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Google’s Chief Futurist says Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

<b>Ray Kurzweil is Google’s director of engineering and believes UBI is inevitable.</b><p>I grew up reading about the technological singularity, and apparently …

Singularity

Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows

Cloud and AI are Microsoft’s future bets<p>”We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. That is our bold goal,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella three years ago. At the time, Microsoft was unveiling more details about Windows 10, and surprising people with …

Windows Phone

People are downloading their Facebook data and posting it to Twitter, and the results will terrify you

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.<p>One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been …

Social Media

Henry the £8,000 male sex robot boasts 'superhuman sexual performance' AND sense of humour

Meet Henry, the new £8,000 robot with a 'superhuman sexual performance' and great sense of humour.<p>The 6ft tall robot is apparently able to impress …

InterAct

Tesla Model X driver dies in Mountain View crash

A Tesla vehicle is at the center of another tragic crash, and the company is coming under renewed scrutiny over safety concerns as a result. The driver of a Model X has died after his electric SUV collided with a median barrier on Highway 101 in Mountain View and was subsequently struck by two …

Tesla

Elon Musk says The Boring Company’s Loop will prioritize pedestrians, cyclists | Ars Technica

The Boring Company was started to bypass traffic, now sounds a lot like a subway.<p>Elon Musk started The Boring Company in late 2016 because he was …

Elon Musk

This Is Why AI Might Actually Help Your Career And How To Take Advantage Of It

No, AI is not necessarily evil — and it may be an important part of your workplace soon.<p>If the idea of machine learning and artificial intelligence …

MDMA dampens the encoding and retrieval of emotional memories, study finds

MDMA appears to have a stronger effect on emotional memories than non-emotional memories, according to new research. The finding may explain why the …

Consciousness

Ford wants to use drones to give your car surrogate sensors

The patent filing shows a drone landing on a car with malfunctioning sensors and then using its own to guide it to a repair facility.<p>Ford has applied for a patent that would have a drone attach itself to your vehicle and act as a surrogate sensor if one of your car's sensors failed.<p>Sounds crazy, …

Drones

10 subtle signs you're smarter than you think you are

You might be surprised to know which of your quirks can reveal your inner genius.<p>1. You accept that there are plenty of things you don't know<p>You may think that pretending you know everything, even when you don't, makes you come across as smarter. But in reality, people who aren't afraid to be …

Psychology

Tesla’s toughest competition ever was on display in Geneva

As Tesla struggles to get the Model 3 out the door, the market is about to flood with options<p>In the tech industry, the theory goes that Apple doesn’t go to trade shows anymore because it dominates the news cycle even when it doesn’t show up. The same goes for Tesla, which — despite caving and …

Auto Shows

BANK OF AMERICA: These 11 companies are set to capitalize on the biggest changes in tech

Strategists at Bank of America have compiled a projection of the biggest, world-transforming themes over the next two to five years and companies they believe will most benefit.<p>"The future is arriving sooner than investors expect," Beijia Ma, an equity strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, …

Bank of America

California becomes the 18th state to introduce right to repair bill

But it’ll be an uphill battle to get it passed into law<p>California has become the latest state to propose the Right to Repair Act, which would require electronics manufacturers to make repair information and parts available to product owners and to third-party repair shops and services.<p>The bill was …

Repairs

Vision-improving nanoparticle eyedrops could end the need for glasses

High-tech eyeglasses can give blind people the ability to see, but could the development of eyesight-improving eyedrops help eliminate the need for …

University of Washington

Try this AI experiment that converts 2D images to 3D

In January we wrote about an AI called Volume that ripped characters out of videos. The developers of that AI, Or Fleisher and Shirin Anlen, recently updated their website with an interactive AI experiment that converts any flat imageto 3D.<p>We’ve seen similar AI before, but this one does more than …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is rumoured to be planning to release a smaller, more affordable HomePod this year.</b> The new HomePod would reportedly cost between $150 (£110) and $200 (£145).<p><b>2. Google wants to extend its mobile-accelerated pages (AMP) project to the whole web.</b> This would require building a web standard …

Trucking

Burger-flipping robot taken offline after one day

<b>Flippy the burger-flipping robot that started work this week in a California restaurant has been forced to take a break because it was too slow.</b><p>The robot was installed at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena and replaced human cooks.<p>But after just one day at work the robot has been taken offline so it …

Robotics

Obamas 'in talks to make Netflix shows'

<b>Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are in talks to produce shows for Netflix, according to the New York Times.</b><p>The couple would make exclusive content for the US streaming site focused on uplifting stories, the paper suggested.<p>If confirmed, the deal would give a global platform …

New York Times

Bitcoin is slumping and analysts say there are 3 big reasons for the 'fear and panic'

LONDON — Bitcoin is slumping on Friday, down by 5% in early morning trade to trade at a one month low.<p>Analysts say that the slump is being caused by a string of bad headlines for the sector this week that have dented investor sentiment.<p>"Our take on this is that the new investors in the space don't …

Cryptocurrency

​Midas IT launches AI recruitment solution

The Korean firm's inAIR solution automates the recruitment process and uses AI to conduct online interviews.<p>South Korean company Midas IT has …

Hackers can use Cortana to open websites on Windows 10 even if your PC is locked

A pair of independent researchers yesterday uncovered a particularly worrisome security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows 10. If your PC’s OS was installed with default settings this could affect you.<p>The simple “hack” involves activating Cortana via voice command to open websites on a PC that’s …

Australian scientists move closer to world-beating quantum computer

Led by Australian of the year Michelle Simmons, team has built qubits from single phosphorus atoms in silicon<p>Australian scientists, led by Australian of the year Michelle Simmons, have made a significant step in creating a world-beating, single-atom quantum computer.<p>Simmons and her Australian team …

Quantum Computing

SoftBank’s Michael Ronen isn’t worried about automation displacing workers

SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund has naturally attracted curiosity due to its mammoth size. Managing partner Michael Ronen told the crowd at VentureBeat’s Blueprint conference in Reno, Nevada that the lowest round the fund will invest in is $100 million. In 2017, SoftBank invested in 16 …

50,000 sites infected with cryptocurrency mining malware

The cryptocurrency mining malware epidemic is getting out of hand: nearly 50,000 sites have been surreptitiously infected with crypto-jacking scripts, according to security researcher Troy Mursch from Bad Packets Report.<p>Relying on source-code search engine PublicWWW to scan the web for pages …

Apple is reportedly planning to release a cheaper MacBook Air later this year

Apple currently sells the MacBook Air for $999<p>Apple hasn’t done much with its ultra-thin MacBook Air in recent years, opting to slim down some of its other offerings instead. But the computer is reasonably popular, and according to Apple analyst KGI Securities (via <i>9to5Mac</i>), the company is …

MacBook Air

Berlin blockchain conference proves that dumb stock art is actually genius

Hey, friend, have you heard the good word? About the blockchain?<p>No? It's this idea of a distributed ledger that can't be retroactively altered and …

Researchers Identify Five Different Types of Diabetes, Not Just Type 1 and Type 2

For many years, diabetes cases have largely been classified as either type 1 or type 2. But a new study suggests that there may actually be five …

Diabetes

How One Quantum Particle Can Send Messages to Itself

Just another demonstration of the magic of quantum superposition.<p>Quantum computing promises a future where technology is exponentially faster, more efficient, and more secure. But the mechanics of how it will work are still being figured out. Now, scientists from the University of Vienna and the …

Boston Dynamics is teaching its robot dog to fight back against humans

‘Testing robustness’ apparently crucial to SpotMini’s development, with machine showing it won’t be perturbed by human interference<p>It appears that, just like their flesh and blood counterparts, you just can’t put a good robot dog down, even if you’re a human fighting it for control of a door.<p>Boston …

Robotics

Steve Wozniak explains why he used to agree with Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking on A.I. — but now he doesn’t

Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking have issued some terrifying predictions about the future of artificial …

Artificial Intelligence