Tag Archives: technology

USA | Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco

by Melia Robinson

In San Francisco, autonomous crime-fighting robots that are used to patrol parking lots, sports arenas, and tech company campuses are now being deployed to keep away homeless people.

USA | Silicon Valley is not your friend

Noam Cohen

Police 3D-printed a dead man’s finger to unlock his iPhone

by Nathaniel Mott

Now might be the time to disable any biometric sensors on your smartphone, unless you want the police to 3D print a replica of your fingers and unlock it with ease.

Police recently approached Michigan State University professor Anil Jain and asked him to 3D-print a dead man’s fingers so they could unlock his smartphone using its biometric sensors. The man was a murder victim, and police investigators though his phone might contain information pertinent to the case.

Scientists unveil new form of matter: time crystals

To most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors.
To Norman Yao, these inert crystals are the tip of the iceberg.
If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, like the carbon lattice of a diamond, why can’t crystals also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal?

China | Robot reporter makes newspaper debut

By Zheng Caixiong

Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily published its first story written by a robot on Wednesday.

The article was 300 characters long and focused on the Spring Festival travel rush.

Its author, Xiao Nan, took only a second to finish writing the piece and is able to write both short stories and longer reports, according to Wan Xiaojun, a professor at Peking University who leads the team studying and developing such robots.