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Microsoft Wants Rules For Facial Recognition, But…

WIRED –TOM SIMONITE – 21 February, 2019 – IN DECEMBER, MICROSOFT President Brad Smith urged lawmakers to set rules on facial-recognition technology to prevent a privacy-threatening “race to the bottom.” Now the

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MIT Says Wifi Gadget Could Power Smartphones

FUTURISM -DAN ROBITZSKI – 29 January 2019: Right now, electromagnetic signals are probably bouncing around the room between your phone, laptop, and other internet-connected devices. For researchers looking for ways to power small,

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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

(RTÉ News) – Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.  Business leaders

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Graphene’s Sleeping Superconductivity Awakens

(UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE) – Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate

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New ‘Smart’ Fibers Curb Fires in Lithium-Ion Batteries

(SCIENCE NEWS) – Hoverboards and certain cell phones powered by lithium-ion batteries occasionally go up in flames. Scientists now have a new plan for squelching these fires before they flare

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Study Finds E-Waste in Asia Has Increased at a Staggering Pace

(GIZMODO) – According to a new report from the United Nations University, higher incomes and more affordable prices have lead to an enormous jump in the levels of electronic goods

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The Rise of the Robots?

(BBC) – The rise of the robots could be next year’s big story. Ever since the Luddites smashed their first loom, mechanisation has been putting people out of work. But

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Can Singapore’s Labor Crunch Spark a Robot Revolution?

By Aradhana Aravindan and Marius Zaharia SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sherine Toh says her best days at work are when none of the 600-or-so staff at Singapore’s Tung Lok Restaurants <TGLK.SI>

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Japanese Pen Draws Circuits with Conductive Ink

(Reuters) – Japanese startup invents a marker pen with conductive ink allowing the user to draw electrical circuits. Holly Rubenstein reports. It’s being tipped to revolutionize the electronics industry. A

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China Seeks Top-10 Automation Ranking by 2020: Robot Industry Group

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – China is aiming for a top-10 ranking in automation for its industries by 2020 by putting more robots in its factories, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR)

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