Technology

A team of Google researchers recently unwrapped the first computer program capable of learning largely impressive tasks independently, in what can be contemplated as a radical accomplishment in the field of artificial intelligence. The artificial intelligence system spends all of its time playing dozens of Atari videos games from the 80s like a crazy teenager. GAME-PLAYING ALGORITHM OUTPLAYS HUMANS AT ATARI GAMES The research project carried out by DeepMind Technologies, the British startup that Google acquired last year for $400...
Microsoft and Sony battled to counter a conspicuous cyber attack on their video games networks over Christmas, leaving millions of customers unable to access entertainments and play games. Microsoft’s Xbox Live network and Sony’s PlayStation store faced blackouts on Christmas, with serious interruption to the systems persisting on Boxing Day as well. Around 24 hours after the reports of an assault, Xbox said its core services had come back to normal. Similarly, Sony said it had resolved the issue. However, the attacks have yet again...
It seems that Google Inc. has made some great progress in its developing autonomous driving vehicles in the year of 2014! From an early design concept that was unveiled in May 2014 to a finished self-driving prototype which was showcased in late December, it has come along a turning point. The finished autonomous self-driving car looks like a compacted Volkswagen Beetle. During a mockup in May, it was announced that the self-driving car would not have a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals. In September, Google received ...
Microsoft Corporation has outlined a few developer-friendly changes to the Windows Store ahead of the much anticipated Windows 10 launch in 2015. According to Todd Brix, the general manager of Windows Apps and Store, currently the tech goliath is trying to make it simpler for developers to monetize their apps once the highly anticipated Windows 10 OS released in 2015. In spite of tailing Google Play and Apple’s App Store in the app count as well as popularity, Microsoft’s Windows Store failed to bring in any passive revenue. Pre...
Ever since DIY robotics went mainstream, we come across geeky booze aficionados who build robotic bartenders to help them fix the perfect cocktail drinks. We’ve seen a dozen such cases previously, ranging from uncontrollably expound bots that fill an entire room, to tiny ones that pleasantly fit on your countertop and with each passing month, it looks like it’s going to be more than a growing fad. The most recent addition to the big family of robotic bartenders is Somadar. A lot of times, news of such booze-dispensing bots isn’t note...
Scientists at the North Carolina State University have developed a technique that can help exploit the resilient nature of cockroaches by turning them into Cyborgs that will assist humans with rescue and relief efforts by fitting in tiny spaces at disaster hit zones where robots can’t reach and pick up sound (including human voices) using tiny microphones. The cockroach cyborg also known as biobot can be controlled using a circuit board connected to their brain (the cockroach). The circuit board on the back of the cockroach, called...
How productive would it be if you could get money off those costly heath insurance deductibles, given you kept up with your gym commitment? It means not ditching free weights over an hour of Suits on Netflix. But if you missed it, your deductible booms. It could be a happy proposition or a destructive one, Pact Health says so! As per an AP poll, insurance plans with high deductibles (which by the way are quite popular) are preventing people from getting the healthcare they need. Around 19% of respondents were privately insured adul...
Carbon layers inflated on silicon carbide conduct electricity much better than scientist had previously predicted. Physicists have developed nanoribbons of Graphene, the single atom thick carbon that can conduct electrons much better than theorists predicts even for the most idealized form of materials in existence. The discovery promises a leap into technological advancements in the world of pricey electronics. For long, researchers have been hoping for a revolutionary material that could outperform traditional materials like silicon...
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have successfully printed complex electronic circuits by using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed utilizing special materials as a part of layers on top of regular flexible materials, for example, plastic, aluminum foil and paper. Non-toxic materials such as silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics are utilized to print the key segments of a complex electronic circuit, namely resistors, transistors and capacitors. Associate Professor Joseph Change, w...
As devices turn smaller and smaller assuming new fangled shapes and form with each technological advancement, there has been a dire need for batteries that power them to keep up. ProLogium, one of the most innovative battery companies in the world, has come up with a flexible battery material that will power the next generation of ever-evolving wearable gadgets. At the Computex 2014, the Taiwanese company unveiled a one of a kind ProLogium FPC Li-Ceramic Battery (FLCB) sheet, which can survive in almost any condition. It can bend i...