If you have the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then it was only a matter of time before stripper robots showed up. A pair of pole-dancing robots with surveillance cameras for heads are performing this week at the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
Hannah Fry is teasing me! The mercurial mistress of mathematics hijacked the latest episode of Horizon to take a look at the issues that will change the way we live our lives in the future. And she goes all deep data to do it.
With the Beeb reviving it’s Tomorrow’s World brand for a range of science orientated programmes, Newsbeat has taken a look over a handful of items that appeared on the original show. There’s plastic grass, touchscreens, chip and pin, computers and the handy mobile phone above. That’s 1979 that it is. Even the mobile…
...with a futuristic twist. Quick, Draw is a fun experiment that shows off Google’s machine learning capabilities (particularly in handwriting/drawing recognition) that can be applied to services like translation. It’s rudimentary and quick, but it’s pretty fun. I warn you though, some of the examples Google…
Microsoft wants you to respect Cortana as if she were a real person. Out of the three major virtual assistants — Microsoft Cortana, Google Now, and Apple Siri — Cortana is arguably has the most personality. Not only does she frequently talk back with recorded responses (not just from a speech engine like most…
First off, I would not post this unless I was sure this wasn’t a hoax. But I’ve seen it reported on enough different sites to believe it to be a legitimate story.
According an Ars Technica article, Google had built a prototype wearable that would activate Google’s voice search with a tap (think Ok Google prompt in a button form). It wasn’t a stand-alone device as it needed to be paired with a smartphone, and its capabilities were limited to whatever Google voice search was…
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While I was trying to find info on an obscure game console called the Halcyon, I came across these vintage episodes of The Computer Chronicles — produced by KCSM from 1983 to 2002 in Mountain View, CA, now the home of the Googleplex. These shows are a real treasury of weird, kludgey old technologies that were almost…
As you may have heard, South Korea is battling a MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak that has already killed 7 people and subjected 2,800 citizens to quarantine. To ensure that the quarantine is being enforced, South Korean authorities will track cellphone locations with help from local telecom companies.
Neil Armstrong: We’re at the third site. Still no cheese. CAPCOM: Where did the cheese go? Neil Armstrong: The only evidence we have so far is a bunch of rock. CAPCOM: We’ll get our people sciencing around the clock to figure out who moved our cheese!
Why the Force, of course! Surely it’s movie magic! Nope. It’s just a really clever machine. WARNING: Reading the following post may make you lose a certain sense of wonder, like when a magician reveals his secret.
Remember back in 2013 when that lab-grown burger was rolled out for a taste test? One big problem with the patty was that it cost roughly $385,000 to make. The scientist behind that lab burger says he can get the price down substantially.
Bunch of videos by Tom Scott
The RoboTar allows one to play a guitar one-handed while the device handles the fret work. This is obviously useful for people with disabled arms or who just haven't got the hang of playing the guitar.
Tom Scott's back, this time giving us a lesson about the history of green screen, and how you did it when all you had to work with was film or video.
...is replacing the cartilages." —- My husband
Author William Gibson gave a keynote talk this evening on science fiction in cinema with Nick Harkaway (another amazing author, see Tigerman, Angelmaker, etc.) at a BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder event in London. This tweet appears to a quote from that event and I love it because it encapsulates a very critical…
It's got a kickstarter, so it must be, right?
I usually keep my cell phone in my left front pocket. Sometimes, I will "feel" a vibration there, then realize my phone is not even on my person.