CES 2017 - robots

CES 2017 preview: robots are coming

CES 2017 is nearly here, and we couldn’t be more excited. The best part of the show this year? Robots. They’ll be everywhere and we can’t wait to meet them. Previously, robots have been used as marketing tools or demonstration props, but that may change this year. “What we will see is more from the…


Apple Airpods: review

Apple’s new wireless AirPods are finally available. The company on Tuesday began taking orders for AirPods at its online store, and said it would start delivering the US$159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week. At the iPhone 7 launch in September, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said…

automation and June

Automation is killing the art of learning

You may have read (or heard of) the latest viral article making the rounds through the web: This $1,500 Toaster Oven Is Everything That’s Wrong With Silicon Valley Design. Basically, it discusses how a smart oven uses a ridiculous number of technologies to cook food. Spoiler: the author finds that the automation isn’t worth it. This…

machine learning

Machine learning has reached the point of language creation

Machine learning refers to the way computers – really smart ones – can develop the capacity for learning on their own without programming from humans. The latest freaky development? Computers have created their own secret language. In September, Google announced that its Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) system had gone live. This uses deep learning to produce better,…


What does the government think of AI?

Artificial intelligence will be essential to the future economic growth of the United States, but if education and social services aren’t improved, American workers could lose millions of jobs. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the White House examining the economic impact of artificial intelligence and increasing automation. The report, released by the…

neuromorphic computing

Future computers will look more like our brains

Despite all the technological advancements that we see, nothing comes close to the human brain – which explains why future computers might start looking like what’s inside our heads. The brain’s performance is way ahead of any supercomputer we have, and it requires less space and energy. Researchers therefore are looking at neuromorphic computing, a…

artificial intelligence

If my big-data is big enough can I create intelligence?

As the amount of news about machine learning may make you wonder if we just discovered something profoundly new, artificial intelligence, the reality is that the technology is almost as old as computing itself. It is no coincidence that Alan Turing, who is one of the most significant computer scientists of all time, began his…

virtual servers

How virtual servers are a data nightmare

Virtual servers: a new wave of IT technology that is taking the world by storm.  The idea of virtual servers is a logical and natural development; everyday physical servers are usually assigned to only one task or application to optimize their performance, but they are capable of much more.  Virtual servers capitalize on this latent…