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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest …

Machine Learning

Thought-Reading Machines and the Death of Love

Ludwig Wittgenstein once imagined that everyone had a box with something in it called a “beetle.” Denying the possibility of private language, the …

Near-Infrared

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans

The shape on the screen appears only briefly—just long enough for the test subject to commit it to memory. At the same time, an electrical signal …

The Brain

Soon, Talking to Strangers Will Be Even Easier

You totally prepared for this trip. You booked the flights months ago. You have all the best sights saved in Google Maps. But then you land in Munich …

Augmented Reality

Eye Tracking Is Coming to VR Sooner Than You Think. What Now?

Joakim Karlén handed me the headset, such as it was. It was a reference design only; the hard plastic box lacked a headstrap, and had a utilitarian …

Augmented Reality

China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains

The new restrictions, which start in May, can last for up to a year<p>Starting in May, Chinese citizens who rank low on the country’s burgeoning “social credit” system will be in danger of being banned from buying plane or train tickets for up to a year, according to statements recently released by …

China

China’s New Frontiers in Dystopian Tech

Facial-recognition technologies are proliferating, from airports to bathrooms.<p>Dystopia starts with 23.6 inches of toilet paper. That’s how much the dispensers at the entrance of the public restrooms at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven dole out in a program involving facial-recognition scanners—part of …

Machine Learning

Humanity's next challenge? Creating IRL avatars (Yes, really)

One day in the not-so-distant future, search and rescue workers could rush into disaster areas not on foot or in traditional rescue vehicles, but via …

Fast genome tests are diagnosing some of the sickest babies in time to save them - MIT Technology Review

Rylee Supple seemed like a perfectly healthy baby when she was born in August 2016. But after a few months, her parents, Amy Jaeger and Robert …

Genetics

The future of riding a taxi may be closer than you think

Renault unveiled the Renault EZ-GO at the Geneva Motor Show. Renault EZ-GO is a self-driving, electric car concept that can transport up to 6 people. …

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Algorithmic wilderness

Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world?<i>By Henry Mance</i>Read at Aeon

Ecology

Tap is the wearable keyboard nobody asked for

It works as a mouse, too<p>A couple years ago, I got to test out the (potential) future of text input. It was called the “Tap Strap,” and it was a weird foam prototype that slid up over my fingers and allowed me to painstakingly input text through taps and combo taps.<p>Well, now it’s shipping. It’s just …

Wearable Tech

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog

Hey, remember that dog-like robot, SpotMini, that Boston Dynamics showed off last week, the one that opened a door for its robot friend? Well, the …

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk<p>Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s …

Machine Learning

Drones that dodge obstacles without guidance can pursue you like paparazzi - MIT Technology Review

Artificially intelligent drones are coming—and they’re going to shoot some really sick snowboarding videos along the way.<p>A startup called Skydio is …

Drones

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

Self-healing electronic skin will help robots have a sense of touch like humans

In the future, your robot babysitter will be able to tell if your child has a fever.<p>Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say they’ve developed the first fully rehealable and recyclable electronic skin, or <i>e-skin</i>. The technology mimics the functions and mechanical properties of human …

Chinese police are wearing sunglasses that can recognize faces

In the <i>Matrix</i> series, Keanu Reeves wears futuristic sunglasses to look cool when fighting against machines. But in China, police are now wearing sunglasses equipped with facial-recognition technology to catch criminal suspects.<p>Railway police in Zhengzhou, a central Chinese city, are the first in the …

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

Wearable Tech

Yes, They’ve Cloned Monkeys in China. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Next.

Researchers in China reported on Wednesday that they have created two cloned monkeys, the first time that primates have been cloned with the technique that produced Dolly the sheep more than 20 years ago.<p>The long-tailed macaques, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, were made from fetal cells grown in a …

Genetics

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

<i>Note: If you want to print this post or read it offline, the PDF is probably the way to go. You can buy it here.</i> <i><br>And here’s a G-rated version of the</i> …

Slip into the ZoZoSuit to take the headache out of online shopping

If you ever order clothes online, then how often do you find yourself disappointed with the fit once you get the garment on?<p>Too long, too short, too …

Wearable Tech

This Army of AI Robots Will Feed the World

Jorge Heraud is in a California lettuce field, and he’s about to lose his mind. It’s a balmy, cloudless day in October 2014. Salinas Valley stretches …

Farming
Medicine

This AI-Fortified Bot Will Build the First Homes for Humans on Mars

When humans are finally ready to relocate civilization to Mars, they won’t be able to do it alone. They’ll need trusted specialists with encyclopedic …

With a Whoosh, the Hyperloop Sets a New Speed Record

If you’ve been dying to know what it’s like to ride in a hyperloop at hundreds of miles per hour, watch this video.<p>Last week, Virgin Hyperloop One, …

Soft Robots Acquire Origami Skeletons for Super-Strength

I can’t sit here and promise you that the robot apocalypse isn’t coming, that the machines won’t eventually rise up and overthrow their makers. But …

US Fighter Jets Are Getting the Laser Cannons They've Always Deserved

It’s been just a few months since Lockheed Martin gave the US Army the most powerful laser weapon ever developed, a ground vehicle–mounted system …