How Does The Smart Grid Benefit Society?

Smart devices are showing up in homes across the country — from controllers like Amazon Echo and Google Home to smart thermostats, garage door openers and everything in between. Even the power grid is starting to transition to smart technology, even though most people don’t realize it. What is the smart grid, and how can transitioning to it benefit society?

Tiny Robots Programmed To Move And Think Like Real Insects

Engineers at Cornell University have developed a programming language that allows tiny robots to behave autonomously like real insects. For the study, the team used 80-milligram flying RoboBee developed by Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory and made use of neuromorphic computer chips – which can process spikes of electrical current that fire in complex combinations, similar to how neurons fire inside a brain – to power it.

Smartphone Apps Share Personal Data With Third-Party Services

Study Reveals 7 In 10 Smartphone Apps Share Your Personal Data With Third-Party Services

When you install a new app on your smartphone, it generally asks for your permission before accessing personal information. Generally speaking, this isn’t so bad because some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly. However, once you have granted access to your personal information, researchers say the app can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants to – letting third-party companies track where you are, how fast you’re moving and what you’re doing. They also find that 7 in 10 of the apps you have in your smartphone are already doing so to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics.

DARPA want to hack your brain to help you learn faster [Image – DARPA’s TNT (Targeted Neuroplasticity Training) Concept Diagram]

The US Military Wants To Hack Your Brain To Help You Learn Faster

The US Department of Defence agency DARPA is looking into ways to hack the human brain to enhance cognitive ability. To do so, DARPA will be using the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program which aims to use the body's peripheral nervous system to accelerate the learning process by activating a process known as synaptic plasticity.