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Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.
“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”
At its I/O ’17 conference this week, Google shared details of its AutoML project, an artificial intelligence that can assist in the creation of other AIs. By automating some of the complicated process, AutoML could make machine learning more accessible to non-experts.
Stars, quasars, and other celestial objects generate photons in a random way, and now scientists have taken advantage of this randomness to generate random numbers at rates of more than one million numbers per second. Generating random numbers at very high rates has a variety of applications, such as in cryptography and computer simulations.
Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars.
“We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how to make good quality carbon fiber from waste,”
The Ocean Cleanup has announced an update to its pollution-collecting technology. Company founder Boyan Slat claims it will be able to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in as few as five years.
PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 380-square-foot model home in about eight hours. When complete, the homes are autonomous and mobile, meaning they don’t need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems.
Lowe’s and Virginia Tech partnered to develop a wearable robotic suit with lift-assist technology to help employees more easily move products and avoid muscle fatigue.
Related: Robotic exoskeleton could prevent falls among the elderly
People in a minimally conscious state have been “woken” for a whole week after a brief period of brain stimulation. The breakthrough suggests we may be on the verge of creating a device that can be used at home to help people with disorders of consciousness communicate with friends and family.
Related: Could Magnetic Brain Stimulation Help People with Alzheimer’s?
In a rather shocking experiment, Chinese researchers grafted the head of a smaller rat onto a bigger one while keeping the brain safe from possible damage due to blood loss. Their technique could one day be useful for human head transplants.
MIT engineering students have invented a portable device that translates text into braille in real time, and they hope to sell it for less than $200. This cheap alternative to existing technologies will make both books and braille more accessible to the blind community.
When we look at a painting, how do we know it’s a genuine piece of art?
Everything we see with the unaided eye in a painting – from the Australian outback images of Albert Namatjira or Russell Drysdale, to the vibrant works of Pro Hart – is thanks to the mix of colours that form part of the visible spectrum.
Training software to accurately sum up information in documents could have great impact in many fields, such as medicine, law, and scientific research.
A firm has created facial recognition software that works together with surveillance cameras to identify emotions on faces. This may allow for real time crime prevention as violent facial expressions are recognized.
UK police in the city of Durham, England, are prepared to go live with a predictive artificial intelligence system that will determine whether a suspect should be kept in custody
Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin.
For the first time ever, physicists have managed to directly detect a hydrogen bond within a single molecule – meaning we can now observe the smallest and most abundant element in the Universe in ways that scientists could only ever theorise about.
Alt: Physicists Got Their First Look at the Bond That Holds Most of Our Universe Together