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Oct 12, 2016

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How Safe Is Safe Enough for a Self-Driving Car?

Don’t look now, but self-driving cars are accelerating rapidly toward an on-ramp near you. To explain why, federal officials point to two facts: (1) some 35,000 people died in crashes on U.S. roads last year, and (2) human error was to blame more than 90 percent of the time. They say one remedy...

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Ice Bucket Challenge's 2nd anniversary celebrates its gene discovery

Throwback to 2014, the year of the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie, Pharrell's giant hat,and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Could Virtual Guide Dogs Replace the Real Thing?

About 285 million people around the world are blind or visually impaired, according to the World Health Organization.

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Google’s New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI

APPLE HAS ONE. It’s called Messages. Microsoft has one, too. It’s called Skype. Facebook has two of them: WhatsApp and Messenger. They’re all messaging apps—smartphone apps that let you chat with friends and family. But they’re rapidly morphing into something else, a new kind of super communication...

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Apr 13, 2016

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Google.org’s Giving $20 Million to Engineer a Better World for the Disabled

GOOGLE’S PHILANTHROPIC ARM, Google.org, has been making a big global push this year to aid the one billion people around the world living with disabilities.

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"Even Though People Didn't Mean To, They Were Really Excluding Me"

We scroll through Facebook every day, looking at pictures and videos, commenting and liking. Now, imagine that experience without actually being able to see all those photos and videos. How would you know what people were talking about? How would you know what to say to join in on the conversation?

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Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things gets a name: ‘Wi-Fi HaLow’

A new low-power, long-range version of Wi-Fi that bolsters Internet of Things (IoT) connections will be dubbed Wi-Fi HaLow, the Wi-Fi Alliance revealed today in advance of CES.  Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low) is based on the pending IEEE 802.11ah specification. It will be used in coming years for...

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Mar 23, 2016

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Google and the Feds Team Up to Build the City of the Future

GOOGLE’S GOING TO wield its mastery of big data to power the city of the future—just as soon as the federal government chooses one. The Department of Transportation announced it is working with Sidewalk Labs, Google's smart-cities research unit, under its Smart City Challenge. The contest invites...

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Mar 2, 2016

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A robot has been designed to help children cope with having diabetes

Robin, short for “Robot Infant,” has been created to help children learn to manage diabetes. It is being developed at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. Robin basically acts like a toddler, which ideally will allow kids to relate to it, take care of it and positively affect their reaction...

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Microsoft's Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking

On one otherwise unremarkable day in May 2013, August de los Reyes fell out of bed and hurt his back. Forty-two years old at the time, he was just six months into his dream job at Microsoft: running design for Xbox and righting a franchise that was drifting due to mission creep. At first, de los...

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