Mayo Clinic Takes on VR Sickness; China Challenges Google’s AlphaGo

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Mayo Clinic Cure Said to Alleviate VR Motion Sickness

Some, but not all virtual reality (VR) headgear cause wearers to experience nausea and motion sickness even with higher frame rates and lower latency. But according to Fast Company, the Mayo Clinic hospital has developed algorithms that can trick the VR user’s brain into split-second synchronization between physical stimulation and the virtual environment.

Survey Says: Shut Down the Dark Web

One-third of 24,143 people surveyed in 24 countries strongly believe the anonymous online network, the Dark Web, should be shut down. Another 35 percent were inclined to agree even after being told that the network, accessible only with the Tor web browser, protects the identity of dissidents and political and human rights activists. The report, conducted by Ipsos, was commissioned by the Center for International Governance Innovation.

Chinese AI Team Plans to Challenge Google’s AlphaGo

A Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) team is getting ready to take on Google’s AlphaGo, the AI program that recently defeated South Korean Go champion Lee Sedol. Go is a complex, ancient Chinese board game that involves strategy and intuition. According to China’s state-owned Shanghai Securities News, scientists from the country’s Computer Go team will issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of the year.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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