CES show highlights: Robo-dogs, self-sailing boat, brain tech

Hyundai Heavy Industries, demonstrates an autonomous boat at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. The CES tech show in Las Vegas closed its 2022 edition on Friday, after pushing ahead with a significantly downsized gathering despite surging Covid cases. Industry behemoths like Amazon and Google stayed away over the virus risk, but the moreContinue reading CES show highlights: Robo-dogs, self-sailing boat, brain tech

In a neuroprosthetic first, ALS patient sends social media message via brain-computer interface

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Philip O’Keefe, a 62-year-old amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient in Australia recently became the first person to post a message on social media using only his thoughts. On December 23, he posted an initial brief message, “Hello World,” on Twitter. The technology that allowed O’Keefe to send his message was developedContinue reading In a neuroprosthetic first, ALS patient sends social media message via brain-computer interface

System recognizes hand gestures to expand computer input on a keyboard – by University of Waterloo

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers are developing a new technology that uses hand gestures to carry out commands on computers. The prototype, called “Typealike,” works through a regular laptop webcam with a simple affixed mirror. The program recognizes the user’s hands beside or near the keyboard and prompts operations based on different hand positions. A user could,Continue reading System recognizes hand gestures to expand computer input on a keyboard – by University of Waterloo

9 Helpful Hints for Interacting With a Person Who is Blind

Most people have had minimal, if any, interactions with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. There is no big “secret” for interacting with people who are blind, but if you remember to relax and act naturally, you are off to a good start.   It is normal to feel uncomfortable or awkward in newContinue reading 9 Helpful Hints for Interacting With a Person Who is Blind

How vaccines defeat Covid by targeting its “asshole protein”

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels How do you explain what the Covid-19 vaccine does to defeat the virus and help convince sceptics that vaccination is not only a good thing, but also safe? Like every other rational South African adult, I have been double vaccinated. But I am astounded at the flimsy, unscientific excusesContinue reading How vaccines defeat Covid by targeting its “asshole protein”

BRAILLE AND TECHNOLOGY

Introduction The pace of technological change is faster than we can keep up with. In some ways, technology levels the playing field, but in other ways, it introduces new accessibility challenges. A strong foundation of braille literacy today lies in the understanding of how to use these technologies. As a language script, Braille matters todayContinue reading BRAILLE AND TECHNOLOGY

Get ready for a world where you can’t tell humans and chatbots apart

Published on November 14, 2021Updated:November 15, 2021.   I regularly fly with KLM from Minneapolis to New Delhi, and always stop over in Amsterdam. I am frequently in Minneapolis for research and this is my route to go home to take a break from work. I have done the journey so many times that IContinue reading Get ready for a world where you can’t tell humans and chatbots apart

Researchers studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and are training AI chatbots to do the same

While the art of conversation in machines is limited, there are improvements with every iteration. As machines are developed to navigate complex conversations, there will be technical and ethical challenges in how they detect and respond to sensitive human issues. Our work involves building chatbots for a range of uses in health care. Our system,Continue reading Researchers studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and are training AI chatbots to do the same