Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives

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Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn’t get.  It was August 31, 2005, two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. These robots were a crucial connection between emergency responders and survivors.  Ten years… Read more »

Is it the beginning of the end for online comments?

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Vibrant online communities? Or cesspools of abuse? Have comments had their day? The debate about comment sections on news sites is often as divisive as the comments themselves. Recently outlets such as The Verge and The Daily Dot have closed their comments sections because they’ve become too hard to manage. And they’re far from alone. Moderating comments… Read more »

Robots are NOT coming for our jobs

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Technology has made life easier and more comfortable in countless ways over the past few hundred years. But a relatively new brand of fear mongering suggests the workplace will soon become too easy, making some human workers obsolete. The rise of robots in different industries has led some experts to predict that artificial intelligence will take over a third… Read more »

Google Could Rig the Next Election

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By manipulating its search results, Google could decide the next election. The world’s most-used search engine is so powerful and national elections are so tight, that even a tiny tweak in Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) secret algorithm could swing the 2016 presidential election, according to Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral… Read more »

Google is now Alphabet

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  Google’s plan to reorganize into a holding company called Alphabet is as creative as the company itself. Like all publicly-held companies, Google faces dual challenges of sustaining its growth through innovation and meeting the expectations of its shareholders. The ever-increasing pressures to deliver short-term results while continuing to make big bets on high-risk, high-gain… Read more »