robot

Microsoft Goes All In on AI

Humans have always had a complicated relationship with new “technologies.” From awe to fear, centuries ago, Plato even worried that writing would adversely affect people’s memories. Modernity has had a particular curiosity regarding artificial intelligence (AI). From Terminator-style killer robots to emotive humanoids, the mention of AI brings to mind the many silver screen renderings...

Robot + Flies = Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

Take one ordinary fruit fly… add one ingenious robot… and you have the necessary items for one of the most unique breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research. At Stanford University, scientists are combining high-tech robotics, computing, biology, and physics to gain new insights into the factors behind the debilitating neurological disease. And they’re using the common...

Amazon Echo: The World’s Smartest Assistant

Think Amazon (AMZN) is just the world’s largest online retailer? Think again. As technology advances, so does Amazon’s reach in the sector – to the point where it now competes with some of the largest companies in the world in a variety of fields. For example… In Amazon Web Services, it has a mammoth cloud-computing...

The Robot That Teaches Kids How to Write

The innovation keeps on flowing at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – or EPFL, for short. Founded by the Swiss government as one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, EPFL has built a strong, well-respected reputation in the technology, science, and engineering areas. It ranked 17th in the world for science and...

The Robot Needle That Destroys Fatal Blood Clots

At the end of December, seven-time Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, suffered a devastating injury while skiing in the French Alps. Schumacher hit his head on a rock at high speed, causing severe brain trauma and left him fighting for his life. After spending almost six months in a medically induced coma to relieve...

Birds Beware: This Robot’s Coming for You!

These days, it’s become fashionable to label everyday crusades as “wars.” The War on Terrorism… the War on Crime… the War on Drugs. But the War on Birds? When it comes to aviation… yes. Cast your mind back four years to the famous “Miracle on the Hudson,” when the stricken U.S. Airways Flight 1549 was...

Siri, Eat Your Heart Out

As Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) continues to burn through millions of units of the iPhone 4S, more and more people are getting hooked on the “personal assistant” application that comes installed – Siri. Siri leverages speech recognition technology from Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN). The application allows you to do anything from placing calls and surfing the...