Innovations Blog


Mon, Jul 28, 2014 11:01 am

Who gets lost any more? Thanks to GPS, going from place to place has become so certain, so efficient, so…mechanical. 

Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing that machines have made directions so precise. But a case can be made that the fastest route between two points is often not the most enjoyable.

Fri, Jul 18, 2014 8:41 am

No question that we’ve learned a lot about the human brain in the past 50 years, but, as neuroscientists are quick to acknowledge, the center of our nervous systems remains largely a mystery.  Near the top of the list of its enigmas: how memory works—particularly how to restore it once it’s lost.

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 9:18 am

In the movies, you never hear robots say “Huh?”

For all his anxiety, "Star Wars"' C-3PO was never befuddled. Sonny, the pivotal non-human in "I, Robot" may have been confused about what he was, but didn’t seem to have any trouble understanding Will Smith. 

In real life, though, machines still struggle mightily with human language. Sure, Siri can answer questions if it recognizes enough of the words in a given query. But asking a robot to do something that it hasn’t been programmed, step-by-step, to do? Well, good luck with that.