This Start Up is Creating Artificial Skin To Disrupt Animal Testing

Tucked away in a corner of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University is a laboratory no bigger than 60 square meters. The space that houses DeNova Sciences may look small, but it packs a big dream: to eliminate animal testing in the cosmetics industry. So how does this David plan to take down such a Goliath? By creating in-vitro human skin, or...

Facebook’s Algorithm Change Could Affect How Cops Speak to Citizens

Facebook has already become a critical communications tool for police and fire departments as well as local governments across the United States. Immediately after a 15-year-old started shooting a handgun inside his western Kentucky high school last week, the state’s police turned to Facebook to warn and inform the greater community. The first post was shared by users more than 6,000 times, and throughout...

Tech This Out: ‘Human Uber’ Lets You Pay Someone To Live Your Life For You

Someone can dress as you and walk around – all while you lounge at home with your laptop A new "human Uber" could let you pay someone to live your life for you. Japanese researcher Jun Rekimoto has developed a special screen that can be strapped to a person's face and allow them to live on your behalf. By dressing up as...

When You Play This Song Backwards, You Can Hear Satan. Play It Forwards, and It Hijacks Siri, Alexa

Speech recognition systems seduced by masked messages Computer science boffins affiliated with IBM and universities in China and the United States have devised a way to issue covert commands to voice-based AI software – like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana – by encoding them in popular songs. They refer to these tweaked tunes, which issue mostly inaudible...