Science & Technology

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.

Investors want Apple to do more to fight kids' smartphone addiction

January 08, 2018

Apple should do more to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, two major investors in the iPhone maker said Monday. In an open letter to the technology giant, New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, highlighted increasing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.

China is beating the US in many areas of artificial intelligence, A.I. firm says

January 08, 2018

The two largest economies in the world are at the forefront of artificial intelligence development, but the jury is still out on which country is leading the race, according to a start-up with a presence in both the United States and China.

Mathematicians Second-Guess Centuries-Old Fluid Equations

January 08, 2018

The Navier-Stokes equations capture in a few succinct terms one of the most ubiquitous features of the physical world: the flow of fluids. The equations, which date to the 1820s, are today used to model everything from ocean currents to turbulence in the wake of an airplane to the flow of blood in the heart.

7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2018

January 07, 2018

Regardless of whether you’re a diehard tech fanatic, always after the latest devices, or a laid-back “average” consumer, if you’re like me, you can’t help but look forward to the tech developments and trends that lie ahead. After a year with surprisingly high sales for smart speakers and virtual reality, as well as the debut of several new phones and tablets, I’ve spent the last several weeks looking ahead to the possible trends that will unfold in 2018.

15 top science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018

January 07, 2018

The past year has been a momentous one for science and technology. From the detection of gravitational waves (predicted almost a century ago by Einstein) to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin to the creation of genetically modified human embryos, 2017 was marked by all sorts of remarkable discoveries and innovations. What will 2018 bring?

Physics Found Gravitational Waves. Now Come the Existential Questions

January 04, 2018

In 1933, Fritz Zwicky first predicted the existence of invisible “dark matter” when he noticed galaxies were spinning faster than their masses predicted. Decades later, Vera Rubin found more evidence of dark matter in other galaxies. Physicists now think dark matter makes up 85 percent of the universe’s mass.Still, no one has seen the stuff down on Earth.

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