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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 ...

Nintendo sticks to 2 million sales target for new Switch

Feb 1, 2017

Nintendo sticks to 2 million sales target for new Switch

Video game maker Nintendo Co. stuck to its original target of selling 2 million Switch consoles in the first month after its launch, despite some anticipation the number may be raised because of brisk preorders. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima also told reporters Wednesday the ...

Jan 31, 2017

Japan planning safety standards for self-driving vehicles

The transport ministry said Monday it will introduce safety standards for self-driving vehicles in Japan as early as this fall, including an alarm system that sounds 15 seconds after a driver takes his hands off the steering wheel while traveling on a highway. The ...

'Ethical hackers' prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

Jan 26, 2017

'Ethical hackers' prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

With cyberattacks proliferating worldwide, a Japanese contest for “white hat” hackers supported by organizations including the communications ministry and National Police Agency is gearing up for the final round this weekend. The Security Contest, dubbed Seccon, provides an opportunity for those aspiring to become ...