Knowledge transfer: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact.

Claim: Cars, computers, TVs spark obesity in developing countries

The spread of obesity and type-2 diabetes could become epidemic in low-income countries, as more individuals are able to own higher priced items such as TVs, computers and cars.

Hipster, surfer or biker? Computers may soon be able to tell the difference

Are you a hipster, surfer or biker? What is your urban tribe? Your computer may soon be able to tell. Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are developing an algorithm that uses group pictures to determine to which of these groups, or urban tribes, you belong.

Retrofitting ancient computers for network glory

Do you have an ancient Commodore 64, Apple, Amiga or PC lying around your basement, garage or attic? Ever thought about hooking up that old silicon to your home network and the Internet rather than an a BBS (Wildcat or Renegade, your choice) of yore?

Companies shifting computing costs to staff

Mean corporate types are planning to shift their computer hardware bill to their staff, according to analyst outfit Gartner.

Neuromancer cyberpunk art shies from the neon

GFM Films recently posted the first piece of concept art for its proposed Neuromancer adaptation.

Rumor: Neuromancer film attempts casting

Writer-director Vincenzo Natali is reportedly looking for stars to fill out his attempt at adapting the classic cyberpunk novel.

Computer use 'damages children's reading skills'

Reading ability in the US has fallen sharply in the last decade as computer use has increased.

Study: Teenage alcohol use linked to computer use

A new study says teens that drink alcohol spend more time on their computers than their peers who don’t drink.

Computers may understand you better than people

Computers don’t have emotions, but that won’t stop them from being able to understand how you feel.

Bee brains calculate better than expensive computers

Bees could now be in the running for the title of most efficient being known to man.  A new study has found that our honey producing friends are better at mathematical functions than today’s most powerful computers.