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  1. News - Hong Kong - TECHNOLOGY

    Hong Kong expected to lead the way as smartwatch sales predicted to soar

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:06am by MICHAEL DE WAAL-MONTGOMERY

    ... and excessive bulk- will be worked out over time. But there is concern that having yet another gadget will get in the way of normal human interaction. Professor John Bacon-Shone, director of the Social ...

  2. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Computer program convinces judges it’s a teenager, passing Turing Test for first time

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 09:12pm by GDN

    ... trick a human into thinking it's actually a fellow human? That question gave birth to the "Turing Test" 65 years ago. Last weekend, a computer passed that test. For a computer to pass the test, it must dupe 30 per cent of the human interrogators who converse with the computer for five minutes in a text conversation. It's up to the humans to separate the machines ...

  3. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Inside Bloodhound SSC, the car aiming to crack the 1,000mph mark

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:21am by The Guardian

    ... he accepts he does not know what it will be like travelling at 1,000mph along a desert trace track. "This is human adventure, it's about people doing stuff, it's climbing ...

  4. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Google’s Project Tango is a 3-D tablet to help it compete with Amazon

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 09:22pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in San Francisco Google making 3-D tablet to compete with Amazon Google has revealed that is working on a tablet computer with 3-D and motion-sensing capabilities, an effort dubbed Project Tango. "The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion," team member Johnny Lee said on Thursday at a website ...

  5. News - Asia - TECHNOLOGY

    Softbank enters world of robotics with perky humanoid Pepper

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 11:09pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japanese mobile carrier to sell robot able to read emotions and aimed at being a companion Softbank is hoping you'lllet perky Pepper be your pal Softbank is entering the robotics business with its cooing, gesturing and sympathetic Pepper humanoid-on-wheels that it says is designed for companionship and can decipher human emotions. The Japanese mobile ...

  6. Lifestyle - Technology - TECHNOLOGY

    Hitachi is not kidding as it launches joking robot Emiew2, capable of unscripted conversation

    Posted May 25th 2014, 04:25am by AFP

    ... asked, then confirms the inquiry before firing back an answer. Engineers at Hitachi have programmed the android to understand a range of human responses, including non-verbal signals like nods. ... a human means, even if they only gesture," the spokesman said. Emiew2- its name is a rather strained acronym for "excellent mobility and interactive existence as workmate"- ...

  7. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Skype to launch new translation service that breaks through the language barrier

    Posted May 29th 2014, 09:50pm by GDN

    ... "Skype has always been about breaking down barriers. And the language barrier is huge. It has been a blocker to productivity and human connection," noted Gurdeep Pall, corporate ... the human brain, that excited Nadella most. "The most fascinating aspect is something called transfer learning," Nadella explained. "You teach it English, and it learns English. You ...

  8. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    Europe’s effort to rein in Google seen in United States as censorship

    Posted May 26th 2014, 10:24pm by AP

    ... but ultimately a human will have to decide when results should be sanitised. Johannes Caspar, who as Hamburg's commissioner for data protection acts as Germany's lead regulator of Google ... critic of the ruling, summarised it as a "technologically incompetent violation of human rights". He said it amounted to censorship, and he predicted it would ultimately be scrapped. ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - TECHNOLOGY

    Hong Kong-based university to come up with maps 'better than Google's'

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 03:17pm by Christy Choi

    ... details. The resulting map may be static, but Quan and his team say the technology holds potential for identifying traffic hot spots and analysing residential-area activities and human behaviour, ...

  10. News - World - TECHNOLOGY

    World Bank study shows that many pdf computer files are never read

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:12am by The Guardian

    ... platforms and various software packages. But owing to the way such documents are rendered, pdfs often give up machine readability in favour of human readability. The basic format doesn't ... sources. Despite efforts to create "pdf to html" converters, they still need human oversight to check for errors of interpretation. ...




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