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Industry News - Latest

UK App helps drone pilots avoid no-fly zones
posted: 02/12/2016

Japan kicks off AI supercomputer project
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posted: 28/11/2016

Deutsche Telekom fault affects 900,000 customers
posted: 28/11/2016

Facebook Express Wi-fi goes live in India
posted: 28/11/2016

UK revises safe flying drone code
posted: 25/11/2016

Oxford University to launch first online 'Mooc' course
posted: 24/11/2016

Smart sensors could end rail chaos from 'leaves on the line'
posted: 21/11/2016

AI that lip-reads 'better than humans'
Artificial Intelligence:
posted: 21/11/2016

SpaceX aims to launch internet from space
posted: 21/11/2016

100 Women 2016: The women challenging sexism in e-sports
posted: 21/11/2016

Tiny electronic device can monitor heart, recognize speech
Augmenting Organics:
posted: 16/11/2016

Children see 'worrying' amount of hate speech online
posted: 16/11/2016

Eve Online goes free to play
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posted: 16/11/2016

GoPro recalls drone after power failure
posted: 09/11/2016

Valve ordered to tackle 'skin betting'
posted: 15/10/2016

Driverless car tested in public in UK
Artificial Intelligence:
posted: 11/10/2016

Gamer's funeral live-streamed on Twitch TV
posted: 11/10/2016

Google pushes into India with free wi-fi
posted: 28/09/2016

Ofcom to crowdsource UK mobile coverage
posted: 28/09/2016

Researchers develop dissolving battery
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posted: 20/09/2016


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Virtualizing Healthcare >> Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data?
(added 15/10/2016)
A BBC article looking at the pros and cons of Google's DeepMind AI system for sifting through patient's medical data looking for missed connections between symptoms. It consideres the difficulties inherent in letting a private company comb through that most sensitive data, raising legal and privacy concerns along the way.

Telehealth >> Toothscan Dental Health Technology
(added 18/06/2016)
A telehealth device just entering the market at time of writing, offers the chance to perform dental health scans at home, providing a daily record of tooth health to aid a dentist, or perhaps more pertinently, flag up a warning if a tooth is starting to degrade – before the pain sets in.

Computer Aided Manufacture >> 3D Printing Body Parts and Teeth: What's Next?
(added 18/06/2016)
An overview of how 3D printed prosthetics are changing dentistry. Covering in overview form, several different technologies for creating teeth: Everything from creating custom bridges to exacting perfection, to creating teeth that kill bacteria in the teeth around them, just by being used.

Computer Aided Manufacture >> Have You Heard of the 3D Printed Tooth That Kills Bacteria?
(added 18/06/2016)
When most people think of 3D printing, they think of the printer using plastic, resin, or maybe some metals. Yet, as this article demonstrates, you can 3D print with almost anything providing it can be reduced to a powder form. In this instance, a 3D printed tooth is made of a resin infused with antimicrobial quaternary ammonium salts. This means they exist right through the tooth, and as the outer surface is worn away by use, more and more antimicrobial material is released into the mouth.

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Latest Term: Massively Open Online Course

A Massively Open Online Course or MOOC is a type of educational course that is valid towards a formal educational qualification, but exists entirely online. Most MOOCs are higher education orientated and count as credits towards degree courses, but the method works for education at any level where specialist equipment is not physically required.

MOOCs can be full-on virtual reality based, but at this time, the relative cost of VR equipment for every participant counteracts the main benefit of MOOCs – the low price point from the lack of requiring the use of a dedicated physical facility, the lack of travel and specialist accommodation costs et etcetera.

Thus most MOOC courses make use of email, pre-made documents, standard web functionality, and on occasion, collaborative virtual environments using standard home computer hardware. In other words, fishbowl virtual environments.

See Also: Collaborative Virtual Environment, Fishbowl VR

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Augmented Life >> US Research Indicates Thousands are Using Pokemon Go Whilst Driving
(added 18/09/2016)
It would seem that when mirror worlds combine with mobile phones, there is a very real problem that too many users don't understand that it is not always safe nor appropriate to access the mirror world. A study here looks at the incidence of driving with or near misses with pedestrians whilst playing Pokemon Go via social media in a ten day period, with alarming results.

Alternate Lives >> People conform to the norm whether that norm is physical or virtual
(added 15/01/2015)
Industry news, originally posted in January 2015, deemed too important to be allowed to fade. Often enough it is human nature to conform. This tendency makes us follow the lead of computers, even if the machines give us the wrong advice. This is the finding of a study in Springers journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review that investigates how people make judgment calls after interacting within a virtual environment.

Augmenting Surgery >> Improving Robotic Surgery by integrating Augmented Reality Elements
(added 31/03/2014)
Robotic surgical procedures are carried out with the aid of a camera system attached alongside the tools on the robotic arm that is inserted into the body of a patient. A surgeon carries out the operation by seeing through the camera's eye. As such, augmented reality systems have always seemed a good fit to overlay a virtual representation of the patient's innards, along with the full size and shape of the target area, on the display screen. However, the difficulty of AR object recognition inside the body has always proven too much of a hurdle. Until now.

Artificial Intelligence >> Simple Yet Highly Effective Robotic Boost to Mass Spectrometry
(added 30/03/2014)
A group of biochemists at Georgia Tech had a dream; a dream of being able to automate the process of gathering samples for mass spectrometry. A dream whereby they could just hand the analysis tool a sample. It didn't matter what colour, shape, size, density, or anything it was. The tool would take over and just know how best to approach the problem of obtaining the sample. A nice pipe dream... until the College of Computing at the same university got wind of it.

Artificial Intelligence >> Robotic Insect: Guided by the Same stimuli
(added 09/03/2014)
For an insect, it is rather large. Six inches in length, and rolling around on tank treds rather than walking. Yet, this German robot is the same as an insect where it counts - in the brain. It possesses an embodied needs-based AI, itself running on a simplified version of the insect brain, and responds to stimuli from the world around it in the self same way a natural insect would.

Artificial Muscles >> Artificial Muscle from Fishing Line: Powerful yet Cheap
(added 04/03/2014)
When we think of artificial muscles, we tend to think of new materials that allow constructs to replicate the function of organic muscles in useful ways. We don't tend to think of existing materials in common usage as a means to create these muscles. After all if they are in common usage, they would already have been tested and discarded, right?

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Embodied Avatars >> Futureworld
(added 16/04/2010)
Futureworld is the sequel to Westworld, yet it takes an entirely different direction. Meant to be the film that spun the Westworld franchise into an anthology set, instead it was the film that buried it. Futureworld has some great ideas, and like many films of the era, is a goldmine of nuggets concerning robotic technology, virtual reality, augmented reality and social implications.

Pure Research >> Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
(added 25/03/2010)
Programming the Universe is a Simulation Argument book. Lloyd, a professor at MIT, works in the vanguard of research in quantum computing: using the quantum mechanical properties of atoms as a computer. He contends that the universe itself is one big quantum computer producing what we see around us, and ourselves, as it runs a cosmic program.

Pure Research >> Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information
(added 25/03/2010)
Decoding Reality is very much a Simulation Argument book. In its pages, physicist Vlatko Vedral argues that we should regard the entire universe as a gigantic quantum computer.

Teaching and Training via VR >> Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning
(added 21/02/2010)
Video games have become both big business and a technological focal point for new forms of learning. Today games are not just played; players engage in game design, write fan fiction, and organise themselves into collaborative learning communities. In these communities players acquire 21st century skills in technology, but, in the best of these communities, they hone these technical skills and strengthen emotional and social intelligence.