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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Amazone Echo
The first home automation hub, Amazon Echo raises lots of questions about how much we want to depend on artificial intelligenceEntering our living room six weeks ago, I found my tech-savvy husband installing another addition to our already quite impressive set of technical devices. Another speaker for our apartment’s state-of-the-art sound system? An air humidifier (my second guess)? A...
science taking tube
Trips from Vienna to Bratislava are routine. But if the Hyperloop project has its way, they may soon become the most exciting commute on the planetOutside Bratislava’s old Market Hall, the pale yellow cobblestones glow in the searing heat. Inside, it is minds that are overheated and aglow, as dozens of programmers hack into their notebooks, trying to find...
A group of gifted high schoolers will defend Austria’s “physical” fitness at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in early JulyThe Austrian team’s enthusiasm is palatable as it gears up for tournament, the culmination of a year’s worth of effort. Success is celebrated with high fives and cheers. No, this is not the European Football Championship. This challenge is about...
Computer intelligence in music
Scientists are teaching computers about the complex factors that make music expressive. Might computers outperform humans someday?The digital age has been a mixed blessing for musicians. Digital electronics can supplant live performers and illegal copying of recordings has decimated royalty payments. Soundtrack composers can now access vast archives of digitally sampled instruments and voices – such as the Vienna...
Pioneers Festival
“This is not a conference. This is a festival!” the main stage emcee Daniel Cronin, co-founder of AustrianStartups, told the packed “Arena” audience during the opening ceremony of the Pioneers Festival – one of Europe’s top expos for innovative technology. Throughout the two days of keynote speeches, workshops and discussions, Cronin implored the “boys and girls” in attendance to...
Medical Apps
Have you ever googled your symptoms? Everyone wants to avoid trips to the doctor. These apps may give patients insights and help doctors diagnose better and fasterIt can be hard to talk to a doctor. Those few minutes go by so fast. Even if you plan out what you want to say, critical information gets lost in the fray....
Crystalline Mirror Solutions
In the Austrian success story of gravitational waves, detecting something tiny can be a huge leap forwardOn February 11, 2016, the last of Albert Einstein’s scientific predictions was officially confirmed. Now, a hundred years after the physicist had predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, researchers found evidence of “gravitational waves” – waves caused by massive cosmic cataclysms...
multilingual children
Do multilingual children have an advantage? Perhaps; but the ability to learn languages may be inborn. Either way, stakes are high and consensus is rareToday’s world has become “hyper-diverse,” with 244 million migrants worldwide in 2015 qualifying as the fifth largest “country” on earth.Through globalization and mobility, cultures mix, and not just in the neighborhood. Often it’s right at...
Austrian School of economic thought
The Austrian school of economic thought shapes financial policy the world over – but remains unpopular in its land of originIn dealing with the euro crisis, the European Union is following the playbook of Austrian economists. As is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, when designing harsh structural adjustment programs. So too are the angry Tea Party revolutionaries...
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