Science


Google parent company Alphabet could be selling robot builders Boston Dynamics Google parent company Alphabet could be selling robot builders Boston Dynamics
- March 18, 2016

In December, Alphabet chose to combine Replicant with Google X, its advanced research group. While most of the Google hired robotics engineers formed the Replicant division, Boston Dynamics was never integrated into the group. Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics spoke of a meeting with Edsinger and others where he went on record saying, "I firmly believe the only way to get to a product is through the work we are doing in Boston". (more...)
PlayStation VR Price and Release Date Announced
- March 17, 2016

More than 230 developers and publishers are now working on PS VR titles, including EVE: Valkyrie , Until Dawn: Rush of Blood , and PlayStation VR WORLDS. The Sony made PlayStation VR has an advantage over most of the other competitors in the markets, as all the other devices (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) require a high-end PC to run them, but the Sony made PlayStation VR devices require no such device and can simply run on the PS4. (more...)
Go world champion Lee Sedol scores first victory against Google's DeepMind AlphaGo
- March 16, 2016

In game five against Google's AlphaGo program, human Go champ Lee Sedol knows he's met his match. More widely, it series victory marks a historic landmark for the development of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo's loss on Sunday to Lee, however, highlighted that artificial neural networks - the hardware and software equivalent of the human central nervous system - can act strangely because of hard-to-find "blind spots". (more...)
European, Russian space agencies launch mission to Mars
- March 16, 2016

The orbiter will settle into a stable orbit and take readings for different gases in the planet's atmosphere, with a focus on traces of methane (which could hint at the existence of biological life). "We are trying to understand how life originated in our solar system", Pascale Ehrenfreund, chair of German space agency DLR's executive board, said at the European Space Agency's launch event. (more...)
Sea level rise to displace millions in US Sea level rise to displace millions in US
- March 16, 2016

The researchers explained in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change ( citation below) that theirs is the first study to assess the risk from rising oceans using year 2100 population forecasts for all 319 coastal counties in the U.S. (more...)
How its rivals, friends and frenemies are responding — Apple vs Federal Bureau of Investigation How its rivals, friends and frenemies are responding — Apple vs Federal Bureau of Investigation
- March 15, 2016

While many details of the latest demands on WhatsApp are largely unknown, the New York Times reports that details of the case are still under seal and not publicly available. One such project includes a 2014 collaboration with Yahoo called "End to End", a service that would facilitate email encryption so that only a sender and recipient would be able to decode the messages. (more...)