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Facebook buys startup working on technology that lets you control computers with your mind

Facebook buys startup working on technology that lets you control computers with your mind

Facebook said Monday it’s acquiring CTRL-labs, a neurotechnology startup, as part of efforts to develop a wristband for controlling smartphones, computers and other digital devices without having to touch a screen or keyboard. The moonshot project underscores the world’s largest social network’s efforts to transform how we communicate with one another. Facebook first said in 2017 [...]

September 24, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Facebook buys startup working on technology that lets you control computers with your mind

Technology should make us better human beings, says digisexuality expert Neil McArthur

Technology should make us better human beings, says digisexuality expert Neil McArthur

Sexbots or sex robots are increasingly making their way into our society catering to various needs and and sexual desires of people. While on one hand they are being embraced by tech enthusiasts and other people in the society who prescribe to their services, on the other hand, people have also raised their concerns about [...]

September 21, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Technology should make us better human beings, says digisexuality expert Neil McArthur

How Technology Is Being Used By Students To Cheat On Tests

How Technology Is Being Used By Students To Cheat On Tests

Chinese exam officials have taken to monitoring examination rooms as part of their efforts to crack down on cheating in tests in China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images) VISUAL CHINA GROUP VIA GETTY IMAGES Technology is defined by two primary characteristics: its ability to enhance particular human [...]

September 13, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on How Technology Is Being Used By Students To Cheat On Tests

TomTom’s navigation technology is now part of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform

TomTom’s navigation technology is now part of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform

Microsoft and TomTom have been enemies, and more recently, partners. On September 6, the two took another step along the partnership path, with TomTom announcing that its navigation technology has been integrated with Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform. Via this integration, “navigation usage and diagnostics data can be sent from vehicles to Microsoft Azure where the data can [...]

September 7, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on TomTom’s navigation technology is now part of Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform

India looking at newer EV battery technologies for strategic reasons

India looking at newer EV battery technologies for strategic reasons

New Delhi: As part of India’s energy security plan, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is exploring newer battery technologies such as polymer-based solid state batteries that may allow India to avoid dependence on lithium or cobalt imports. This comes in the backdrop of Chinese state-owned firms securing lithium mine concessions in countries such as Bolivia, [...]

August 5, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on India looking at newer EV battery technologies for strategic reasons

Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

The Apollo program was gigantic. The U.S. government spent roughly $26 billion (about $260 billion in today’s dollars, according to one estimate) between 1960 and 1972 to hire contractors and subcontractors who employed hundreds of thousands of people to create and improve on technology that led us to the moon and back. While some of that [...]

July 22, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

The influx of technology and its impact on education in Indian society

The influx of technology and its impact on education in Indian society

The Influx of technology and Its impact on education in Indian Society If we need an appointment, we use an app on our mobile phones. If we need any house repairs, we book an electrician, a carpenter, a plumber, online. If we are hungry, we call for food using an app-based food delivery service. Technology [...]

July 12, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on The influx of technology and its impact on education in Indian society

How Mobile Technology Is Changing The Airport Boarding Process

How Mobile Technology Is Changing The Airport Boarding Process

One of the best places to witness the the breakdown of social norms is an airport boarding line, where all sorts of misbehavior can be observed, even with an on-time flight (toss in delays and the pitchforks come out). There’s the sidlers, who stand nonchalantly on the side of the line waiting for the moment [...]

July 1, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on How Mobile Technology Is Changing The Airport Boarding Process

The Problem Behind the Problem: Why Technology Perpetuates Bias

The Problem Behind the Problem: Why Technology Perpetuates Bias

There used to be a dream that technology would be the great equalizer. From social media democratizing national and global discourse to new technology simplifying elections to computer algorithms cutting through prejudice. But that hasn’t panned out: social media is ripping our social fabric to shreds, elections are under constant siege, and our technology is perpetuating rather [...]

June 21, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on The Problem Behind the Problem: Why Technology Perpetuates Bias

Storing Energy in Salt—Vattenfall Testing Technology at Berlin Plant

Storing Energy in Salt—Vattenfall Testing Technology at Berlin Plant

Swedish power company Vattenfall is testing a technology that stores energy in salt, with a goal of proving whether the process would be useful for storage of renewable energy such as from wind and solar farms. The pilot project, commissioned April 11 at the Reuter thermal power plant in Berlin (Figure 1), is being conducted [...]

June 3, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on Storing Energy in Salt—Vattenfall Testing Technology at Berlin Plant

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

HONG KONG — Princeton University and the US’s largest public pension plan are among a number of stateside organizations funding technology behind the Chinese government’s unprecedented surveillance of some 11 million people of Muslim ethnic minorities. Since 2017, Chinese authorities have detained more than a million Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in political reeducation [...]

June 1, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

How technology is part of the greenhouse gas problem

How technology is part of the greenhouse gas problem

Paris — Technology is often touted as a solution to the world’s environmental challenges, but it is part of the problem: industry executives are facing rising pressure to clean up their energy and resource-intensive business. How much energy, for example, does it take to send a 1MB e-mail? About 25W/hr, representing 20g of carbon dioxide emissions, [...]

May 20, 2019 Loknath Das Technology Comments Off on How technology is part of the greenhouse gas problem