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Mar 9, 2016

Reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns

Posted by in categories: computing, nanotechnology

Researchers in Milan have discovered which will lead to major improvements computing and sensing devices.

Scientists have demonstrated a novel approach for designing fully reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns whose properties and functionality can be programmed and reprogrammed on-demand.

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Mar 9, 2016

Bionic fingertip lets amputee feel textures

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

Cool beans.

Using a bionic fingertip, an amputee for the first time has been able to feel rough and smooth textures in real-time, as though the fingertip were naturally connected to his hand.

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Mar 9, 2016

Biometrics Are Coming, Along With Serious Security Concerns

Posted by in categories: privacy, security

Biometric technology can be used for everything from shopping apps to police work, but it brings with it a whole host of privacy concerns.

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Mar 9, 2016

What Is Congress Hiding?

Posted by in category: government

Legislators smuggled all kinds of questionable provisions into a last-minute, $1.1 trillion spending bill.

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Mar 9, 2016

Apple Says the NSA Should Hack San Bernardino Terrorist’s iPhone

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, electronics, encryption, government, law, mobile phones, privacy

Let’s just hypothesize a little on this topic: let’s say Apple goes ahead and gives in to the US Government and enables government to access the phone’s info. Does Apple have any protection in the future from lawsuits from it’s customers in situations where their own customers information is hacked by criminals and published to the world or used for illegal activities? Because I do see in the future more lawsuits coming at the tech companies for not ensuring their platforms and devices are un-hackable. So, if the government has its way; what protections does tech have now with any future lawsuits by consumers and other businesses?

His comments come during the ongoing legal battle over an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the individuals responsible for the San Bernardino, Calif. mass shooting December 2. “I don’t think requiring backdoors with encryption is either going to be an effective way to increase security or is really the right thing to do for just the direction that the world is going to”.

This is because First Amendment treats computer code as speech and according to Apple, meeting the demands of the government would be equivalent to “compelled speech and viewpoint discrimination”.

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Mar 9, 2016

China Makes Techonological Breakthrough With Quantum Space Satellite

Posted by in categories: government, quantum physics, space

China’s Quantum Satellite — it’s now official China has beaten the US with their launch of a Quantum Satellite for secured communications. At this rate; US can possibly expect China has and will continue to advance its networking infrastructure. US Government has a good strategy in place.

Quantum space satellite, a satellite under the Chinese space program, is making waves in the country as it is the first satellite to deliver quantum communication in China, according to Chinese state media.

This new innovation is a breakthrough technology and it will be an asset for China’s power all over the globe.

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Mar 9, 2016

New robots at St. Dominic’s Hospital help fight infections

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

It might sound like Science Fiction, but robots are helping a local hospital fight infections.

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Mar 9, 2016

Poll On Attitudes Towards Robots Finds Canadians As Pessimistic As It Gets

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, robotics/AI

Given robotics history, I can understand Canada’s viewpoint. However, as technologies such as Quantum is applied to AI; we then will see real improvements in robotics. Until Quantum is AI’s platform; we will see robotics still fall short in many areas and will continue to see limited use and adoption.

Nowhere is the world’s robotic future more controversial than in Canada.

In a new global poll from travel site Travelzoo, Canadians were the least likely to agree that robots will make people’s lives better.

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Mar 9, 2016

Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 2

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, transportation

Jeff Goodell is a braver person than me. Goodell reports that the driverless car “still drives like a teenager” Personally, I would worry more about the ability to hack these cars in the middle of a major US highway going 60 to 70 mph and hackers abruptly shutting off the engine.

Self-driving cars, war outsourced to robots, surgery by autonomous machines – this is only the beginning.

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Mar 9, 2016

Typing on air with Google’s Project Soli mini-radar

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Google’s Project Soli is an effort to design a touch-free user interface for interacting with electronic devices using tiny radars. The company unveiled Project Soli at Google I/O in May, 2015, and now it looks like Google has begun sending development kits to testers.

Engineer Alex Bravo has posted a short video showing a system for using Project Soli to type characters into a smartphone… by simply moving his fingers through air.

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