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Tsunami of technology at SingularityU Summit

Tsunami of technology at SingularityU Summit

There was once again a huge amount to see and learn at the largest gathering of techno-optimism in the Netherlands – the SingularityU The Netherlands Summit – which took place in Haarlem this week.

Engineers, take note of the impact your work has on the planet

Engineers, take note of the impact your work has on the planet

Engineers need to take a fresh new look at the impact of their work on the planet, according to KIVI Director Micaela dos Ramos, upon opening the engineering conference held this week in Wageningen.

Electric cargo vessel in Germany

Electric cargo vessel in Germany

Even heavy cargo vessels are switching to electric. The Technische Universität Berlin is developing an electric pusher boat, with batteries and fuels cells as the source of energy. Construction of the prototype will take some time yet, as it doesn’t even start until 2019.

Graphene solar sail tested in freefall flights

Graphene solar sail tested in freefall flights

Graphene could be a suitable material for use as a solar sail with which to propel lightweight space probes. However, little is known about how the material reacts to a laser, required for the propulsion. Scientists of the GrapheneX team from Delft University of Technology have therefore conducted tests in a German drop tower. Under microgravity conditions, they will direct a strong laser at a test piece of graphene.

Construction of wood gasification plant has begun

Construction of wood gasification plant has begun

The construction of the Netherlands’ first wood gasification plant has begun in Amsterdam. The plant will use pruning waste from woodland and parks as well as waste wood from the building trade, as raw material to generate electricity and heat.

New iPhone security hacked

New iPhone security hacked

Employees of the Vietnamese security firm Bkav claim to have hacked the Face ID security of the latest iPhone. They managed to fool Apple's face recognition software with a mask made of plastic and silicone. The trick will have to be repeated by other researchers though, before Apple needs to worry.

Software erases privacy data on photos

Software erases privacy data on photos

Photos and videos often unintentionally encode privacy-sensitive data. Martha Larson wants to automatically filter out these ‘identifiers’. Her project was one of the winners of the NWO Open Mind competition.

Electrical Lamborghini without battery

Electrical Lamborghini without battery

Car manufacturer Lamborghini is working together with technology university MIT on a new concept for an electric car. Energy storage is integrated in the composite bodyshell. And that means no more heavy batteries in the chassis subframe, and one motor for each wheel.

Plug-in hybrids prove to be an environmental fiasco

Plug-in hybrids prove to be an environmental fiasco

In the Netherlands, plug-in hybrids consume more than 2.5 times more fuel than their type approval would have us believe. Diesels consume 47% more on average, and petrol cars 29%. This is according to the latest data from The International Council of Clean Transportation.

Companies: 'Invest in hyperloop test track'

Companies: 'Invest in hyperloop test track'

The Netherlands need to invest in a test track for the Hyperloop. That is stated in a letter that companies and semi-governmental authorities sent to the cabinet today.

Cyborg Neil Harbisson has an antenna in his head

Cyborg Neil Harbisson has an antenna in his head

Cyborg Neil Harbisson has an antenna in his head, picks up vibrations from colours like ultraviolet and infrared and can receive telephone calls and satellite images directly in his head. He told his story at the Brave New World conference.

Trucks in procession at 0.3 sec distance

Trucks in procession at 0.3 sec distance

TNO and partners have managed to get trucks to travel in procession at a mutual distance of 0.3 seconds. This is close enough that technology has to be used to guarantee the safety of braking and steering, as drivers can never respond quickly enough.

Computer makes up ghost stories

Computer makes up ghost stories

A new AI from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can make up ghost stories in cooperation with people. While the actual stories have yet to become particularly creepy, the implications of their AI, known as 'Shelley', will make your hairs stand on end.

Expandable house folds up into container

Expandable house folds up into container

Dutch company G3 Spaces presents the UnFold, an expandable bungalow of 64 square metres in size. When folded, it is the size of a container. This makes the building easy to move around so it can be placed anywhere the owner wishes.

Microrobot flaps through water and air

Microrobot flaps through water and air

This microrobot enters the water from the air, swims round, and then flies back into the air. This air-water transition is particularly unique for an artificial fly that weighs less than one fifth of a gram.

Unused functions render browsers vulnerable

Unused functions render browsers vulnerable

Browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari include useless functions which affect the safety of Internet use. That is the conclusion of research by the University of Illinois in Chicago, to be presented late this month.

Balloons ensuring Puerto Rico has internet again

Balloons ensuring Puerto Rico has internet again

Project Loon (Google) is sending its balloons to Puerto Rico after it was battered by hurricane Maria, so people with mobile telephones can re-establish connectivity. This is the second time in a year that Project Loon has deployed aid to a disaster zone. Previously the balloons were used in Peru after it was badly hit by floods.

Sensor measures gastrointestinal tract movements

Sensor measures gastrointestinal tract movements

MIT engineers have collaborated with doctors to construct a small, flexible sensor which is swallowed to measure gastrointestinal movements. The data is transmitted remotely, allowing doctors to identify certain gastrointestinal diseases.

Self-taught Go computer is even better

Self-taught Go computer is even better

It turns out that a Go computer teaches itself the game to an even higher standard than an artificial intelligence which learns from humans. Google company DeepMind built such an auto-adaptive computer, which then beat its predecessor AlphaGo by 100-0.

Bitcoin turns out to be very energy intensive

Bitcoin turns out to be very energy intensive

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin consumes around 200 kWh per transaction. That's enough to power 20 households a day. And some 300,000 transactions are verified daily. These figures come from Digiconomist, which is trying to establish the cryptocurrency's energy consumption.

Special earthquake-resistant concrete

Special earthquake-resistant concrete

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have developed a special fibre-reinforced concrete that can withstand severe earthquakes. By spraying the walls of an existing building with a layer of the material, the building stands a better chance of surviving an earthquake. A school in Vancouver will be the first to be treated over the coming months.

CO2 sequestration trial on Iceland

CO2 sequestration trial on Iceland

Iceland plans to remove CO2 from the air and then pump it into the ground and store it in the rock. The CarbFix2 project of Swiss start-up Climeworks and Iceland's Reykjavik Energy was launched last week.

Wi-Fi security in doubt

Wi-Fi security in doubt

The standard for Wi-Fi security turns out to be compromised. A new study by Belgium's KU Leuven university demonstrates that hackers can break in during execution of the security protocol. This means internet traffic can be intercepted or malware can be installed via malicious website elements.

Toyota to test hydrogen-powered truck

Toyota to test hydrogen-powered truck

At the end of this month, in the Port of Los Angeles, Toyota is planning to test trucks powered by hydrogen. Driving fully loaded for 300 km per day should test whether the trucks are up to the job.

Dutch space instrument to measure air quality

Dutch space instrument to measure air quality

The Tropomi test instrument, largely manufactured in the Netherlands, has successfully been launched. This instrument very precisely monitors air quality in the atmosphere.

Robot hand recognises object by touch

Robot hand recognises object by touch

The robot hand by engineers from the University of California can feel, grasp and manipulate objects. ‘Robbie, could you screw in that LED for me please?’

Open-ocean wind farms generate much more energy than on land

Open-ocean wind farms generate much more energy than on land

A wind farm sited on the open ocean generates up to three times more power than a land-based wind farm. This has been demonstrated by calculations and simulations carried out by researchers in the US. The large difference in yield is down to the continual supply of air flows from the troposphere.

Blade Runner 2049 begs some important questions

Blade Runner 2049 begs some important questions

Using some stunning cinematography, Blade Runner 2049 challenges viewers to examine the very nature of their humanity. In a future in which people and 'robots' are indistinguishable, we're faced with questions about the soul, self-determination and mortality.