One early Friday evening in September 2016, I stood on the sidewalk in a St. Louis neighborhood as a white Tesla Model S85, driven by James Majerus, pulled up to the curb to pick me up.Read more
YOU may smile, but it will come,” said Henry Ford in 1940, predicting the arrival of a machine that was part-automobile and part-aeroplane. For decades flying cars have obsessed technologists but eluded their mastery. Finally there is reason to believe. Several firms have offered hope that flying people in small pods for short trips might become a reality in the next decade.Read more
We have been talking about benefits of machine-learning investments for quite some time. There’s simply an incredible amount of potential and opportunities that can come from these learning machines – especially where the medical field is concerned. IBM’s Watson might have been one of the first major computers to be used in this way, but the number of dedicated learning machines out there continues to grow by the day.Read more
For business people, AI presents a variety of challenges. On a technology level, artificial intelligence and machine learning is complicated to develop and demands rich data sets to produce meaningful results. From a business perspective, many business leaders have difficulty figuring out where to apply AI and even how to start the machine intelligence journey.Read more
You probably don’t give your router any thought once you’ve shoved that spidery doodad with all the antennae under your TV, in a cabinet, or behind the shoes in your closet. You buy it, install it, and forget about it until something goes wrong.Read more
You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but you can squeeze water from thin air — even in the driest areas of the world.
The new water harvester is made of metal organic framework crystals pressed into a thin sheet of copper metal and placed between a solar absorber (above) and a condenser plate (below).Read more
KEYS have been around for a long time. The earliest, made from wood, date back to the ancient Egyptians. The Romans improved them by making them from metal. But there, more or less, they have stayed.
A key is still, basically, a piece of metal sporting a series of grooves, teeth and indentations which, when inserted into a keyway, line up to move pins and levers to lock or unlock a mechanism.Read more
Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash believes that we may soon see the proliferation of augmented reality glasses, describing them as possibly “one of the great transformational technologies of the next 50 years.” But he believes AR glasses must be see-through, stylish, and socially acceptable, among other things.Read more
Just a fraction of a second can make the difference in Formula One. Over the course of a season, these smallest of margins can separate the winner of the motorsport championship from the also-rans.
One of the ways UK-based McLaren-Honda is looking to capture those marginal gains is with the use of a portable 3D printer, which it took to a Grand Prix event for the first time this month in Bahrain.Read more
Technologies built on artificial intelligence are revolutionising human life. As these machines become increasingly integrated in our daily lives, the decisions they face will go beyond the merely pragmatic, and extend into the ethical.Read more
UTTER 160 or so French or English phrases into a phone app developed by CandyVoice, a new Parisian company, and the app’s software will reassemble tiny slices of those sounds to enunciate, in a plausible simulacrum of your own dulcet tones.Read more