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‘Surprising’ drone study shows how people really feel about drones

Looks don’t matter – at least, not if you’re talking about a drone.<p>A study out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas found that the design of a …

Drones

Starship Technologies’ delivery robot makes first official public appearance at Slush

HELSINKI, Finland — Just a week after Starship Technologies announced it was developing a fleet of delivery robots, the company demonstrated one on stage today for the first time.<p>Starship, an Estonia-based company created by two Skype cofounders, says these fleets of pint-sized lunar rover-type …

Future DJI drones could paint in the sky and follow you around

DJI is known for making some of the world’s best commercial drones. Having launched its 4K-shooting Phantom 3 in August, the company wants to let people know it hasn’t yet run out of ideas.<p>Its new rendered video shows off what it’s calling the ‘Phantom X Concept’, doing all kinds of cool things …

Science of snooping: Internet spying cost & feasibility examined by MPs

MPs have launched an inquiry into the cost and feasibility of the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, known as the Snooper’s Charter, to examine how it collects communication data and its impact on ISPs and citizens.<p>The Science and Technology Committee announced on Thursday it will focus on …

A closer look at NVIDIA's vision for AI ubiquity

Building new hardware has become increasingly easier thanks to the rise of 3D printing and the quick prototyping that's now possible thanks to devices like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and LittleBits. With Nvidia dropping the Jetson TX1's machine-learning firepower into the mix, small companies and …

Ford aims to accelerate self-driving tech by testing in a simulated city

While Volvo is putting a fleet of 100 self-driving XC90 SUVs onto the streets of Gothenburg in 2017 to demonstrate the reliability of the company's …

Autonomous Cars

BlackBerry boss John Chen: security focus heralds return 'from edge of death'

Once a smartphone leader, BlackBerry’s failure to recognize the rise of mobile browsing nearly sunk the firm. Superior security could be key to its survival<p>The CEO of troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has blamed the company’s declining fortunes on a failure to deal with the “speed of change” in …

Mobile

Microsoft's Project Oxford can now read human emotions

Microsoft is among tech companies exploring artificial intelligence. But can a machine read human emotions?<p>The software powerhouse thinks so. It has …

Bank of England: 15 million British jobs at risk from robots

Robots could replace 15 million British workers in the "third machine age", according to the Bank of England's chief economist. That's almost half of …

Bank of England