Consumer & Gadgets

Five things to watch at CES tech megashow

The world's biggest tech megashow, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), gets underway in Las Vegas this week, with organizers hoping to recapture the excitement of years past after two years marred by the coronavirus pandemic.

Machine learning & AI

As AI rises, lawmakers try to catch up

From "intelligent" vacuum cleaners and driverless cars to advanced techniques for diagnosing diseases, artificial intelligence has burrowed its way into every arena of modern life.

Robotics

Vacuuming-up rare metals from the deep sea floor

At the bottom of the ocean lie lumps of valuable metals such as copper, manganese, nickel and cobalt—materials crucial to accelerating the energy transition.

Engineering

Inertial sensors: Strength in numbers

Inertial sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes are used nearly everywhere, from smartwatches to submarines, drones, spacecraft, vacuum cleaners and even game controllers. The purpose of these sensors is to indicate ...

Business

Amazon to buy vacuum maker iRobot for roughly $1.7B

Amazon on Friday announced it has agreed to acquire the vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, scooping up another company to add to its collection of smart home appliances amid broader concerns from ...

Machine learning & AI

The 1997 chess game that thrust AI into the spotlight

With his hand pushed firmly into his cheek and his eyes fixed on the table, Garry Kasparov shot a final dark glance at the chessboard before storming out of the room: the king of chess had just been beaten by a computer.

Engineering

Major advance in creating new family of semiconductor materials

MIT engineers report creating the first high-quality thin films of a new family of semiconductor materials. The feat, which lead researcher Rafael Jaramillo refers to as his "white whale" because of his obsession in pursuing ...

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