Stanley Robotics created a robot that will pick up your car and park it for you

  • If parking your vehicle has been the bane of your existence, then relief is coming your way.
  • French startup Stanley Robotics has created giant robots that can take care of parking at airports by picking up your car at the entrance of a lot and placing it in a designated spot.
  • The electric robots, called Stan, can potentially revolutionize airport parking by making it far more efficient than it is today. Read more (5/24/17)

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Contamination-seeking drones - IBM Patent 9447448.

Stay back and let the drones do the dirty work. Patent 9447448 makes cognitive drones able to inspect and decontaminate places so humans don’t have to. The drones’ on-board AI system can collect and analyze samples, so it can identify and clean up any bacteria or outbreak. Meanwhile you get to hang back, safely out of harm’s way.

This is just one of the record-breaking 8,000+ patents IBM received this year. Explore the latest IBM patents. →

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump

  AT 10 AM the Saturday before inauguration day, on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania, roughly 60 hackers, scientists, archivists, and librarians were hunched over laptops, drawing flow charts on whiteboards, and shouting opinions on computer scripts across the room. They had hundreds of government web pages and data sets to get through before the end of the day—all strategically chosen from the pages of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—any of which, they felt, might be deleted, altered, or removed from the public domain by the incoming Trump administration.

  By the end of the day, the group had collectively loaded 3,692 NOAA web pages onto the Internet Archive, and found ways to download 17 particularly hard-to-crack data sets from the EPA, NOAA, and the Department of Energy. Organizers have already laid plans for several more data rescue events in the coming weeks, and a professor from NYU was talking hopefully about hosting one at his university in February. But suddenly, their timeline became more urgent.
  On the day that the Inside EPA report came out, an email from O’Brien popped up on my phone with “Red Fucking Alert” in the subject line.“We’re archiving everything we can.”

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
By James Somers

You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one.

At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages.

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

On March 22 of that year, however, the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Think there aren’t qualified women in tech? Here are 1,000 names that aren’t cis men. No more excuses.

  • In March, Goldman Sachs hosted a two-day technology conference in which 93% of the speakers were men.
  • In January 2016, the World Economic Forum hosted an all-male panel on women’s equality (the woman pictured was the moderator).
  • In April 2016, PayPal held another all-male panel on gender equality.
  • At Business Insider’s Ignition 2016 conference, a panel on smart bots included exclusively male panelists.
  • So this month, I set out to find these “elusive” figures in tech. I put out a call on Twitter, asking for people to send me their recommendations for cis women and others who aren’t normally asked to speak — including women (especially cis women of color and trans women), non-binary folks, and anyone else identifying as LGBTQ.
  • I got over 1,000 responses in under 24 hours. Read more (5/2/17)

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Deep Blue’s checkmate turns 20.  

20 years ago today, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer won a game of chess against the reigning world champion Garry Kasparov, and the world got a glimpse into the future of technology. 14 years later, IBM Watson prevailed against the champions of Jeopardy!. Since then, Watson has worked with everyone from artists to doctors to engineers and more to enhance the ways we work, learn and make. We’re excited to see what we’ll build together in the next 20+ years to come.

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CD Projekt RED Explains 'Cyberpunk' Trademark - IGN
According to CD Projekt RED, the trademark was registered as "a self-defense measure only."

Cd Project Red Trademarks The Word ‘‘Cyberpunk’‘

Lol. Really? Thats Like Def Jam Trademarking ‘‘Hip Hop’‘

John Oliver urges people to fight for Net Neutrality once again

  • Net neutrality is a difficult concept to understand. At its core, it’s the principle that internet service providers (like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon) should give consumers equal access to all legal content and applications without favoring or blocking particular sources.
  • But where does it really stand, particularly under the Trump administration? President Trump appointed Ajit Pai as FCC chairman upon entering office. Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, vowed to take a “weed whacker” to net neutrality regulations.
  • Simply put, it’s at risk. And John Oliver is here to save the day. Read more (5/8/17)

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Can we teach computers how to smell?

Researchers from IBM and Rockefeller University are trying to sniff out the answer. Smell may be the least understood of the five senses, so the team trained software to identify scents in order to learn more about how our brains perceive them. Their results prove for the first time that a scent can be predicted based on its molecular structure. Ultimately, as their database of scents grows, the predictions will become even more on the nose.

Learn how they did it →


2 college students built a tool to fight fake news on Facebook using artificial intelligence

  • In the past year, fake news has become a rampant problem on Facebook.
  • So two Berkeley college students, Ash Bhat, 20, and Rohan Phadte, 19, have taken things into their own hands.
  • In late April, the two computer science majors built a Facebook Messenger bot that, when fed a link, will tell you whether the article in question is or isn’t “fake news.” Read more (5/18/17)

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Amplified quantum - IBM Patent 9455392

We’re making quantum computing a reality. Patent 9455392 improves our ability to dramatically scale up the number of superconductor quantum bits that make really powerful quantum computers really, really, really powerful. So powerful, that no other supercomputer can even compete with it. Not now and not ever.

This is just one of the record-breaking 8,000+ patents IBM received in 2016. Explore the latest IBM patents. →

Tech 2016:

VR Headsets - PSVR brought motion sickness to the masses.

Snap Spectacles - Hard to get, easy to accidentally film yourself on the toilet.

Overwatch - Plz nerf Mei.

Smartphones - Now with less headphone jacks, more dongles and bonus explosions.

Laptops - Apple embraces USB C and users endure the dongle life.

Delivery Drones - Just in time to deliver more dongles!

Pokemon GO - Overcame early server issues to convince a generation to venture outside once again.