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Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of "chatbot" that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.<p>And the bot doesn't just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new …

Artificial Intelligence

Robotic vines illustrate chaos theory and the Butterfly Effect

We've seen capacitive-touch-enabled plants before, but the robotic vines and leaves of <i>Branching Systems</i> are something altogether different. And, perhaps craziest of all, they respond to your presence. The leaves react to your inputs, and then nearby leaves react to those reactions and so on.</i> …

The College Degrees And Skills Employers Most Want In 2015

The hiring picture keeps getting better for college graduates. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 9.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2014. That’s a one percent hike from …

IBM's supercomputer wrote a cookbook, and it's coming out next week

The book, "Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson," is a collaboration between IBM's Watson and the Institute of Culinary Education that goes on sale April 14.<p>But this is far from an ordinary cookbook. This will be the first cookbook that's co-created by computer algorithms.<p>Around three years ago, IBM …

Flavors

Guide For Data Exploration In Python Using NumPy, Matplotlib, Pandas

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Python Programming

Bitly replaces ‘bundles’ with ‘tags’ to help you sort your shortened links

Less than two weeks after closing its bulk link-shortening “bundles” service, Bitly has revealed a new replacement feature designed to help its users organize their myriad of shortened URLs: tags.<p>With more than 21 billion links (aka “Bitlinks”) shortened since launch, Bitly is perhaps the most …

Music Videos

These 6 Art Projects Make Urban Data More Accessible For The Rest Of Us

By Adele Peters2 minute Read<p>As big data in cities gets bigger, with growing numbers of sensors tracking everything from air pollution to traffic …

Read Bill Gates' Letter to Microsoft Employees for the Company's 40th Anniversary

The world’s richest man may no longer be CEO of the company he co-founded four decades ago, but Bill Gates still has a lot to say to those who keep …

New software will give drone pilots augmented reality vision

French drone manufacturer Sy​sveo has announced that it is developing a unique, software-based visualization system for UAVs that will provide pilots an augmented reality view -- specifically, a 3D image -- atop the existing video feed. The pilot simply has to navigate the drone to a specific GPS …

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

Computer keyboards could detect early-stage Parkinson's disease

It's tough identifying Parkinson's disease in its early stages -- there are no standard lab tests to diagnose it and symptoms are subtle. A group of MIT researchers believe the answer could lie in something a lot of people already use: the computer keyboard. They've recently conducted a study …

Filmmakers hack drone to carry 1,000 fps 4K camera

There are 4K cameras and drones, and then there's the Phantom Flex4K and the Aerigon drone --products that top the bad-assery charts in both categories. Drone cinematography outfit Brain Farm decided to pair them up, resulting in a video exactly as impressive as you'd expect. The company (which has …

Drones

Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich: An open source Windows is ‘definitely possible’

Could Microsoft one day open-source Windows? At the annual ChefConf conference, panel moderator Cade Metz, business editor at <i>Wired</i>, asked Azure CTO Mark Russinovich exactly that.<p>The audience naturally got quite excited and applauded enthusiastically, even before an answer was given. To the surprise …

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Engineering

Why Not Google Map Your Body?

Researchers have used Google Maps tech to create zoomable “maps” of the human body.<p>No, you won’t need Dennis Quaid to travel to the Innerspace of your body–just a little Google Maps know-how. Researchers at the University of South Wales, borrowing the algorithms Google Maps uses to make sense of …

4 Ways To Improve Customer Experience Using Data

<i>Sara Vera is a data scientist at</i> <i>Insightly</i><i>, a CRM and project management tool.</i><p>In marketing, data is power. Surveys of marketers across industries suggest that brands of all shapes and sizes have hopped on the big data bandwagon. The Direct Marketing Association found that 84 percent of respondents …

Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong

Quantum entanglement of a single particle has been observed by researchers -- an event that Albert Einstein believed to be impossible under the contemporary quantum mechanics definition of physical reality, calling it "spooky action at a distance".<p>According to theory, quantum entanglement occurs …

Microsoft Aims To Kill Google Chromebooks With $149 Windows 10 Laptops

Despite a lacklustre start, Chromebooks are becoming relatively popular in the super-budget end of the portable market. This has worried Microsoft for some time. After all, with a Google-centric experience, not to mention an operating system in the form of Chrome OS, there’s little if anything to …

Yahoo Fills Your Empty Browser Tabs With Flickr’s Most Beautiful Photographs

So this appears to be a thing now. Just last week, Google’s Cultural Institute released a Chrome extension that hangs famous works of artists from the likes of Van Gogh, Degas, and Claude Monet in empty browser tabs. The developers at Yahoo! apparently then saw that, and decided to fart out a …

SXSW 2015: What IBM Has Cooking For Chef Watson's Future

Can we interest you in a black olive-cherry compote?<p>Last year at South by Southwest, one of our editors was lucky enough to taste a kebab designed by IBM's Chef Watson. This year, my stomach grumbled--the only food in sight was an assortment of images projected onto a screen--while a panel …

Inventions

Microsoft's Yahoo Answers rival quietly opens for testing

We've all stared, wide-eyed, at the people on Yahoo Answers who want to know how to become a real mermaid or why their cat vibrates. It appears that Microsoft has too, but it's philosophy is not to join its one-time friend, but to beat it with a homegrown rival. Bing Distill is a question and …

The Pirate Bay's new network is making ISP blocks useless

Despite global efforts to put the kibosh on infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB), the lair of internet swashbucklers is proving almost impossible to sack. Swedish police succeeded in taking the site down late last year, only for it to reappear the following month. And stronger than ever it …

Yes, Larry Ellison's Oracle Is Now A Cloud Company

In case there were any lingering doubts, Oracle has truly become a cloud company. Not that it doesn’t still sell on-premises software and hardware, but cloud is the fuel that is making the company’s motor hum.<p>On March 17, Oracle reported Q3 fiscal 2015 revenues of $9.3 billion, up 6% in constant …

Customers

Slack launches desktop app for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

Slack today announced the availability of its team-communication app for the Windows operating system.<p>The well funded company announced the news in a blog post this morning.<p>Until this point, people running Windows could use Slack in the browser.<p>The news comes a little more than a year after …

Software

Google will fly a crazy, plane-like, 84-foot wind turbine next month

Astro Teller tells the crowd at SXSW that the 28-foot versions didn't crash<p>Google plans to fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month, according to Google X's Astro Teller, who spoke at SXSW today.<p>Google's wind turbines don't look like the ones you might see along the US coastline. They're more like …

Google ditched the steering wheel because people are unreliable

If you've ever wondered why Google decided to build its own car, well, you have at least part of your answer now. During a talk at SXSW, Astro Teller, the head of Google X, told the crowd that they decided to remove the steering wheel and brakes entirely because humans are not a "reliable backup" …

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Google Self-Driving Car Chief Wants Tech on the Market Within Five Years

And Chris Urmson has a very personal reason: His 11-year-old son will be able to legally drive at that point.<p>Google has been making enough progress with its self-driving cars that it believes it could be ready for broad-scale use within five years.<p>Chris Urmson, the head of the Google project, also …