A brain implant and an antenna on top of his head allow Neil Harbisson to hear colors. Harbisson has been colorblind all his life–not just with certain colors, but all he sees are gradations of gray. With this new technology, he can perceive colors in a whole new way.
Cameras that have functionalities like thermal imaging and night vision have been around for a while, assisting search and rescue missions and surveillance reconnaissance. But these can have a high false-positive rate when searching for humans specifically. So researchers took this issue on and have now developed a camera that detects melanin and water presence together, leading users to a much higher success rate in identifying people.
Pepper, a child-sized robot designed by the Japanese and French, can not only interact with people, he can read their emotions and react in kind. The goal is to put Pepper for sale for everyday consumers to buy and have in their homes.
Charles Bombadier has built a concept plane that could take the normally seven hour flight from New York to London down to a measly eleven minutes. The plane would be capable of reaching 16,000 mph using reusable rocket boosters, taking it 10 times faster than sound. For an extra few minutes, you can travel to Shanghai or Sydney.
After an electrical accident took Jason’s arm, he thought his drumming career was over. Then a scientist at Georgia Tech, who already had a band made up of robots, devised a prosthetic arm for Jason. But the arm was no ordinary prosthetic. It has a “musical brain”.
Starcraft is one of the few video games that is played at a professional level due to its depth and complexity. Often, it requires 300 actions per minute by the user. In 2010, a tournament was held between 28 Artificial Intelligence bots to see how they competed at an expert level in this highly-strategic game.
AlphaGo, Google’s artificially intelligent computer program, beat a professional human Go player last October in 4 out of 5 matches. Go is a very complex board game to master and has been around since the 1000s. The game requires the players to think ahead a few moves and consider what the opponent might or might not do. Tasks that involve a lot of decision-making or snap decisions have typically been difficult for computers to achieve. AlphaGo is helping to break that barrier.
The Rochester Cloak is the next step in developing an invisibility cloak. It uses ordinary lens to bend light around an object, making it appear invisible. In the past, limitations of “invisibility devices” were that you had to stay in one place for it to work. Move the slightest bit and you saw both the object and the invisibility device itself, which defeats the whole purpose. This device, however, does not have that problem.
In 2014, scientists in Barcelona performed an experiment and were able to successfully transmit one word (“bird”) between two humans–one in India to another person in France, proving once and for all that…
Microsoft tried to run an experiment a few weeks ago with an artificially intelligent chatbot that interacted with users on Twitter. The intention was that, as people interacted with “Tay”, Tay would grow in her knowledge and could respond in kind–an attempt at making a computer sound like a human. But it failed. And it keeps failing. Oh so miserably.