Author: Ben Michaels

Scientists Develop Phone App For Taking Better Selfies

Let’s be honest at one time or another we have all tried to take a selfie on our smartphones. There are plenty of people that seem to have mastered this not so vital skill, but really a lot of the pictures don’t really come out so well. So it becomes a question of moving around to find just the right light and just keep snapping away until you get the photo you like. Well, brothers and sisters, you’re gonna really like what science has cooked up for you selfie addicts. A team of University of Waterloo in Canada computer...

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Smart Underwear Designed to Prevent Lower Back Strains

Anyone that has bounced around in their Superman Underoos watching Saturday morning cartoons know how a good pair of underwear can lift one’s spirits.  Or was it really the sugar laden cereal?  Anyway as adults many of us develop lower back problems often during an unexpected situation where we end up moving wrong or lifting something we shouldn’t.  A team of Vanderbilt University engineers has created a mechanized undergarment they think will help to proactively keep people from hurting their lower backs, a condition that is estimated to cost $30 billion in medical expenses annually. The wearable technology seen in the photo is...

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Russia’s New Internet Censorship Law a Ruse to Control News and Freedom of Speech?

Russia’s next presidential election is coming up in March 2018, and while Vladimir Putin is widely expected to seek and win a six-year term, new legislation he just signed makes some people think he is taking no chances.  President Putin put into law bans on the use of internet proxy services and new restrictions on using chatting applications, which was justified as needed to prevent the spread of extremist ideas and materials.  Speculation is that this law which goes into effect on November 1, 2017, is more about preventing Russian citizens from posting, reading or in anyway spreading ideas and materials...

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Panasonic Develops Hi-Tech Sensor Product to Help Prevent Drowsy Driving

We all have experienced that feeling of fighting to keep our eyes open on long trips.  And it means it is time to stop for a while as soon as possible but in the meantime, our driving puts us and others in peril.  Well, electronics company Panasonic Corp. has announced it has come out with a new product for automobiles that helps detect and warn drivers if they act drowsy or start falling asleep at the wheel.  The new product with 22 patents on file, uses artificial intelligence algorithms designed to analyze facial expressions, the rate of eye blinking and...

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Is Two AI Bots Deciding To Make Up Their Own Shorthand Language Scary?

It wasn’t really so long ago when we programmed bulky slow computers with machine language, that fed binary or hexadecimal instructions as it was about all the computational complexity the early machines could handle.  Now, of course, we have high-level languages that compilers and interpreters break down into many lines of simpler instructions to get more done with our much faster computers.  But what if a computer wanted to collaborate with another computer?  How would they want to talk to each other?   Humans have developed unique dialects when normal language conventions are not possible or too slow, for example writing...

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