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Sep 30, 2017

This lifesaving buoy is remote controlled!

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Sep 30, 2017

How chatbots could change customer service over the next 5 years

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is becoming smarter, but that doesn’t mean humans will disappear entirely from customer service.

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Sep 30, 2017

Electric car-sharing service begins in Singapore

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Singapore gets its first electric vehicle-sharing service, and it comes from France.

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Sep 30, 2017

Apple just released new information about how facial recognition on the iPhone X works

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, security

Apple updated the security and privacy information on its website on Wednesday, revealing new details about how its new facial-recognition technology works.

The new details come about a month before Apple’s most advanced iPhone, the iPhone X, goes on sale. The banner feature of the iPhone X is a facial-recognition tool called Face ID that unlocks the phone, replacing the fingerprint sensor.

Since Face ID and its corresponding 3D camera, called TrueDepth, were announced earlier this month, the technology has attracted a lot of attention and speculation from privacy advocates and security experts. Sen. Al Franken even wrote an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with 10 questions about the technology.

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Sep 30, 2017

Evaporating Water Could Power Almost 70% of The US Electrical Grid

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

It’s not every day scientists say a new kind of renewable energy could satisfy the majority of our power needs, so when they do, it’s worth leaning in close.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have found that energy harvested from the evaporation of water in US lakes and reservoirs could power nearly 70 percent of the nation’s electricity demands, generating a whopping 325 gigawatts of electricity.

Alongside the great strides being made in solar and wind, biophysicist Ozgur Sahin from Columbia University says natural evaporation represents a massive unexplored resource of environmentally clean power generation, just waiting to be tapped.

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Sep 30, 2017

The future isn’t about hardware or software

Posted by in categories: drones, futurism

Click on photo to start video.

It’s about making technology work for you.

Video : Selfie Drone which obeys your palm

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Sep 30, 2017

Vacuum company Dyson is building an electric car

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Dyson says the car will be unveiled in 2020 and will be ‘radically different’ to other vehicles on the market.

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Sep 30, 2017

Bill Gates now uses an Android phone

Posted by in categories: futurism, mobile phones

Windows Phone has been dead for a good year now, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has decided it’s also time to move on. In an interview with Fox News Sunday (spotted by On MSFT), Gates reveals he’s now using an Android phone. While Gates doesn’t reveal the exact model, he does note that it has “a lot of Microsoft software” on it, which could suggest it’s a special Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy S8 handset with bundled software.

Microsoft started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 handset in its retail stores earlier this year, and it includes apps like Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and Outlook. Any Android phone also supports these apps, but Microsoft’s customized S8 does suggest the company might continue to offer this for other Android devices in the future.

While Gates is switching to Android, he’s still not interested in an iPhone. Gates famously banned iPhones and iPods at home in the past, but he does admit that Steve Jobs was a “genius” in the Fox interview. Gates is still using Windows-based PCs, but he’s still not switching over to an iPhone, despite the Steve Jobs praise.

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Sep 30, 2017

This simple device turns polluted air into power

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

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Sep 30, 2017

“Holy Grail” Microchip Might Surpass the Power of the Human Brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Scientists from several universities published a paper in Science Advances, in which they reveal their progress toward the “holy grail” of computing: a light-based microchip that truly rivals the speed and parallel processing of the human brain.

Scientists at the University of Exeter have made a landmark breakthrough in the quest for the “holy grail” of computing: human-brain-mimicking microchips able to store and process information on par with homo sapiens, according to a new Science Advances release.

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