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Internet Of Things & Rise Of The Machines: Obsolescence Without A Plan?

What's that buzz . . . tell me what's happening? While the Internet of Thing's clarion call has awakened the early adopters, many of us still have it on snooze alarm. We may have seen bits and pieces of it, like those that have popped up as apps on our mobile devices. Perhaps we've recently purchased a Smart TV -- or have recently been intrigued by Nest's Thermostat [after Google plopped down a hefty $3.2 billion to acquire it].

Nissan and FedEx Will Test e-NV200 In Brazil

Nissan and FedEx are keeping their tests of the new e-NV200 van and the next stage is Brazil. e-NV200 is 100% electric and will be delivering FedEx packages for a month. The obtained results will then be analyzed by the two companies and used to perfect e-NV200 plans, which production will start latter this year in Spain.

Bits Of Verse: Computers Are Now Capable Of Writing Poetry

So remember how I said writers might soon be replaced by machines? Apparently, it's already happening. A PhD student at MIT has created an artificial intelligence capable of analyzing the work of famous poets and creating new works which could have been written by said poets.

Need This New Finding? Aleve May Be Safer For Heart Health

According to federal health officials new findings show that Aleve, aka naproxen sodium, may be a healthier choice for heart health than other NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen. This news could affect millions of Americans who are concerned about heart health. The FDA posted a review online on Tuesday that naproxen may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival anti-inflammatory drugs.

The Largest Vertical Forest In The World (Italy) Is Almost Finished

Bosco Verticale (Italian for "Vertical Forest") is a project featuring the construction of two residential towers  in Milan, Italy. However, they are not common buildings, as they are "covered" in plants. The towers have, respectively, 119 and 87 meters in height, providing a surface area of 10,000 square meters which will host 900 trees and many other shrubs and floral plants.

Robots Will Bring About A New Age, But Not Before Ruining This One

Today, I'm writing a post which is more than a little uncomfortable for me. After all, I'm dealing with the notion that I might someday be obsolete. AI is improving more with each passing day; pretty soon, we might see a whole host of news-bots, designed to deliver stories right to your screen.

At This Year's GDC, Riot's Going To Teach Us All About Sportsmanship

Earlier today, it was revealed that Riot Games will be in attendance at this year's GDC. The developer will host a keynote regarding online sportsmanship. After all, if anyone knows all about sportsmanship, it'd be the studio that made League of Legends, right?

Design Ultra-Tough Truck Underrun, Win Cash & A Google Nexus 7 Tablet!

Did you know an “underrun” is a safety device that keeps your puny car from driving right underneath large trucks? SimScale and GrabCAD are hoping that one of you will design a lightweight, super strong and cool-looking underrun for great prizes!

Google Diversifies From Androids Phones To Android Armies

Over the last ten years, Google's foray into the smartphone market has established its Android phones as a viable competitor to Apple's iPhones. However, in the years to come, mobile revenues will be more or less chump change in comparison to the returns Google will be able to derive from robots and artificial intelligence.

ES Pipe Waterwheel, The Faucet That Works Like A Dam

When you think of dams you picture those huge concrete constructions made in the middle of rivers, and it is hard to picture them in smaller sizes. However, in our homes we have multiple "small rivers" (faucets) which could work as miniature-sized dams. South Korean designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi thought about this and came up with ES Pipe Waterwheel, a faucet that produces energy while it is being used.

 


Meet "Origami", "Clip" And "Mate": Samsung's New Go On Printers

On CES 2014 Samsung presented some new, innovative and bold products, therefore getting under the spotlight on the fair. A true novelty is related to three printers the South Korean company presented: Origami has the external "packaging" made out of cardboard; Clip is built with plastic but without any screws; Mate has interchangeable and colorful panels which can be chosen to fit one's taste.

Pretty Soon, You Might Be Playing Video Games At Job Interviews

So it turns out all that time spent playing video games might not be useless as everyone's been telling you. Accodring to MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, video games are gaining a new niche: as hiring tools for employers. Turns out games can serve as valuable tools for career placement. Who knew?

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Robot For Space Exploration

Many of the distant planets researchers want to know more about aren't really great for wheeled probes. In order to pore over the surface of thes worlds, scientists have to get a little creative. Take researchers in London, for example, who just developed a robot based on the superhero Spider-Man.

Use Droid Translator To Chat In 29 Languages

Our world has many different languages and, due to globalization, it is more and more common for people using different languages to communicate with each other. But this can only be done either by talking in a language that both people understand or by using the services of a translator. With Droid Translator all this will change - this mobile app translates, in real-time, conversations and text messages, in 29 different languages.

SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....

 


Confide, The Grownup Version Of Snapchat For Governor Christie's Inner Circle

What comes to mind when one talks about disappearing text messaging? You know, the "now you see it, now you don't" type of communique that might have saved the career of one "what was he thinking" politician with the unfortunate name of Weiner.

Have Diabetes? Save Your Eyes With New Smart Lenses

Diabetes affects 1 in 19 people, that's 26 million people in the US, and patients need to be in constant control of their blood sugar levels, otherwise they risk damage to their eyes, kidneys or heart. Methods to measure blood glucose are painful (finger pricking and Ditto or Glooko), or invasive (constant glucose monitors, CGMs). Hopefully they will soon be replaced by Google's Smart Lens.

This Robot Has The Potential To Make Land Mines Obsolete

Currently, it's estimated there are 110,000,000 active landmines in the world. Not exactly a small number.Since humans aren't likely capable of clearing them out any time soon (never mind the danger involved), researchers at the University of Coimbra decided they could use a bit of robotic help.

5 Fun Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes

Durr is a new type of watch that messes with your perception of time. It buzzes every 5 minutes, so you can feel how time passes differently depending on your situation. Use it in the following scenarios and see how long 5 minutes really is.

New Robot Rene Can Detect, Diagnose, And Help Treat Autism

Scientists in Croatia have developed a new robot that they say could be used to detect autism in children quickly and easily - and to help treat it, as well. The robot goes by the name of Rene, and is equipped with all the tools necessary to interact with sufferers of the illness, who are often incredibly timid around human beings.