Emerging Tech

Caltech’s bird-inspired robot uses thrusters to help stay on its feet

[embedded content] With their delicate and gangly legs, birds aren’t necessarily the first animal you’d think of when designing a new robot that looks to nature to create effective walking abilities. But birds, with their ability to flap their wings, possess a method of stabilizing themselves that’s not available to many other animals. That’s what […]

Mobile

Tableau’s Ask Data feature uses NLP to answer sales questions

Seattle, Washington data analytics company Tableau wants to make it easier to get straightforward answers to sales questions. Toward that end, it today announced the general availability of Ask Data, a natural language processing feature for Tableau Server and Tableau Online that enables users to pose queries and get a response. It also debuted Tableau Data Management […]

Smart Home

Nuimo Click Uses Energy Harvesting Tech for Wireless Sonos & Philips Hue Wall Switches

Here’s a cool new switch from Berlin based smart home specialists, Senic. The Nuimo Click uses EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology to create, not only a wireless switch, but a battery-less one too. Now you can have instant tactile control of your Sonos speakers or Philips Hue lights anywhere in your home, without the hassle of replacing […]

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Inside Facebook's suicide algorithm: Here's how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Facebook is scanning nearly every post on the platform in an attempt to assess suicide risk. Facebook passes the information along to law enforcement for wellness checks. Privacy experts say Facebook’s failure to get affirmative consent from users for the program presents privacy risks that could lead to exposure or worse. In […]

Emerging Tech

Will Fido take a bite out of delivery robots? Study uses guide dogs to find out

Whether it’s delivery robots, manufacturing robots, or robots capable of providing emotional and physical support to people who need it, it’s increasingly apparent that robots have moved out of the labs and into the real world. For that reason, a whole lot of research has rightfully explored interactions between humans and robots to ensure that […]

Mobile

How Munich’s IDNow uses AI and biometrics to enable mobile authentication

As people increasingly rely on mobile gadgets to handle everyday chores, they frequently run into old-fashioned requirements to present paper-based forms of ID to verify a wide range of transactions. To eliminate this cumbersome step, IDnow wants to make authentication as easy as taking a selfie. The technology is particularly of interest to mobile-based financial […]