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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

Google Backs the NBN
September 16th, 2011

During a recent industry confab in Japan, Google bigwig Eric Schmidt said the future is not only in mobile (smartphone sales are set to outstrip PCs in 2012) but in the Asia Pacific region, which will see three billion mobile users within five years.


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. […]


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.

House Warming
May 1st, 2010

In the northernmost climes of the world where the Caucasian race originated it was a matter of evolutionary life and death, and even in the temperate zone cities of Australasia today the temperature can routinely fall into single digits — not much fun even if you can buy iPhone apps.






The Men Who Invented the Internet It's not like the cochlear implant or black box flight recorder. The ...
August 28th, 2011

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

The first quantum computer? It's hogging so many headlines, you can expect the Hollywood techno-thriller about ...
September 16th, 2011

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

Skylab Goes Down America's first space station goes out with a bang… and lands on ...
July 1st, 2009


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