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Duke hopes HoloLens will assist with tricky brain surgeries

When Microsoft envisioned the medical world embracing HoloLens in the future, it wasn't kidding around. Duke University is testing the augmented reality headset as an assistive tool for difficult brain surgeries like extraventricular drain placement, which relieves potentially fatal pressure. …

Project Blue aims to snap the first picture of an exoplanet in Alpha Centauri

Exoplanets are the talk of the solar system this year, but as exciting as they are, their existence (as is often the case in astronomy) is more inference than direct observation. A new private effort known as Project Blue hopes to change that with a satellite built for a single purpose: to directly …

Astronomy

Software That Identifies Any Passing Face Is Ready For Market

Russian police are a likely first customer<p>Is it worth the convenience for a machine to recognize your face? Submit a selfie, and you don’t need to carry a ticket into a concert, promises Moscow’s NTechLab, which used face-scanning technology to let people into a electronic music festival this …

Machine Learning

Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs

<b>Robotics and AI have "huge potential" to reshape the way people work and live, but the government needs to do more to address the issues raised by such technology, says a report.</b><p>MPs on the Science and Technology Committee have called for careful scrutiny of the probable ethical, legal and societal …

Artificial Intelligence

Government not ready for the impact of artificial intelligence, MPs claim

A committee of MPs has called on the government to set up a commission on artificial intelligence<p>AI and robotics have the scope for “fundamentally …

Artificial Intelligence
Education

Tech investors are backing a law to ban homeless camps in San Francisco

In a city where poverty rates are at historic highs, the homeless population living in tents along the sidewalks could soon be forced to leave.<p>A …

Facebook's Algorithms Officially Can't Handle Fake News

The Washington Post has been tracking Facebook’s “Trending Topics” column for the last three weeks, searching for evidence that the social media …

Fake News

Terahertz radiation could speed up computer memory by 1000 times

One area limiting speed in personal computing speed is memory -- specifically, how quickly individual memory cells can be switched, which is currently done using an external magnetic field. European and Russian scientists have proposed a new method using much more rapid terahertz radiation, aka …

DeepMind's new computer can learn from its own memory

DeepMind, an artificial intelligence firm that was acquired by Google in 2014 and is now under the Alphabet umbrella, has developed a computer than can refer to its own memory to learn facts and use that knowledge to answer questions.<p>That’s huge, because it means that future AI could respond to …

Tinder’s new Smart Photos show just how well the app knows you

Ever wonder which of your selfies is best? Tinder wants to help you figure it out, with the launch of a new feature called Smart Photos. And Smart Photos, in turn, show us just how much Tinder is a big data company, meticulously collecting information about what (and who) you like and don’t …

Apps

Apple ‘investigating’ explicit photo-sharing ring run by employees at Australian Apple Store [U]

<i>Update: Apple says its investigation has found no evidence of ‘inappropriate data transfers’ of photos from customer phones – via</i> CNET.<p>An Apple Store in Australia is under fire for accusations of employees stealing personal images from the phones of customers, as well as taking images of female …