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Make Robots Smarter
September 1st, 2009

Humans have a lot to think about and even more to process when it comes to solving the problems we face. Somewhere in all the data we churn out is everything from a HIV cure to the perfect videogame character. Computers with narrowly-programmed parameters have the speed but not the creativity to find what we need amid messy abstracts

Skylab Goes Down
July 1st, 2009

NASA managed to re-establish contact in the final days to adjust Skylab’s angle for as smooth a re-entry as possible, and final calculations predicted a trajectory across the Southern Ocean and a sparsely populated tract of Western Australia.


OCR Grows Up
September 16th, 2011

Forget space shuttles, nanobots and large hadron colliders, the yardstick for human technological development may just be the Star Trek tricorder. Convention geek jokes aside, a good deal of 20th century sci-fi reveals an innate desire for a platform- and information-agnostic device we can point at anything to learn all about it (for when we visit alien worlds).

Crowd Science
June 13th, 2011

The term crowdsourcing wasn’t coined until the web age, undoubtedly because it enabled the collecting, aggregating and processing power we need to let crowdsourcing take full flight. Today it’s used for everything from judging the most attractive female posterior to gathering the funds to make movies.


Your Personal Eye in the Sky
March 15th, 2010

But it’s not just the large clear picture of your flight path the iPhone or iPod Touch can provide. Instead of struggling with a complicated remote control unit, you fly the AR Drone merely by tilting your handheld device in the direction you want to go. There are a few basic touchscreen controls like rise, down and rotate, but the accelerometers inside do the rest.

The Eye in the Sky
August 28th, 2011

Has the GPS had its day? And even if good upkeep can maintain it, will a competing system soon take over? Drew Turney finds out. “It’s an exquisite technology but it was designed in the time of record players and vacuum tubes and the design brief to the engineers was to track intercontinental ballistic missiles. […]






Make Robots Smarter Humans have a lot to think about and even more to process ...
September 1st, 2009

Your Personal Eye in the Sky Miniature remote controlled aircraft are nothing new, so just what makes the ...
March 15th, 2010

Translation technology You're lost in a foreign country and you've forgotten that little card ...
September 16th, 2011

House Warming It's not as sexy as the iPad, not as fashion conscious as ...
May 1st, 2010

The Eye in the Sky Has the GPS had its day? And even if good ...
August 28th, 2011

OCR Grows Up Think you know what optical character recognition's for? As Drew Turney discovers, ...
September 16th, 2011


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