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Is This Science Hacker a Heroine or a Villain?

January 17, 2018

In 2011, 23-year-old Alexandra Elbakyan did something radical: She created Sci-Hub, a digital repository housing copies of 64.5 million scientific journal articles. That might seem, on its face, ho-hum. But Sci-Hub was radical because it was free to anyone with an internet connection, threatening to disrupt the research publishing industry, which holds its copyrighted material behind a paywall.

Should Apple do more to limit children's screen time?

January 17, 2018

Eye problems, bad posture, carpal tunnel syndrome, social disconnection, depression, insomnia. All of these are symptoms of excessive screen time, and Apple has recently responded to a request by shareholders for the company to address youth screen time issues.

Trump Administration Moving Forward on Self-Driving Vehicles

January 16, 2018

The hope among industry attendees at CES was that the new guidelines will put more states on the same page when it comes to self-driving regulations, whether those regulations relate to cars, trucks or trains. "What we are trying to do is to reduce the number of regulations that are hampering the growth of technology in this area," Chao said during a Q&A session.

Best of CES 2018: the most impressive, innovative products from the show

January 16, 2018

From Android TVs to phones, connected speakers, smartwatches, long-awaited components, and unified services, we’ve got a mixed bag this year for the Android Authority Best of CES 2018 awards.

Will Space Policy Directive 1 benefit or hinder human missions to Mars?

January 11, 2018

The administration genuinely appears to be motivated to accomplish real human space exploration goals within its term of office. It remains unclear, however, whether a sufficient budget will actually be allotted to enable execution of its ambitious policy, either in whole or in part. Federal budgets are challenging—and will be for the foreseeable future--but there is an extremely compelling reason why the administration should go “all in” on this plan and propose a budget that will enable the United States to aggressively move forward.

Slowly but surely, gains from AI innovation are coming

January 10, 2018

Each day we read about amazing technology breakthroughs, particularly when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). But if AI is so great, why are these breathtaking technological achievements not matched with soaring productivity and economic growth? Or, to paraphrase an old jibe: If the economy is so smart, why aren’t we all rich?

Elon Musk says AI could doom human civilization. Zuckerberg disagrees. Who's right?

January 09, 2018

Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. Knowledge engineering. Call it what you want, but AI by any name had the tech world uniquely divided in 2017, and the new year isn’t likely to bring any quick resolutions.

8 Biggest Tech Trends to Watch at CES 2018

January 09, 2018

As technology marches forward, we're always looking for the next big thing, but that thing could be a gadget or a breakthrough that will power an entirely new category of products. At CES 2018, we'll see the industry's pioneering spirit on full display as more than 3,900 companies and 170,000 people converge on Las Vegas for the biggest technology show of the year.

Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater

January 09, 2018

New “videomicroscopes” offer astounding images, helping surgeons perform and collaborate on delicate brain and spine operations. The equipment produces magnified, high-resolution, three-dimensional digital images of surgical sites, and lets everyone in the room see exactly what the surgeon is seeing. The videomicroscope has a unique ability to capture “the brilliance and the beauty of the neurosurgical anatomy,” Dr. Langer said.

Nobel prize winner: Automation is holding down paychecks

January 09, 2018

The subdued growth in wages amid an expanding economy and declining unemployment has puzzled many, but one economics professor said he may have an explanation for that phenomenon. The answer lies in automation, according to Christopher Pissarides from the London School of Economics.

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