Slaves to the algorithm: can coders create a dancefloor banger?

Algorithms get a bad press. Once an obscure computing term for a sequence of steps, the word has acquired a sinister connotation in the era of Big Data. We imagine algorithms enmeshing us, invisibly shaping our behaviour as they process information about us.

Robotic Microsurgeon for Cochlear Implantations Tested in Switzerland | Medgadget

Robotic surgical assistants have become commonplace in many hospitals. Robotics has the potential to give surgeons the dexterity, patience, and sensitivity that humans can never achieve with their own hands.

Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have been working on an image guided microsurgery robot that can perform highly sensitive cochlear implantations.

How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley’s autonomous vehicles drive • The Register

Detroit and Silicon Valley aren’t just 2,000 miles apart – they’re on different planets, culturally speaking.

One is the home of America’s automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital services.

Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI – The Verge

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain.

The robot debate is over: the jobs are gone and they aren’t coming back | Guardian

In 2013, the Oxford Martin School released a report that looked at the automation of work, assessing the likelihood that robots and other technologies would replace humans. It concluded that of the 702 job categories examined, 47% were susceptible to automation within the next 20 years. The report completely upended our ideas about the future of work.

Record-breaking silicon solar cell efficiency of 26.6% demonstrated by Japanese researchers, very close to the theoretical limit

Improving the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells has proven a challenge in the past couple of years as all the low-hanging fruit has been picked.

Now a team of Japanese researchers from Kaneka Corporation has pushed the envelope

Uber wasn’t to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to ‘beat the lights’ • The Register

A police report appears to support the claim that Uber was not to blame for a recent crash of its self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona. But the incident raises serious questions about what rules the startup’s engineers are putting into the car’s software.

Virtual reality bites at Art Basel Hong Kong fair

Art lovers will need to have headsets at the ready as virtual reality works make their way to Art Basel’s Hong Kong fair, which opens to VIPs on Tuesday. The fair has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture, initially putting forward five artists to join the technology giant’s artists-in-residence programme to introduce them to Tilt Brush, a 3D drawing and painting tool.

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