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Japanese scientists just created an AI that can “read” human minds

Nope, this isn’t just fodder for the new series of Black Mirror<p>As computer scientists attempt to make machines think and learn like humans, the …

The Brain

The Death of Processes and the Birth of High Frequency Underwriting

Let’s consider a car insurance market where all new contracts go through online aggregators. Let’s assume all the car’s information (vehicle brand, …

Car Insurance

Forget dance classes, these smart shoes can teach you all the best moves

Rhythm Shoes can track steps via motion sensors and provide haptic feedback to help users learn choreography.

The keyboard has been reinvented for pro gamers

The 'Shortcut' keyboard was designed to to fix all the problems gamers face with normal keyboards, such as strain on the wrists and hands.<p>Unlike the …

Google's 'DeepMind' AI platform can now learn without human input

DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.<p>In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it …

Here's Why Apple Acquired This Health Startup

Apple has acquired Gliimpse, a personal data collection startup, for an undisclosed sum. The move, which was earlier reported by <i>Fast Company</i>, should …

Why home insurance needs your whole house connected #CEOseries

The Internet of Things can’t predict all circumstances of the future, but its aggregate data can encourage proactive ambitions. Such has been the …

Zurich backs smart technology in UK homes

<b>Zurich is among the first providers to pin its hopes on the anticipated growth of smart technology in UK homes, and more insurers should follow suit.</b> …

Customers

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely best at keeping secrets didn't manage to keep this secret effectively," Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Business Insider.<p>In February, a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock …

Privacy

Police seize drones carrying mobiles and drugs to Pentonville jail

Officers recover devices with packages containing illegal drugs and phones in operation around north London prison<p>Police have seized two drones loaded with drugs and mobile phones being flown towards a prison in north London.<p>The devices were discovered by officers investigating attempts to smuggle …

Bounty hunters are legally hacking Apple and the Pentagon – for big money

A growing roster of ‘white hat’ hackers earn thousands finding chinks in the digital armor of the US government and companies such as Apple and Google<p>Nathaniel Wakelam became a bounty hunter when he was 18.<p>Now 21, it is his full time job. This month so far he has earned $21,150, in installments: he …

Auctions

Alleged NSA data dump contain hacking tools rarely seen

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of …

New York University

$200M acquisition of Turi proves Apple's dead serious about AI

Showing its serious about improving its virtual assistant, as well as the company’s online storefronts, Apple purchased Seattle-based AI/machine learning startup Turi today for a reported $200 million. Details are still hard to come but so far we know that the Turi team plans to stay in Seattle, …

This Scientist Is Commanding A Swarm Of Drones With His Mind

We have to control them before they control us<p>Hopefully this never gets reverse-engineered by AI.<p>Panagiotis Artemiadis, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at Arizona State University, developed mind-controlled drone swarms by tracking electrical activity in the brain. When the …

Drones

Having stomach troubles? Try swallowing an origami robot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Has your child swallowed a small battery? In the future, a tiny robot made from pig gut could capture it and expel …

VR porn festival cancelled, too many people wanted to come

With VR technology rapidly evolving and becoming a mainstay in the consumer market, naturally the adult entertainment industry wants to get their hands on it — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.<p>In the past, the mainstream adoption of technologies like VHS, DVD and online video were lead by …

Sustainable eHighways For Trucks Could Be The Answer To The Increase In Freight Transport

The world’s first public road project with electrified highway trucks is being conducted in Sweden, and will soon be replicated in California as well.<p>Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson and the Minister of Energy Ibrahim Baylan recently inaugurated the first eHighway system on a …

Los Angeles

New York criminalizes the use of ticket-buying bots

If you failed to get tickets for your favorite band, even though your finger was poised on the "buy" link the instant they went on sale, don't worry -- you never stood a chance. They were probably snapped up by bots that, in one case, bought 1,012 Madison Square Garden U2 tickets in less than a …

Apple is getting a do-over with the Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is about to get the nearest thing to a brain transplant this fall.<p>Apple’s watchOS 3, (announced on Monday at WWDC 2016) represents a …

The Blocks modular smartwatch can now be pre-ordered

You choose which four of six modules you want<p>If you’ve been dreaming about owning a customizable smartwatch, the modular watch that London-based Blocks promised is now available — but just for pre-order. And nothing gives a pre-order announcement a little extra spice like a teaser video:<p>This watch, …

Why I have finally taken off the Apple Watch for the last time

It took me nine months to realise it, but the only useful thing about Apple’s £479 smartwatch was the weather notifications<p>Towards the end of May, I took off the Apple Watch I’d been wearing for nine months. I’ll never put it on again.<p>I’d been wearing the £479 38mm Apple Watch with a sapphire …

Pebble pubs its activity-tracking algorithms and Happiness app

Pebble has a few health-related updates to share following the launch of its crowdfunding campaign for three new fitness-focused smartwatches. In particular, it has revealed how its first native fitness-tracking app works by publishing the algorithms behind it, launched a mood-tracking app and …

This new Bluetooth-connected toothbrush brings a dentist into your bathroom

For $199.99!<p>Philips Sonicare is launching a new smart toothbrush that connects to an app via Bluetooth. I know, the first thing you’ll say is: why do I need a toothbrush that has Bluetooth? And that’s a valid question. You probably don’t, but you might if you really care about oral hygiene and …

Microsoft is opening up its Windows Holographic platform to developers

Microsoft announced today that it will be opening up its Windows Holographic platform to outside parties, who can use it to build their own virtual …

Augmented Reality

The best kids trackers: Using wearables to keep your child safe

Need to catch that sprog? Keeping track of children is becoming much easier thanks to kids wearables.<p>While there are plenty of smartwatches for kids …

GPS Tracker Reveals Just Where Your Cat Goes at Night

The results are pretty wild.<p>If you're a cat owner, you've undoubtedly wondered where your pet gets off to at night. To meet up with its feline pals? To hunt down an alternative to Whiskas? Maybe just a brisk evening stroll?<p>As part of a cat-tracking project by the Central Tablelands Local Land …

Google is selling its robot company to Toyota

A source says that the "ink is nearly dry" on the deal, but didn't disclose the price.<p>The robotics division has been a source of tension within the company since Andy Rubin, the exec who led it, left in 2014.<p>Rubin, who also founded Android and led Google's smartphone business for many years, drove …

Selling

Russia has a new robot soldier, and it's a little troubling

"The development of a special military robot is one of the priorities of military construction in Russia," the Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported recently.<p>The purpose of Iron Man, the newspaper continued, is to "replace the person in the battle or in emergency areas where there …

Russia