Can AI chatbots help fill the empathy gap?

Can AI chatbots help fill the empathy gap?

Credit: Michigan State University Stressed out? Need to talk? Turning to a chatbot for emotional support might help. ComArtSci Associate Professor of Communication Jingbo Meng wanted to see just how effective artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots could be in delivering supportive messages. So she set up the research and used a...

WhatsApp tests breaking free from smartphones

WhatsApp tests breaking free from smartphones

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has announced the launch of a trial aimed at freeing its users from smartphones. In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook engineers said the new feature would allow for the hugely popular service be used on multiple "non-phone" devices without needing to...

Avoiding probate with a smart contract

Avoiding probate with a smart contract

Madison Arcemont. Credit: Southern Methodist University, Hillsman S. Jackson A recent graduate of SMU's Dedman School of Law has written computer language for a smart contract that, if adopted by courts, could make it much easier and less expensive for someone to sort out the estate of a loved one...

Australia is a sitting duck for ransomware attacks

Australia is a sitting duck for ransomware attacks

The 1989 AIDS Trojan (PC Cyborg) ransom demand. Credit: Joseph L. Popp, AIDS Information Trojan author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Australian organizations are a soft target for ransomware attacks, say experts who yesterday issued a fresh warning that the government needs to do more to stop agencies and businesses...

Software tool breathes life into post-COVID office airflow

Software tool breathes life into post-COVID office airflow

The new indoor module for Cornell’s Eddy3D software, which shows airflow in various indoor configurations, will be available July 30. Credit: Cornell University As offices nationwide spring back to life, interior space designers and architects will soon have an easy-to-use planning tool to place indoor workplace furniture, staff, partitions and...

New data science platform speeds up Python queries

New data science platform speeds up Python queries

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers from Brown University and MIT have developed a new data science framework that allows users to process data with the programming language Python—without paying the 'performance tax' normally associated with a user-friendly language. The new framework, called Tuplex, is able to process data queries written...

Microsoft’s Windows 11 will allow for Android apps

Microsoft’s Windows 11 will allow for Android apps

Microsoft's new Windows 11 operating system will enable users to download and use Android mobile applications. Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a new version of the Windows software powering most of the world's computers, opening the door to apps tailored for Google-backed Android operating system. The US technology titan said Windows...

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