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Eating sensors to be part of new healthcare system

A range of hi-tech sensors that can measure food intake and activity in order to assess obesity risks is to be funded by the European Union.  Dubbed Splendid, the project aims to persuade youngsters to adopt healthier lifestyles and be more aware of their eating and exercise habits.   It is part of a […]

James Dyson award promoting transhumanism

A battery-powered robotic arm that boosts human strength has won the 2013 James Dyson award. The Titan Arm was designed by four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania. Commercial interest in wearable robotics is growing according to Conor Walsh, Professor of of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering […]

US police use GPS vehicle tagging bullet to track suspects

A button inside the police car triggers a lid to pop up releasing a GPS bullet that shoots out and sticks to the suspects car. The system, dubbed Starchase, is already in use in four US states – Iowa, Florida, Arizona and Colorado – and the firm behind it is now keen to get the […]

US based firm breaks the artificial intelligence barrier

Vicarious said it had developed artificial intelligence technology, based on the human brain, which could solve text-based Captcha tests 90% of the time.  A Captcha is a graphic or sound users must type on to a web page to prove they are human. The company said its artificial intelligence software can also perceive images. […]

Amnesty International calls out Turkish police state

Turkish authorities committed human rights abuses “on a massive scale” while trying to quell anti-government protests over the summer, Amnesty International says. The group says live ammunition was used, killing one protester, and some women protesters were sexually abused. It says other demonstrators were badly beaten, resulting in one death. The unrest began in […]

FBI spends $3M for domestic drone deployment

US justice authorities are facing calls for new rules on drone surveillance after it was revealed the FBI has been deploying unmanned aircraft since 2006. A report by the Department of Justice’s watchdog said the FBI has spent $3m (£1.9m) on drone deployment. The audit is the first time the full extent of drone […]

Within the decade smart cars will fill driverless roads

Germany’s Daimler AG plans to start selling a self-driving car by 2020 as part of its campaign to regain the top spot among premium carmakers.  “We want to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles. You can be sure: we will accomplish that in this decade,” Daimler head of development Thomas […]