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How Society is Changing in the Second Machine Age
Technology is shaping society, as it has always done so, but at a rate never experienced before in the history of mankind. This department is tracking the impact technology has on the fabric of our societies and humanity in general.
Working in Brown University’s Center for Computation and Visualization, application scientist Benjamin Knorlein, here with visiting scientist Tom Sgouros, helps turn research data into virtual reality. When a nationwide team of scientists earlier this year wanted to study populations of tiny phytoplankton, why did they invite Brown University computer visualization expert Benjamin Knorlein with them on the voyage?
IBM Research and the University of California San Diego have announced a multiyear commitment to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on the campus of UC San Diego. The groundbreaking center will bring together the technology, cognitive and life sciences strengths of IBM and UC San Diego.
The security of wearable fitness trackers could be improved to better protect users’ personal data, a study suggests. Vulnerabilities in the devices – which track heart rate, steps taken and calories burned – could threaten the privacy and security of the data they record, scientists say.
Computer scientists at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3D facial reconstruction from a single 2D image – the 3D selfie.
Constraint-Induced Movement therapy— a behavioral approach to the rehabilitation of movement and speech after brain injury developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham— is being translated to a video game version called Recovery Rapids through an ongoing clinical trial.
System allows extra time for pedestrians with disabilities. Smart traffic signals designed to improve the flow of traffic also could help pedestrians with visual or other disabilities safely cross streets, or even catch a bus.
Smart traffic signals could communicate with pedestrians’ smartphones to change lights in real time, thanks to a two-year project underway at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. A $2 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration will help fund work led by CMU robotics Professor Stephen Smith to develop a system that relays information from a user’s smartphone directly the smart traffic signals, according to a news release.
QUT Art Museum presents two exhibitions exploring relationships between humans, creativity and the machine. Machination and Why future still needs us: AI and humanity run from 20 August to 29 October 2017 and will feature in Robotronica on 20 August, QUT’s Robotics and technology spectacular at Gardens Point campus. Whist we talk about a future world dominated by robots and artificial intelligence, artists can offer a unique perspective on the future that is less sinister, authoritarian and cold than many of the representations found in books and films.
An underwater wireless optical communications system for streaming high-quality, live video. A flexible and cost-effective technology for streaming high-quality underwater video images has been developed by researchers at KAUST by improving the bandwidth to achieve better video quality.
Study finds machine learning can predict aspects of attraction, but not the perfect soulmate. Dating websites often claim attraction between two people can be predicted from the right combination of traits and preferences, but a new study casts doubt on that assertion.
Matthew is Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist, a psychotherapist with a keen interest in neuroscience and technology.