While activists lobby for more stringent pollution-cutting measures around the world, and policymakers grapple with how to write them, some scientists and designers have turned to the power of innovative technology to raise awareness and save lives with the help of wearable pollution sensors.Read more
The owner of a small toy store in al-Mansur, a Baghdad neighborhood five kilometers from the Green Zone, Abu Abdullah sells a variety of remote-control vehicles. Some of his recent customers have been Iraq’s notorious Shia militiamen, eager to purchase the handful of hobbyist drones available.Read more
Excessive light is a pollutant in its own right, as is the energy, and carbon footprint, needed to generate it. The cultural and scientific impact is very visible, and recent studies confirm that light pollution prevents a third of the global population from seeing the Milky Way.Read more
Maybe it’s been a rough day. Maybe you’re frazzled. Maybe you love your job, and everything’s going great, but something just feels off.
Have you tried watching a robot arm slowly, painstakingly solve Tower of Hanoi?Read more
A Beijing University hospital is believed to have performed the world’s first successful spinal operation with a 3D printed implant.Read more
On the one hand, chat bots are nothing new. They’ve been around since the 1960’s and the days of ELIZA. But suddenly the tools to create meaningful, personalized conversations are easy enough to deploy at scale.Read more
Determined to find out why the New England’s tomatoes are comparatively tasteless, Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) started its Internet of Tomatoes project.
This precision agriculture experiment uses technologies such as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors to figure out whether environmental monitoring could improve flavor.Read more
THE AMAZON ECHO is an unlikely hit. After all, the world’s largest online retailer hasn’t always won its bets on hardware. (RIP, Fire Phone.) And a gadget that relies solely on voice? Let’s just say Siri hasn’t inspired confidence.
Yet Amazon has by one estimate sold some 3 million of the squat cylinders since the Echo launched in November, 2014.Read more
Killer robots are a mainstay of science fiction. But unlike teleportation and flying cars, they are something that we are likely to see within our lifetime.
The only thing that’s stopping countries from deploying autonomous killing machine in the very near term is that they’re likely to be illegal under current international humanitarian law (IHL) — the rules of war.Read more
Robots are predicted to steal the jobs of millions of workers across the world over the next few years, as technology replaces human shop assistants, teachers, accountants and potentially even taxi drivers.
Artificial intelligence and automation are also expected to revolutionise the investment industry, especially in the area of robo-advice.Read more