Hope Grey

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Pepsi to start selling smartphones and accessories in China

Pepsi has various products and promotions around the world, such as this curiosity I caught last night here in Tokyo.<p>PepsiCo may have a brand value of $19 billion, though seemingly none of that comes from smartphone sales. That may be about to change, as the world’s 29th most valuable company has …

Mobile Technology

Absurd Creatures: The Caterpillar That Freaks Out if You Yell at It

In the rainforests of Peru there lurks a caterpillar that doesn’t appreciate people yelling at it. Do so, as field biologist Aaron Pomerantz did …

Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars

He wants to create two tiny pulsing suns over the Martian poles<p>A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i>. He said it was the most rapid way to induce climate change on the planet. Now the …

Curious AI Wants To Make The Singularity A Reality

Over the last few years tech companies both large and small have developed programs that can “dream”; and understand and process information; and even write articles; but nothing has come close to the holy grail of artificial intelligence — developing software that can learn independently.<p>At least, …

Philip Reeve: 'It’s possible that machines might become conscious'

The bestselling author of the Mortal Engines series lifts the lid on the world of his new sci-fi epic Railhead, with its interstellar trains, robot servants and walking colonies of insects – and why he is most like a dark chocolate ginger biscuit<p><b>Do you plan the whole story out in advance when you</b> …

Elon Musk and SolarCity unveil ‘world’s most efficient’ solar panel

The sun is a virtually endless supply of energy that goes mostly untapped. The solar panels you see covering the roofs of an increasing number of …

Meet The Players Who Create EVE Online Propaganda

Samahiel Sotken is not your average EVE Online player. While most are defined by how they spend their time in the game, like blowing up defenseless …

Apple leases second ‘spaceship’ campus in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Apple has secured a deal to build another spaceship campus in Sunnyvale, California. The company will purchase Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus which comes in at 777,000-square-feet at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road in Silicon …

Silicon Valley

A British lord created a device that runs on free electricity from the air

The internet of things—millions of connected sensors, beacons, and wearables analyzing and mapping microscopic bits of data to make our lives better—is widely assumed to be the next big trend in digital technology. But however small a sensor may be, it still requires some energy to function—and, …

Internet of Things

Facebook Starts Letting You Add A 7-Second Looping Video As A Profile Pic

To keep its decade-old social network lively, Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles, which are viewed 4 billion times per day:<p>The option to pin Featured Photos to the top of the profile<br>• Temporary profile pics<br>• Easier visibility controls for About info, including a new 100 character …

Social Media

Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Reach 620 Miles On A Single Charge “Within A Year Or Two,” Be Fully Autonomous In “Three Years”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down with a Danish TV show last week and had some interesting predictions to share.<p>Asked, for example, when he thought the company could produce a car that can “break 1,000 kilometers” (or 620 miles) on a single charge, he said his guess would be “within a year or two,” …

How the Media Gave Carly Fiorina a Free Pass to Lie About Planned Parenthood

You may have heard that Carly Fiorina won the September 16 CNN debate and has since entered the “top tier” of Republican presidential candidates. …

The case against Dropbox looks stronger with each passing day

Files sinking<p>I first met Drew Houston four years ago, when Dropbox, the file storage and synchronization company he founded in 2007, reached 25 million users. Dropbox was in the midst of a growth spurt that has carried it to more than 400 million users, and a valuation of $10 billion in private …

Nigerian student builds fully functional artificial intelligence robot in Sri Lanka

A twenty-four year old Nigerian, Bobai Ephraim Kato, has built a fully functional artificial intelligence robot for his final year project at the …

Artificial Intelligence

iPhone 6S Users Are Haplessly 3D Touching Everything

Just press harder.<p>The tech blogs are in agreement: The iPhone 6S's new 3D Touch technology is revolutionary, a feature that will someday change how we interact with the world, will make us more productive, and will save society untold amounts of time. For now though, new iPhone owners are just …

Google and NASA Have A New Quantum Computer

Meet the D-Wave 2X<p>It looks like the holiday season came early for Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.<p>Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association announced today that they’re getting the D-Wave 2X, the newest and most powerful quantum computer on the market. The 2X …

Quantum Computing

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse will rise Sunday

Get ready. A very special, very rare moon is rising this weekend.<p>On Sunday, the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit …

Donald Trump Calls Photojournalist ‘A F***ing Thief’ Over Photo of Empty Chairs

Donald Trump is lashing out at an Associated Press photographer over photos of empty chairs at a Trump speech in South Carolina. The presidential …

How Physicists Quantum Teleported Information Over 62 Miles

Bringing us one step closer to a quantum Internet<p>Teleportation isn’t real, at least not as it’s depicted in fiction. No one has ever made a material object -- be it Harry Potter or Captain Kirk -- physically disappear from one location and reappear elsewhere. But information … that’s a different …

Quantum Physics

An Artist Painted Putin with Her Breasts: Last Week in Art

Also: Marilyn Minter says, “the art world loves young bad boys and old ladies,” and a gallery is getting sued for looking like a massage parlor.<p>+ Dressed up for an installation as a Chinese massage parlor, the Shin Gallery on Orchard Street now faces legal prosecution from pissed off neighbors.</i> …

Buzzfeed, denied credentials for pope visit, calls it 'retaliation' for previous coverage

Buzzfeed has been blocked from covering the Pope’s visit to the United States, Buzzfeed claims in a letter to officials in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.<p>The letter, addressed to Don Clemmer, Interim Director of Media Relations at United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Chieko …

PSA: You can’t have sex with your robots

It’s kind of sad that we needed this to be written down for us.<p>The company behind Pepper, the Japanese robot which apparently has its own emotions, want to remind buyers that they are forbidden from having sex with its robots.<p>The $1,600 robot’s user agreement, according to Wired, specifically …

Softbank

A 12-year-old girl just aced one of the hardest IQ tests in the world, rivaling Einstein and Mozart

How many different ways could you combine three numbers below to add up to 60?<p>2 3 5 10 15 20 25 50*<p>Lydia Sebastian knows the answer.<p>In fact, the …

IQ

Whisky Aged on Space Station Returns to Earth With 'New Flavors'

A vial of smoky Scotch whisky has returned to Earth after a four-year stint in the International Space Station, and its owners have subjected it to sophisticated instruments (and palates), to find that it does indeed have a flavor all its own. The results are given in a white paper published by …

The Internet of Things Isn't Ready for Babies

Nest's four-hour outage shows companies and parents need to be more responsible about their connected childcare.<p>Last night, the internet-of-things company Nest, which has been owned by Google since January of last year, experienced a network outage—meaning its home thermostats, smoke detectors, and …

Elon Musk says we need to drop nuclear bombs on Mars to make it livable

On "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Wednesday night, Colbert compared Musk to Tony Stark, the fictional tech tycoon who also happens to be Iron Man. "Are you really trying to save the world?" Colbert asked Musk.<p>Colbert then asked Musk why people should want to live on Mars. Mars is "a …

Elon Musk

Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic, which gives grants to scientists

Rupert Murdoch, the new boss of National Geographic.<p>The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but …

A Houston Woman Just Became the First Person Convicted Under an Anti-Animal Crush Porn Law

A 24-year-old pleaded guilty of charges relating to videos where she wore a mask and horrifically abused dogs and cats.<p><i>The following article contains graphic descriptions of animal cruelty.</i><p>On Tuesday, Ashley Nicole Richards, 24, pleaded guilty in federal district court to four counts of producing …

Scientists are raising important questions about the discovery of a new human ancestor

On September 10, scientists announced the truly remarkable discovery of thousands of bones belonging to a previously unknown species of human ancestor.<p>They gave the new species the name <i>Homo naledi</i>, after the Dinaledi chamber of the Rising Star cave where the bones were found.<p>The finding is already …

Anthropology