Innovation and Beyond

By Anand | This magazine curates exciting stories on technology, design, innovation and entrepreneurship

Sophia the robot becomes first humanoid Saudi citizen

Author: OLIVIA CUTHBERTThu, 2017-10-26 01:45ID: 1508957212144534000LONDON: A humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative …

Robots

Harvard's new RoboBee can fly in and out of water

Apparently, we haven't seen RoboBee's final form yet. Harvard researchers introduced the robot back in 2013 and developed a version that uses static to stick to walls in 2016. Now, the scientists have created an upgraded robotic bee that can fly, dive into water and hop right back up into the air. …

Robotics

Scientists use HTC Vive controllers to operate this rescue robot like a puppet

It’s not ready for prime-time, but control systems like this could make for better robots<p>Rescue robots could be incredibly useful tools in the future, diving into situations too dangerous for humans. But if you’ve seen current-generation robots try to tackle these sorts of scenarios, you’ll know …

Robotics

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence, AlphaGo Zero took just three days to master the ancient Chinese board game of Go ... with no human help<p>Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Machine Learning

DeepMind's new AI ethics unit is the company's next big move

As we hand over more of our lives to artificial intelligence systems, keeping a firm grip on their ethical and societal impact is crucial. For …

Artificial Intelligence

The Nuada smart glove gives your hand bionic powers

In the future, said Andy Warhol, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes. I’m paraphrasing, but it looks like a Portuguese company called Nuada is about to give us that opportunity. Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, the seed-funded company pitched on our Disrupt stage and showed us one …

Robotics

Tesla flips a switch to increase the range of some cars in Florida to help people evacuate

Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a <i>liiiittle</i> bit farther, thus helping their owners get that much farther away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.<p>Wondering how that’s even possible?<p>Up until a few months ago, Tesla sold a …

Putting ‘humans into the loop’: U of T undergrad is lead author on latest machine learning research

Machine Learning

Microsoft Announces Groundbreaking Blockchain Innovation: Coco Framework

Microsoft announced this week it is working on one of the biggest blockchain innovations the private sector has ever seen: the first-of-its-kind Coco …

Watch these workers get RFID microchipped at their company’s “chip party”

Three Square Market, the Wisconsin vending tech company that stirred up controversy by offering implantable RFID chips to its employees, held a party Monday where <b>experts injected the chips into workers with syringes</b>. Tortilla chips were also served, according to footage from news station WRAL.<p>The …

AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm?

Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks?<p>F<b>r</b>om Elgar to Adele, and the Beatles or Pink Floyd to Kanye West, London’s Abbey Road Studios has hosted a storied list of musical stars since opening …

Artificial Intelligence

Harvard's tiny robotic arm can make endoscopic surgery safer

Minimally invasive surgery is already amazing as it is, but a team of Harvard scientists have created a device that expands its possible applications even further. They designed a tiny robotic arm that lays flat while the endoscope is moving through narrow passages and pops up to reveal tools …

Robotics

Announcing the world’s first brain-computer interface for virtual reality

Neurable’s BCI headset for HTC Vive®Today Neurable is offering a first look at a product that is without precedent in modern tech: a brain-computer …

Augmented Reality

Watching artificial intelligence teach itself how to walk is weirdly captivating

Do you remember the adorable scene in <i>Bambi</i> where Thumper the rabbit teaches Disney’s lovable deer how to walk? Well, computer scientists from the …

Gesture-Controlled AR Headset Shown off in New Apple Patent App.

An Apple patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hints at the company’s greater augmented reality ambitions — …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

A computer predicted the success of Etsy, Spotify, and other major startups 8 years ago — and it's just generated a new list

In 2009, Ira Sager of Businessweek magazine set a challenge for Quid AI's CEO Bob Goodson: programme a computer to pick 50 unheard of companies that are set to rock the world.<p>The domain of picking "start-up winners" was — and largely still is — dominated by a belief held by the venture capital (VC) …

Venture Capital

I made my own wearable computer with a Raspberry Pi, and it was almost too easy

Ever since I read about the crazy wearable pioneers back in the ‘90s and early 2000s, I've wanted a wearable computer of my own. I had two major requirements, however: it had to be a computer, and I had to be able to wear it.<p>Smartphones, for the most part, have supplanted most people's interest in …

Quantum computing 101 | Institute for Quantum Computing

Although quantum information has been around for a long time, we're starting to see more about it in the media. We hope to give you a quickstart …

Quantum Mechanics

Say hello to Japan’s cute red sushi delivery robot

Who doesn't want delicious sushi delivered to their door?<p>Sushi for you?<p>We love the idea of ordering food by app, and having an adorable robot drop it …

Japan

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot is built to save lives

The latest version of MIT’s Cheetah robot made its stage debut today at TC Sessions: Robotics in Cambridge, Mass. It’s a familiar project to anyone who follows the industry with any sort of regularity, as one of the most impressive demos to come out of one of the world’s foremost robotics schools …

Robots

Police body cams will soon use AI to find missing people

Motorola Solutions -- not to be confused with smartphone maker Motorola -- is adding machine learning to its surveillance equipment used by law enforcement personnel. Cops in Chicago's Waukegan police department are already suiting up with the company's Si500 body cams. But those same cameras could …

Motorola

This Flat Microscope Implant Could Beam Sensory Input Directly to The Brain

Restoring senses with sensors.<p>Behold the FlatScope, an innovative implant scientists hope could one day beam sensory information straight to your …

Instead of hacking self-driving cars, researchers are trying to hack the world they see

A self-driving car is theoretically able to replace a human driver because it can see and react the way a human would—or better.<p>But AI researchers are now debating whether their software could be susceptible to “hacks” of real-world objects like stop signs, invisible to the human eye but seen by …

One of Google's biggest flops returns to the enterprise

Google parent company Alphabet has officially launched the "Enterprise Edition" of its smart glasses hardware, which is now available to a network of …

The Inventor Of Roomba Has A New Robot That Sucks Up Invasive Fish

The Guardian robot collects lionfish so we can eat them—before they destroy ecosystems by chowing down on all the local fish.<p>When Colin Angle visited Bermuda in 2015 and first saw lionfish–an invasive species that has decimated local fish populations with its ravenous appetite–it wasn’t the first …

This Autonomous Bodega Roams The Streets Of Shanghai 24/7

A self-driving convenience store being tested in Shanghai takes same-day delivery to the next level.<p>It won’t be long before the magical, free two-day delivery of Amazon Prime will feel like an eternity. What will replace it? Probably something that looks a lot like the Moby Mart.<p>The half-realized …

Who Needs A Hospital, When This Self-Driving Doctor Comes To You?

A new concept called Aim brings the doctor to you, in a self-driving car.<p>Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange …