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IBM files patent for AI-managed traffic lights

IBM was granted a patent for an AI-powered traffic management system earlier this month.<p><b>What it is</b>: According to the patent, IBM wants to develop a system for controlling traffic lights that relies on cameras. A computer views real-time footage of traffic in each direction and then calculates the …

IBM

Obama calls on Americans to reject 'politics of fear' in return to campaign trail

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former President Barack Obama returned the campaign trail Thursday with a warning about the current state of politics in America.<p>"Some of the politics we see now, we thought we'd put that to bed. I mean, that's folks looking 50 years back. It's the 21st century, not the 19th …

George W. Bush

Rolls-Royce unveils plans for an autonomous patrol ship

Patrol ships are necessary to protect coastlines and fleets, but they're far from ideal right now. You need big, bulky vessels, and the human crews are either faced with the tedium of an uneventful trip (if they're lucky) or threats that a lone ship is ill-equipped to face. Rolls-Royce might have a …

Trump White House drops policy of identifying visitors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the …

Donald Trump

U.S. utilities seek solar power as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels

The plunging cost of solar power is leading U.S. electric companies to capture more of the sun just when President<p>Donald Trumpis moving to boost coal and other fossil fuels.<p>Solar power represents just about 1% of the electricity U.S. utilities generate today, but that could grow substantially as …

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

AT&T calls early DirecTV Now demand 'rather dramatic'

CEO Randall Stephenson is also hopeful that lower corporate taxes and lighter regulations under a Trump administration will fuel economic growth.<p>Cord cutters, at least initially, are high on DirecTV Now.<p>That's according to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, who said the company hit its …

Faster Wi-Fi will be in smartphones and laptops next year

WiGig promises enough speed for wireless VR<p>Wi-Fi is about to get much, much faster. The Wi-Fi Alliance is now beginning to certify smartphones, laptops, routers, and other devices that include a super-fast Wi-Fi standard called WiGig, which nearly doubles Wi-Fi’s current top speed. The Alliance …

In Moscow, Stein Called for Foreign Policy of Principled Collaboration

Content originally published December 13, 2015<p>(MOSCOW) United States foreign policy in the Middle East is failing badly because it is built upon a …

Foreign Policy

Microsoft defends its Surface NFL tablets after the Patriots stop using them

Microsoft's Surface deal with the NFL made the news for all the wrong reasons again earlier this week, after Patriots coach Bill Belichick revealed his thoughts on Microsoft's tablets. Belichick ranted that he was "done with the tablets" during a five-minute-long expression of pure frustration at …

Meet Kobi, the Roomba of lawn maintenance

As someone that hates mowing the lawn, Kobi might be my new best friend.<p>The autonomous robot uses GPS and built-in sensors to cut grass, rake, pick up leaves or plow snow. If you’d prefer a more hands-on approach to lawn maintenance, you can even take the reigns and control Kobi with a smartphone …

Teens still heart the iPhone, dissing Android

Technically Incorrect: In a new Piper Jaffray survey, almost four out five teens say their next phone will be an iPhone.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Ask teenagers something today and they'll answer one way. Ask them tomorrow and they …

Teens

As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

<i>Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election is fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations,</i> A Nation Engaged<i>, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic</i> …

Silicon Valley

How to prevent Alzheimer's disease

There’s plenty not to love about being middle-aged. But by the time today’s forty- and fifty-somethings reach the age when they may develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (one in 20 people develop dementia under 65 but above that age a person’s risk doubles roughly every five years), it’s likely …

Alzheimer's Disease

Egg freezing: a misplaced solution to society’s failure of women?

So-called ‘social’ egg freezing is on the rise, thanks to technological advances and the commercial realisation of financial gain. Unfertilised egg …

10 Best Password Cracking Tools Of 2016 | Windows, Linux, OS X

<i>Short Bytes: Password cracking is an integral part of digital forensics and pentesting. Keeping that in mind, we have prepared a list of the top 10</i> …

Building a Better Human With Science? The Public Says, No Thanks

Americans aren’t very enthusiastic about using science to enhance the human species. Instead, many find it rather creepy.<p>A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows a profound distrust of scientists, a suspicion about claims of progress and a real discomfort with the idea of meddling with human …

Genetics

China hacked the FDIC - and US officials covered it up, report says

China's spies hacked into computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2010 until 2013 -- and American government officials tried to cover it up, according to a Congressional report.<p>The House of Representative's Science, Space and Technology Committee released its investigative …

Hacking

Better technology for driverless cars may impede our ability to figure out what went wrong when they crash

A fatal Tesla accident in Florida last month occurred when a Model S controlled by Autopilot crashed into a truck that the automated system failed to spot. Tesla tells drivers to pay attention to the road while using Autopilot, and explains in a disclaimer that the system may struggle in bright …

Machine Learning

US lags behind on digital readiness, report says

The Networked Readiness index measures how ready countries are for a digital economy -- and Singapore is leading the way, according to the World Economic Forum.<p>The World Economic Forum on Wednesday released a list that gauges how well countries are using new digital technology. The US, perhaps …

Music Streaming Services Like Spotify Now More Popular Than Video Sites

The popularity of music streaming services has overtaken video sites for the first time in the U.S., according to market monitor BuzzAngle.<p>Services like Apple Music and Spotify delivered 114 billion streams in the first six months of 2016, compared to 95 billion video streams on sites like YouTube …

Apple Music

Once thought of as just a dream — is the hyperloop a real possibility?

It sounds like science fiction: a hyperloop that propels passengers traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in levitating pods through a nearly airless tube. Their pace rivals the speed of sound. The journey takes only 30 minutes.<p>According to Brogan BamBrogan, former SpaceX engineer and now …

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Why it's time to go back to the Moon

It's more than a stepping stone to Mars<p>Mars is an extremely popular destination right now. Putting people on the Red Planet has been the big goal for NASA since 2010, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made it very clear that his company is going to try to start a Martian colony as early as 2024. Mars …

This free app could get you 911 help faster than dialing the police

In fact, the current system of call routing could cost you precious seconds during an emergency.<p>That's where an app called Patronus, formerly known as BlueLight, comes into play.<p>Consider the situation in Oakland, California, where residents face a tricky decision every time they dial the …

The sharing economy will screw us all — and it’s retirement we have to be really worried about

More like a share-the-crumbs economy. As more of us fight for the scraps, Social Security more important than ever<p>Meet Howard and Jean, an older couple I know, who like so many Americans of the “greatest generation” plugged into the New Deal world that promised a secure lunch pail for the middle …

Australia is pouring $178 million into cybersecurity measures

Australia is spending AU$230 ($178) million over the next four years to beef up its cybersecurity measures. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched the new strategy in Sydney, where he also admitted that the country has offensive hacking capabilities. He didn't say whether Australia ever used …

Futurist Ray Kurzweil wants to use tiny robots in our bloodstream to fight disease and live forever

In an interview with Playboy, Kurzweil described a future in which microscopic robots inhabit our bloodstream, helping our immune system fight disease.<p>"By the 2020s we'll start using nanobots to complete the job of the immune system," he said. "Our immune system is great, but it evolved thousands …

This Solar Power Plant Can Run All Night

More than 10,000 billboard-size mirrors encircle a central tower at the facility<br>Jamey Stillings<p>1 of 11<p>Crescent Dunes looks and sounds a bit like an …

ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school.<p>Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the …