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The Scientific Reason We’re Awful to Human-Like Robots

When humans see mistakes in the service quality of robot workers, or the robots simply lose favor in the eyes of customers, businesses might not simply dismiss the robot with a kind letter of recommendation — but shut them down completely, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Service Research. And it seems this […]

Scientists Created an ‘On-Off Switch’ for Gene Editing

The gene-editing system CRISPR-Cas9 which has revolutionized genetic engineering over the past decade involves cutting DNA strands which is a process that can be quite hard to control and can result in unwanted genetic changes. Now, thanks to researchers at the...

Human Hair Could Be Used to Strengthen Solar Cells

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) developed carbon nanodots, created from human hair waste sourced from a Brisbane barbershop, to create an “armor” that improves the performance of solar technology.In a study published in...

Meet AlphaDog: China’s Answer to Boston Dynamics’ Spot

Nanjing, China-based tech firm Weilan developed AlphaDog, a robodog that uses sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out a whole host of applications including delivering parcels, guiding the visually impaired, and carrying payloads.Though AlphaDog’s...

Watch a Monkey with Neuralink’s Chip Play Pong With Its Mind

“A monkey is literally playing a video game telephatically using a brain chip!” An elated Elon Musk tweeted on Friday 9 April.Musk was relating to his company Neuralink’s latest achievement: implanting a macaque monkey with a brain chip and observing...