Have you heard about the “metaverse”? It’s the next new thing, according to Facebook founder-and-CEO-for-life Mark Zuckerberg. “Think about the metaverse as an embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content, you are in it,” he said recently as he announced the formation of a metaverse product group within the trillion-dollar social media colossus. So … Continue reading Across the Metaverse
This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 9 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. TAIWAN LEADS THE WORLD in semiconductor manufacturing, with a single company – Taiwan SemiconductorManufacturing Company (TSMC) – accounting for an astonishing 55% of the world’s sales by revenue. That number alone confirms TSMC as the central … Continue reading Where do you go when the chips are down?
Snails carrying the world’s smallest computers on their shells have helped explain the mystery of their own survival against all odds. The Society Islands of the South Pacific, a lush tropical archipelago forming part of French Polynesia, were once home to at least 61 species of tree snail. But after the giant African land snail … Continue reading Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery
Letting computers work out design often results in incomprehensible forms – and that’s exactly what’s required. Richard A Lovett reports.
US and UK regulators this week moved to ban tablets and laptops from passenger flights to and from several countries. It’s a decision with potentially catastrophic implications, reports Andrew Masterson.
A newly immersive world not only is open to more people to experience; it also allows almost anyone to exercise their own creativity and innovative tendencies.
Translating text from one language into another is a simple proposition but a fiendishly complicated problem. Over the past half-century or so automated machine translation has become an important sub-field of artificial intelligence.
Alan Turing. Fine Art Images / Heritage Images / Getty Images A pair of New Zealand researchers restored the first recording of computer generated music – a 1951 BBC recording of a tune made by one of Alan Turing’s computers. Alan Turing is best known for the role he played breaking the Nazi’s Enigma code in WWII, which … Continue reading Listen to Alan Turing’s computer music
A 2,100-year-old clockwork machine whose remains were retrieved from a shipwreck more than a century ago has turned out to be the celestial super-computer of the ancient world.