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With virtual assistants answering our emails and robots replacing humans on manufacturing assembly lines, mass unemployment due to widespread automation seems imminent. But it is easy to forget amid our growing unease that these systems are not “all-knowing” and fully competent. As many of us have observed in our interactions…

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Toyota plans to show of its self-driving cars at the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo, a similar timeframe to most automakers. The Japanese government is hoping to have autonomous cars driving before that time, to help with the influx of visitors to the country. Demonstrations will be held at…

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As anyone who’s traveled widely before the days of connected smart phones and GPS knows the pain when travel plans go awry and you end up at your place of accommodation only to find yourself locked out in the middle of the night. It’s the stuff nightmares are made of and…

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DeepMind, a British artificial intelligence firm acquired by Google in 2014, is building an AI capable of “imagination” and understanding the consequences of previous actions. In two research papers submitted last week, DeepMind describes how the AI would be able to “construct a plan” and remember information that may be…

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Fitbit has confirmed the company’s next smartwatch will come with a software development kit (SDK) for developers, and users will be able to download apps from a dedicated store. Fitbit CEO, James Park, told The Verge that it would launch the smartwatch with a select few apps, before opening the…

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As artificial intelligence (AI) grows, its ability to understand and respond to your emotions is key. If machines, robots, and technology are to make better, more contextual judgments of human behaviors, the next step is ultimately Emotion AI. While emotion AI enhances the human computer interaction, enables brands to gain…

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Businesses are struggling to recruit skilled Internet of Things (IoT) developers, which could be slowing the deployment of enterprise IoT solutions. In a report from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu OS, 68 percent of IoT professions say they struggle to recruit employees with the right IoT experience. Data analytics and…

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Few people would argue that cybersecurity is in a parlous state. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a connected car wash and fish tank hacked respectively and a smart gun unlocked and fired thanks to a magnet at the latest DefCon. In response to the problem, a bipartisan group…

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When the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released the Bluetooth mesh specification in mid-July, the launch heralded something much greater than just a new wireless spec. The move formalized the latest major development in mesh technology that will increase its adoption in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The technology’s reach…

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