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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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February 14, 2017

‘Human Cruise Control’ Uses Electrodes to Steer People in the Right Direction

"Human cruise control" may be the future of navigation, freeing us from latching our eyes at our smartphones for directions and, instead, concentrating on the journey.
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April 8, 2015

Robots Unleashed: 4 Reasons We’re Not Doomed

Protesters are criticizing the economic and social impact of robots. Doomsayers are likening the AI revolution to the end times. Here's why they're mistaken.
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March 29, 2015

Intelligent robots must uphold human rights

The common fear is that intelligent machines will turn against humans. But who will save the robots from each other, and from us, asks Hutan Ashrafian.
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