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Government eyes self-driving car guidelines in fiscal 2017

The government plans to compile guidelines for self-driving cars in fiscal 2017 starting April 1 as it prepares to rework the existing legal framework ahead of the rollout of such vehicles, officials said Thursday. Japan is seeking to promote the spread of automated driving in the run-up to the 2020 ...

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

Feb 17, 2017

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory that was spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind. In doing so, the 4-year-old “Project Loon” says it will be able to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a ...

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Feb 11, 2017

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan say. The miniature robots, described in the journal Chem, are a long way from being deployed in ...

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Feb 10, 2017

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, computer, car or appliance — you, or the companies that make it work? Industry executives and analysts ...

Beyond Robby: London show portrays 500 years of robot evolution

Feb 8, 2017

Beyond Robby: London show portrays 500 years of robot evolution

Inspired by his belief that human beings are essentially terrified of robots, Ben Russell set about charting the evolution of automatons for an exhibition he hopes will force people to think about how androids and other robotic forms can enhance their lives. Robots, says ...

Feb 7, 2017

Japan to nurture specialists in internet of things

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is planning to accelerate efforts to develop specialists capable of improving and managing the internet of things. The ministry’s plan reflects growing demand for personnel in both public and private sectors who can make good use of networks ...

Japan insurers set to use health data to set premiums

Feb 6, 2017

Japan insurers set to use health data to set premiums

Health data such as exercise times, sleep length and heart rates recorded on wearable devices will soon be used to forecast a person’s vulnerability to diseases and estimate appropriate medical insurance premiums. The insurance industry is just a step away from developing such tailor-made ...

Feb 5, 2017

Google, unlike Microsoft, must turn over foreign emails: U.S. judge

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ...

Bat-like drone could be better at getting into disaster sites

Feb 2, 2017

Bat-like drone could be better at getting into disaster sites

Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones. Because it mimics the unique and more flexible way bats fly, this 3-ounce (85-gram) prototype could do a better and ...

Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker

Feb 2, 2017

Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker

Artificial intelligence has made history by beating humans in poker for the first time, the last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand. Libratus, an AI built by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), racked up over $1.7 million worth of ...