Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Technology

Scientists and tech gurus warn of arms race in ‘killer robots’ using artificial intelligence

LONDON — Scientists and tech experts — including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.

Waterloo, Ont.-based startup Suncayr aims to shine with UV-sensitive marker

WATERLOO, Ont. — Even when Rachel Pautler slathered on handfuls of sunscreen she still got burnt at the beach.
Being fair-skinned certainly has its setbacks in the summertime but Pautler wasn’t going to settle for the shade.
“I’m really vigilant about sunscreen, but I still find myself being sunburnt,” said the co-founder and CEO of Suncayr, based in Waterloo, Ont.

SpaceX says steel strut snapped during launch, doomed rocket with space station cargo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX suspects a 2-foot (61-centimetre) steel strut snapped inside its rocket and led to last month’s launch accident.

Digital hitchhiker embarking on coast-to-coast tour of US to study how humans, robots interact

BOSTON — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada is about to start a hitchhiking journey across the U.S.

Solar plane pilots: Rapid climb, descent stressed batteries; excess insulation stopped cooling

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — The pilots of a grounded solar-powered airplane say they put too much stress on the batteries of their aircraft as they were leaving Japan for a five-day record-breaking flight to Hawaii.
The pilots then discovered they had too much insulation around the batteries for them to adequately cool down during the flight through tropical skies.

Airbus CEO ‘fairly confident’ planes can’t be hacked; doubts pilotless planes will be accepted

DALLAS — These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes.
Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want lower emissions from aircraft.

Growing number of Canadians cutting traditional television: CBC report

HALIFAX — A growing number of Canadians are ditching their traditional television subscriptions, according to a new CBC research report.
The May 2015 report said more than half of Canadians currently without cable television have “cut the cord,” meaning they had a television subscription and cancelled it.

After being grounded by lack of federal rules, agricultural use of drones set to take off

CORDOVA, Md. — Mike Geske wants a drone.
Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do.

Solar-powered airplane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking 5-day flight from Japan

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Solar-powered airplane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight from Japan

HONOLULU — An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan.
The flight is the longest leg of an around-the-world voyage planned by two Swiss pilots who have been taking turns flying the single-seat airplane. It is also the riskiest because the plane has nowhere to land in an emergency.

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