Technology could make us immortal. But there will be consequences.

mmortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment — both intellectual and financial — by philosophers, scientists, and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be “cryopreserved” in preference to simply dying, as they wait for science to catch up and give them a second shot at life. But if we treat death as a problem, what are the ethical implications of the highly speculative “solutions” being mooted? Of course, we don’t currently have the means…

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Indus OS Expands Speech-to-Text Feature, Now Supports 23 Indian Languages

Domestic Android-based mobile operating system Indus OS on Wednesday unveiled a new ‘speech-to-text’ feature in their keyboard that would allow users to enter text in their preferred language. Apart from English, the new version of Indus OS Keyboard will now support 23 Indian languages. “The latest version will introduce speech-to-text in Indian languages, allowing users to speak into the phone in their preferred language while the text will automatically be recognised and displayed by just the press of a button,” the company said in a statement. This is the first time that…

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Defense Secretary Mattis predicts bigger defense role for private technology firms

Defense Secretary James Mattis says he sees a growing role for the technology industry in defending the United States. The comments suggest a potential untapped market for Amazon and Google, whose hometowns Mattis visited this week on a West Coast swing, and other large companies like Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. Like the leaders of these tech companies, Mattis is focused on acquiring more expertise in artificial intelligence. The difference is his goal: getting it into the U.S. military faster, to make it a “more lethal and more effective” fighting force. “Many of the advances [in AI] are…

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India to have 600m broadband connections by 2020: Communications minister

There were 422.19 million broadband subscribers and the internet penetration (internet subscriber per 100 populations) was 32.86 per cent in the country as on March 31, 2017, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha informed Parliament on Friday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Sinha said the National Telecom Policy-2012 envisages 600 million broadband connections by the year 2020. He said that the government has planned the BharatNet project to provide 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to all Gram Panchayats (around 2.5 lakh) in the country. Under the first…

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Bullish: Increasing access to technology for blind people

Technology can be central to the lives of the 285 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, as long as they know how to use it. That’s where Erin Lauridsen, access technology director at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, comes in. In her role, Lauridsen helps ensure people who are blind and visually impaired “know how to access all of the technology that they need to live their lives,” Lauridsen told me on the latest episode of Bullish. That can be anything from computer literacy and smartphone…

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Indeed expansion signals rise of technology jobs in southwestern Connecticut

Southwestern Connecticut’s economy is programmed to grow its technology sector for years to come, according to industry experts. Job-search giant Indeed’s recent announcement that it would increase its Stamford contingent by some 500 people in the coming years represents a milestone for the local economy. Many see the company’s expansion as proof the area is developing into a top destination for technology talent and that Indeed’s plans speak not only to its own success but the potential for other firms in the field. “Any time a large tech company is…

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PNNL lending a hand — and technology — to first responders

  PNNL’s Melanie Godinez and her colleagues partner with first responders to support a regional capability to deter the potential for illicit movement of radioactive materials within, and potentially through, the Puget Sound maritime environment with the intent to do harm. PNNL not only manages the purchase, inventory and distribution of the radiation detection equipment for law enforcement and fire agencies in the Seattle area, it also coordinates training and dock-side drills, like the one shown here. When disaster strikes, first responders rush in to provide assistance. In addition to…

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3D technology helps reveal face of Bronze Age farmer

Academic “time detectives” from Liverpool have used 3D digital technology to reveal the face of a Bronze Age farmer who lived in England 4,000 years ago. Experts from Face Lab at the Liverpool John Moores University used the technology based on the study of the man’s skull, reports Xinhua news agency. The man’s skeleton was found in an ancient burial ground in the county of Derbyshire in the 1930s. For the past 30 years, the remains have been part of a collection at Derbyshire’s Buxton Museum. The project is part…

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How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta to iOS 10

If you are reading this, it means you probably downloaded and installed iOS 11 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and are regretting the decision. Switching back to an older version of iOS is not as simple as installing iOS 11 beta. We’ve always advised you to take a complete backup of your iOS devicebefore attempting adventurous things like switching to beta versions of iOS. If you did that, you don’t have much to worry about at all. If you did not take a full back up, you may lose some…

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Battery-Less Cellphone Prototype Harvests Energy Out of Thin Air

A team of researchers at the University of Washington has come up with a working prototype of a cellphone that doesn’t require a battery to make calls or send text messages – instead, it harvests energy from thin air, more specifically, radio signals. Right now, all it features is an LED light and buttons on a circuit board, however, a more advanced prototype with an E Ink display and better call quality is in the works. The projected was spearheaded by UW research associate Vamsi Talla, working at the lab…

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