17 May 2018

This Cute Little Robot Fly Is The First Without A Wire

Like an umbrella with a hole in it, you can’t do a whole lot with flying insect robots tethered to power sources. Tiny airborne robots can sneak into hard-to-reach places that larger drones can’t, accomplishing some of the same goals, like surveillance and detecting trace chemicals like methane in the air. But they can’t do […]

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16 May 2018

All the Rage in Sweden: Embedding Microchips Under Your Skin

Wallets are such a bother. They flop around your pocket or purse, swelling as they munch on rarely-used loyalty cards and superfluous receipts. But we’re living in the freakin’ future now. Why do we still have to lug around several different credit cards, or keys for irritating doors to the car and the office, when […]

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14 May 2018

NASA Just Unveiled This Awesome, Tiny Helicopter That Will Cruise Over Mars

NASA announced this afternoon that it plans to launch a tiny, four-pound, autonomous helicopter along with its 2020 rover mission. And if you think this sounds relatively cool, well: You’re right. The experimental, softball-sized drone would be the first airborne vehicle to fly around within Mars’ atmosphere other than the landers that have delivered other, […]

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13 May 2018

The White House Just Started An AI Task Force

The Trump administration wants to make artificial intelligence great again. Or, maybe, great for the first time. We’re not really sure — the administration just announced a new AI task force that will promote American artificial intelligence efforts, but it’s not yet clear what exactly this group will do. The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, […]

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12 May 2018

You’ll Be Able to Buy a Boston Dynamics SpotMini Soon, Please Don’t Teach It To Kill

In the Black Mirror episode “Metalhead,” a highly-advanced, autonomous robo-dog terrifies an innocent woman. We never learn exactly why it’s trying to murder every human in its path. But considering we’ve now seen the likes of Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini or Atlas marching and jogging around in real life, it’s become creepier (and more resonant) than ever. And they’re becoming very capable — even an […]

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09 May 2018

Bitcoin ABC Patches Critical Vulnerability in Bitcoin Cash Mining Software

Cryptocurrency development team Bitcoin ABC has released a patch to address a critical vulnerability in bitcoin cash mining software. According to Bitcoin ABC’s incident report, the vulnerability would have allowed an attacker to initiate a split in the bitcoin cash network. To accomplish this, the attacker would have constructed a malicious transaction that included the bitflag […]

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