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NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:20
Lockheed Martin engineers wear the goggles to help them assemble the crew capsule Orion—without having to read thousands of pages of paper instructions.

There’s no Google Maps for self-driving cars, so this startup is building it

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 07:00
In as little as 24 hours, Mapper will deliver a machine-readable map of any place on earth with public roads.

Even the best AI for spotting fake news is still terrible

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:55
It should be possible to automatically identify dubious news sources—but we’ll need a lot more data.

The US is hastening its own decline in AI, says a top Chinese investor

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:45
The White House should worry less about China’s progress and invest heavily in artificial intelligence breakthroughs, according to Kai-Fu Lee.

We need a cyber arms control treaty to keep hospitals and power grids safe from hackers

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:45
A fresh diplomatic push could help put vital public services off limits to nation-state cyberattacks.

Three robot advances that’ll be needed for DARPA’s new underground challenge

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 17:00
What kind of robot could handle this impossible-seeming cave mission?

The secret data collected by dockless bikes is helping cities map your movement

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:00
Lime and other companies are gathering masses of location-based information that some cities are leveraging to improve their streets.

I attended an Oculus conference in virtual reality, and all I got was eyestrain

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 18:25
Facebook’s VR unit revealed the new Quest headset at its conference for developers, but I couldn’t try it from my couch.

Why Alibaba is betting big on AI chips and quantum computing

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:30
Meet the man behind Alibaba’s gamble on emerging tech.

This MIT spinout could finally clean up steel, one of the globe’s biggest climate polluters

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 07:00
Boston Metal has developed technology to electrify steelmaking, and a pending funding round will kickstart a large demonstration project.

A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 17:15
The flexible stamp can collect data that usually requires bulky, invasive equipment.

Clearing out old cells might help the brain

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:00
A popular anti-aging strategy keeps mice from getting senile.

California wants to stop hackers from taking control of smart gadgets

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:20
A proposed state law would help bolster the security of internet-connected devices, but what’s really needed is federal action.

Future robo-taxis could charge themselves and help balance the electric grid

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 07:00
Wireless startup WiTricity wants cars to power up without human help and feed utilities energy during peak demand.

IKEA designs future autonomous cars that work as hotels, stores, and meeting rooms

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:00
The furniture store’s design agency has dreamed up seven ways we might use autonomous vehicles if we don’t actually have to focus on driving.

Artificial intelligence is often overhyped—and here’s why that’s dangerous

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 19:00
AI has huge potential to transform our lives, but the term itself is being abused in very worrying ways, says Zachary Lipton, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

How to hack an election—and what states should do to prevent fake votes

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:45
Two speakers at this year’s EmTech MIT conference addressed voting vulnerabilities.

Soon your doctor will be able to wirelessly track your health—even through walls

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:40
MIT professor Dina Katabi is building a gadget that can sit in one spot and track everything from breathing to walking, no wearables required.

Curbing emissions isn’t enough—we need emergency solutions for climate change

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:00
Top energy scientist Daniel Schrag says we have to adapt and innovate, because we’re already signed up for centuries of higher global temperatures.

A plan to advance AI by exploring the minds of children

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:00
Cognitive science and neuroscience could inspire the next big innovations in artificial intelligence, says the head of an ambitious new MIT-led research project.