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3-D Printing Recreates Rembrandt; The Woman Behind Microsoft’s Tay

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 11:28 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Computer, 3-D Printer Create Perfect Rembrandt Painting ‘The Next Rembrandt’ – a collaboration between historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and analysts – has recreated the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt using a computer and a 3-D printer. The team spent months studying the master’s works in order to create an algorithm that […]

AI Helps Blind Navigate Facebook; China’s Panama Papers Scramble

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Visually Impaired Most of Facebook’s one billion users scroll through their timelines unhindered and unaware that there are many others who cannot see what they see because of visual impairment. Facebook has been working to remedy the situation with a tool powered by artificial intelligence that guides […]

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

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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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 […]

Building Brain Cells With Minecraft; China Defends Internet Rules

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:56 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Video Game That Builds Brain Cells The world of blocks known as Minecraft is probably one of the most popular games on the planet. And if you are concerned your kids are spending too much time with their blocky creations, consider that the game is being used to teach kids a […]

Raising Girl Coders in Mumbai’s Slums; Can All iPhones Be Hacked?

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 11:57 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise Money for Teenage Girl Coders From Mumbai Slum Started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, a slum innovation project in India’s Mumbai has been producing mobile, open source apps to help teenage girls deal with everyday problems such as sexual harassment, water access and education. The project […]

Diversity Contest Looks for Common Ground Amid Discord

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 10:43 am (UTC-5)
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Update: The Grand Prize was awarded to Los Angeles-based creative team, Tonia Beglari, Jazmin Garcia, Emilia Yang, and Allison Comrie – all women of color – for Downtown Browns. The second and third prizes went to Samantha Pyra and Rose Glaeser for Mysteries of NYC, and Ram Devineni for Fabulous Hair! The prickly issue of […]

Microsoft’s AI Learns Racism From Humans; New Trojan Targets USBs

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 11:32 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft’s Tay AI Chatbot Goes Offline After Being Taught to Be Racist Which is more dangerous: human or machine?  Microsoft launched its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Wednesday, targeting people 18-24-years old, only to withdraw it 16 hours later. After many hours of chatting, it appears Internet users managed to teach Tay to […]

How to Stop Locky Ransomware; the Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: This Bag of Tricks May Help Stop a Locky Ransomware Infection Remember Locky? That’s the name of a recent malware that used email spam to trick computer users into opening fake attachments loaded with malicious code. The ransomware appeared a few months ago and locked California’s Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center out of […]

Technology a Lifeline for Brussels Victims; Tor Project Tightens Security

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Brussels Attacks Highlight Technology’s Importance, But We Could Do So Much More In Brussels, Belgium, thousands tried to reach loved ones following the devastating terror attacks on airport and subway systems, bringing the country’s mobile networks to a halt. As a result, people reached out on social media, using WhatsApp, Twitter and […]

Four Young Entrepreneurs Making the World a Better Place

Posted March 18th, 2016 at 10:46 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s world of cutting-edge technology clearly belongs to the young – brash, innovative, unafraid to take a risk. Some of these young entrepreneurs are already at the pinnacle of success. Others are slowly creating a name for themselves. Techtonics connected with four of them. Mateusz Mach Eighteen-year-old Mateusz Mach, CEO of Five, a messaging app […]