Technology

IBM Research announced the most powerful chip ever created - the world’s first fully-functional 7 nanometer chip, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips. Relatively, competitors like Intel have been struggling for years to shrink their consumer chips down below 14-nanometers. The world’s largest semiconductor chip maker is making Herculean efforts to commercialize 10-nanometer chips. The research advance was made using silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon in major regions of the molecular-si...
The frenzied, pop-culture jamboree ‘San Diego Comic Con’ in downtown San Diego has literally evolved over the years into a stupendous spectacle of comic books, film, television, video games, products and now virtual reality - but only this time taking you into the action-packed, epic-fantasy world of Azeroth. At the preview night for Comic Con 2015, and Legendary Pictures virtual reality made a debut by announcing a virtual reality tryst with Google. People sweating in lines to see a couple of film clips and stars got a rare glimps...
On July 5, 2015 an anti-surveillance crusader blazoned a ginormous, 400 gigabyte chunk on Bit Torrent of internal documents from the mysterious Italian surveillance firm Hacking Team on the company’s official Twitter feed. Five days after suffering the massive attack, the security firm is still scrimmaging to cap the damage and figure out how exactly the perpetrators racked up the data breach. The anonymous hacker hijacked HT’s official Twitter account and continued to post screenshots of email communications, client lists – includ...
Marijuana legalization is inevitable. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have liberalized marijuana laws already. While Colorado and Washington state are taking a more traditional approach by establishing ‘regulated markets’, Washington, D.C. is condemning it with a new system “grow and give”. It means that ‘potrepreneurs’ hoping to cash in on the reefer rush, have to rely on ‘gift economy’ where they’re allowed to grow Mary Jane, smoke it, and give it away – but, not cash in on it. Heck, growing pot is tricky, if you...
Breathe in Data, Breathe out Poetry? This is the future of poetry. Data as the birthing ground for grand, extravagant, allegorical verses written by robots. Yes, it is. Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science will be holding three Turing Tests in Creativity that will benchmark the "humanness" of machine-generated verse, writing and, DJ sets. The competition will be held all through the next academic year and will be open to contestants around the globe. The competition hinges on British computer pioneer and cod...
In recent years, public awareness of Virtual Reality technology, has helped push journalism and entertainment to new heights. But, for the first time in the history of VR and medical technology, comes an innovative VR system that could probably change the face of the medical industry. Even with advanced imaging technology such as MRI, CT scans and ultrasounds, it’s still a tad bit difficult for doctors to get a 3-D view of a patient’s insides. EchoPixel, privately-owned company is hoping to develop medical visualization solutions u...
On the second day of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, one of its secretive research arm announced an intriguing project that hopes to create conductive fabrics that can be entwined into everyday clothing. The project called Project Jacquard, is named after French inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard who revolutionized textile manufacturing and ushered in for modern computing with Jacquard Loom. Similar to screens on mobile phones, these conductive fabrics can register the user’s touch and transmit the information somewhe...
We spend a lot of time staring into an abyss, waiting for the person on the other end to IM. Don't we? Well, a group a researchers at MIT are tinkering away to make that inefficacious time more productive for us. A team of PhD students at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created an app, WaitChatter that basically teaches you a foreign language in that standby time when you wait for IMs from your friends. WaitChatter teaches you basic words in foreign languages like Spanish and French while you w...
Ransomware can be a pain in the butt. The deceitful vex of a program accuses you of cheese pizza (=child pornography), pedophilia, zoophilia or sending out bulk spam. It is thought to infiltrate your computer when you click on a legitimate-looking attachment or read any junk email or through existing malware creeping around in your hard drive, and once it’s let loose, it straightaway encrypts all your files, and locks you out until you pay an astronomical sum in ransom. A dark web hacker has embraced the crowdsourced approach to ge...
Big Data helped Germany lift the World Cup in 2014. The relentless pursuit of the trophy started several months leading up to the summer tournament, when Deutschland’s tech savvy coaching staff decided to welcome Big Data technology into their coaching strategy. Bits of information were teased out of Die Mannschafts’ biometric data and movement during the tournament, along with comprehensive analysis of its opponents’ play history and tactics. That said, Big Data technology was one of the unsung heroes that helped Germany win the f...