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Google Duplex demo reveals fresh details about how the AI-powered calling service will work

Google today shared a new demo of Duplex, its conversational AI that makes phone calls on behalf of Google Assistant users, and revealed more details about how the AI will work when speaking to businesses and customers. Initial use cases will involve making hair salon appointments and restaurant …

Google Assistant

Jupiter at Its Best, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in May

Photo Gallery<p>The solar system's largest planet will take center stage, while a meteor shower and a planet-hopping moon also light up the night.<p>Sky-watchers will get a chance in the coming weeks to catch a storied meteor shower, gaze at the largest planet shining its brightest, and witness the moon …

Astronomy

19 Students Who Deserve Either An "A" Or An "F" — I Can't Decide

These teachers didn't know whether to laugh or quit their jobs.

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 …

MIT's wearable device can 'hear' the words you say in your head

If you've read any sort of science fiction, it's likely you've heard about subvocalization, the practice of silently saying words in your head. It's common when we read (though it does slow you down), but it's only recently begun to be used as a way to interact with our computers and mobile …

In the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Creativity Will Get an Upgrade

Humans plus machines equals heightened creativity.<p>In 2016 an artificial intelligence bot, "Hoffbot," used neural networks to write all of David Hasselhoff's lines for a bizarre short film called Sunspring. Just three months ago Botnik Studios used a predictive algorithm to create a four-page script …

Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia just unveiled a terrifying AI supercomputer

Nvidia has unveiled several updates to its deep-learning computing platform, including an absurdly powerful GPU and supercomputer.<p>At this year's GPU …

Artificial Intelligence

PayPal Files Patent for Faster Cryptocurrency Payment System | Investopedia

PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) wants to speed up your bitcoin transaction processing times and has filed a patent for a faster cryptocurrency payment …

Cryptocurrency

Investors in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face hefty tax bills

The rollercoaster ride for some cryptocurrency investors could be about to take another tax-time lurch, according to experts, as the taxman looks for his share of transactions made using bitcoin and its like.<p>Wild fluctuations in the value of digital currencies – bitcoin surged from less than one …

Cryptocurrency

GE test-flies the world's largest jet engine

Airliners are growing ever bigger to haul more people per flight, which means they need appropriately massive engines -- and GE Aviation is happy to oblige. It recently conducted the first test flight of the GE9X, widely billed as the world's largest jet engine. It's easy to believe the claim from …

Aviation

Much of the modern world is explained by one population spike

We like to think of the story of human growth as a single, long ascent. In fact, it’s a solitary spike. The population growth rate hovered just above zero for more than 10,000 years. Only after something happened in the 1700s did the growth rate begin to climb, and climb, and climb.<p>With the …

Geography

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 …

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

A renowned futurist says we should merge with AI to protect humanity

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already besting human intelligence in a number ways. Google and DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero is arguably the greatest Go …

Magic Leap’s cheapest headsets will cost as much as a high-end phone, says CEO

Magic Leap is planning multiple editions of its augmented reality glasses for different levels of consumers and professionals, with the cheapest starting at the price of a “higher-end mobile phone to higher-end tablet,” says company president and CEO Rony Abovitz. “I think we’re trying to establish …

Meet cryptocurrency guru George Weiksner—he’s 11

George Weiksner lives in Old Greenwich, Conn. He attends Greenwich Country Day School. And, from there, his story—more than likely—diverges from …

Cryptocurrency

The 2018 Underwater Photography Winners Are Otherworldly

The Underwater Photography of the Year Competition announced its 2018 winners Monday, and the photos capture all the different landscapes hiding in …

Why many big companies don't pay corporate tax

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, one of the most prominent supporters of the Turnbull Government's proposed big business tax cut, presides over a company that …

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

Studies suggest the Y chromosome is on its way out, so what does that mean for the future of the human race?<p>The Y chromosome may be a symbol of …

New research links human consciousness to a law that governs the universe

Human Entropy<p>Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience …

Tryb Group raises $30M to develop fintech platforms for Southeast Asia

Tryb Group, a Singapore-based organization focused on fintech services in Southeast Asia, has landed a $30 million investment from Makara Capital.<p>The investment comes from Makara’s $770 million joint fund with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), which is focused on finding …

South-east Asia

India and Mexico Get an Early Taste of the ‘Bank of Amazon’

As Wall Street worries about someday going up against the “Bank of Amazon,” recent moves by the online shopping Goliath indicate it’s already going …

Funniest Winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

If you’re into wildlife photography, you’ll know that it takes plenty of patience and talent to capture wild animals at their best, and even more so when it comes to catching them at their most mischievous. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards aims to showcase the work of talented photographers …

Nature Photography

33 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Photos Could Do

Google’s photo-organizing service offers plenty of powerful possibilities beyond its widely known basics. Ready to take your image library to the next level?<p>With its seamless cloud storage, platform-agnostic syncing, and simple options for sharing, Google Photos has shown that managing even a …

Mobile Photography

How to get enough protein, without meat

One of my son’s eighth-grade friends recently became a vegetarian. He joins the approximately 4 percent of youths in this country (up from 2 percent …

Ban on killer robots urgently needed, say scientists

The movie portrays a brutal future. A military firm unveils a tiny drone that hunts and kills with ruthless efficiency. But when the technology falls into the wrong hands, no one is safe. Politicians are cut down in broad daylight. The machines descend on a lecture hall and spot activists, who are …

Artificial Intelligence

SpaceX has published Elon Musk's presentation about colonizing Mars — here's the full transcript and slides

In late September, billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk debuted a fresh plan for colonizing Mars with 1 million people.<p>The focus of Musk's new presentation, which updates a 2016 talk he gave at the International Astronautical Congress, was the "Big F---ing Rocket," or BFR.<p>Musk told a crowd at …

Pictures of the Week 10.12.17

Swiss watchdog sharpens scrutiny of initial coin offerings

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss financial watchdog FINMA has begun investigating a number of initial coin offerings (ICOs) for possible breaches of Swiss law, spelling greater regulatory oversight of some of the most prominent blockchain projects in "Crypto Valley".<p>The move puts Switzerland in line with …

Cryptocurrency

Pictures of the Week 9.28.17

Burma