Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier

On a cold, bright January morning I walked south across Westminster Bridge to St Thomas’ Hospital, an institution with a proud tradition of innovation: I was there to observe a procedure generally regarded as the greatest advance in cardiac surgery since the turn of the millennium – and one that can be performed without a surgeon.

A unicorn apart: Among private tech firms, Airbnb has pursued a distinct strategy | The Economist

UNTIL recently “Uber envy” afflicted many top executives at Airbnb, a platform for booking overnight stays in other people’s homes. So admits a big investor in the firm. The two companies often raised money at the same time, and the ride-hailing giant reliably received more cash and closer attention.

Just Only a Few Driverless Cars on the Road Will Make Traffic Way Better

Traffic feels like an unavoidable menace. Even with a few vehicles on the road, small disturbances can create huge jams out of nowhere. This is primarily our own fault: if we could all simply drive at a constant speed at a reasonable distance from other vehicles, gridlock would be far less common.

Scientist Found The One Job Robots Will Never Be Able To Take From Us

We’ve heard it all before: For every job a human can do, there’s a robot that can do it better, faster, and without posting whiny memes about the Monday struggle. But when a researcher decided to test a robot’s ability to complete one job requiring a specific kind of creativity, she was pleasantly surprised to find the bot was a bit of a failure.

Google Rattles the Tech World With a New AI Chip for All

IN A MOVE that could shift the course of multiple technology markets, Google will soon launch a cloud computing service that provides exclusive access to a new kind of artificial-intelligence chip designed by its own engineers. CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the new chip and service during his keynote at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference.

Held to ransom by the hackers – MoneyWeek

The cyber threat goes beyond hijacking computers. It’s about economics, politics, power and human psychology.

The “WannaCry” mass ransomware attack that disrupted the NHS and other organisations around the globe has refocused attention on the issue of cybersecurity; on the role of nation state actors (in this case the US National Security Agency, or NSA) in creating “exploits” that can fall into the wrong hands; and on the internet marketplaces where such exploits can be traded.

Curtain call: Netflix still gets booed at Cannes | The Economist

THE rise of Netflix has been greeted frostily by some of the old guard at the Cannes film festival, where the American streaming giant’s disregard for releasing films in cinemas wins it few friends.

The stars of its own film, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”, accepted a standing ovation.

Unshackled algorithms: Machine-learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance | The Economist

MACHINE-LEARNING is beginning to shake up finance. A subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that excels at finding patterns and making predictions, it used to be the preserve of technology firms. The financial industry has jumped on the bandwagon.

Smart Exoskeleton Prevents Elderly Falls – Robotics Trends

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 424,000 people across the world die each year from falls. A total of 37.3 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention. Of course, adults older than 65 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls.

FAA’s Recreational Drone Registration Struck Down in Court – Robotics Trends

Well, that didn’t take long.

Consumers in the United States who buy a drone for recreational purposes no longer need to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration. A Washington, D.C. federal court ruled the FAA’s drone registration rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act.

Microsoft reveals prototype augmented reality glasses

Microsoft has revealed a pair of prototype AR glasses, that looks a lot like an everyday pair of specs.

With the Redmond’s AR ambitions currently being powered by a bulky headset, the reveal of these smartglasses (image below) in a research paper indicates it has been exploring different ways to propel the HoloLens platform forward.

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