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Google built a processor just for AI

Google is no stranger to building hardware for its data centers, but it's now going so far as to design its own processors. The internet giant has revealed the Tensor Processing Unit, a custom chip built expressly for machine learning. As Google doesn't need high precision for artificial …

Google is reportedly creating a startup incubator

Google is reportedly creating a startup incubator to allow internal teams to create new ventures. Dubbed "Area 120", the incubator would allow …

Startups

Jaguar Land Rover launches InMotion subsidiary to develop car sharing services

The UK's Jaguar Land Rover is launching a wholly owned subsidiary called InMotion, which it describes as "a new technology business that builds apps and on-demand services to overcome modern travel and transport challenges." In other words, it's a so-called mobility company — a popular trend in the …

Carsharing

Hitachi's answer to Pepper the robot is swifter and sturdier

Look out, Pepper: you have some fresh competition. Hitachi has unveiled EMIEW3, its first humanoid assistant robot built for full-fledged commercial service. Like its SoftBank-made counterpart, it's designed to help you find your way around stores and public facilities. It's particularly focused on …

Solar cell generates power from raindrops

Rain is normally a solar energy cell's worst nightmare, but a team of Chinese scientists could make it a tremendous ally. They've developed a solar cell with an atom-thick graphene layer that harvests energy from raindrops, making it useful even on the gloomiest days. Water actually sticks to the …

Hiring a robot waiter can cost you your business

If you've ever whined that employing people means dealing with their personal messes, don't think hiring robots can make your life any better. Two restaurants in China have been forced to close after replacing their flesh-and-bone waitstaff with robots turned out to be a terrible mistake. According …

Robotics

The reality of AR/VR business models

Tim Merel Contributor<p>Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Ubiquitous AR to dominate focused VR by 2022<br>• The new reality of mobile AR and computer vision venture capital<p>There is nearly as much confusion as there is excitement about augmented and virtual …

Augmented Reality

Google is using machine learning to teach robots how to grasp random objects

Using your hand to grasp a pen that’s lying on your desk doesn’t exactly feel like a chore, but for robots, that’s still a really hard thing to do. So to teach robots how to better grasp random objects, Google’s research team dedicated 14 robots to the task.<p>The standard way to solve this problem …

Machine Learning

The future of work is 5 billion customers looking for a good job

David Nordfors Contributor<p>David Nordfors is the co-chair and co-founder of the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit together with Vint Cerf.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The future of business is good jobs as a service<br>• Moving The Economy Beyond The Turing Test And Man Vs. Machine<p>Let me tell you about the …

Innovation

IBM Watson powers Hilton's robotic concierge 'Connie'

IBM Watson is training for yet another job at the Hilton McLean in Virginia. The hotel has recently welcomed a new concierge named "Connie," you see, and it's actually a Nao robot powered by IBM's AI. Connie, named after the chain's founder Conrad Hilton, can greet guests when they arrive and …

Koov is Sony's answer to Lego Mindstorms

Governments and educators around the world want to teach kids coding at an early age, so many corporations are eager to help -- for a price. The latest company jumping into the trend is Sony, which just launched Koov "digital native blocks." It's the first product for Sony's new Global Education …

Humans trust this emergency robot more than common sense

Getting people to trust robots is as big a deal for the future of technology as building them. But, it turns out, acquiring that trust might not be that difficult. Test subjects at the Georgia Institute of Technology willingly followed an emergency robot to safety during a simulated fire, even when …

The Politics Of The Internet Of Things

Dominique Guinard Contributor<p>Dominique Guinard is the co-founder and CTO of EVRYTHNG.<p>The prospective scale of the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to fill anyone looking from the outside with the technical equivalent of agoraphobia. However, from the inside, the view is very different. …

Internet of Things

Barriers To Augmented Reality Are Holding Us Back From The Holodeck

There is more money and talent invested in virtual and augmented reality than ever before. Indeed, more than $3.5 billion has been invested into virtual and augmented reality startups in the past two years. The industry is growing fast; Goldman Sachs suggests the combined hardware and software …

Augmented Reality

Samsung will abandon the smartphone market within five years: Analyst - ExtremeTech

By on November 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>For the past few years, two …

Understanding The Future Of Mobility

Jonathan Matus Contributor<p>Jonathan Matus is CEO of Zendrive.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Uber Ruling Is A Harbinger Of The Need For Employment Law Change<p>Stefan Heck Contributor<p>Stefan Heck is a consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and directs the Energy …

Autonomous Cars

A Car Full Of People With No One Driving

Ever since the days of the horse and buggy there has been a fundamental relationship between vehicle and driver. The advent of driverless cars will invert this dynamic as we all roll forward into the future. What should cities do now to prepare?<p>Because of the popularity of application-based, …

Smart Cities

Where Are The Invisible Apps?

Eli Portnoy Contributor<p>Eli Portnoy is the CEO & co-founder of Sense360.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>How Uber Can Protect Consumer Privacy<p>More than a year ago, Matthew Panzarino wrote an article on TechCrunch in which he described a new type of mobile app experience that he coined the Invisible …

Apps

Your Brain Waves Could Replace Passwords

Researchers at Binghamton University have discovered that, with a bit of training, your computer can identify you based on the way your brain reacts to certain words. This means that instead of a password you could simply listen to a few words and unlock your super secret files.<p>From the release:<p>In …

Brainwaves

New York sets rules for running Bitcoin exchange businesses

New York has finally issued an official set of rules for businesses that deal with Bitcoins. If you recall, New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky and his team have been writing and rewriting those regulations for the past two years, taking criticisms into account. Lawsky …

Google’s Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform

Project Vault is a secure computer contained entirely on a micro SD sized device. Google’s ATAP said the micro SD format made sense because there’s already advanced security features on your phone, contained in the SIM card, which protects the things important to carriers. Vault is designed to be …

MicroSD

Ricoh invents super-efficient power-producing rubber

No, this is not an image of a delicious Fruit Roll-Up, it's actually a unique new flexible material from Ricoh that can create electricity from pressure and vibration. Dubbed "Energy-Generating Rubber," this piezoelectric mat combines the best features of existing ceramic and polymeric materials; …

The Light Phone Is The Anti-Smartphone

[protected-iframe id=”e63470e7cbda8b092f75af8f12f8d87a-24588526-12084649″ info=”https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thelightphone/the-light-phone/widget/video.html” width=”640″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”]<p>The Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is …

Self-awareness

Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is getting its first test flight

Legendary astronomer Carl Sagan once envisioned a solar sailer, a spaceship that uses sunlight radiation to push itself through the solar system much like a boat relies on the wind. Decades later, his project is about to become a practical reality. The Planetary Society (which was co-founded by …

Cooking with Watson: Italian grilled lobster

<i>'Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson' is a collaboration between IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Once a week, as part of an ongoing series, we'll be preparing one recipe from the book until we've made all of them. Wish us luck.</i><p>I've got to say I am pretty against the …

Seafood

NASA thinks a robotic eel might be the key to exploring Europa

We've seen the submarine that NASA wants to explore Saturn's moon Titan with, but compared to what the aeronautics outfit's looking at for icy climes like Jupiter's Europa it's downright pedestrian. The wormy-looking contraption up above is actually considered a type of amphibious rover and it's …

The Void wants to offer fully immersive virtual reality games

Ken Bretschneider dreams of a virtual reality experience that will have you literally running, jumping around and chasing digital villains. That's why this fall, he'll start building The Void: a virtual reality gaming center with 60 x 60 foot rooms where people can physically play while immersed in …