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Neuronlike circuits bring brainlike computers a step closer

For the first time, my colleagues and I have built a single electronic device that is capable of copying the functions of neuron cells in a brain. We...

How algorithms run the world behind the scenes

The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used...

How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

The coronavirus pandemic has forced most people to create an office space of their own – whether by devoting a room in our homes...

Could Schrödinger’s cat exist in real life? Our research may soon provide the answer

Have you ever been in more than one place at the same time? If you’re much bigger than an atom, the answer will be...

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Neuronlike circuits bring brainlike computers a step closer

For the first time, my colleagues and I have built a single electronic device that is capable of copying the functions of neuron cells in a brain. We...

How algorithms run the world behind the scenes

The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used...

How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

The coronavirus pandemic has forced most people to create an office space of their own – whether by devoting a room in our homes...

Reboxing counterfeiters deliver price war as they think inside the box

We need to talk about the rise of the re-boxer – unscrupulous counterfeiters who are taking used products, re-packaging them in counterfeited boxes, with counterfeited labels, and passing them off as new

Drones and aerial vehicles could change how we think of cities

Drones, personal flying vehicles and air taxis may be part of our everyday life in the very near future. Drones and air taxis will...

Apple strives to reclaim innovation status (now wash your hands)

Market commentators view Apple’s announcements at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 (WWDC) as one of the company’s most important strategic moves of the...

The social media battle of the bots and sock puppets

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family and people of interest. But anyone...

Coronavirus could bring on a new dot-com crash for tech giants

A handful of technology companies have benefited from coronavirus. Amazon has profited handsomely, as have streaming and video conferencing platforms like Netflix and Zoom....

AI has created privacy problems, but can it also solve them?

The stunning successes of artificial intelligence would not have happened without the availability of massive amounts of data, whether its smart speakers in the...

Are you ready for the great supply chain crash of 2020?

As the world's economies are left reeling by the Covid-19 coronavirus and global shutdowns designed to contain the pandemic, a worrying leading indicator has...

How your next phone could test you for coronavirus

It may seem far-fetched, but it’s possible to use your smartphone to detect diseases. Mobile devices can be turned into tools to rapidly identify...

Should bosses be able to spy on remote workers?

Anyone familiar with George Orwell’s novel 1984 will relate to the menace of Big Brother watching their every keystroke and mouse click. For a...

How seasonal migration and empty centers might change our cities

The changes to urban space brought by the coronavirus have many people asking what the post-pandemic city might look like. For example, as people may...

Coronavirus exposed fragility in the world’s food system

Most people rely on supermarkets, and these megastores dominate our food economy. They are part of a system that depends on large-scale agriculture and...

Big Brother and Big Mother are watching

Will history remember the Covid-19 pandemic as a moment during which citizens gave up their civil rights for health reasons? Two elements can be used...

Does post-coronavirus workplace tech respect privacy?

As we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, those of us who still have a workplace may not recognize it. Businesses, eager to limit liability...

The rise of Zoom bombers is no joking matter

As COVID-19 circulated the globe in March, reports emerged of another new, viral threat: “Zoom-bombing.” The term derives from photo-bombing, which is defined as appearing...

Has the pandemic lockdown killed a neighborhood dream?

Living, working and playing in the one neighborhood has often been touted as the ideal outcome for well-planned cities. Yet this goal has been...