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Watch Marbles Race (With Pro Commentary)

Twelve marbles enter a sandy race track, 750 feet long. Driven by gravity, this is a horse race of pure physics, as the marbles bounce and roll their …

5 Movies That Will Have A Profound Impact On Your Life

If you are a movie buff, you certainly realize the impact a movie can have on your life. A good and inspiring movie can suck you in instantly, not …

Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution

First came steam and water power; then electricity and assembly lines; then computerization… So what comes next?<p>Some call it the fourth industrial revolution, or industry 4.0, but whatever you call it, it represents the combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and the Internet …

Manufacturing

How to get noticed by Google

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How can an average programmer get their resume noticed by Google? What kind of excellence does Google hope to see on resumes?</i> <i>Answer by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, Founder / CEO of CareerCup and the author of Cracking the * Interview.</i><p>If you’re <i>truly</i> …

How to answer an insanely hard brain teaser interview question without seeming nervous

<i>"How many people are currently online in Germany?"</i><p><i>"How many windows are there in New York City?"</i><p>And, most importantly: <i>"How the heck do you answer these crazy questions?"</i><p>If you're interviewing for a tech job, chances are you'll get thrown one of these brain teaser questions at some point during the …

IBM Watson is creepily good at guessing what's in photos

IBM announced that its Watson AI is getting image recognition capabilities earlier in the year, but this site that lets you feed in your own photos to see what it thinks is in them is both impressive and scary.<p>The visual recognition demo lets you give Watson an image URL or upload a photo and it’ll …

IBM Watson

An Animated Explanation of Marvel's Deeply Confusing Civil War Story Arc

Marvel’s <i>Civil War</i> arc is both legendary and insanely convoluted, involving just about every hero you’ve ever heard of (and a ton you haven’t) over 50 …

Marvel Universe

Software brings your PC's entire interface to VR

Virtual reality faces numerous challenges, but one of the biggest is having to take your headset off whenever you need to run a conventional app. What if you want to maintain that immersion, or just want to use a VR device as your only display? That's where BigScreen thinks it can help. It's …

Virtual Reality

Researchers want to grow human tendons on an incredibly advanced robotic hand

That alone is enough to improve the motion capabilities in prosthetics in a way that has never been seen before. But the researchers plan on taking the project even farther by growing human tendon and tissue on the robot hand.<p>That would mean people could have an <i>entirely new hand</i>, human skin and …

16 Great Unsung TV Shows of the Past Few Years That Everybody Should Watch

We’re living in a goddamn Golden Age of television. But there’s also way too much TV to keep track of, and a few shows get the lion’s share of …

TV

This Chip Will Give Your Phone AI Modeled On The Human Brain

MIT’s “Eyeriss” chip would allow for neural networks to run locally on your phone without an Internet connection.<p>In computing, a neural network is a collection of processors that mimic the way the human brain works. Simply put, a neural network analyzes data, learns about it, and then decides how …

IT certification training: Learn security and ethical hacking: $30

The time has never been better to enter the Information Technology field, with demand for high-level security professionals rising as the evolution of malicious hackers intensifies.<p>If IT and digital security interest you, TNW Deals has put together an offer to greatly improve your employability in …

Meet The Jolly Roger Phone Company, The Robot Anyone Can Use To Annoy Telemarketers

You’d think that, by now, telemarketing would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it’s not, and as con men have discovered phone technology, we’re all getting hammered with calls from Rachel from Card Services. So give the scammers a taste of their own medicine with the Jolly Roger Phone Company.<p>…

Super PAC

Researchers Are a Step Closer to Creating an Untraceable 'Quantum Internet'

We want it!<p>Scientists are figuring out how to create a 'quantum Internet' that will be totally secure and virtually unhackable. So secure, in fact, …

The Rise Of Thinking Machines: How IBM's Watson Takes On The World

Many people know Watson as the IBM-developed cognitive super computer that won the Jeopardy! gameshow in 2011. In truth, Watson is not actually a computer but a set of algorithms and APIs, and since winning TV fame (and a $1 million prize) IBM has put it to use tackling tough problems in every …

Cognitive Computing

Microsoft let a bunch of top sci-fi authors into its research labs — and the results are amazing

I know. I was skeptical, too. It came out in early November, but now that I've actually had a chance to read "Future Visions," it's actually super great!<p>Featuring stories from Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire, Robert J. Sawyer — all big …

The canonical story behind TR-8R, the internet's new favorite stormtrooper

TRAITOR!!!!<p><i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is out. It's being seen by <i>a lot</i> of people. Lots of those people have the internet. What I'm trying to say is: the memes are flowing thick and fast.<p>And while I wouldn't say that any of the emerging themes or memes have reached the cultural saturation point of, …

12 Mind Tricks That Win People Over and Help You Get Ahead

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

IBM Is Bringing in Watson to Conquer The Internet of Things

Watson—IBM’s cognitive computing service that plays <i>Jeopardy</i>, assists doctors in diagnosing patients, and helps financial service professionals …

A New AI System Passed a Visual Turing Test

A team of researchers from MIT has developed an artificial intelligence system that can fool human judges into thinking it’s a person when it comes …

Artificial Intelligence

The 24 Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015

What a year for science fiction we've had, with epic new space operas, fascinating new worlds to explore, and the return of some of our favorite stories.<p>Legendary science fiction author Neal Stephenson has outdone himself with <i>Seveneves</i>, an ambitious and far-reaching tale of humanity at its …

MIT’s Amazing New App Lets You Program Any Object

The Reality Editor is a Minority Report style AR app that makes programming your smart home as easy as connecting the dots.<p>The end goal of the Internet of Things is to make every object in your life programmable. But our smart objects are still pretty dumb. They don’t talk to each other, and most …

THE SHAMAN is One of the Best Sci-Fi Short Films of 2015

Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms

A group of Japanese scientists have created touchable holograms, three dimensional virtual objects that can be manipulated by human hand.<p>Using femtosecond laser technology the researchers developed 'Fairy Lights, a system that can fire high frequency laser pulses that last one millionth of one …

InterAct

This Week, China Introduced Us to Robots Who Come From the Future

When it comes to futuristic androids, Asia’s got the scene on lockdown, especially China, Japan, and Korea. Right now, the World Robot Exhibition in …

Robotics

The Drug Lords of Tomorrow Will Be Biohackers

Brain stimulation is the future of drugs.<p>Through various sources—mainly transhumanist biohacker friends—I've been hearing about how some drug traffickers might be taking an interest in cranial implant technology.<p>If scientists can get a brain implant to give neural stimuli that affects our …

IBM Machine Learning Algorithm Generator Becomes Open Source Apache Project

The IT industry itself is on the cusp of an application Renaissance that will transform the way just about every application functions.

Why IBM spent billions buying technology it already had access to

After securing the initial partnership, IBM's Inhi Suh, VP and GM of Big Data, Integration, & Governance, realized that the Weather Company was working on some mind-blowing technology, she told Business Insider.<p>She realized that marrying that tech with IBM's own super smart computer Watson, which …

Forget tattoos: Biohackers are putting LED implants under their skin

Last weekend (Nov. 6-8) in Düsseldorf, a biohacker successfully implanted an electronic device under his forearm; when it comes into contact with a magnet, its five LED lights switch on, to illuminate his skin.<p>That may sound like a lot of pain and a high potential for health risk for such a novel …

Singularity