"Hey Siri, how's my hair?"
Your smartphone may soon be able to give you an honest answer, thanks to a new machine learning algorithm designed by U of T Engineering researchers Parham Aarabi and Wenzhi Guo.
The team designed an algorithm that learns directly from human instructions, rather than an existing set of examples, and outperformed conventional methods of training neural networks by 160 per cent. But more surprisingly, their algorithm also outperformed its own training by nine per cent -- it learned to recognize hair in pictures with greater reliability than that enabled by the training, marking a significant leap forward for artificial intelligence.
Link: New AI algorithm taught by humans learns beyond its training -- ScienceDaily via www.sciencedaily.com
Image copyright Uber Image caption Uber's concept of flying cars outlined in a White Paper from October 2016 A former Nasa engineer has been hired by taxi-hailing firm Uber to help its research into flying cars.Mark Moore is joining Uber's Elevate division as its director of...
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Amazon may once again be on the verge of revolutionizing the way you shop, with robotic technology replacing most of the regular staff. Amazon already has one of its revolutionary "Go" grocery stores open as part of a trial. If you missed the launch at the end of last year, it's a place where you...
Link: Amazon's High-Tech Supermarket Could Operate With a Staff of Three | Digital Trends via www.digitaltrends.comPermalink
LAS VEGAS — If CES 2016 was about automakers settinglofty goals for automated driving and displaying futuristic prototypes, CES 2017 saw those automakers take steps to further define how that future might actually look and feel. In the same way that cars are more similar than different today, the future visions are similar too — but automakers and suppliers are trying to carve out differentiation. --MORE--
Link: CES 2017 delivered a clear vision of the car of the future - ExtremeTech via www.extremetech.comPermalink
Chrysler is betting millennials will want to be as connected in their cars as they are at home with a new concept car that mixes high-tech gadgetry with a head-turning design. The Portal concept was unveiled on Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas as Chrysler's proposal to the millennial generation and is...
Link: Chrysler unveils a high-tech car for millennials | PCWorld via www.pcworld.comPermalink
IT spending by banking and securities firms in India is estimated to touch USD 7.8 billion in 2017, an 8.6 per cent jump from 2016, technology research firm Gartner on Thursday said.
"The banking and securities industry is increasingly working towards investing in core banking solutions to transform the legacy systems," Moutusi Sau, principal research analyst at Gartner said in a statement.
Link: IT spending by banks, securities companies to hit $7.8 bn via www.businesstoday.inPermalink
The current business model for healthcare is not sustainable.
The U.S. spendsmore on healthcarethan any other high-income country, and yet, our health results are some of the worst.
Link: Holistic Healthcare & the Role of Information Technology | ZDNet via www.zdnet.comPermalink
Oculus, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, is working on a new headset in an attempt to make the technology more affordable.
On stage in San Jose, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the prohibitive cost of the current Oculus Rift headset.
During the presentation he also demonstrated software for interacting with friends in virtual reality.
Link: Oculus working on more affordable VR - BBC News via www.bbc.comPermalink
If you're shopping for a new car in 2017, you'll find many tech improvements. More cars will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, providing a cheap way to get navigation. More midsize and compact cars will offer adaptive cruise control and it will be stop-and-go. Rear cameras are near-universal....
Link: Top tech cars for 2017 | ExtremeTech via www.extremetech.comPermalink
1. Could you tell me a little about yourself and how you came to be the CEO atRFPalooza?
I’ve been in the ad biz my entire life, beginning at Young & Rubicam and then President of a Y&R subsidiary. When I left Madison Avenue, I got involved in several ventures and settled at a small ad agency in Connecticut, where I became a partner. One of the tasks I was assigned throughout my career was writing responses to RFPs. Someone once asked me, “How do you find the RFPs?”
Link: Building Blocks: Roger Chiocchi, CEO at RFPalooza Talks Marketing Tech | MarTech Advisor via www.martechadvisor.comPermalink
While downtime costs vary widely, no one disputes that negative impacts to company data is costly and frustrating. The cloud makes it possible for organizations of all sizes to be quick and agile, not only in setting up services and applications but also in restoring and recovering them if an outage or disaster strikes. Ensuring data and apps are continuously available in the cloud enables companies to focus their time and energy on core business needs and provides a worry-free alternative to local back-up solutions.
Link: The Cloud: The Great Equalizer for Business Continuity - Resource Details via www.ittrendsalert.comPermalink
The next item you try on at the mall might be a virtual reality headset. No longer relegated to video gamers, VR is coming to amusement parks, movie theaters and classrooms. But the technology presents a major opportunity for retailers as they try to lure fickle shoppers into their stores, partic...
Link: How retail stores are using virtual reality to make shopping more fun via phys.orgPermalink
A British-Israeli start-up plans to sell a mobile phone from next month that will offer users unprecedented levels of technology and security -- and retail for close to $20,000. Sirin Labs AG said on Monday it had raised $72 million in private funds to launch the device, which would be aimed at e...
Link: Start-up Sirin to launch ultra high-tech phone for executives | Reuters via www.reuters.comPermalink
A team of physicists who can now count themselves as astronomers announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prophecy ofEinstein’s general theory of relativity
.Link: Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory - The New York Times via www.nytimes.comPermalink
By Lisa R. Melsted
There’s no denying the “bring your own device” trend is creating massive change in the workplace. Gone are the days when workplace technologies were solely sanctioned by the IT department. Consumers today are shaping their work environments with the devices and applications they’re already bringing to work to help them be more productive.
Although these technologies may bring challenges for workplace security and governance, the tidal wave that began with smartphones is just beginning to gain strength. With a host of other technologies—from wearables to the Internet of Things—poised to break into mass consumer markets, the effects they’ll have on the workplace are not far behind.
Link: Samsung BusinessVoice: How Consumers Are Shaping The Workplace Of Tomorrow - Forbes via www.forbes.comPermalink
Taylor Jewell According to Ayah Bdeir, technology is the language of our time. The 33-year-old founder and CEO of littleBits likes to compare the engineers of today to the clergy of the Middle Ages, who controlled access to knowledge and power via their monopoly over the use and understanding of...
Link: Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers | WIRED via www.wired.comPermalink
Husband and wife design team Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, founders of Miami's Monad Studio, have a consistent aesthetic. Whether they're building a guitar or designing an office building, their work resembles something that's crawled out of one of the Alien films. And their latest proje...
Link: This Violin Looks Like A Sci-Fi Weapon via www.fastcodesign.comPermalink
Last year, Apple Watch and Fitbit were on seemingly every tech-savvy marketer's wrist. But as wearable technology gets more sophisticated, so do the products tech companies are pitching to brands and agencies.Wearable tech is expected to be one of the biggest categories at this week's Consumer...
Link: 5 Wearable Technology Brands Marketers Need to Know About at CES | Adweek via www.adweek.comPermalink
California and New York want what we’ve got,” said Shawn Muehler, a 30-year-old Fargo resident, gazing at a horizon of empty fields, silos, windbreak trees and hardly any people. A winged craft traces the air, mapping a field with pinpoint accuracy for his start-up, adronesoftware company calledBotlink. “They like drones, but they’ve got a steep learning curve ahead.”For years, entrepreneurs have come here (...)
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Link: A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota - The New York Times via www.nytimes.comPermalink
Nokiathis week revealed its Ozo virtual reality camera system.
Priced at US$60,000, it will ship in the first quarter of 2016.
Link: At $60K, Nokia's Ozo VR Camera Is Priced Right for Pro Filmmakers | Virtual Reality | TechNewsWorld via www.technewsworld.comPermalink
Digital forensics expert witness Prof Peter Sommer says Islamic State (IS) militants would probably shun the high-profile communication companies. "They are not using the big obvious systems at all," he tells the BBC. "There are lots of entrepreneurs who set up systems for libertarians to use and the terrorists quickly identify these.Systems such as SureSpot offers consumers an easy way to use encryption." Cybercrime (...)Permalink
At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Co unveiled a new feature that lets drivers pre-set their car to go at or just above the speed limit. In-car cameras and software read and react to road signs, speeding the car up or slowing it down.
Active Speed Limiter is available on select models in Europe, but not, ironically, in the United States, Ford's home country, where road signs come in different shapes and sizes, and are often obscured by shrubbery.
Read more at Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/15/us-autos-driving-semiautonomous-insight-idUSKCN0T416B20151115#7B66eW8V7qFddv1s.99
Link: Automakers battle for high-tech dominance on the road to self-driving car | Reuters via www.reuters.comPermalink
Dave Asprey does not like infomercials. He didn’t want our conversation to feel like one, he said, raising both hands in a gesture of innocence, like a magician showing there was nothing up his sleeve. But once he planted the suggestion, it wouldn’t go away. There was the register of his voice, oscillating between breathy and enthusiastic, and the complete absence of qualifiers to soften his bold claims. (...)
Photo illustration by Andrew B. Myers. Prop styling by Sonia Rentsch.
Link: You, Only Better - The New York Times via www.nytimes.comPermalink
The good news about mobile malware in 2015 is that growth has slowed down. The bad news is that the malware entering the market is more virulent than ever. While there hasn't been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systemssaid last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report.
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Link: Mobile Malware's Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows | Cybersecurity | TechNewsWorld via www.technewsworld.comPermalink
One of the biggest names in traditional video games is making its boldest step yet into the fast-growing world of mobile gaming with the multibillion-dollar acquisition of a onetime darling.Activision Blizzardsaid late on Monday thatit planned to buyKing Digital Entertainment, the home ofCandy Crush(...)
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Link: Activision Blizzardto Buy King Digital, Maker of Candy Crush - The New York Times via www.nytimes.comPermalink
Creating software isn’t that easy. There a tons of things to consider.The more you actually create, the more you’ll learn. And since there are many developers out there who share their experience, it’s a hard game to follow all of them. Because of this, we collected the following resources and present you a list of12 web development blogs worth reading.
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Link: 12 best web development blogs you should be reading via usersnap.comPermalink
Choi and Shine want to transform how utility structures are built. Their “Land of Giants™” design, proposed in 2008, sees electrical pylons as human-shaped statues decorating the Icelandic countryside. Architects Jin Choi and Thomas Shine are the minds behind this skunkworks, experimental design studio.
Link: Architects Turn Iceland’s Boring Electricity Pylons Into Giant Human Statues via feednrg.comPermalink
Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level | MIT Technology Review
It's been almost 20 years since IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer beat the reigning world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, for the first time under standard tournament rules. Since then, chess-playing computers have become significantly stronger,leaving the best humans little chance even against a modern chess engine running on a smartphone. But while computers have become faster, the way chess engines ...Permalink
We expect superbikes to be powerful. And pretty. But few can claim to be as powerful or as pretty as Ducati’s latest. The1299 Panigale Ssmooths out some of the less desirable features of the 1199: a bigger engine, yes, but also more comfort and, with the S specification, a host of electronic whistles and bells...Permalink
Security vulnerability management requires a lot more than justpatching softwarefrom the top ten suppliers, warns security firm Secunia.The company’srecurring updateof the top 20 vulnerable software products shows the list changes each month.“You cannot predict what products will be making your infrastructure vulnerable next month ...Permalink
For many of us who have been taking part in making websites a more friendly experience for users, you have turned to Responsive Web Design (RWD) for you or your clients’ websites. Although we have defaulted to RWD being ...Permalink
February 2017. Many forms of energy surround you: sunlight, the heat in your room and even your own movements. All that energy—normally wasted—can potentially help power your portable and wearable gadgets, from biometric sensors to smart watches. Now, researchers from the University of Oulu in Fi...
Link: Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity—all at once via phys.orgPermalink
Quantum entanglement may appear to be closer to science fiction than anything in our physical reality. But according to the laws of quantum mechanics—a branch of physics that describes the world at the scale of atoms and subatomic particles—quantum entanglement, which Einstein once skeptically vi...Permalink
Space enthusiasts and sci-fi fans, rejoice: The space elevator may be one step closer to reality.
Link: Wild Inflatable Space Elevator Idea Could Lift People 12 Miles Up via www.space.comPermalink
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. space agency NASA is exploring the possibility of building habitats on the surface of Mars for future explorers using an unexpected material: ice.
In a statement released this week, researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center described ice as "the best building material" to protect humans from the harsh Martian environment such as extreme temperatures and high-energy radiation. --MORE--
Link: NASA conceives "Ice Home" for future Mars explorers - CCTV News - CCTV.com English via english.cctv.comPermalink
Magic Leap Demonstrates The Potential Of Augmented Reality Via Video: This Is The Future : FUTURE TECH : Tech Times
Secretive Florida-based startup Magic Leap Inc. has released on April 19 its newest footage showing off the potential of augmented reality and how this upcoming wearable technology will benefit users down the road.Permalink
Link: Taking DIY to the Next Level | Emerging Tech | TechNewsWorld via www.technewsworld.comPermalink
Scientists have found a previously unseen moon orbiting Makemake, a tiny dwarf planet on the outskirts of the solar system. This marks the first time a moon has been spotted around the little world, which takes about 310 Earth years to make a full circuit of the sun. Scientists think the moon — n...
Link: Hubble telescope spots tiny moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake via mashable.comPermalink
Google and Uber are part of a coalition unveiled on Tuesday to push for a unified US legal code on self-driving cars as part of a broader lobbying drive to promote that technology. Car makers Ford and Volvo along with ride-sharing start-up Uber's rival Lyft rounded out a roster of five founding m...
Link: Google, Uber in coalition to promote self-driving cars via phys.orgPermalink
German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power. There are a number of challenges to harnessing this power—researchers need to build a device that can heat atoms to...Permalink
In November, construction workers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came across a time capsule 942 years too soon. Buried in 1957 and intended for 2957, the capsule was a glass cylinder filled with inert gas to preserve its contents; it was even laced with carbon-14 so that future...
Link: Quantum Links in Time and Space May Form the Universe's Foundation | WIRED via www.wired.comPermalink
Each Saturday, Farhad Manjoo and Mike Isaac, technology reporters at The New York Times, reviewthe week’s news, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry. (...)
Mercedes-Benz is among the automakers working on self-driving cars.
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Link: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Cars With, and Without, Drivers - The New York Times via www.nytimes.comPermalink
A microprocessor that uses optical connections instead of electrical wires to shuttle data around has long been the dream of chip designers, but the attempt to fabricate one has frustrated them for years.Now a prototype described in the journalNatureoffers a promising and practical(...)
Link: Chip combining optics and electronics could mean faster, more energy-efficient computing | MIT Technology Review via www.technologyreview.comPermalink
The world is changing fast. Faster than any time in the human history. For example, it took fifty years for one in four Americans to adopt electricity. Then, it got faster. It took thirty years for the same number to utilise the radio.Then, even faster. Eighteen years to “accept” the colour TV. Thirteen years for mobile phones and only seven for laptops. (...)
Link: Top 10 Emerging Technologies Changing Our Lives via wtvox.comPermalink
We may not yet be living in an age of flying cars, as predicted in the 1985 film Back To The Future II, but the rise of smartphones and other new technologies is creating a reality that is arguably as exciting and almost as far-fetched. Experts agree that economic and demographic changes, technolo...
Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters
Link: Still no flying cars? The future of transit promises something even better | Technology | The Guardian via www.theguardian.comPermalink
(CNN)Hey 21st century, where's that nuclear fusion power reactor you promised? Tens of billions of dollars have been spent in the past 60 years, entire careers have been invested, but the ability to produce a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor remains undemonstrated. After beating our hea...
Link: Amazing promises of nuclear fusion: How close are we? - CNN.com via www.cnn.comPermalink
In the moments just before Kim Suozzi died of cancer at age 23, it fell to her boyfriend, Josh Schisler, to follow through with the plan to freeze her brain.As her pulse monitor sounded its alarm and her breath grew ragged, he fumbled for his phone. Fighting the emotion that threatened to...
Link: A Dying Young Woman’s Hope in Cryonics and a Future - The New York Times via www.nytimes.comPermalink
Elon Musk has often been compared to Tony Stark. The billionaire entrepreneur is the brains behind SpaceX’s reusable rockets, Tesla’s electric cars, and the solar power provider SolarCity. But last night when comedian Stephen Colbert pressed Musk to decide whether he’s a superhero or a supervillain, Musk was evasive. Now we know why. Later on in the interview, Musk admitted that he advocates detonating thermonuclear explosives on neighboring planet Mars...
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At a gathering of physics geniuses, Stephen Hawking is set to present an ‘exciting new idea’ on black holes - The Washington Post
This week, I'm hanging out with some of the greatest minds in theoretical physics. They're trying to answer some of the burning questions that scientists still have about black holes.
From Aug. 24-29,KTH Royal Institute of Technologyis playing host to a veritable “who’s who” of the physics world. There'sJames Bardeen, known for his work in helping to formulate the laws of black hole mechanics; Leonard Parker, whose pioneering work on particle creation has helped scientists understand our expanding universe; Nobel prize winner Gerard t’Hooft; and, of course,Stephen Hawking.
Link: At a gathering of physics geniuses, Stephen Hawking is set to present an ‘exciting new idea’ on black holes - The Washington Post via www.washingtonpost.comPermalink
I'm standing on the bow of what looks to be a sunken pirate ship. A blue whale swims near me. Our eyes lock as he glides by and, as he turns to drift away, I see the ridges on his belly. I am awestruck by his beauty, and it takes a moment for me to recall a crucial element of biology: Whales have...
Link: For virtual-reality movies, old methods don't fit new medium - CNET via www.cnet.comPermalink
Imagine a town with crosswalks but no pedestrians, cars and trucks but no drivers. Welcome to Mcity, a fake "town" built by researchers who are testing out thedriverless carsof the future
Link: No Humans Allowed! Test 'City' for Driverless Cars Opens via www.livescience.comPermalink
The emerging world of information technology is one in which data is king, social platforms evolve as a new source of business intelligence, and cloud computing finally delivers on IT’s role as a driver of business growth, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
TheAccenture Technology Vision 2011identifies eight emerging trends that challenge long-held assumptions about IT and are poised to reshape the business landscape. The report also offers “action steps” that high performing businesses and governments can take to prepare for the new world of computing.
Link: Eight Trends Driving the Future of Information Technology | ITBusinessEdge.com via www.itbusinessedge.comPermalink
Like a good maître d', the airport of the future will recognize you, greet you by name and know exactly where to put you. Airports around the world are beginning to move in this direction. At London's Gatwick Airport, beacons identify you by your smartphone and give GPS-like directions to your ga...
Link: Technology Will Speed You Through the Airport of the Future - WSJ via www.wsj.comPermalink
Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time | Life & Physics | Science | The Guardian
On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter's primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of Fine Art, the department of Earth Sciences and finally my department, Physics & Astronomy. That's two classes of 30 children each, and for those of you not familiar with today's ja...
Link: Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time | Life & Physics | Science | The Guardian via www.theguardian.comPermalink
In a deceptively drab black crystal, physicists have stumbled upon a baffling behavior, one that appears to blur the line between the properties of metals, in which electrons flow freely, and those of insulators, in which electrons are effectively stuck in place. The crystal exhibits hallmarks of...
Link: Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists | WIRED via www.wired.comPermalink
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NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program has advanced to its second phase, green-lighting a series of futuristic technological concepts for further agency-backed development. The program's chief objective is to foster clever ideas that help shape future aerospace exploration and, with i...
Link: NASA narrows the field on advanced space technology concepts via www.gizmag.comPermalink
Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted some wild things at a town hall he hosted Tuesday night on his social network, including the ability for humans to one day talk to each other with their minds and for lasers to beam Internet access down to Earth.
His comments come at an interesting juncture for the social network, which continues to expand into new fields of technology as it moves beyond its core business.
Link: EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Mark Zuckerberg Predicts the Future of Technology via www.economicpolicyjournal.comPermalink
Concepts represent the very cutting edge future of technology and product design. Every gadget that defines the tech world now started off as a simple drawing on a piece of paper, so it would be remiss not to keep a watchful eye on concept tech.
Link: Future Gadgets: Hottest concept tech of 2015 | T3 via www.t3.comPermalink
Link: Oculus 'many months away,' but could be a game changer - CNN.com via www.cnn.comPermalink