When Apple’s Phil Schiller showed off the newest iPhones, the hype machine was on at full speed. He said the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max smartphones had “surgical grade stainless steel.” I never knew I wanted that! You can also drop it into two-meter deep liquids — from water to orange juice — for up to 30 minutes. And it will still detect whether you’re having a heart attack, with the help of the new Apple Watch Series 4. I was able to get hands-on with the phones today, but I did not run this liquids test on the new products. Perhaps one of the greatest achievements here is that Apple has broken through the price barrier again with an expensive phone at $1,100. Levity aside, the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max will generate some serious lust in iPhone enthusiasts. They sport the new 7-nanometer A12 Bionic processor and sport an edge-to-edge Super Retina display. The device’s Face ID camera points at you and uses its depth sensor … [Read more...] about iPhone Xs and Xs Max hands-on — Great camera, cool display, kinda submersible
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is experimenting with more precise technology to block individual online services after an attempt to shut down banned messaging service Telegram failed, but Moscow has yet to find a way to shut it down without hitting other traffic. The Telegram logo is seen on a screen of a smartphone in this picture illustration taken April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin Telegram, which has 200 million global users and has been popular in countries including Russia and Iran, has been banned in Russia because it refused to comply with a court order to give security services access to users’ encrypted messages. Russia’s authorities started trying to block the service in April but they inadvertently blocked Russian users’ access to a slew of unrelated online services, including voice calls on the Viber messaging service, cloud-based applications for Volvo cars, and apps that control Xiaomi video cameras. Because of that hiccup, the attempt to … [Read more...] about Russia tries more precise technology to block Telegram messenger
Digital Surgery, a health tech startup based in London, today launched what it’s calling the world’s first dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed for the operating room. The reference tool helps guide surgeons through complex medical procedures — cofounder and former plastic surgeon Jean Nehme described it as a “Google Maps” for surgery. “What we’ve done is applied artificial intelligence … to procedures … created with surgeons globally,” he told VentureBeat in a phone interview. “We’re leveraging data with machine learning to build a [predictive] system.” Well-funded hospital systems are no strangers to automation. A third in the U.S. have at least one surgical robot, and others are testing solutions from autonomous anaesthesiologists to patient scheduling algorithms. But Digital Surgery’s AI system is aimed at the estimated five billion people around the world who … [Read more...] about Digital Surgery’s AI platform guides surgical teams through complex procedures
In most cases, you'd probably want the doctor who's about to perform your brain surgery to set her smartphone aside before poking into your cranium. And, in most cases, you'd be right. But what if the doctor's smartphone was a crucial part of the surgical tool kit? According to a new paper published today (March 13) in the Journal of Neurosurgery, brain surgeons in Brazil have begun attaching old iPhones to their surgical equipment to replace the bulky, expensive video cameras and monitors they typically use — and the doctors like it. [10 Weird Quirks of The Human Brain] In fact, swapping in a smartphone made certain "minimally invasive" surgeries cheaper, more efficient, and easier to teach to rookie surgeons, the authors wrote. This phone-friendly method could even become a valuable workaround in countries whose infrastructure cannot support expensive medical equipment. "Our initial goal was to reduce the cost of the neuroendoscopic video set," study co-author Mauricio … [Read more...] about A Surprising Use for Old iPhones: Brain Surgery!
What, specifically, defines artificial intelligence? Is AI simply a fancy name for the robots you see in movies like Terminator and Wall-E? What makes a machine artificially intelligent, as opposed to just being useful?There is debate that something must be self-learning or autonomous to be considered AI. Ian Bogost dove deeply into the debate in a recent article for The Atlantic, “‘Artificial intelligence’ has become meaningless.”Bogost cuts to the chase when it comes to what qualifies as AI: “Machines warrant the name AI when they become sentient—or at least self-aware enough to act with expertise, not to mention volition and surprise. … in most cases, the systems making claims to artificial intelligence aren’t sentient, self-aware, volitional, or even surprising. They’re just software.”Pattern recognition isn’t sentient, and machine learning algorithms can be easily fooled.Advanced robotics technology isn’t … [Read more...] about A deeper look at what artificial intelligence actually is