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A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A …

Robotics

Baidu’s new blockchain stock photo platform has no whitepaper

Baidu, the Chinese internet giant, has launched a blockchain-based stock photo service, to fight copyright infringements in China.<p>According to Coindesk, the service — called Totem — went live on Wednesday, April 11. Totem allows photographers to create their profile and claim copyrights over their …

Blockchain

Google's Speech Recognition Can Now Handle Cocktail Parties

Noisy environments and multiple voices are no longer a problem for Google understanding what is being said.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but …

Google Home

Google futurist and director of engineering: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

As it becomes apparent that artificial intelligence will replace ever-more jobs in the coming years, a growing number of politicians, nonprofits, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have started thinking about how we'll cope with a world in which not everyone can — or needs to — work.<p>Basic income …

Singularity

Watch artificial intelligence create a 3D model of a person—from just a few seconds of video

Transporting yourself into a video game, body and all, just got easier. Artificial intelligence has been used to create 3D models of people’s bodies …

Artificial Intelligence

China Now Has the Most Valuable AI Startup in the World

SenseTime Group Ltd. has raised $600 million from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other investors at a valuation of more than $3 billion, becoming the …

Artificial Intelligence

Avengers Infinity War IMAX Poster Has Hidden Easter Eggs — Exclusive

Between the bank holiday weekend and the release of <i>Ready Player One</i>, it’s been a good week for Easter Egg fiends — and the hunt isn’t over yet. We’ve …

Comics

Rowan Atkinson is back as everyone’s favourite Spy in trailer for Johnny English Strikes Again

Universal have released the first trailer for the sequel to 2011’s Johnny English Reborn, Johnny English Strikes Again.The third instalment comes a …

Rowan Atkinson

Amazon (and Alexa) know a whole lot about you. Here's how download and delete that info.

It's not just Facebook and Google that have loads of our personal data. There's also Amazon.<p>The company isn’t only the most popular Internet retailer in the country but it also dishes up content (via Amazon Prime Video, Audible and the Kindle library); runs a successful cloud platform for …

Automation

A movie Easter egg hunt: the best hidden messages and inside jokes in film

Iron Man

A series of marvelous events: A Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline

Marvel Universe

Clari raises $35M for its AI-based sales platform, expands into marketing and supply chain management

Clari — a startup that has built a predictive sales tool that provides just-in-time assistance for sales people close deals and for those who work in the bigger chain of command to monitor the progress of the sales operation — is capitalising on the big boom in interest for all things AI in the …

Startups

Rachio announces a new smart sprinkler controller, raises $10M

Rachio, the company that builds WiFi controllers for your garden sprinklers (think Nest Thermostat, but for watering your plants instead of heating your house), is back with a new one. They’ve also raised $10M in a Series B round.<p><b>So what’s new in this Gen 3 version?</b><p>A new hardware design, which the …

Smart Homes

The Last Jedi Quietly Solved Some Of Star Wars' Biggest Logic Problems

Pretty genius, honestly<p>Are you ready to get incredibly nerdy with us for a second? Okay. Good, because we're going to talk about the logic of space combat in <i>Star Wars</i>. Throughout the franchise, <i>Star Wars</i> has depicted a number of its titular battles, typically involving a number of large battleships …

Star Wars

These kids made a low budget Avengers: Infinity War trailer and now Russo Bros want to hire them

A few students from Malaysia are making Marvel Studios wonder if they really needed millions of dollars to make the new Avengers: Infinity War movie. …

Marvel Universe

10 Surprising Facts About Band of Brothers

In 1998, HBO—then a network that had not yet completely broken through with hits like <i>The Sopranos</i> and <i>Sex and the City—</i>decided to take on its biggest …

TV

Watch the formation of the universe and Earth in this cool time-lapse video

Each second represents 22 million years<p>In the grand cosmic scale, humanity and our tiny home in the universe are absolutely inconsequential. In a neat time-lapse video from John Boswell, you can watch the formation and growth of the universe from the big bang to now.<p>Boswell, aka melodysheep, has …

Universe

How a Harvard maths graduate correctly predicted 20 Oscars winners

A Harvard maths graduate has revealed how a statistical algorithm can be applied to successfully predict the winners of the biggest Oscars categories.<p>Ben Zauzmer (@<b>BensOscarMath</b>), who works as a sabermetrician - a baseball analyst - for the Los Angeles Dodgers, successfully predicted 20 out of 21 …

Researchers just taught robots to predict your every move

In a few years time the Droids from Star Wars are going to seem like relics. Today’s robots might be better suited for sewing clothes and building cars, but tomorrow’s could be as indispensable and ubiquitous as our smartphones are.<p>A group of researchers in Europe recently published a white paper …

DeepMind's new robots learned how to teach themselves

The minute hand on the robot apocalypse clock just inched a little closer to midnight. DeepMind, the Google sister-company responsible for the smartest AI on the planet, just taught machines how to figure things out for themselves.<p>Robots aren’t very good at exploring on their own. AI that only …

17 times 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted the future

And this wasn't the only time the writers have managed to predict the future.<p>The most recent prediction to come to light is from an episode eight years ago, when Marge and Homer Simpson win Olympic gold for the U.S. in curling in a huge upset over Sweden, the favorite to win.<p>On Saturday, the U.S …

The Simpsons

James Gunn has revealed parts of his original Guardians of the Galaxy pitch

Director of the <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b>, James Gunn has revealed to the public aspects of his original pitch when vying for the job.<p>For those …

A $500 PC and an AI Did a Way Better Job Erasing Henry Cavill's Justice League Mustache Than Expensive VFX

There’s a long list of things wrong with the <i>Justice League</i> movie, not the least of which being the hasty and poorly-executed digital removal of Henry …

Artificial Intelligence

Google is using AI to predict flight delays before airlines

Few things are worse than waiting an hour to get through TSA for your red-eye, only to realize your flight has been delayed. Google is now using AI to give you a heads-up.<p>Google Flights is rolling out more information on flight delays, including more information on why your departure was actually …

We pitted digital assistants against each other to find the most useful AI

Alexa vs Siri vs Google Assistant vs Cortana vs Bixby.<p>CES 2018 demonstrated that smart digital assistants are becoming key components of a variety of gadgets. As these AI companions play more of a role in everyday life, every tech company wants an assistant app to call their own. Amazon has Alexa, …

You can get college credit for watching all 9 Star Wars movies at the University of Akron

What if we told you that you could gain college credit just by watching all nine of the <i>Star Wars</i> films? You might call us deluded and crazy. Why, you …

‘Ready Player One’ Teaser A Link To Secret Steven Spielberg & Ernest Cline Clip

Warner Bros is getting clever with its promotion of the Steven Spielberg-directed <i>Ready Player One</i>. They’ve got a teaser trailer (watch it below), and …

Fabio the robot sacked from supermarket after alarming customers

Fears that robots could take the jobs of humans may be premature after Britain’s first cyborg shop assistant was sacked after a week of confusing customers.<p>In an experiment run by Heriot-Watt University for the BBC’s Six Robots & US, Scottish supermarket chain Margiotta was asked to trial …

The New York Times is selling a unique Star Wars book

All the Star Wars that’s fit to print<p>There are a ton of <i>Star Wars</i> books out there, ranging from novels to official reference books to unofficial histories and biographies. <i>The New York Times</i> has recently released a <i>Star Wars</i> book of its own: <i>In a Galaxy Far, Far Away</i>, which compiles most of the …

Star Wars

Watch 6 James Bonds Battle Each Other in Feature-Length Fan Edit

In a world where cinematic universes exist, we now feel the need to retain strict, unwavering continuity — to the point where a whole movie …