Computational creativity and the future of AI

Ben Coxworth

New algorithms compare a video's background imagery and audio to that of thousands of othe...

Sometimes, a posted video is the only clue to the whereabouts of a missing person, or a terrorist group. Unfortunately, unless that video has already been geo-tagged, it can often be very difficult to tell where it was shot. Now, however, scientists have created algorithms that can determine a video's location by comparing its background imagery and audio to that of thousands of other videos.  Read More

CorPower Ocean's wave power-harnessing buoys utilize a geared drivetrain instead of hydrau...

Harnessing wave power can be a tricky business. It's one thing to build a device that simply moves up and down with the waves, but another to build one that's efficient enough to be cost-effective. Swedish company CorPower Ocean claims to have done just that, however. Its wave energy converter buoys reportedly generate five times more energy per ton of device, at a third the cost of other wave power systems.  Read More

The SkyProwler ready for some speed, with its quadcopter props retracted

Arizona-based start-up Krossblade is developing a five-passenger "flying car"-type vehicle known as the SkyCruiser. Among other things, plans call for it to take off and land like a quadcopter, while transitioning to faster, more efficient fixed-wing flight while en route. Will you ever be able to buy one? Well, that's hard to say, but if Krossblade's current Kickstarter campaign is a success, you will soon be able to buy a functioning miniature prototype known as the SkyProwler.  Read More

A Shnap + Laces-equipped shoe (left) alongside a regular shoe The tying of shoelaces may not be the most difficult thing that most of us do each day, but that nonetheless hasn't stopped people from inventing no-tie shoelace systems. One of the latest, Shnap + Laces, has the user just snap the ends of their laces onto the tops of their shoes.  Read More

The bike park is located in an old limestone mine

When winter arrives in much of the world, cyclists such as BMXers and freestyle mountain bikers are limited to riding in warehouse-style indoor bike parks. These places can be fun, but they're still ... you know, in a building. Such is not the case, however, with the just-opened Mega Underground Bike Park. Claimed to be the largest indoor bike park in the world, it's situated 10 stories (100 ft/30.5 m) underground in a disused limestone mining cavern.  Read More

A previous LucidPipe installation, with one of the turbines visible inside the pipe (Photo...

There's a lot of water constantly moving through the municipal pipelines of most major cities. While the water itself is already destined for various uses, why not harness its flow to produce hydroelectric power? Well, that's exactly what Lucid Energy's LucidPipe Power System does, and Portland, Oregon has just become the latest city to adopt it.  Read More

One of Bond's handwriting-emulating robots

While email has certainly made it much quicker and easier to keep in touch with people, there's still something really nice about receiving a tangible hand-written letter. That's why the Bond service was created. It uses a pen-holding robot to create a "hand-written" note in your handwriting, which is then snail-mailed to a recipient of your choice.  Read More

The Zoom allows people with limited mobility to venture off the pavement

Just because you have difficulty walking doesn't mean that you should be limited to the smooth sidewalks and asphalt paths of the world ... at least, not according to folks at Sweden's Zoomability. Their Zoom 4-wheel drive electric vehicle can be operated entirely by hand, allowing people with limited mobility – or anyone else – to get in some off-road action.  Read More

The Fly12 is both a 1080p/30fps HD camera and a 400-lumen headlight for bicycles

Having a rear-facing video camera on your bike could certainly prove handy if you needed to provide legal proof that a motorist had done you wrong. Nobody wants to mount and use a GoPro on every ride, though, which is why Australian startup Cycliq developed the Fly6 – it's a tail light with a built-in mini HD camera. However, what if you need a visual record of what happened on the road in front of you? Well, you'd need the new Fly12, which is a combination headlight and camera.  Read More

Bacterial biofilm formation on the right side of medical tubing is visible after being sta...

Whenever foreign objects such as catheters, implants or other devices are placed within the human body, there's a danger that bacterial colonies known as biofilms could collect on them, leading to infections. Now, however, scientists at Harvard University's Wyss Institute have created a material that's too slippery for those biofilms to cling onto. It works by continuously releasing oil.  Read More

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