A brainy machine? Shakey, the world’s first AI-based robot.
It’s time we stopped using the brain as shorthand for machines
The 2019 Tour, marked by the victory of Colombian Egan Bernal, can be classified as a “hard fought” edition.
Technology is often blamed for “locking down” major bike races and making them predictable. Yet data analysis shows that Tours in the “classic era” weren’t always thrill rides.
Russia has pioneered the concept of digital sovereignty and used it to severely restrict Russians’ access to the internet.
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For more than a decade, the Russian government has been putting teeth into its doctrine of ‘digital sovereignty’ by steadily increasing censorship of content and control over internet access.
From discovering hidden populations of vulnerable newts to dropping “seed bombs”, two new research papers show how genomics and drones help restore threatened ecosystems.
Octavia E. Butler poses in a Seattle bookstore in 2004. The celebrated science fiction author died in 2006.
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In an interview, scholar Alyssa Collins explains how her time spent plumbing the sci fi writer’s papers left her stunned by the breadth of her interests and the depth of her scientific knowledge.
TikTok is increasingly the social media of choice for older people who enthusiastically reject socially constructed notions of old age.
Figuring out what makes some proteins glow requires an understanding of chemistry.
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The AI AlphaFold can figure out the three-dimensional protein structure any string of amino acids will become. It has now exceeded its training by figuring out what makes some proteins glow.
Video calls with younger relatives can be awkward - but only if we let them.
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Robots a fraction of a millimetre small could swim around your eye or bloodstream for medical treatments in the future.
New EU rules will establish a common charger for all devices.
EU rules often have significant effects beyond its borders. The new USB-C charging standard is a great example.
The vast majority of high-profile big tech whistleblowers in recent years have been women.
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Frances Haugen, Timnit Gebru and Janneke Parrish are at the forefront of a group of high-profile women calling out big tech. Is there a connection between their gender and their role as whistleblowers?
Many types of people feel disengaged with technology.
Think again if you assume only older people are isolated by technology.
In an age of distraction, the desire to read faster and more efficiently is understandable.
The claims made by the creators of the app – which highlights parts of words to supposedly enhance users’ reading abilities – are dubious.
A digital twin attempts to capture every aspect of a real thing, including up-to-the-moment changes.
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A digital twin is to a computer model as live video is to a still photo. These virtual replicas can be used to understand and make predictions about a wide range of complex systems, including people.
What might our future look like? Together, these speculative fiction stories offer a First Nations response to this burning question.
App stores set the rules on privacy but there is another way.
Technology businesses are already making computers with human matter.
Yes, worry about Twitter, but don’t worry whether there are hordes of spambots running rampant there.
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Elon Musk’s focus on the number of bots on Twitter, whether genuine or a distraction, does little to address the problems of misinformation and spam. A pair of social media experts explain why.
Where you’ve been and who you’ve interacted with are not difficult for governments and corporations to find out.
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Even a burner phone paid for with cash can reveal your identity and where you’ve been. A data privacy expert explains.
No-code development tools allow people to build software by dragging and dropping graphical objects.
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Developing software used to require programming skills. Today, a growing number of people are building websites, games and even AI programs without writing a line of code.