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KFC in Shanghai Is Now Staffed by Robots

Colonel Sanders is assembling a robot army. At a high-tech new KFC store in Shanghai, customers can order their fried chicken and mashed potatoes via voice-activated robot, Shanghaiist reports.<p>Named Dumi, the robot is sophisticated enough to handle order changes and substitutions, though according …

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Would you let a robot invest your hard-earned cash?

<b>The floors of the New York and London Stock Exchanges now exist mostly for show. The real trading is done automatically by robots.</b><p>About three-quarters of trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are done by algorithms - computer programs following complex sets of rules.<p>And this …

Fukushima's Ground Zero: No Place for Man or Robot

The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean “ice wall” around the crippled plant …

Software brings your PC's entire interface to VR

Virtual reality faces numerous challenges, but one of the biggest is having to take your headset off whenever you need to run a conventional app. What if you want to maintain that immersion, or just want to use a VR device as your only display? That's where BigScreen thinks it can help. It's …

Virtual Reality

Researchers' idea will blow you away: 656-foot long blades on wind turbines

Efforts to increase wind power mean that turbine blades are getting bigger and bigger. But a new design in the works takes the idea to levels most people can barely imagine: Blades up to 656.2 feet long — more than two football fields.<p>Today's longest blades are 262.5 feet. The blades at Imperial …

The momentous advance in artificial intelligence demands a new set of ethics

Let us all raise a glass to AlphaGo and mark another big moment in the advance of artificial intelligence and then perhaps start to worry. AlphaGo, Google DeepMind’s game of Go-playing AI just bested the best Go-playing human currently alive, the renowned Lee Sedol. This was not supposed to happen. …

Artificial Intelligence

Devialet wants its sound tech in everything you use

The French audio company is trying to be the Dolby of tomorrow<p>Last summer, I spent some time with the Devialet Phantom, a ridiculously loud, bulbous mass of a wireless speaker. The Phantom, which comes in two, expensive flavors, can hit deafening volumes of over 90db. It also looks like something …

Ford CEO looks to autonomous cars, sharing economy

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ford CEO Mark Fields says the 112-year-old company is tripling its investment in new technologies that will ultimately lead …

Morocco's megawatt solar plant powers up

<b>(CNN) —</b> Morocco is close to completing the world's largest concentrated solar power farm.<p>The site near the city of Ouarzazate -- famous as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Gladiator" -- aims to produce enough energy to power over one million homes by the …

The man that Toyota gave $1 billion to set up a robotics lab

The robots are coming—to save your life.<p>Last summer, the Pentagon’s research division, DARPA, hosted a competition aiming to prove that robots could help save us in even the most dire of disaster situations. The robots fell over more often than European soccer players, but Gill Pratt, the man …

A New Kind of Computer Chip Could Soon Make Your Smartphone Way More Powerful

And it could save you some battery too.<p>Your smartphone is already pretty smart. Chances are it has a GPU (for graphics) and a CPU (for everything else) packed into its tiny microchip brain. Those two parts alone make it more powerful than entire desktop PCs from only a decade or so ago, but a new …

Deep Learning

Nikon takes down plane photo after row

<b>Nikon has taken down the winning entry to an amateur photography competition after a social media storm erupted over the obviously edited image.</b><p>Look Up, by Singaporean photographer Chay Yu Wei, appeared to capture a plane just as it flew over a building.<p>But Nikon and Mr Chay had to apologise after …

What's Hot And What's Not In Virtual Reality

We are a few weeks removed from the Consumer Electronics Show, where it seemed virtually everyone what showing off some sort of Virtual Reality-related product or technology. Valve and HTC also recently held an event to further brief the media on their technology and VRLA just took place as well. …

Virtual Reality

Neato Botvac Connected review: A LIDAR-powered robot vacuum is my maid now

Vacuuming is for chumps. Make a robot do it.<p>It's been about two months since I've vacuumed my house, and the floor has never been cleaner. That's …

Utah Lawmaker Wants to Declare Pornography a ‘Public Health Hazard’

A Utah lawmaker has introduced a resolution to declare pornography a “public health hazard.”<p>Republican Sen. Todd Weiler filed the bill last week to …

Reports of 'unruly passengers' on planes drop; social media might be the reason

The number of airline passengers who are reported for disrupting commercial flights has been dropping for several years. But the decline may have more to do with social media than any improvement in fliers' manners.<p>In 2015, the incidents of “unruly passengers” reported to the<p>Federal Aviation …

Lego's new robotics kit is the kind of educational toy I wish I had growing up

Listen, it's been a long week. Sometime you just want to build Lego robots for a bit. This week, Lego unveiled its second generation WeDo education kit, which includes all the pieces, motors, and sensors necessary for elementary-level students to build robots (and, subversively, learn about science …

Hungary says migrant influx to Europe must be stopped altogether

Hungarian prime minister calls for fences to be built on Greece's northern border to stem flow of refugees<p>Hungary’s prime minister on Friday said that the flow of refugees and migrants pouring into Europe must be halted altogether, not just reduced, and called for new border fences to be built in …

6 New Wearables that Promise to Make You Healthier

Technology and healthcare have always gone hand-in-hand. The average lifespan has been extended considerably, in part, thanks to advances in health …

Fitbit heart rate tracking is dangerously inaccurate, lawsuit claims

US claimants say heart rates recorded on fitness trackers are well below real ones<p>Claims from fitness tracking company Fitbit that its wristbands can accurately monitor owners' heart rates are wildly and in some cases dangerously misleading, according to a lawsuit.<p>Fitbit owners from several US …

Verizon Wireless's 5G Deployment is a 1 Gig Fairy Tale.

Did you know that 100 Mbps was the original speed touted by Verizon for 4G LTE, starting around 2009? Yet, by 2015, America's average for 4G LTE speed is about 10-12 Mbps for a download -- about 90 percent off the original marketing hype. But this is old news.<p>Verizon's hype machine is in full force …

People’s Choice Awards: the talking points

<i>Last night’s 42nd People’s Choice Award served up a bevy of innovative styling ideas, Seventies throw-backs and, of course, the occasional wardrobe slip-up. Here are six outfits that made an impact for all the right, and wrong, reasons...</i><p>In praise of over-skirts<p>Lady in red Abigail Spencer treated …

Claire Danes

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Yahoo is prepping to lay off 10% or more of its workforce.</b> Sources familiar with the matter say the company is planning to reduce its headcount by more than 1,000, and cuts may start this month.<p><b>2. Snapchat is closing down its Lens Store after just two months and focusing on its ads business.</b> It …

RIP IE: Older versions of Microsoft's browser lose support next week

If you still use an old version of Internet Explorer, it’s probably time to upgrade: Microsoft has confirmed that it will stop supporting IE 8, 9 and 10 on Tuesday 12 January, marking an end to security updates and technical support for users of older versions of the web browser.<p>On its page about …

Software

James Foley's Mother to Author a Book About His Life

Diane Foley will publish a memoir about the life of her son, James Foley, the freelance journalist who was executed by ISIS in 2014 two years after …

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey apologizes for miscommunication on Rift pricing

As of Wednesday, the cat is out of the bag: Virtual Reality headset Oculus Rift costs $599, and that's excluding the cost of a pretty pricey PC …

Ready Player One

12 Essential Pieces That Will Help You Survive Your Winter Workouts

A selection of cold-weather gear that will keep you, your body, and your stuff warm and dry.