Rudy Ortiz

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In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from <i>The Jetsons</i> to Star Trek. It's the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity's beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.<p>In its early real-world implementations, a virtual receptionist …

The murder that shook Iceland

In a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, the killing of a 20-year-old woman upended the nation’s sense of itself. By Xan Rice<p>The main shopping street in Reykjavík is called Laugavegur, “the way of hot pools”, because it was originally used by women hauling laundry from the …

Selling

The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars

President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. strikes against government targets in Syria after a suspected chemical attack.<p>The Middle East is a “troubled place,” President Donald Trump said Friday night as he described his decision to use America’s “righteous power” in a retaliatory attack against …

Middle East

This blockchain-based surveillance startup detects crime in real-time

<b>A security company wants to modernize the “backward-looking” and “inherently inefficient” video surveillance industry by offering a blockchain-based system which allows users to react to threats in real time.</b><p>Faceter’s decentralized surveillance technology – which it claims is a world first for …

Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping.<p>Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, …

Demonstration

Hot Tub Sex In Movies

When the weather's cold, there's one surefire way to get hot: THE HOT TUB! Come take a dip with us, where the water is hot, but the hotties are even …

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer <b>Debbie Weingarten</b> gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray …

Farming

When You Learn, Your Brain Swells with New Cells — Then It Kills Them

Every time you learn a skill, new cells burst to life in your brain. Then, one after another, those cells die off as your brain figures out which …

World's first human head transplant a success, controversial scientist claims

The world's first human head transplant has allegedly been performed on a corpse in an 18 hour operation which successfully connected the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two people.<p>The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University, China, who last year …

Success

How Brains Learn to Fear: Neuroscientists Reveal a Surprising Truth

We're revising what we know about how experience turns into knowledge.<p>When you’re born, your brain is set up with all the physical abilities it needs …

Here's What You Need to Know About That Fossil Teeth Discovery Said to 'Rewrite History'

A 9.7-million-year-old mystery.<p>Scientists have announced the shock discovery in Germany of ancient teeth fossils that are nearly 10 million years …

Modern Love: Are We Ready for Intimacy With Robots? | WIRED

Love in the Time of Robots<p><b>Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using</b> …

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Machine Learning

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan

<b>The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, says the region will not accept Madrid's plan for direct rule.</b><p>He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia's institutions since General Franco's 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved.<p>Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's plans …

Europe

Las Vegas gunman targeted police responding to his shooting rampage, investigation now shows

Police have once again shifted their timeline of how the Oct. 1 massacre unfolded in Las Vegas, saying on Friday that a hotel security guard was shot only moments before the gunman fired on a concert crowd — not six minutes before the attack began, as they had previously stated.<p>But investigators' …

Las Vegas

Here's What Can Happen to Your Brain And Body When You Shoot a Gun

It's a full-on experience.<p>You look down the sight of a gun, take aim, slowly exhale, and pull the trigger.<p>What happens next is an explosion of …

Genetics Researchers Just Disproved a Long-Held Racist Assumption

Many genetic skin variants associated with light skin originated in Africa.<p>Racism is a grotesque inheritance passed down from light-skinned people …

Lethal roadside bomb that killed scores of U.S. troops reappears in Iraq

By Kareem Fahim<p>, Bureau chief<p>Liz Sly<p>, Bureau chief<p>IRBIL, Iraq — A roadside bomb that killed an American soldier in Iraqthis month was of a particularly lethal design not seen in six years, and its reappearance on the battlefield suggests that U.S. troops could again be facing a threat that …

What's with world leaders giving Vladimir Putin puppies as gifts?

By Kyle Swenson<p>, Staff Writer<p>On Wednesday in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down with his counterpart from Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. An unresolved issue stands between the two nations: Russia was once the main buyer of the former Soviet state’s ample natural gas …

Trump challenged Rex Tillerson to an IQ test — here's why it wouldn't work

There is one hiccup in the president's call to action, however: A person's IQ says almost nothing about his or her intelligence.<p>Science has been trying to measure people's cognitive firepower for hundreds if not thousands of years. In 1909, French psychologist Afred Binet developed the first test …

IQ

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Harvey Weinstein scandal: 'There's no place for this — sorry, Harvey'

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had no shortage of harsh words Tuesday for embattled producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by numerous women, including high-profile actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.<p>But the mayor also took pains to note that …

Hacking Brain Waves Can Give You an Instant Cognitive Boost, Says Study

"Like three cups of coffee without the jitters."<p>Artificially getting activity in certain parts of the brain to sync up can provide a small mental …

Brazilians in the south asked to vote on secession

<b>Voters in the south of Brazil have been asked in an informal vote whether they want to be part of a new country.</b><p>The referendum was organised a week after a similar vote in Catalonia by a secessionist movement called "The South Is My Country".<p>The movement said it set up polls in more than 1,000 …

Brazil

Arriving Now: Your Self-Driving Car

In technology, big breakthroughs always seem to take longer than we assume. There’s an amusing recursive “law” that describes this phenomenon, <b>Hofstadter’s Law</b>, which states: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” <b>**</b><p>Hofstadter’s Law is a wry way of …

Autonomous Cars

Down with Tech!

The digital natives are getting restless<p>Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month, everybody.<p>You do know that the month formerly known to FM DJs as “Rocktober” has transmuted into a time when we’re supposed to think about “cyber threats,” right? Yes, this Hacktober, change your passwords frequently and …

Social Media

From a 'cultural meme' to a comeback kid: How Samsung overcame its Galaxy Note 7 fiasco

In 2016, Samsung was blowing up — quite literally.<p>The phone maker was battling its biggest ever brand crisis, after defective Galaxy Note 7 smartphones began exploding around the world. A battery malfunction was threatening to permanently damage both its business and its reputation: its mobile …

Galaxy Note

New Photonic Synapses Mimic the Brain and Compute With Light

Computing with light and designing brain-inspired hardware are at the experimental fringes of technology research. But they both come with …

Quantum Physics

Why Science Turned on the DNA Mogul Championing Genetic Privacy

“You cannot just give them some fake science."<p>In early September, notorious geneticist and businessman J. Craig Venter published a controversial …

6 scientific tricks for falling asleep

6 scientific tricks to fall asleep.<p>If you can't sleep, get out of bed. Experts say if you stress out in bed you'll associate negative feelings toward where you sleep. So go read a book on the couch.<p>Turn off your phone! The blue light can trick your mind into thinking it's daytime. Give yourself 30 …

Hormones