Google puts its self-driving cars through more than three million simulated miles of driving a day, testing software tweaks and behaviors. Before any software changes are made in the real world, they're tested extensively in Google's simulator.
Facebook tweaked its News Feed algorithm to try to give more prominence to stories that people find meaningful, but don't necessarily get a lot of clicks or likes.
The state Senate unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday that grappled with the difficult question of what happens to a person's social media accounts after they die. It aims to address privacy concerns raised by Internet companies, which offer online tools for designating 'legacy accounts.'
Dutch authorities announced that a six-passenger driverless bus without a steering wheel or pedals called a WEpod would begin tests in the small agricultural town of Wageningen.
A Harvard University study finds that notions of a new age of untraceable criminals is overblown. Why?
The city's chamber of commerce calls the festivities for this week's big game the "most philanthropic Super Bowl in the game's history." But rising rents fostered by tech workers moving into the city have changed its demographics, sparking protests about unequal conditions for longtime residents.
The video offers the first close look at extraterrestrial, active sand dunes, and an early look at Facebook's immersive video technology.
Stories set in varied worlds ranging from a devastated Paris to a sinister planet with a incestuous population among contenders for this year’s prestigious honours
A Paris ruined by war, a dark planet peopled by the incestuous descendants of two abandoned astronauts and the dangerous surface of the moon are some of the settings for the year’s best science fiction novels, as chosen by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.
French-American writer Aliette de Bodard is shortlisted for the BSFA best novel prize for The House of Shattered Wings, which takes place in a devastated Paris after the Great Magicians’ War. Chris Beckett, whose novel Dark Eden won him the Arthur C Clarke award, makes the cut for follow-up Mother of Eden, set generations after the incestuous offspring of astronauts have dispersed across their dark planet.Continue reading...
Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission took to the stage at the linux.conf.au 2016 in Geelong last Friday, as Linux guru and Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot wrangler Andrew Tridgell gave an entertaining speech on his currently UAV endeavours.…
UK scientist is advocating for research to show psychoactive drug use is a matter of sound public health policy – and Silicon Valley startups see an opportunity
Finding safe, new uses for psychoactive drugs, well-known chemical compounds that can alter the mind, is a fashionable occupation for a niche group of tech enthusiasts called biohackers. Biohackers are hobbyists that typically experiment with psychoactive drugs, among other life-enhancing tools, outside of institutional laboratories. But one academic scientist is trying to convince the UK government and the scientific community that psychoactive drug use is a matter of sound public health policy.
While the US Federal Trade Commission is in the midst of penalizing businesses for using inadequate scientific evidence to claim that their products improve cognitive abilities, Samuele Marcora, the director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kent, is initiating academic research that could bolster these products’ reputations.Continue reading...