Canada is actively luring startups away from Silicon Valley, doing so with a very big incentive: paying 80% of workers salaries, as well as 50% of salaries for companies that choose to set up Canadian satellite companies rather than relocating entirely to the nation.
Google has been putting work into its self-driving car ambitions for years, bidding it as a way to revolutionize modern transportation: the elimination of drunk drivers, transportation for those who can't drive, and more are all potential benefits from our automated future. In a new video dubbed 'A First Drive', Google rolled out a prototype vehicle equipped with the self-driving technology and used it to take outsiders -- everyday folks outside of Google, that is -- for a spin.
Back in 2012, Microsoft Research gave a demonstration of its real-time conversation translation using Skype, which takes one user's spoken words and translates them almost instantly into the other user's language, doing so by replicating each voice for an authentic conversation.
Today at the Code Conference in California, the company showed off an update to this, and at the same time announced that the software -- dubbed Skype Translator -- will be available before the end of this year as a Windows 8 beta app.
In late March, it was revealed the high-tech and youth-centric hotel CitizenM would be making its US debut in New York, bringing with it the same connected features as its Amsterdam and London siblings. Perhaps its most interesting feature is the ability to control everything with a tablet.
Putting Google's latest experimental project to the test, a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania equiped a quadrotor drone with a Project Tango demo unit. The goal is to see just how effective the system can be in giving drones and robots in general a more accurate view of our world, and the results are promising.
Imagine a different world, a world without Apple, the most dominant company in the world. Better yet, imagine a world where Apple never existed and never launched its computers, never offered the iPod or iPhone, and never unveiled an iPad.
Now that all of that is in mind, imagine what the world would be like. Would it be a better world? Would the technology industry have more innovative companies delivering technologies we have now? Would companies that Apple demolished along the way have found a way to succeed and do what Apple hasn’t?
In the new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp becomes more machine than man, with the film offering a fresh take on artificial intelligence. Stephen Hawking, notable all-around bright guy, came away from that movie with concerns. According to him, AI might be among the worst things to happen to humans.
We've seen various kinds of headbands that use electricity for some purported result: the Foc.us tDCS we reported on about this time last year, for example, and the electrode-toting Cefaly headband, which aims to treat migraines. The latest among them is one called Halo (not to be confused with the game), which uses electricity to (potentially) make you smarter.