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Are virtual reality and augmented reality the future of education? | Kurzweil

People learn better through virtual, immersive environments instead of more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer: That …

Augmented Reality

THIS IS A.I. 2-Hour Special Will Premiere June 21 on Discovery Channel

Artificial intelligence, or A.I., is a transformational technology that is uniquely bound to who we are, how we view ourselves, how we evaluate our …

Artificial Intelligence

Mind-reading robots are no longer science fiction

Meet Baxter, a worker ‘bot built by MIT. If you think he’s made a mistake, he takes notice–and corrects himself.<p>New research developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) lets a person control a robotic arm with brainwaves and subtle hand gestures. It’s the …

Robotics

Brain Reading Robots Can Now Collaborate With Humans on Multiple Choice Tests

Robot servants are one step closer.<p>Communicating with machines and getting them to do what we need them to do is how a lot of us make a living, and …

Robotics

Review: Kano’s Computer Kit is an intuitive and charming way to learn how to code

For many of us, assembling the first computers we could call our own was a right of passage to the freedoms that came with owning them. The same can’t be said for those growing up today, as often times the first device many receive is a hand-me-down smartphone, tablet and laptop.<p>Kano, one of the …

Raspberry Pi

ICOs are becoming funds

What does a startup do with $48 million? $130 million? $1.7 billion? This question – one integral in the whole ICO craze – hasn’t quite been answered yet but it’s going to be far more interesting as ICOs and cryptocurrencies transform from purely product-oriented companies into actual funds.<p>Take …

Cryptocurrency

How Technology and Smarts Help Athletes Push the Limits

Science is helping to create new training methods and amazing performances in sports. How much faster, stronger, and better can humans get?<p><b>The race for the ages</b> can be run only in our imagination: Usain Bolt vs. Jesse Owens.<p>Bolt is in his 21st-century lane, a smooth, slip-resistant rubber surface …

Swimming

Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal

One day in the spring of 2010, Kathleen McCaffrey, a sophomore at New York University, received an invitation from a stranger named Arthur Breitman. …

Journalism

Lyft’s app code reveals unlaunched bike or scooter feature

Lyft hasn’t acquired a bike-sharing startup or gotten a scooter permit yet, but it’s already preparing its app for them with a feature codenamed “last mile.” Code and screenshots dug out of Lyft’s Android app reveal a way to search a map for last-mile vehicles, and scan a QR code or enter a pin to …

Lyft

VPNFilter router malware from Russia affects way more devices

A piece of malware believed to originate from Russia that began doing the rounds two weeks ago is affecting far more routers than we first learned.<p>Researchers from Cisco previously noted that the malware, dubbed VPNFilter, infected more than 500,000 routers in over 50 countries and is capable of …

Routers

Sen. Sanders, Cuomo spar over health care - CNN Video

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) challenges CNN's Chris Cuomo over the concept of socialized health care.

Health Care

Facebook says privacy-setting bug affected as many as 14M

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said a software bug led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. The bug affected as …

Social Media

The damage from Atlanta’s huge cyberattack is even worse than the city first thought

More than two months after a cyberattack hobbled many of its critical municipal systems, the city of Atlanta is still sorting through the wreckage of what is likely the worst cyberattack targeting a U.S. city to date.<p>On March 22, Atlanta’s connected systems city-wide were hit with a ransomware …

Cyber-attacks

Apple's Expensive New iPhones Revealed

Will we get three new iPhones this year or four? New information passed to me by a supply chain source reveals it’s the answer we wanted, but it comes at a cost…<p>In short: the answer is four. Apple will launch a second-generation iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus and a budget iPhone X in September. …

Mobile Technology

Teaching robots to do household chores

MIT’s Sims-inspired “VirtualHome” system aims to teach artificial agents a range of chores, such as setting the table and making coffee. (credit: MIT …

Artificial Intelligence

How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google

WASHINGTON — Fei-Fei Li is among the brightest stars in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence, somehow managing to hold down two demanding jobs simultaneously: head of Stanford University’s A.I. lab and chief scientist for A.I. at Google Cloud, one of the search giant’s most promising …

Artificial Intelligence

Google is quietly formulating a new strategy for China

Google is slowly piecing together a strategy for China to ensure that it doesn’t miss out on the growth of technology in the world’s largest country. It’s been months in the making through a series of gradual plays, but further evidence of those plans comes today via a product launch.<p>Files Go — a …

China

Apple Is Set to Unveil AR Upgrade, Software to Manage iPhone Use - Bloomberg

In recent months, Apple Inc. has been criticized for the addictive nature of its devices. Next week, the company plans to unveil software to help …

MacBook Pro

Toward AI-Guided Regenerative Medicine

SingularityNET is applying an integrated AI approach to build an automated regenerative medicine system.<p>Summary:<p><i>Regenerative Medicine offers</i> …

Machine Learning

Diamond 'guitar' strings could lead to quantum computer memory

Quantum computers need memory to perform tasks like their conventional counterparts, but it's hard to create that memory when it only takes nearby vibrating atoms to lose all their data. Scientists may have a clever solution, though: tune diamond like a guitar string. They've crafted a quantum …

Quantum Physics

Here are the three most head-scratching tweets from Elon Musk this holiday weekend

We all spend our Memorial Day weekends in different ways.<p>Elon Musk is entering the second week of his sustained, strange and simplified war with the media. And he’s not taking Memorial Day weekend off.<p>The Tesla CEO, unlike some other big-shot executives, is at least engaging with his critics. And …

Tesla

An Indian startup has created an AI-driven nutritionist for fitness freaks

In 2016, after four years of running a health and fitness app that lets customers track their daily food and workout routines, health-tech startup HealthifyMe found that it was sitting on millions of data points about its users’ lifestyle habits.<p>The Bengaluru-based company’s customers were using …

Fitness

Confusion surrounds Apple’s ‘Star’ project, aka N84, which could be a hybrid computer… or not

While Apple is already designing its own iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch processors, it’s long been rumored that the Cupertino-based tech …

Apple Watch

The ‘golden age of electronic surveillance’ is ending, says former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden

As the intelligence community shifts to new tactics, the Trump administration is creating an “age of lies.”<p>At America’s intelligence agencies, there are three ways to “steal secrets,” says former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden: Humans, signals and imagery. And for nearly two decades, signals …

Donald Trump

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 confirmed for Mi 8 event this week

Xiaomi’s Mi Band fitness trackers are among the world’s most popular wearables. Now, the company has announced that the latest iteration, the Mi Band 3, will be revealed on May 31.<p>The news was confirmed by Xiaomi senior vice-president Wang Xiang on Twitter. He reiterated that the Mi 8 flagship and …

Wearable Tech

How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded

Digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are designed to learn more about you as they listen, and part of doing so is to record conversations you’ve had with them to learn your tone of voice, prompts, and requests. Recently, this feature-not-a-bug has landed Amazon in a string of …

Smart Homes

Be cautious, free VPNs are selling your data to 3rd parties

It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite …

Privacy

How to listen to what Amazon's Alexa has recorded in your home

If you're worried about what exactly Amazon's Echo-connected speaker has been recording in your home, there's an easy way to find out.<p>Amazon makes all recent recordings available for listening in the companion Alexa app for iOS and Android.<p>Amazon has said consistently that the Echo speakers only …

Smart Homes

Still digesting GDPR? Well, hang on because more EU privacy rules may be on the way

Clearing out all the spam from companies complying with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation may have worn you out over the weekend. But rest up, bucko, because that may have only been Round 1.<p>Since the GDPR was adopted two years ago, including the long grace period to allow for compliance, …

Privacy

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ finally, officially, support ARCore

Augmented reality technology has gotten much more popular over the past couple of years, and with the arrival of ARCore, it’s gotten a whole lot better on Android. Now, Samsung’s latest flagships finally offer support.<p>It was revealed back when Samsung first launched the S9 family that the two …