Fitbit just released a new motivational feature that aims to trigger their users to go out and exercise more.
Intimate Technology

Bringing Augmented Reality to Fitness

The advent of activity-monitoring body trackers has enabled millions of people to track their physical stats with ease, but it also added another important aspect to it, fun. The addition of gaming elements to exercise made workouts more accessible and rewarding for people in need of help to reach their fitness goals. Therefore, industry leader Fitbit just released a new motivational feature, called Adventures. By unlocking virtual sightseeing, health tips and “fun facts” along the way, the fitness tracker aims to trigger their users to go out and exercise more.

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Food Technology

Agriculture Isn’t as Green as You Think

When it comes to what you eat, do you ever stop to think about how healthy your food is? Another factor of food to think about involves the health of the environment. Agriculture today isn’t where it needs to be. Here’s how farmers are taking the next step for better agriculture tomorrow.

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The first beauty contest judged by complex algorithms has sparked controversy after biased results.
Wild Systems

The First Beauty Contest Judged by AI

Do you have what it takes to become the world’s most beautiful man or woman? Roughly 6.000 people from over 100 countries think they do. The contestants submitted their photos after Beauty.AI launched their beauty contest this year. What was remarkable was not so much its content, but rather its judges: the “human beauty” of the participants was judged by complex algorithms.

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Intimate Technology

Robot Babies to Prevent Pregnancy

An Australian study shows how the use of lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy, rather than discouraging it. Infant simulator programs are used in high-tech sex education courses with the aim to lower pregnancy rate among young people. The computerized dolls are programmed to mimic the needs of an actual six-weeks-old infant and require frequent feeding and changing all day and night.

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Watch the First Movie Trailer Made by AI

IBM’s Watson strikes again! After analyzing the trailers of 100 existing horror movies, the artificial intelligence created its first movie trailer for the sci-fi thriller Morgan. The supercomputer performed an audio, visual and composition analysis to develop an “understanding” of what a trailer must incorporate. Totaling six minutes of footage, a human editor stepped in to arrange the scenes in a coherent order.

The movie is directed by Luke Scott, Ridley Scott’s son, and tells the story of a humanoid robot with advanced AI that goes beyond control.

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Ramen: the New Prison Currency

After cigarettes, postage stamps and mackerel, a new currency emerged in US prisons: instant ramen noodles. A new study found out that ramen became a valuable commodity to inmates, as cost-cutting measures in US prisons led to the deterioration of food quality. The noodle currency is used for trading food, clothes, hygiene products and services.

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The Octobot is the first of its kind made fully of soft materials and is aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans.
Manufactured Animals

The First Fully Autonomous Soft Robot

Behold the Octobot! This robot is the first of its kind fully made of soft materials and aimed to pave the way towards a more safely interaction with humans. Developed through a combination of 3D printing, molding and soft lithography, the robot operates without being tethered to a power source.

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Society of Simulations

In Defense of the Eggplant

After the cucumber and the banana, there is a new phallic fruit in town. The eggplant emoji, also known as aubergine, was added to the official Unicode 6.0 emoji set in 2010. The flourishing ‘dictionary’ of 1.851 ideograms depicts a broad range of small digital icons to boost text messages and is gradually evolving into a parallel visual language of its own, where suggested meanings are up for grabs.

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