It's not about self-driving cars, it's about more people in fewer vehicles

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain This year alone, there are about 276 million vehicles operating on roads throughout the United States. Despite the current fascination with the concept of self-driving cars and their potential to reduce traffic congestion, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University says that may not be a solution. It now appears that […]

We asked, you told us: Most people use Google Assistant for a variety of things

[ad_1] I consider myself a pretty boring Google Assistant user. I use it quite frequently on my phones and Google Home speakers, but really only to ask it general questions and to tell me the weather. That’s why we asked you last week to tell us what you use Google Assistant for. Are you a […]

US to use fake social media to check people entering country

[ad_1] In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo a citizen candidate holds an American flag and the words to The Star-Spangled Banner before the start of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami field office in Miami. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to […]

Giving people a 'digital identity' could leave them vulnerable to discrimination, experts warn

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Global efforts to give millions of people missing key paper documents such as a birth certificates a digital identity could leave them vulnerable to persecution or discrimination, a new study warns. Work is underway to use digital technology so refugees and others lacking vital legal papers can have access to […]

A wearable system to assist visually impaired people

[ad_1] An overview of the VI assistive system. The system includes a wearable terminal made up of an RGBD camera and an earphone, a processor and a touch interface that offers walkable instructions and scene descriptions. Credit: Lin et al. New technological advances could have important implications for those affected by disabilities, offering valuable assistance […]

A wearable system to assist visually impaired people

[ad_1] An overview of the VI assistive system. The system includes a wearable terminal made up of an RGBD camera and an earphone, a processor and a touch interface that offers walkable instructions and scene descriptions. Credit: Lin et al. New technological advances could have important implications for those affected by disabilities, offering valuable assistance […]

Disney+ docu-series will focus on the people behind its movies and parks

[ad_1] “This exciting new series takes an in-depth look at the unique and surprising roles these men and women call their daily jobs,” the company said in a press release. Fans of Disney’s theme parks, animation, art and VFX will no doubt geek out over the series, with no need to commit a lot of […]

Disney+ docu-series will focus on the people behind its movies and parks

[ad_1] “This exciting new series takes an in-depth look at the unique and surprising roles these men and women call their daily jobs,” the company said in a press release. Fans of Disney’s theme parks, animation, art and VFX will no doubt geek out over the series, with no need to commit a lot of […]

Microsoft contractors listened to what people told their Xbox consoles

[ad_1] According to the contractors Motherboard spoke to, this has been going on since before Cortana arrived on the scene. Motherboard’s sources said they listened to audio when Xbox could be controlled via voice commands with the Kinect system. Microsoft removed Cortana from the Xbox in July, but the voice assistant can control the console […]

With AI and other tech, Anat Caspi focuses on helping people with disabilities

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain While walking beneath a canopy of trees on the winding Burke Gilman trail, artificial intelligence researcher Anat Caspi pointed to the evenness of the terrain along the University of Washington campus periphery. “A lot of times we don’t want the shortest path,” Caspi said over the din of traffic whizzing […]