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TV vs. the Internet: Who Will Win?

By: Between 1999 and 2009, annual revenues in the music industry declined from $14.6 billion to $6.3 billion, according to the market analysis firm Forrester Research. The music business was first attacked from below by illegal file sharing on Napster and subsequently from above by Apple’s iTunes, which unbundled fourteen-dollar CDs into ninety-nine-cent songs. […]

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Paralyzed Man Walks for the First Time in Five Years Using Harnessed Brainwaves

By: [youtube] A man who has been unable to move both legs after his spinal cord was completely severed in a motorcycle accident five years ago has made medical history after doctors reconnected brain signals to his legs, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. 26-year-old Adam Fritz […]

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Watch These Drones Build a Rope Bridge—and Intrepid Researchers Walk Over It

By: [youtube] Earlier this year, we wrote about a project to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam. Said printer will move along a set of (self-printed) tracks, leaving a fully formed bridge in its wake. Now, machine bridge making is taking to the air—and swapping drones for 3D printers. Dubbed the Aerial Construction […]

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Disney Bets on Virtual Reality with Investment in Startup Jaunt

By: Entertainment titan Disney seems to think that virtual reality is ready for the mass market. Many tech companies–Facebook, Samsung, and Google, among others–are interested in the potential of virtual reality and investing heavily in the technology. Now entertainment companies are also staking claims. Disney has apparently led a $65 million round of funding […]

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3-D Printed Guide Helps Regrow Complex Nerves After Injury

By: A national team of researchers has developed a first-of-its-kind, 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury. The groundbreaking research has the potential to help more than 200,000 people annually who experience nerve injuries or disease. Collaborators on the project are from the University of […]

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This Is the First 3D-Printed Hotel Suite in The World: Yes, It Has a 3D-Printed Jacuzzi

By: Forget 3D-printed food and 3D-printed cars. A hotel owner in the Philippines is 3D-printing an entire hotel suite, and unlike other 3D-printed buildings done before, this one will be completely and entirely operational, which means, if you’re thinking of vacationing in the country soon, you’ll be able to book a night at the […]

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California Judge Slaps Down Uber Bid to Force Arbitration on Driver

By: A former Uber Technologies Inc. driver defeated the company’s bid to force her into arbitration, a second victory after California’s labor commissioner said she should have been considered an employee. A San Francisco state judge sided with the driver Monday, finding the app-based ride service’s arbitration clause is unenforceable. The decision echoed a […]

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Breakthrough in Cloaking Technology Grabs Military’s Attention

By: An academic says he and his colleagues have demonstrated a major breakthrough in the quest for invisibility, and he has the military’s attention. Boubacar Kante, a professor at the University of California-San Diego, and his colleagues tested the first effective “dielectric metasurface cloak.” That’s a fancy way of describing a super-thin, non-metal material […]

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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

By: With the help of A.I., America’s most famous doll tries to fulfill a timeless dream — convincing little girls that she’s a real friend. What will happen if they believe her? It looked like a child’s playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on […]

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Sexbots: Why Women Should Panic

By: Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years, say experts. Men are considering the prospect with curiosity and a sense of humour. But academics and feminists are terrified and calling for them to be banned. Let me tell you why. Who, or what, men have sex with is the basis of […]

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Chicago Man Builds World’s Largest Arcade Machine

By: [youtube] At a time in history when tech companies are all competing to make things smaller, one lone engineer is looking back to the past in a big way. Chicago-based Jason Camberis recently had two years of work rewarded, as the Guinness World Records organization declared his giant arcade machine the biggest […]

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Mother Robot Builds Own Children

By: [youtube] What parent doesn’t want to mold their child to be better – faster, smarter, more capable? Even though human parents can’t do that, a robot that builds its own children can. Scientists at the University of Cambridge in England have created a mother robot that not only constructs its own children, […]

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RFID to Bring Literacy to Down Syndrome Children

By: An Ecuadorian researcher and University of Costa Rica Ph.D. candidate named Janio Jadán-Guerrero is developing a radio frequency identification system, known as Kiteracy, which is intended to help children with Down syndrome learn how to read by using radio frequency identification technology. He hopes to provide his system, which he developed while completing […]

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Camera Restricta

By: Algorithms are already looking through the viewfinder alongside with you: they adjust settings, scan faces and take a photo when you smile. What if your grin wasn’t the only thing they cared about? Camera Restricta is a speculative design of a new kind of camera. It locates itself via GPS and searches online […]

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BMW Eyes New Business Opportunities with Autonomous Cars

By: German carmarker BMW is preparing to rethink its products, design and business models for the advent of driverless cars, a board member at the Bavarian company said on Tuesday. Peter Schwarzenbauer said the competitive advantage for premium carmakers will be rooted in their ability to offer a portfolio of transport options far beyond […]

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Lasers Can “Immobilize Driverless Cars”

By: The laser technology used in driverless cars can be manipulated by attackers on a shoestring budget, allowing them to gain control of these vehicles, it has been revealed. Speaking to the online technology news provider IEEE Spectrum recently, Jonathan Petit, principal scientist at Security Innovation, said that he has developed a way of […]

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How to Keep a Robot from Taking Your Job

By: While you may be willing to welcome our new robot overlords, but if you want to make sure that they don’t take your job, be sure you find employment in a field that requires creativity, dexterity or social interactions, AI experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology advise. In an article published Sunday […]

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