This High Schooler Invented a Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm | Innovation

Benjamin Choi was one of the top 40 finalists of this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Society for Science Ten years ago, when Benjamin Choi was in third grade, he watched a “60 Minutes” documentary about a mind-controlled prosthesis. Researchers implanted … Read more

Elon Musk’s Idea for ‘Open Source’ at Twitter Sounds Good, but it Might Not Work

Some Twitter users who think the site discriminates against their views have latched onto one of the geekier-sounding prescriptions that owner-in-waiting Elon Musk has for improving the platform: making the algorithms that govern the site’s behavior “open source.” Twitter’s algorithms are embedded in countless lines of abstract code that, by themselves, would hold no insights … Read more

Facebook Burns $3 Billion On VR In Only A Few Months

Image: Kotaku / ShutterStock / Kevin Dietsch (Getty Images) A metaverse filled with digital worlds and avatars might be coming someday, but it won’t be cheap. Facebook parent company Meta has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2022 and it shows that this year alone, the company’s virtual reality-focused department has lost … Read more

VR Researches Simulate Kisses With Ultrasonic Transducers

Without adding any hardware that actually makes contact with the wearer’s face, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group have modified an off-the-shelf virtual reality headset so that it recreates the sensation of touch in and around a user’s mouth, finally fulfilling virtual reality’s inevitable one true purpose. Aside from handheld controllers that occasionally … Read more

Closing the Equity Gap in Technology

Computing is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology fields is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. What’s more, computer science majors can earn 40 percent more … Read more

RelationalAI Raises $122M to Redefine How Intelligent Data Apps Are Built | Business

BERKELEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 26, 2022– RelationalAI, the creator of a breakthrough relational knowledge graph system, has raised a total of $122M after closing $75M in Series B funding. The Series B round was led by Tiger Global, with participation from existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Addition, and Menlo Ventures. This press release features multimedia. View … Read more

More Privacy on the Smartphone

Newswise — Privacy on the smartphone is possible, as shown by the Privacy Friendly Apps (PFAs) for Android: Together with students, the SECUSO research group of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed more than 30 apps for Android phones. They request authorizations required for functioning only and do not contain any monitoring mechanisms. For … Read more

Virtual Reality Makes Product Selection Easier

Giving customers the opportunity to experience finish and fixture possibilities before anything is built helps streamline the home building process and increase effective communication about product selections. No longer a novelty, nearly 20% of Americans are using virtual reality regularly and about 4 out of 5 Americans report being familiar with it, according to a … Read more

SASSA not processing new applications for the R350 Covid grant

SASSA will not be processing new R350 Covid Grant applications until the relevant regulations have been amended. The grant was introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to provide relief to poor people and those left vulnerable due to the Covid pandemic. It must now be transferred under the Social Assistance Act.SASSA says it’s … Read more