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Yuri Milner, the Silicon Valley philanthropist and English theoretical physicist and Cambridge University professor Stephen Hawking, have announced $100 million for research into developing a spacecraft that could travel to the nearest stars at one-fifth the speed of light. At a press event atop One World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday, the philanthropic initiative “Breakthrough Starshot” was unveiled that will test the savoir-faire and technologies needed to send featherweight interstellar devices, ‘robotic probes’ to th...
Immersive technologies have pretty much become the new battleground at every game expo in the last few years. This year alone, consumers will spend $5.1 billion on virtual reality hardware, accessories, and software, up from $660 million spent in 2015. Meanwhile, the global market is expected to grow to $8.9 billion in 2017 and $12.3 billion in 2018. Major players like Oculus, Microsoft, HTC, and Sony may have leapfrogged to gain the attention of ultra-high-end PC gamers. But, what do gamers really think about it? Behind all the...
Adblockers are consumer’s way of telling advertisers that they do not want to be tracked. While, certain publishers are still weighing their options, other publishers, like Forbes, ArsTechnica, Slate, The Atlantic and WIRED, have fought back with the technology. Brave Software, the company behind the adblocking browser launched by Mozilla co-founder Brenden Eich, recently announced that it is working on a way to strip out existing ads with those from its own network and split revenues with sites and readers. In response to t...
Researchers at the University Of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) are developing artificial intelligence which would be capable of emotional intelligence. The end result is ‘empathic robots’ that can better read, process, and respond to human emotions. Albert Rizzo, a psychologist and director of medical virtual reality at ICT, in an interview with Motherboard.Vice revealed that their latest development, a congenial counsellor christened Ellie could be used as a therapist. But, we’re coming to that late...
We’ve already seen a glimpse of the future of artificial intelligence in self-driving cars. Now imagine that for some damaged property-related matter you are exchanging emails with AI representing an insurance company. That’s the coup d'œil of applying deep-learning to solve a range of business problems. Palo Alto, Calif. based startup called MetaMind promises to help enterprises use deep-learning for image, text, and data analysis tasks. This approach will enable computers to recognize faces in an image or the text of the speech wit...
Lesser-known Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, recently appeared on Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’, fielding questions from a range of topics. Wozniak, who also gave a video interview for Reddit’s Formative web series, gave nuggets of information on Apple’s showdown with the FBI, Apple Watch, Tim Cook, and the Apple iCar. APPLE’S FIGHT WITH THE FBI During the AMA, Wozniak took time to answer a few intense questions such as the ongoing tiff between Apple and the DOJ, and the legal implications for the tech industry. The Department of Just...
Google has catastrophically failed to unseat Facebook from the social network throne several times. But that doesn’t mean Google will stop trying. Its latest attempt to create a social network comes in the form of Google Posts, a Tumblr-esque feature for the elite. Currently, the feature is only available to presidential candidates, and will allow politicians to share videos, images, and text that will show up on the top bar of Google search results when users look up the candidate’s name. Google is calling this an experiment for...
During a 2010 interview with Big Think, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku suggested that we take shape-shifting technology very seriously. Dr. Kaku said: "Science is already making huge advances in the so-called programmable matter." He believes, in the future we would build entire cities instantaneously, "If I have a clump of clay made of thousands of millions of little dots, I push a button then the charges rearrange themselves to form a statue, a car, or whatever you want." Today, the programmable matter has become a part of...
Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California, and one of the world's leading technology and research universities. Since its founding in 1891, it has been committed to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The university is additionally one of the top fundraising institutions in the United States, becoming the first school to raise a billion dollars in a year. Stanford's academic strength is expansive with 40 departments in the three academic schools that have undergraduate students a...

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The Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver doesn’t typically allow quadcopters or drones of any kind for that matter. But all of that changed amid the glitz of augmented reality – virtual reality demos when a swarm of firefly emulating micro-quadcopters made an appearance during Raffaello D’Andrea’s demo of well, drones. D’Andrea demonstrated the use of new localization technology wherein each flying machine used on-board sensors to make out its location in space and on-board computation to make certain of what its actions shoul...