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Google’s New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

John Martinis has given himself just a few months to reach a milestone in the history of computing.<p>He’s leader of the Google research group working …

Quantum Mechanics

Today will be the first day the UK was powered without coal since the industrial revolution

The seismic shift in global energy production was powerfully in evidence today (April 21), when all electricity in the UK was produced for a 24-hour period without burning a single shovelful of coal—for the first time since the industrial revolution.<p>Britain led the world into industrialization in …

Renewable Energy

Creating Simple Rules for Complex Decisions

Machines can now beat humans at complex tasks that seem tailored to the strengths of the human mind, including poker, the game of Go, and visual recognition. Yet for many high-stakes decisions that are natural candidates for automated reasoning, like doctors diagnosing patients and judges setting …

Data Science

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i><p>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.<p>“I …

Agile Development

AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

An estimated 20 million people die each year due to cardiovascular disease. Luckily, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor.<p>The American …

Machine Learning

The leadership principle my grandfather shared with me as a child is the same one I now teach Fortune 500 execs

When I was a child, my grandfather asked me, “Subir, between zero and nine, which number is the most powerful?”<p>Without hesitation, I responded, “Nine, of course — it’s much larger. Zero is nothing.”<p>“You are mistaken,” he told me. “It is true that zero does not have any value on its own. But when …

Leadership

When Pixels Collide

Last weekend, a fascinating act in the history of humanity played out on Reddit.<p>For April Fool's Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave …

The hoverbikes are coming

Autonomous passenger drones might be coming to Dubai this summer, but in Russia I had the chance to check out this startup which literally wants to build a hoverbike.<p>Emerging from the Skolkovo “startups and science park” just outside of Moscow, human-carrying drone maker Hoversurf has created a …

Drones

These Species Can Recode Their Own Genetics

Gene Editing<p>A team of scientists led by Joshua Rosenthal at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Noa Liscovitch-Braur and Eli Eisenberg at Tel Aviv …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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
Self-improvement

Why Setting Goals Can Actually Make You Less Successful

Sometimes goal setting can lead to a narrow focus that may lead you to limit yourself and miss opportunities. Just ask cab drivers.<p>It may seem that planning out your goals in weekly, monthly, and yearly increments would be a blueprint for success. But could a more haphazard approach actually be …

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 …

Graphene

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 …

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 …

Google Reveals its A.I. 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),” …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

DSLR Cameras

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

Sorry, Elon<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 steering input. It’s been refined and improved over the years and Tesla leads all automakers in self-driving tech that you can actually …

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 …

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 …

Electric Vehicles

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 …

Information Security