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Robocar Movie From Pre-Talky Days

Robocar Movie From Pre-Talky Days

The most amazing prediction was that of legal roadblocks Photo: The Automatic Motorist This short silent movie, called “The Automatic Motorist,” imagines an old-timey car, running boards and all, being driven by a robot chauffeur. And the film came out in 1911, apparently providing the first sustained vision of our robocar future. Of course, robocars are still in our future, 106(…)

Detecting Hazardous Radiation from Afar Now Possible

Detecting Hazardous Radiation from Afar Now Possible

South Korean researchers’ experiment can be scaled up to detect radiation at distances kilometers from source Photo: UNIST Detecting radioactive materials from afar is not possible today. Take the typical Geiger counter for example. In order to detect 1 milliCurie of Cobalt-60, it needs to be within about four meters of the radioactive source, and it’s(…)

A Colonoscopy Robot and Other Weird Biomedical Tech From IEEE’s Biggest Robotics Conference

A Colonoscopy Robot and Other Weird Biomedical Tech From IEEE’s Biggest Robotics Conference

Five weird biomedical robots from IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) Image: University of Colorado/ICRA A host of bizarre biomedical robots turned up at ICRA 2017, IEEE’s flagship robotics conference, which took place earlier this month in Singapore. We saw swallowable robots that poke the stomach with needles and worm-like robots that explore the colon.(…)

Police Use of GPS on Drug Dealer’s Car Without a Warrant Held Improper; Evidence From it Thrown Out

La technologie est souvent une bonne chose, ce qui rend difficile les choses plus faciles et ralentir les choses plus vite. Il peut également être utilisé à mauvais escient, ou même de l’abus, de piétiner les droits à la vie privée, même si la technologie semble faire du monde un endroit plus sûr. Dans cette(…)

What Intelligent Machines Need to Learn From the Neocortex

What Intelligent Machines Need to Learn From the Neocortex

Machines won’t become intelligent unless they incorporate certain features of the human brain. Here are three of them Photo: Dan Saelinger 2. The Mechanics of the Mind Photo: Dan Saelinger Computers have transformed work and play, transportation and medicine, entertainment and sports. Yet for all their power, these machines still cannot perform simple tasks that a child can(…)

An Optimistic Take on Cybersecurity from Qualcomm’s Alex Gantman

An Optimistic Take on Cybersecurity from Qualcomm’s Alex Gantman

Gadgets’ increasing complexity baffles even their designers, but not so much that it dooms cybersecurity efforts Photo: IEEE AwardsQualcomm’s Alex Gantman addresses the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit The bad news: Engineers today are doomed to never fully understand their complex creations. The good news: Cybersecurity efforts, thanks to the natural evolution of technical(…)