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Opaque and potentially biased mathematical models are remaking our lives—and neither the companies responsible for developing them nor the government is interested in addressing the problem. Recommended for You First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit Trump Talk Aside, Auto Manufacturing and Automation Are Booming in Mexico Another Price Slash Suggests the Oculus Rift Is Dead in the Water The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor U.S. to Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces This week a group of researchers,
When Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in November with a promise to lure back manufacturing jobs, Sean Patton trimmed his sales projections for 2017. Patton is head of business development for Genesis-ICESA Systems, a family-run automation integrator based in Mexico’s Bajío region. His company largely caters to the country’s burgeoning automotive industry, a big exporter to the United States. Recommended for You First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit Another Price Slash Suggests the Oculus Rift Is Dead
The rise of the gig economy has given millions of people the opportunity to work flexible hours and earn money whenever they want. But it has also left many of those people in a kind of employment limbo, dependent on companies like Uber, Lyft, Fiverr, and others for a large chunk of their income without access to the benefits that normal employees usually get. Recommended for You First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit Another Price Slash Suggests the
Recommended for You First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit Another Price Slash Suggests the Oculus Rift Is Dead in the Water U.S. to Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor The Self-Driving Project That Could Help China Leapfrog the West Audi’s new luxury A8 sedan is claimed to drive itself in traffic jams at speeds of up to 37 mph. Anyone who drives the car, however, will be well-served to keep their wits
Recommended for You First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit Another Price Slash Suggests the Oculus Rift Is Dead in the Water U.S. to Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor The Self-Driving Project That Could Help China Leapfrog the West Google has balloons, Facebook has drones, SpaceX has satellites. But Microsoft has a rather more humble plan to overcome the digital divide and take Internet to the sticks. Bloomberg reports that the company
During nearly four years as U.S. energy secretary, Ernest Moniz earned a reputation as a savvy political hand, particularly as nuclear physicists go, while his Founding Fathers–style locks made him the most meme-able member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet (see “Moniz Nominated as Energy Secretary”). Do you think Obama feels more pressure during this speech because an actual founding father is in the audience? pic.twitter.com/vyPrYFecM0— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) January 21, 2015 Do you think Obama feels more pressure
Google is launching an effort that it hopes may turn humans and intelligent machines into productive work buddies. Through a project called People + AI Research, or PAIR, Google will release tools designed to help make the inner workings of AI systems more transparent. The company is also launching several research initiatives aimed at finding new ways for humans and AI systems to collaborate effectively. A great deal has been made recently of the potential for artificial intelligence to
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov is long overdue for telling his side of the story regarding his famous match with the IBM computer Deep Blue in May 1997. The six-game exhibition has been described as a milestone in artificial intelligence, but also as a sad day for the (human) world of chess. But then, important matters are seldom black and white. In the new book Deep Thinking, Kasparov and longtime writing partner Mig Greengard intertwine his experiences—before, during,
Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s early enthusiasm for virtual reality, the technology has stubbornly remained a hard sell for Facebook. Now, in yet another sign that VR is failing to capture the imagination of the public, the company has just cut the price of its Oculus Rift hardware for the second time this year. Recommended for You U.S. to Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor Google Stakes Its
Matt Angle’s claim might have sounded eccentric before: for years, he insisted that the key to solving one of neuroscience’s most intractable challenges lay in a 1960s-era technology invented in the tiny nation of Moldova. It’s a lot harder to dismiss Angle’s approach now. Today, the U.S. Department of Defense selected Angle’s small San Jose-based company, Paradromics Inc., to lead one of six consortia it is backing with $65 million to develop technologies able to record from one million