The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sensitive interaction between humans than the doctor-patient relationship, and this has remained a thorny problem in hospital robotics.How well a robot can tackle a health worker’s task depends, in some measure, on whether it’s replacing that human interaction, or simply channeling it.

ReleaseTheButtholeCut Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

ReleaseTheButtholeCut Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Really Happened: With social distancing and self-quarantining becoming the norm around the world, the internet is becoming even more important in people’s lives as a tool with which to communicate, with platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook assuming even more central roles in how we talk to each other and share information—which makes it a problem when things start to go inexplicably wrong, disrupting that communication in worrying ways.

Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe

Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe

That's what made Doom so special in 2016: not just that it was a thrilling action game, but that it felt like a clever, often funny descent into hell by way of corporate greed and irresponsibility.

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Photo © David Hua /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Despite being named the national bird early in United States history, bald eagles were widely reviled and persecuted.I reply to questions about hope with a look at conservation history, with stories like the recovery of the bald eagle.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

This feels like Final Fantasy VII filtered, not just through modern sensibilities, but through the modern aesthetics of Final Fantasy itself, a game series that relied upon a sense of contemporary slickness to build a new identity for itself as its place in the vanguard of Japanese role-playing games fell away in the past two console generations.

Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News

Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News

And while Bloomberg may have been the first to deploy this particular advertising tactic, he's not the first candidate to use influencers to try to gain traction on the internet —and it's a strategy we're likely to see a whole lot more of as elections heat up.

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

We Should Deescalate the War on the Coronavirus

Almost thirty years ago, Philip Strong, the founder of the sociological study of epidemic infectious diseases, observed that any new infection prompted three epidemics: of fear, then moralization, then action.Whenever new infections emerged, the first response was invariably fear that they’d become an existential threat to humanity.

How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Because senators themselves aren’t allowed to speak during the trial, arguments will be made by the impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, who function like prosecutors, and Trump’s legal team.

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

'1917' VFX Artists Had to Completely Rethink How Films Are Made

The task was made harder because the movie was produced in native Imax —a widescreen, incredibly high-resolution format, which meant the digital painting work of the VFX artists had to be even more precise and intricate.

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back

One Ohio farm has sued to have the Lake Erie Bill of Rights struck down, claiming, among other things, that cities legally aren't allowed to create new types of felonies and that the bill reaches beyond Toledo's purview.

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

The New Port of Halo: Reach Is a Renaissance for the Series

Placing this game here, and now, on PC feels like a Renaissance for it, and for the aging Halo series.Halo: Reach on PC contains one of my favorite settings to play with, which is almost exclusively found on PC games: field of view.

Tesla Cybertruck Vs. a Ford F-150: It's All About Friction

Tesla Cybertruck Vs. a Ford F-150: It's All About Friction

Now it's this video of a tug-of-war between the Cybertruck and a Ford F-150 .It's all about friction and the interaction between the tires and the road.The Tesla Cybertruck, with its steel outer shell, is probably more massive than a Ford F-150.Let's be clear.

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

The software inside the Uber self-driving SUV that killed an Arizona woman last year was not designed to detect pedestrians outside of a crosswalk, according to new documents released as part of a federal investigation into the incident.

Google's .New Shortcuts Are Now for Everyone

Google's .New Shortcuts Are Now for Everyone

As promised, Google has started the process of opening up its .new-powered shortcuts to the broader web.And most of all, the broader use of the .new domain will make your life online a little bit easier.

Now the Machines Are Learning How to Smell

Now the Machines Are Learning How to Smell

On Thursday, researchers at Google Brain released a paper on the preprint site Arxiv showing how they trained a set of machine-learning algorithms to predict molecules’ smell based on their structures.

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

“It’s basically the same, we would just present the metrics to the managers after the shift.” Presto says it's testing the technology at multiple restaurants across the country, but declined to name any other than Outback.

Riot Games Makes More Than Just League of Legends Now

Riot Games Makes More Than Just League of Legends Now

This week, we've got a lot of big game announcements in one small package, and a lot of Fortnite.First, Riot's got a League of Legends fighting game coming out, codenamed Project L.

We Are Nowhere Close to Meeting Our Climate Goals

We Are Nowhere Close to Meeting Our Climate Goals

As part of the Paris accord, countries agreed to adopt nationally determined contributions, or NDCs, which outlined the steps they would take to limit greenhouse gas emissions within their borders.UN Secretary General Guterres called for countries to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050, and 60 nations signed on.

FAO - News Article: A Great Green Wall for Cities

FAO - News Article: A Great Green Wall for Cities

21 September 2019, New York - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General Qu Dongyu today announced the Great Green Wall for Cities initiative that aims to support nature-based solutions to climate change.

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

They want Amazon to stop donating to politicians and lobbying groups that deny the reality of climate change, to stop working with oil and gas companies to optimize fossil fuel extraction, and to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.They also created a video featuring workers who plan to join the walkout.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

Here is a force diagram for a tiny object pulling a massive object with no friction. For the train (object B), a frictional force is pulling to the right.

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

This speed limit can theoretically be exceeded if the matter is collapsing fast enough; the Basu and Das model suggests black holes were accreting matter at three times the Eddington rate for as long as the chain reaction was happening.

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

“What we found was that the muscle appears to be in a state of forcible contraction,” says molecular biologist Colleen Mangold, lead author on a new paper describing the findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology .A scanning electron microscope image of ant muscle covered in tubular fungal cells.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

“If I'm a machine learning researcher, and I only care about going to this X,Y location, I really do not want to be bothered by all the low-level details of how actually the robot ends up getting there,” says Facebook AI researcher Abhinav Gupta.

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Overhead on a metal truss, a matrix of 3D sensors tracks the signals and translates the viewfinders’ positions back into VR.In order to block out a scene, the filmmakers would put on their headsets and figure out exactly where the cameras and lights would go to best capture the action, using handheld controllers to move the virtual equipment around like chess pieces.