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Google's AI has written some amazingly mournful poetry

Artificial intelligence can control self-driving cars, beat the best humans at incredibly complex board games, and fight cancer; but one thing it …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.<p>Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen …

Artificial Intelligence

Google is trying to make artificial intelligence history — and it could happen this week

Google<p>At 1 p.m. in South Korea on March 9th, Google will attempt to make history.<p>A program called AlphaGo, designed by Google's DeepMind artificial …

Oculus Rift will support Macs 'when Apple makes a good computer'

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has poured water on the idea of his Rift virtual reality headset supporting the Mac by saying that Apple doesn't make any computers powerful enough to run it.<p>"That is up to Apple and if they ever release a good computer we will do it," Luckey tells <i>ShackNews</i> when asked …

Virtual Reality

This guy's amazing robot confuses and enrages telemarketers — and you can use it too

Roger Anderson's a phone guy. He builds those audio menus companies use when you call in (<i>press one for Spanish...two for sales...etc.)</i><p>But Anderson's pet peeve is telemarketers. And when one of them used a some bad words on the phone with his son, he decided to do something about it. He writes on …

Robotics

Kinetic Energy-Harvesting Shoes Could Charge Your Smartphone or Be Wi-Fi Hot Spot

Mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed electricity-generating footwear that lets you charge mobile electronic …

University of Wisconsin

This patent reveals how Nintendo's mystery console could work

Dave Hunt/Flickr<p>Nintendo is working on a new game console — and the company's president has assured everyone it will be nothing like the Wii or Wii U.<p>…

Li-Fi Has Just Been Tested in The Real World, And It's 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

Sorry, Wi-Fi. We had some good times together.<p>Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi - a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data …

The Last Water Bottle You’ll Ever Need

Do you know how much water you drink every day? Didn’t think so! Do you know where you left your last water bottle? Didn’t think so! Did it have a …

Industrial Design

What is MU-MIMO?

Does the term MU-MIMO ring any bells? If it doesn’t, it soon will. Ready or not, this new Wi-Fi standard update is set to revolutionize the wireless …

Wi-Fi

Magic Leap’s Graeme Devine: ‘Mixed reality’ is one of gaming’s unexplored frontiers

SAN FRANCISCO — Graeme Devine is no stranger to creating revolutionary gaming experiences, having worked on pioneering CD-ROM multimedia games The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour. His current ventures with Florida-based company Magic Leap, however, may prove to be even more important to the gaming …

Mobile Searches Surpass Desktop Searches At Google For The First Time

Google’s search chief Amit Singhal said for the first time this summer, more Google searches were completed on mobile devices than desktop computers.<p>Singhal said Google fields more than 100 billion searches per month. The number is particularly significant because Singhal was speaking about just …

Mobile

IBM unlocks the secret to carbon nanotube transistors

Following Moore's law is getting harder and harder, especially as existing components reach their physical size limitations. Parts like silicon transistor contacts -- the "valves" within a transistor that allow electrons to flow -- simply can't be shrunken any further. However, IBM announced a …

What Apple Can Learn from Google's Big Announcement

Apple had its event earlier this month and yesterday it was Google's turn. The tech company took full advantage and rolled out several new and significant products. The low-cost Chromecast family of TV streaming devices received a more stylish hockey puck sized device with new colors (red or yellow …

Wear OS

Google’s latest idea would make it harder to drop your phone

A new patent filed by Google shows an innovative method for preventing you from dropping your smartphone and smashing all of the delicate circuitry …

Google Home

Guitar Boy: A Combination Electric Guitar and Nintendo Game Boy

Fibbex, a member of the BitFixGaming boards, made this sophisticated and precisely constructed guitar that looks just like a scaled up Nintendo Game …

Retrogaming

Nextbit's Robin is an Android phone that never runs out of storage

Can sharp design and free cloud storage help the Robin stand out?<p>No matter what smartphone you have, all of them work within some concrete limitations. The battery can only last so long, the screen can only be so big, and the internal storage can only hold so much data. Some phones let you use …

Mobile Technology

Japanese Engineers Built A Robot That Cheats At Rock-Paper-Scissors

As a species, we are understandably worried about robots, especially when we make robots that are more and more human. This robot, however, takes the cake: It’s not just a robot that can beat us at a simple game, it’s a robot that wins by being a complete cheating bastard.<p>Here’s how this robotic …

Robotics

Build the Life-Sized Object of Your Dreams with Giant LEGO Bricks for Adults

Anyone who's ever played with LEGO bricks knows there's something magical about assembling sophisticated structures and displays from a pile of individual pieces of plastic. Now, adults can have the same fun with EverBlock, a new modular building system of oversized blocks capable of forming …

Lego

Robots evolve faster when you kill them

Computer scientists have discovered that robots evolve faster and more efficiently after a mass extinction.<p>The team at the University of Texas, …

Robots

Here's how Google employees are reacting to the huge changes at their company

The company that used to be Google will become a holding company called Alphabet. Core businesses including search, ads, Maps, YouTube, and Android will operate under Alphabet as a smaller entity called Google.<p>Other businesses such as Calico, Nest, and Fiber, the investing arms Google Ventures and …

Employment

Coder wins a thousand Twitter contests using a bot

You've probably seen "retweet to win" contests on Twitter, and maybe even won a t-shirt, concert tickets or marshmallows. But computer engineer Hunter Scott completely automated the idea and created a bot that entered every Twitter contest it could find -- 165,000 in total. As a result, he claims …

The Life Of A Blind Kitten Becomes The Year’s Most Magical Indie Game

Wanderment is a particles-based 3-D platformer in which you have to guide a blind kitten back home<p>Is there anything sadder than a blind kitten? Yet <i>Wanderment</i>, a new indie game by developer Andrew Wang, makes the journey of a blind kitten across town into one of the joyous, magical interactive …

Kittens

Japan's Privacy Visor will hide your face from software for $240

Right, it's not quite as cool as the Laughing Man's live camera hacking, but it's as close as we'll get for a while. Dr. Isao Echizen at Japan's National Institute of Informatics has spent the better part of two years cooking up a pair of specs that render people's faces undetectable to …

Everyone is Mocking TIME’s Latest Cover Photo

The August 17th issue of <i>TIME</i> magazine contains a cover story about the ongoing rise of virtual reality. Unfortunately for <i>TIME</i>, it’s not the story …

Virtual Reality

Japanese researchers watch a gang of children beat up their robot in a shopping mall

A robot in Japan learned the hard way that children can be cruel bullies, IEEE Spectrum reports.<p>During an experiment, Japanese researchers let a Robovie 2 robot roam around a shopping center in Osaka. The robot was programmed to politely ask humans to step aside if they got in its way. If the human …

Robotics
Innovation
Citizen Journalism

Wow: This Algorithm Can Separate Reflections from Photographs

Researchers at Google and MIT have figured out a way to automatically remove reflections and obstructions from photographs, and their latest demo of …

Apple fans can't tell the difference between iOS and Android in this YouTube video prank

Two pranksters from the Netherlands, Alexander Spoor and Sacha Harland, handed an iPhone running Android to several iPhone users and told them it was running iOS 9.<p>iOS 9 is Apple's next big iPhone update that hasn't been released yet and is set to launch this fall. The video was posted on their …

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