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Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance; that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

Drones

Google’s Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

ASK THE GOOGLE search app “What is the fastest bird on Earth?,” and it will tell you.<p>“Peregrine falcon,” the phone says. “According to YouTube, the …

Machine Learning

Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system. Images look better, too.<p>Google has developed and open-sourced a new JPEG algorithm that reduces …

Web Development

A West Virginia teen taught himself how to build a rapping AI using Kanye West lyrics

Robbie Barrat started building AI on a bet.<p>His high school programming club was arguing about whether artificial intelligence could ever accomplish tasks better than humans. Barrat thought the answer was obvious. A few of his peers, however, weren’t so easily convinced and asked for proof by the …

Machine Learning

A Google Exec Just Claimed the Singularity Will Happen by 2029

Robots with human-level intelligence.<p>Ray Kurzweil, Google's Director of Engineering, is a well-known futurist with a high-hitting track record for …

Why no job is safe from the rise of the robots

Hollywood got it wrong. The highly intelligent machines that will be unleashed in the near future won’t be coming for our lives. They’ll be coming …

Lithium-ion creator helped develop a better battery technology

At 94 years old, John B. Goodenough isn't done changing the landscape of battery technology. The University of Texas at Austin professor who's widely credited for the invention of lithium-ion batteries has developed a better alternative. Goodenough, Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria …

Batteries

What time is it on Mars?

Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United …

Space

The Simple Formula to Improving Your Performance (in Anything)

The formula for improved performance in any aspect of your life is actually quite simple.<p>We are all in search of secrets for the fountain of youth. Whether it's through the $3 billion cosmetic surgery industry, or through the $30 billion fitness industry, we are all seeking hacks that will give us …

Self-improvement

Why Setting Goals Can Actually Make You Less Successful | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

“As much as setting rigid goals gives us a sense of security, real growth comes from being able to handle and manage randomness.”

Success

Graphene's Superconductive Power Has Finally Been Unlocked, and It's Crazier Than We Expected

Okay, wow.<p>It's official: graphene has been made into a superconductor in its natural state - which means electrical current can flow through it with …

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

These days it seems like most people have too much on their plate. Everyone complains about feeling overworked. So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while …

Harvard Business Review

Industry Giants Are Devoting Millions to Make a Moral AI

Rising Up to the Task<p>2016 was a year of many firsts in artificial intelligence (AI). It was the year that saw major breakthroughs in AI aggregate …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Reveals its AI Is the Online Go Player That’s Been Beating Everyone

Over the last few weeks, an unknown Go player ripped through the online leaderboards, defeating some of the world’s top players. Called “Master(P),” …

Beastgrip dramatically improves smartphone video quality with depth of field adapter

Smartphones are able to shoot astonishingly high quality video these days, but ultimately, the lenses and sensors built into your phone are too small to get a decent shallow depth of field effect. Beastgrip is about to launch a Depth of Field adapter that makes it possible to use high-end SLR …

Cameras

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Mercedes will give Tesla's Autopilot its first real competition this year

Sorry, Elon<p>Live coverage from the year's biggest technology conference, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The year in tech starts here.<p>Fifteen months ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk released Autopilot: a semi-autonomous technology that allow cars to drive down the highway with little-to-no …

Tesla

Here are some gadgets sweeping the sleep-tech market

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, fake beds abound.<p>Companies from across the globe are clamoring to give attendees a chance to kick off their shoes and test out the latest in sleep technology. It’s hard to get too cozy with thousands of tech fanatics milling around the exhibit floor — but …

Bedtime Stories

Israel to test electric roads that wirelessly charge vehicles as they drive

Forget the charging port—the roads of the near future could power your electric car while you drive, eliminating the need to ever stop to recharge or …

Airline passenger details easy prey for hackers, say researchers

Worldwide system used to coordinate travel bookings between airlines is insecure and easy to exploit, experts reveal<p>The worldwide system used to coordinate travel bookings between airlines, travel agents, and price comparison websites is hopelessly insecure, according to researchers.<p>The lack of …

Security

A Beautiful Visualization Of How Your DSLR Camera Really Works | Co.Design

Roberts, a freelance graphic designer and animator was having his own problems about four years ago, when he was teaching himself to use DSLR for motion graphic projects. His recently launched project <i>Photography-Mapped</i> includes a beautifully designed, screen-printed printed graphic that diagrams …

Cameras

Head of Japan’s Biggest Ad Agency Resigns After Suicide of Overworked Employee

The president of Dentsu (dntuy), Japan's largest advertising agency, will step down over the "death by overwork" of a young employee, a suicide which …

Japan

Why Energy May Soon Be Free Thanks to Solar, Wind, Storage and Big Data

Google and Apple both have licences to trade energy while Microsoft has been busy developing new technology<p>Paying for energy could soon become a …

Renewable Energy

10 Biggest Scientific Achievements of 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for scientific discovery and achievement. Taking a look back at the biggest scientific achievements over the last 12 …

Microsoft might add ‘game mode’ to Windows 10 for maximum gaming performance

Gaming on Windows 10 might be getting even better. A report from <i>UberGizmo</i> cites Twitter user @h0x0d, who found a new "gamemode.dll" in the latest Windows 10 developer build. The feature appears to allow Windows 10 to adjust CPU and GPU resources when running a game to allocate more power for the …

Microsoft

The Joy of Being Wrong When a Subordinate Disagrees With You

My favorite leadership moments have come when people that worked for me disagreed with me, chose their way and proved me wrong. These happened when we had the right people in the right roles with clear direction and guardrails and different perspectives who learned through practice.<p>"Remember how we …

Leadership

4 Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills

If you’ve ever received feedback that you “need to be more strategic,” you know how frustrating it can feel. To add insult to injury, the feedback rarely comes with any concrete guidance on what to do about it. One of my coaching clients, Lisa, a vice president of HR, was in this situation and …

Leadership

Is a Universal Basic Income the Answer to Automation-Caused Unemployment?

Disruption and Displacement<p>While technological advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will clearly make a lot of processes easier …

Basic Income

Jewish Museum: Google is profiting from Holocaust denial search results

A Jewish heritage museum has accused Google of profiting from Holocaust denial because it is paying to prevent a neo-Nazi website from appearing as the top result for “did the Holocaust happen."<p>The marketing director of the Breman Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, said it was “nauseating” that Google …

Google