tech / science

United States

Why AI Is Now The Key Ingredient For Modern Productivity

-Analysis- CARACAS — Artificial Intelligence is opening up new opportunities for the economy and society. But it will also affect millions of human jobs, and thus poses a huge challenge for ...

China

Helping China's Elderly Catch Up With Our Information Age

BEIJING — A video is making the rounds across China's internet. On a bus in the western city of Xi'an, an elderly man is seen shouting at a pregnant woman that she should give up her seat. "I am ...

Netherlands

Boyan Slat, A (Nicer) Elon Musk To Save Our Oceans

The project "The Ocean Cleanup" wants to use its system to rid the oceans from plastic waste. The...

Colombia

Meet The Tardigrade, Maxi Resistant Mini Species With Medical Potential

Scientists from the University of Magdalena in Colombia discovered six new species of tardigrades...

Germany

Grimm Choices: How Energy Transition Threatens A Fairy Tale Forest

Wind power has its drawbacks, especially in central German region of Hesse, where developers want...

United Kingdom

Is Empathy Determined By Genes?

Education and experience certainly play a role in how well an individual understands other people...

China

Google Or Baidu? Chinese Have Their Say In Short-Lived Survey

The U.S. web giant may be planning a return to China. But would web users there actually embrace ...

Germany

Welcome To The Metadata Society — And Beware

There's a potentially sinister side to the crush of data we unwittingly feed into systems lik...

China

In Beijing, The Chilling Job Of "Stability-Maintenance"

China's efforts to maintain control over citizens now include implementing volunteer "stabili...

Germany

Europe, Trapped Between U.S. Protectionism And Chinese Ambition

-Analysis- MUNICH — As far as industrial strategies and international competition are concerned, there’s no greater contrast than that between Europe's resignation and China's iron ...

France

For Dating Sites, Artificial Intelligence v. The Human Heart

French experts doubt that a machine can help you find your soulmate better than trusting the eter...

China

Everyone's A Suspect: How China Keeps Tabs On 1.4 Billion People

With facial recognition cameras and Big Data, the Chinese leadership is pushing its penchant for ...

Denmark

Free Your Mindstorms: How Lego Stays On Cutting Edge Of Coding Education

PARIS — Block construction, robotics and basic coding — all in one package, and especially designed for a non-tech-savvy public. That, in a nutshell, is the idea behind Mindstorms, which toymaker ...

France

Is It Time For AI To Replace Politicians?

Our political leaders are woefully inefficient and too often dishonest. So maybe we should let ma...

China

Nowhere To Hide? Big Data, Little Privacy Protection In China

BEIJING — The exhibition was called “Secret,” and opened in the Wuhan Art Museum in April. And what was in the show? The personal information of the 346,000 citizens of the central Chinese city of ...

Germany

Cutting-Edge Fear: Technologies That Should Scare Us

Computers that can perfectly mimic the human voice? Hyper sensitive surveillance cameras? Advance...

Virgin Islands, U.S.

Saving Caribbean Coral Reef With A High-Tech Hand

Carnegie Airborne Observatory researchers map coral reefs in Caribbean to aid with post-hurricane...

France

Synthetic Diamonds Go Ultra Chic, With New Place Vendôme Boutique

PARIS — The address is not by chance. Courbet, a jewelry designer that sells synthetic diamonds, has decided to open at the world's most prestigious location for any jeweler: the Place Vendôme in ...

Russia

Telegram: Why Russian Courts Can't Really Block The App

MOSCOW — On April 13, a Russian court decreed an immediate blocking of the app Telegram across the country. The decision came after the refusal of Telegram to provide Russian security services ...

Colombia

What Voters Read In A Candidate's Face

Researchers used visuals and scanning technology to gauge how people "feel" about the contenders ...

France

Population Control, The Environmental Fix No One Wants To Talk About

Climate change is a real and alarming problem. But there's another — and intimately rel...

Venezuela

Venezuela, The Promise And Pitfalls Of Digital Government

The digital revolution is shifting how societies are structured, and may lead to greater public o...