London Science Museum robotic delights ranging from a 5th century Spanish clockwork monk that kisses his rosary and beats his breast in contrition, to a Japanese “childoid” newsreader, created in 2014 with lifelike facial expressions, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unstoppable Terminator cyborg and Robby the Robot, star of the 1956 film “Forbidden Planet,” representing the horror and the fantasy of robots with minds of their own.
A rates fiasco threatens to end hydro-power in Scotland with a new regime of business rates marking out hydropower for “special punishment”, and threatening to end independent development of schemes north of the border, Scottish industry representatives at Alba Energy are warning. Small hydro-businesses now face an increase in rates of up to 650%, with bills on some sites rising to as much as a quarter of total turnover. With some operators facing insolvency, others are left to calculate the cost of a future in which renewable energy ceases to be financially sustainable.
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) became law just under a year ago. In a year from now, the Information Commissioner's Office starts to enforce it. DataIQ is now benchmarking how companies are preparing for GDPR compliance across the four key areas of permission, profiling, protection and personal.
A series of sustainable digital initiatives aimed at engaging and inspiring Scotland’s next generation of digital makers have received sums of up to £25,000 in awards to support 10 extracurricular computing science projects, including one that uses the context of lighthouses to introduce young people to STEM concepts, and another that teaches young people to code using the BBC Micro:bit.
Abertay University forensics students will benefit from working with a high-tech new machine capable of retrieving the fingerprints of cold case murder victims. The University is the only place in Scotland that students can access the specialist VMD (Vacuum Metal Deposition) chamber from West Technology, which heats gold and zinc to 1600C, evaporating the metal, which is redeposited as a thin layer on a target surface, delineating any fingerprints.
By spraying a fine mist of particles into the stratosphere, global warming can be controlled – even given our slowness to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The process is one that imitates the natural cooling process from volcanoes, called SRM: Solar Radiation Management.
Panasonic is looking to deepen its partnership with Tesla, beyond batteries, to include autonomous technology. It has also signed a contract to acquire all shares of Massachusetts-based TeraDiode Inc., a laser supplier of high brightness direct diode lasers for industrial use.
Not being left out of the friends, helpers, artists and humanoid robotics movement, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has opened its Humanoid Robot Research Centre this January at the KAIST Institute. Endorsed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy with 15 billion KRW funding, the Centre will conduct research for advancing humanoid robot technology and fostering research fellows in the field.
What is dubbed an amazing technology event takes place at London’s Roof Gardens next month could be really relevant for hightech watchers. The free event, Cloud UK Live, will see the biggest names in tech coming together to help businesses understand how cloud technology can benefit them and what they must consider if they are to avoid being left behind by the competition.
For many roboticists and technology on-lookers, the goal is to not simply evolve robotic machines as tool specific, but rather to invent a new species of best friend/co-worker. To create machines that humans will intuitively bond with — and do not harbour any instincts to rise up and obliterate humans .
A white paper by Critical Manufacturing, Manufacturing Software for Industry 4.0 - "Embracing Change and Decentralization," has been awarded MESA’s Smart Story Award, demonstrating that technology may be considered a major challenge in achieving Industry 4.0 vision.
Kirkcaldy’s BID (Business Improvement District), Kirkcaldy4All, has launched free high - speed WiFi for Town Centre visitors, and now plans to deliver added – value services, in a move designed to boost local business and tourism. Rapier Systems delivers the technology and data analytics to boost Business and Tourism.
Cyber is a hot issue at the moment, regardless of weather, and the Chancellor has recently set aside £1.9 billion for his new national cyber security strategy for UK's first National College of Cyber Security. This fittingly is set to open at historic Bletchley Park, integral in cracking the Nazi Enigma code thanks to the creative brilliance of Alan Turing. The current development follows a range of recent hacks from San Francisco’s light rail system, throughTesco Bank and to the hacking of recruitment passwords at Michael Page, (below right). He levels the finger of blame at CapGemini's insecurity, with a development server being left online!
USA Defence Logistics Agency has awarded a maximum $403,264,139 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare parts supporting various tactical radio systems to Harris Corporation, Rochester, New York. The UK has awarded three main contracts for the provision of the ESN (Emergency Services Network) in 2015 to KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root), Motorola Solutions Inc and EE Ltd
Many people are profiting from an extraordinary period of global growth. Exceptions, however, are two key groups - the global poor and in the developed countries, working classes. The big four future technologies of AI, robotics, solar power and gene editing are punted as the four most important technologies over the next decade, while a Universal Basic Income may become the next economic evolution.
No, they aren’t talking about “put your phone down, dear, while you are eating your supper” but about drawing together the various elements of advanced semiconductor technology that will go into Home Automation (HA)! At CES 2017 US Bridgetek Solutions will demonstrate its game-changing PanL HA approach.
ZOAISA ( aka the Zero Outage Industry Standard Association) announced today that IBM has joined the association as a founding member to provide a common framework for IT-Quality with a focus on platforms, people, processes and security.
President Barack Obama on Dec. 2 moved to block the acquisition of Aixtron, the German semiconductor equipment vendor on grounds of U.S. national security, as the semiconductor vendor was set to be acquired by a Chinese investment firm.
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