Technology Tuesday: July 19

Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: An AI that brews beer, a super strength robo-glove, virtual reality eating, NASA invests in electric airlines of the future, and DARPA is looking for an AI hacker.

Artificial Intelligence Utilized in Brewing Beer

Because we’ll need something tasty to swill when our robot overlords finally come into their full artificial intelligence, a company in the UK is attempting to figure out if robots can help humans brew a better beer.

While there won’t be robots stirring batches of wort or sorting hops, artificial intelligence will play a big part in London-based firm IntelligentX’s plan to brew beer, CNET reports.


RoboGlove Grants Workers Super Strength

There’s no better way to start a job interview than with a firm handshake. It’s a clear sign that you’re confident, capable, and ready to work like John Henry on PCP.

So imagine the impression you’ll make wearing Roboglove, a power-assisted gauntlet General Motors wants to give its factory workers. It may look like something in a Power Ranger costume, but it’s inspired by a real-life space robot.


Eating in Virtual Reality

Ever wanted to eat whatever you want without worrying about calories? It may sound too good to be true but if one man has his way, this could be the future of food.

Project Nourished is a gastronomic virtual reality experiment using Oculus Rift headsets, cutlery with sensors, low-calorie foods and aromatic diffusers to mimic the taste of the real thing.

If the experiment proves successful, being prevented from eating whatever you like due to food allergies and dietary restrictions will become a thing of the past.


NASA Invests in Electric Planes

NASA is investing heavily in electric planes.

We’re just starting to scratch the surface of making high-functioning, electric cars that come with the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. But making something as large as a jumbo jet eco-friendly is no easy feat.

This is NASA’s step-by-step plan to make electric planes a reality.


DARPA Sets Reward For Hacking AI

Seven fully-autonomous computers will face off in a historic battle in Las Vegas early next month, as each try to defend themselves and point out flaws without any human control.

Set for Aug. 4, DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge finals will take place right in the middle of two of the biggest hacking conferences, Blackhat USA and DEFCON, possibly proving that machines can beat even the best human hackers.


Know any interesting stories we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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