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Coming Techs of this week : 28 July 2017

Robot & Artificial Intelligence

Soft Robotic Exosuit Can Help Stroke Patients

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 6.5 million Americans are stroke survivors, and the vast majority of them never fully recover the ability to walk. “The fact that many stroke survivors can’t, say, walk to the store can in turn lead to a downward spiral when it comes to their health and quality of life,” Conor Walsh, a soft roboticist at Harvard University. [More]

China plans to use AI to predict who will commit crime next

According to a report from the Financial Times, authorities are tapping on facial recognition tech and combining that with predictive intelligence to notify police of potential criminals, based on their behavior patterns. [More]

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Now an international team of scientists from France, the United States, and Japan has zeroed in on the nonlinear oscillations of human neurons that they believe will bring the capabilities of artificial neurons much closer to the ones in our heads. The results, they say, could lead to miniature neuromorphic chips capable of learning and adapting to a range of applications. [More]

 

Science & Technology

Upcoming Solar Eclipse Is a Chance to Prove Einstein Right (Again)

For some skywatchers, the upcoming total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is more than just a chance to catch a rare sight of the phenomenon in the United States. It’s also an opportunity to duplicate one of the most famous experiments of the 20th century, which astrophysicist Arthur Eddington performed in an attempt to prove that light could be bent by gravity, a central tenet of Albert Einstein’s theory of general theory.[More]

Donate your voice so Siri doesn’t just work for white men

Does Siri have trouble with your accent? A project is turning to crowdsourced voice donations to overcome this problem and iron out some of the other inherent problems with voice recognition. Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa are trained on huge databases of recorded speech. But if those don’t contain enough samples of a particular accent or dialect, the voice assistants will struggle to understand people who speak that way.[More]

Dark web crackdown as two biggest markets are taken offline

Two of the biggest criminal dark web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa, has been shut down by a police sting. These markets were responsible for the trading of over 350 000 illicit goods such as drugs, firearms and cybercrime malware. Europol described it as one of the most “sophisticated takedown operations ever seen in the fight against criminal activities online”. [More]

 

Business & Startup

Jeff Bezos’ brief stint as world’s richest human ends with Amazon’s second-quarter whiff

Amazon reported its earnings today, wherein a whiff in earnings sent the stock down around 3 percent and brought CEO Jeff Bezos back to reality as the, once again, second-richest human in the known solar system. In all seriousness though, the company appears to once again be squeezing out a very small profit on top of its mammoth retail operations. [More]

WeWork launches China unit with $500M funding from Hony, SoftBank

SoftBank and Hony Capital, one of China’s largest private-equity firms, led a $500 million investment to set up WeWork China.The funds will be used to expand beyond current locations Beijing and Shanghai to at least five more large cities in the next six to 12 months, WeWork co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann told Reuters in an interview. [More]

Healthcare

Scientists Just Successfully Edited the First Human Embryo Ever in The U.S.

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned. The effort, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University, involved changing the DNA of a large number of one-cell embryos with the gene-editing technique CRISPR, according to people familiar with the scientific results. [More]

Stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus help mice stay young

YOUR brain may be to blame for your ageing body. A small cluster of stem cells in the brain seems to help mice stay young, and injecting extra stem cells helps them live longer. One day anti-ageing drugs might be able to replicate the effect in people. [More]

 

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