Stephen Hawking – one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, and a man who rarely gives interviews – joins Larry to discuss the greatest issues facing the planet, where artificial intelligence is headed (and what he makes of Kurzweil’s singularity theory), and what still mystifies him about the universe.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Driven by the vision of bringing a robotic character to life, the developers at Anki have created Cozmo, a little robot with a lot of personality. Cozmo might just be a glimpse into the future of play at the intersection of film, toys, video games, and robotics.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The tech world is a place of amazement and wonder. With every advancement, the demand for innovation becomes greater, not lesser in importance. For this reason, people involved in making tech happen must change with the times; thus, they must become more innovative themselves.
Computer science has not only changed the way we conduct our lives, it has also created new jobs, and even helped preserve antiquity. Here are four concrete ways that computer science has changed the world.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Scientists in Japan and the United States plan to begin a joint clinical study in Japan to test the safety and effectiveness in humans of the compound NMN, that is gradually being proved to retard the aging process in animals.
While we are still a decade or so away from self driving cars being widely used on our roads, a number of companies are racing to push the technology forward. Already Google's Koala has thousands of road testing hours in, and Tesla is in the hands drivers (or not depending on if they are using automated driving), and many others are working on the problem.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The company famous for internet robot videos is at it again. In the latest release, Boston Dynamics introduces SpotMini, an electric robot dog with a very handy arm for a head. Like all of the company's bots, SpotMini can take a fall, but it can also do some very useful chores around the house.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Using a structure mapping system based on analogy, researchers have created a system that allows machines to reason more like humans do. The artificial intelligence techniques could be valuable across a range of applications, including security, health care, and education.
Google and Fiat Chrysler have announced that they have formed a partnership that will bring together Google's self-driving program and Fiat Chrysler's car manufacturing capabilities. The move could accelerate the commercialization of Google's breakthrough technology.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Peter Thiel famously stated, "We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters," commenting on the tendency of the tech industry to go after the lowest hanging fruit. In the next few years though the healthcare industry is about to be radically transformed by technology.
Researchers at UC Davis have created a new microprocessor, called “KiloCore,” which is made up of 1,000 independent processors. Kilo core has a computed computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Pathologists have been largely diagnosing disease the same way for the past 100 years, by manually reviewing images under a microscope. Now, new research suggests that computers can help doctors improve accuracy and significantly change the way cancer and other diseases are diagnosed.
Set in motion by the widespread accessibility of smartphones and social media apps, like Instagram, the “selfie” trend has become an internet mainstay. Now recognized by Webster’s Dictionary as a valid part of our lexicon, this cultural craze spans multiple age brackets, from teens and twenty-somethings to tech savvy adults.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sustainable technologies are continuing to develop, bringing us closer to a green future. From advances in building materials, to architecture, to green, nanotechnology, here are a few interesting examples.