Technology

An Artificial Intelligence Is Learning Emotions by Watching 'Up'

How do you teach an artificial intelligence to understand emotion? After all, an AI can't comprehend feelings in the same way that a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 8:41PM

Dutch Police are Retiring Their Squad of Drone-Hunting Eagles

Bad news, falconry enthusiasts: it turns out this medieval pastime may not become a burgeoning profession once again. At least not for...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 7:25PM

It's Possible to 3D-Print an Extra Pair of Robotic Hands

Sometimes it'd be nice to have a couple of extra hands. Whether you're trying to eat a bag of chips while also holding a can of drink,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 11 December 2017 - 8:56PM

Can Supersonic Planes Save Commercial Airlines?

This might be the understatement of the century: Commercial air flight has room for improvement. This probably isn't a surprise to...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 11 December 2017 - 10:44AM

How to Build a Life-Size TIE Fighter from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

YouTube star Colin Furze is both an inventor and a daredevil, usually combining those two qualities when he builds things like real...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 10 December 2017 - 5:07PM

Honda Announces Four Robot Concepts With Friendly Faces

The future of robotics is absolutely adorable. At least, that's what Honda seems to think, as the creator of the friendly robot ASIMO...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 07 December 2017 - 5:35PM

DNA Breakthrough Paves the Way to Artificial Life

The first thing out of any genetic engineer's mouth when describing an ambitious new discovery should be "Don't worry, this won't be a...

Super User
Thursday, 07 December 2017 - 12:05PM

Google's AlphaGo Quickly Taught Itself to Become a Chess Master

Not content with building a computer that can thoroughly trounce any living human at a single board game like Go, Google's DeepMind...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 8:46PM

NASA's Deep Space Gateway Puts Mars Colonization Within Our Grasp

The future of space exploration across the solar system is about to get a lot more clear, as NASA works alongside 14 other space...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 10:38AM

Spacesuits With a 'Take Me Home' Button Could Save Lost Astronauts

Imagine this: you're out late drinking, and you're feeling woozy, disoriented, and ready for bed. You vaguely remember how to use your...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 8:02PM

Russia and China Are Building Space Weapons to Destroy US Military Satellites

Space--the final frontier, at least for warfare. Apart from the Outer Space Treaty, which prevents countries from installing weapons...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 11:25AM

Ancient Man Used Alien Weapons, Says New Study

Bronze Age iron tools used by ancient humans may be extraterrestrial in origin, according to a fascinating new study.   Bronze Age...

Ian S.
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 11:18AM

This Clairvoyant Robot Can See the Future

In Douglas Adams' novel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it's suggested that advanced AI elevators will be imbued with a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 10:59AM

These Giant Robot Arms Make Alien's Power Loader Look Puny

Get away from her you filthy, heavy pipes! OK, I'm no Ripley and that's not exactly the iconic line from Aliens, but if given the...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 10:46AM

ComSciCon: Atlanta

ComSciCon is a series of workshops on science communication operated for graduate students, by graduate...

Artificial Intelligence Composed Its Own Black Metal Album

One of the most exciting things about machine learning is the opportunity that it affords creators to train software to build brand...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 04 December 2017 - 6:21PM

Chernobyl Will Soon Be Converted Into a Giant Solar Farm

While you're likely familiar with the Chernobyl incident, just in case you're one of today's lucky 10,000: in 1986, a faulty nuclear...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 03 December 2017 - 6:31PM

Amazon Patents a Self-Destructing Delivery Drone

Whenever you're watching a movie where the villain's doomsday device has a convenient "self-destruct" button that the hero...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 02 December 2017 - 4:40PM

The BBC Made a VR Spacewalk Simulation That Impressed Real Astronauts

One of the most wonderful things about virtual reality is the opportunity it provides for exploring places and sights...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 8:44PM

Elon Musk Plans to Dig a Giant 'Boring Company' Tunnel Under Chicago

Good old Elon Musk. You can always count on the eccentric billionaire to announce some new ridiculous scheme whenever he starts...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 7:19PM