Whom to Blame for Accidents Involving Driverless Vehicles?

Uber self-driving car that killed a pedestrian in the U.S. has raised concerns in the minds of people regarding the reliability of autonomous vehicles. A bigger question that has been raised is: Who could be blamed for self-driving car accidents in case of full or partial autonomy? When it comes to human-driven cars, the blame could be put on the driver since they are in control. However, it is not

Cyberattacks on GPS-enabled Devices to be Countered Using New Method

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has come up with a new study that could help to reduce the effectiveness of global positioning system (GPS) attacks on GPS-reliant technologies such as electrical grids. In order to achieve this purpose, the researchers have used a computer algorithm. Cybersecurity professionals are expected to use the algorithm to identify and dodge cyberattacks in a better

Broadcom to Concentrate on Acquiring Smaller Chip Manufacturers After Failed Attempt at Acquiring Qualcomm

The failure of Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O) in acquiring its biggest rival Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) has been a major setback for the former. In order to make up for the damage that has been caused to Broadcom’s smart phone chip business, the company has now made an announcement to start acquiring smaller companies in the chip-making business. Broadcom also revealed its projections about a fall in demand across North America for its chipsets

Selfie Drone Freely Navigates any Environment and Tracks Moving Subjects

Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumni have come together to commercialize a “selfie drone,” as dubbed by some, to help dancers, runners, hikers, and rock climbers to film the best moments of their activity. The autonomous video-capturing drone is called R1 by San Francisco-based startup Skydio, which was launched in 2014 by the MIT alumni. It could freely navigate any environment to track and film a subject. It is

Airplanes to Reduce Risk of Lightning Strike with Electric Charging

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to potentially reduce the risk of airplanes being damaged due to lightning. According to the MIT team, an airplane could significantly reduce the risk of being struck by lightning if it is charged just to the right level. As per their proposal, an airplane could be electrically charged with the help of an onboard system to decrease its

Tokyo Tech Finds New Ways to Drive Multi-legged Robots Using Two-level Controller

A new research by Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has evoked interest in exploring ways to control multi-legged robots, for instance, with the use of brain-computer interfaces in the future. The researchers have proposed a two-level controller to drive multi-legged robots. A network of non-linear oscillators is said to be used by the controller to allow the generation of varied postures and gaits specified by just a handful of

Off-the-shelf Smart Devices Hacked Effortlessly by BGU Researchers

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) cyber researchers were able to easily co-opt thermostats, doorbells, home security cameras, baby monitors, and other off-the-shelf devices. Several commonly used devices were disassembled and reverse engineered by the researchers followed by a quick exposure of grave security problems. This activity was included in the ongoing research of the university that identifies various weaknesses of networks and devices growing in the internet of things

Imprinting Biochips becomes More Advanced with New Tool Developed by ASRC

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) has used multidimensional printing to create a possibly more cost-effective and efficient method of developing microarrays or biochips. One of the main applications of biochips could be to analyze and screen research areas that engage biological components, bioterrorism agents, and biological differences related to disease development. Nanoscience Initiative researchers at the ASRC have detailed in

Soft Electronics Helps in Capturing Brain Signals without Damaging Neurons or Tissues

Operating as a principal investigator at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Klas Tybrandt has found a solution for stable neural recording in the long term by developing a new technology. An innovative elastic material composite which maintains high electrical conductivity despite being stretched to two times its genuine length and is biocompatible has been used as a basis of the technology. Tybrandt collaborated with New York and Zürich colleagues

Bioinspired Microrobots to Spearhead Next Generation in Manufacturing Technology

The University of Manchester is currently working on robot bees and jumping robot spiders while aiming to make progress in microrobotics. Microsystems Research Theme Leader, Dr. Mostafa Nabawy was said to present part of his research on bioinspired microrobots at the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester last Thursday. Nabawy explains why microrobotics could lead next-gen manufacturing technology by being a robotics revolution. After training Phidippus regius, a jumping spider species,

AutoSaw Helps in Production and Assembling of Custom Furniture Using Robots

A team from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a robotic system AutoSaw to help reduce the chances of injuries to carpenters and let them focus on bigger tasks such as designing. The robots are said to be able to construct different items that have been customized using the system. Tasks such as sawing often cause injuries to hands and

MIT Engineers Develop Robotic Systems for Warehouse Sorting

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with those from the Princeton University, have invented a robotic system that promises to assist in warehousing activities such as picking and sorting of products. In the near future, as the prospects are harness further, the robots are Aexpected to help in household activities and even clear debris form a disaster zone. The pick and place robotic system developed by

MIT Introduces New System “Dubbed Veil” to Enhance Browsing Privacy

Similar to Incognito mode offered by Chrome, nearly every web browser today offers private-browsing modes, which have been built to temporarily refrain from storing the browsing history of the visitors. However, the data accessed during these sessions under private browsing still end up revealing information to the computer’s memory, which can be used by a cyber-attacker. While highlighting this vulnerability, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A Credit Card that Offers Zero Exchange Fees on Overseas Transaction

Tandem has launched a credit card in the UK which offers cash back on every purchase as well as no exchange fees when spending overseas. This new card works with Tandem’s personal finance manager app which you are required to plug into the existing bank accounts and credit cards in order to get and set budgeting goals so as to better manage your money. This new credit card offers market-leading

Sierra Wireless Launches Cloud Managed Low-power Wide-area Cellular Router for IoT

With today’s global businesses and organizations undergoing a complete digital transformation wherein equipment, stores, and offices are connected in order to deliver service-oriented business models for improved efficiency, increased revenue, and higher customer satisfaction, it has become important to have an LTE connectivity which is combined with good networking, routing, and security. With this in mind, Sierra Wireless has developed a complete portfolio of AirLink Network Management tools which is

Keep Your Personal Details Safe while Accessing Websites and Apps, with Polisis

By now we all know that there are many websites and apps which are used to collect our personal data and then sell the collected data. However, users are unable to distinguish between authentic and those websites or apps which are actually created just for collecting and selling personal data. But thanks to researchers from EPFL, there has been a development of a program which can instantly tell you which

MIT Researchers Develop Chip that Boosts Speed of Neural Network Computations

Neural nets are extremely large and hence their computations are not practical for handheld devices as they are energy intensive. Many of the smartphones which depend on neural nets just upload the data to internet servers, which then processes this data and later sends the results back to the smartphone. Researchers from the MIT University have developed a special purpose chip that boosts the speed of neural network computations by

Nokia Addresses Security Threats Looming in Telecom Networks

By launching a security Risk Index assessment service and managed Security Service, Nokia has decided to address the security threats which are increasing in Telecom Networks. These two services form a holistic and unique approach to address the security challenges, mobile, and fixed networks. Apart from addressing their security needs Nokia operators can white label the managed security service to Enterprises and benefit from the revenue. Thus the increasing regulatory

AI Systems and Not Just Humans Prone to Skin Type Bias

Major technology companies have demonstrated that gender biases and skin type biases are important factors in commercial facial analysis programs. In these experiments the error rate which determine the darker skinned women to 20% in one case and about 34% in other cases. The error in determining the gender of light skin men was 0.8%. These findings reveal and raise questions regarding how neural networks today which perform computational tasks

Visually Impaired People can Now Interpret Images with Browser Extension

None of us can ever imagine browsing over the internet without images however those who are visually impaired make use of computers without any images. Although users are able to access the content by making use of screen reading technology, which offers written descriptions in order for blind people to interpret the images if there is any, some website Developers include descriptions of images in the cold in order to