1976 | Keep up with Az R on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Az R”

Smart lighting gets competitive with new Philips kit for setting the mood

Royal Philips, the maker of the Internet-connected Hue lighting gear that can be controlled via an app, has introduced a wireless switch that lets …

Home Automation

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

Google and Broad Institute collaborate to develop data-driven tools to fight diseases

Google Genomics has linked up with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to make Broad’s DNA analysis software as a service available on the Google Cloud.<p>In a blog post announcing the move, Google says it is partnering with Broad to take genomics to the next level to help scientists discover …

Google unveils smart wristband for health tracking, but it's not for consumers

The search giant's newest wearable is just as much for physicians and academic researchers as it is for the people actually wearing it.<p>Google's latest device is aimed at letting doctors know how you're doing, even between checkups.<p>The company unveiled on Tuesday a new sensor-packed wristband, meant …

Digital Health

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations<p>Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations …

Privacy

Fortune.com

• 1. To license Fortune articles, excerpts, or headlines for republication in various media (including books, eBooks, film, web, newsletters, …

Print Media

Push For Greater State Surveillance Powers Could Have Chilling Effect On U.K. Tech Sector

The U.K. government is lining up a new piece of legislation to expand the state’s digital data capture powers. The incoming bill, the Investigatory Powers Bill, was announced in the Queen’s speech this week. It has not yet been published in draft form so specific details of what is being planned …

Surveillance

Philip K. Dick's 1969 novel Ubik on the Internet of Things.

Be careful about what you say in your living room if your new TV is on. News broke earlier this week that Samsung’s Web-connected SmartTV can listen …

Internet of Things

Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

<i>“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.”</i> – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca.<p>As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s …

The secret weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's might just be an iPod

A growing body of evidence indicates that giving Alzheimer’s patients an iPod filled with their favorite music can benefit them in profound ways.<p>A new documentary, called Alive Inside, highlights this fascinating and often very moving phenomenon.<p>”Music can be a powerful tool for connecting elders …

The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace

In 1934, a little-known Belgian thinker published plans for a global network that could have changed everything<p>Tales of lost horizons always spark the imagination. From the mythical kingdom of Shangri-La to the burning of the library at Alexandria, human history is rife with longing for better …

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

There’s a pill to bring your brain back to its childhood

Shannon, a 14-year-old who lives in Massachusetts, has amblyopia, a condition sometimes referred to as “lazy eye.”<p>You can’t tell by looking at her, though. Unlike some amblyopic patients, whose eyes visibly wander, Shannon simply has extremely poor eyesight.<p>Patients’ best hope for correcting …

The Brain

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Watch These Chilling Videos About The Scary Future Of Cybersecurity

As we all start wearing Google Glass contacts and voting for the next president online, hackers will evolve, too. These videos show a version of what that fight might look like in the year 2020.<p>Yanek Novack has just successfully hacked into the electronic voting system of one of the most …

The Neuroscience Behind How Sleep Cleans Your Brain

You clean your closet sometimes. What about your brain?<p>We know that getting even a measly extra hour of sleep a night can have major benefits for us–like more memories, less anxiety, and happier genes. But scientists have tested another hypothesis for why we need to spend so much time horizontal: …

Neuroscience

Some Monkeys Have Conversations That Resemble Ours

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.17.13.<p>Time of Publication: 12:00 pm. 12:00 pm<p>The sounds of marmoset monkeys …

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here’s What It Takes

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You’re going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.<p>Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice. Both times, she wore sunglasses to …

Privacy

Paging Dr Siri: how your iPhone can diagnose disease

The iPhone is the device that can do almost anything and now it can be transformed into a tool to monitor your health and diagnose illnesses<p>It has already replaced the need to carry diaries, bus timetables, books and cameras while also allowing users to do their shopping on the move.<p>Now the iPhone …

What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits?

I got two books in the mail that, if they could have, would've poked, scratched and ripped each others' pages out. I don't know if Martin Gardner and Patricia Churchland ever met, but their books show that there are radically, even ferociously, different ways to think about science. Gardner died …

FBI turning to private sector to hack phones, exploit unknown security holes

Thanks to the NSA PRISM revelations we've all lost our innocence about government cyber-spying, but how far down that rabbit-hole has law-enforcement gone? Revelations from the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas show that such tactics are old hat for another US anti-crime department: the FBI. …

Why are gene patents controversial?

MANY people react with bafflement when they find out that it is possible to claim patents on human genes. But patent offices around the world have …

Natural justice

THE nine justices on America’s Supreme Court must apply their minds to the thorniest of legal questions. On April 15th they were presented with a …

Endless oceans cover newly discovered, possibly habitable, planets

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/s_v/senlogo.jpg" alt="Sen" style="float: right;"/><p>Nasa scientists have discovered an alien solar system …