Best Tech Stories around the web #199

This week: Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room, Google is testing Augmented Reality navigation in Maps and IBM AI fails to beat human debating champion.

INNOVATION

Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room by tedcrunch.com

In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery. They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient and insert a small robot while across the country a surgeon puts on a virtual reality headset, grabs their controllers and prepares to operate. While this scene may seem like science fiction now, a Charlestown, Mass.-based startup called Vicarious Surgical is developing the technology to make that vision a reality. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENT

It’s the Real World—With Google Maps Layered on Top by wsj.com

Augmented reality navigation apps use smartphone cameras to get a detailed sense of where you are and put signs and arrows on top of the real world. Read more

QUERKY

IBM AI fails to beat human debating champion by engadget.com

Harish Natarajan triumphed over the bot in a rapid-fire challenge. Read more