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Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

This Robot Can Fly a Plane From Takeoff to Landing

KAIST's PIBOT can sit in the pilot's seat and fly a regular aicraft just like a human would

Replacing Fireworks With 500 Drones Is Brilliant and Very Annoying

Fireworks are dangerous, loud and can only be used once—that’s what makes them fun. Intel has just made its intentions clear that it wants to …

A robot named Bruno helped make your pizza. Is it still ‘artisanal’?

When robots inevitably take over our planet, as the dystopian vision of science fiction writers foretells, we’ll lose our jobs, our freedom, our humanity. But take comfort in one thing the robots will provide for us lowly carbon-based life-forms: artisanal pizza.<p>They’re already making it in a …

American Airlines plane engine flung debris in rare failure | Reuters

(Reuters) - An American Airlines (AAL.O) jet engine that failed seconds before takeoff in a fiery runway accident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport flung broken turbine parts as far as half a mile from the scene, a federal investigator said on Saturday.<p>Disclosure of the “uncontained” …

Google’s AI creates its own inhuman encryption

What happens when you tell two smart computers to talk to each other in secret and task another AI with breaking that conversation? You get one of the coolest experiments in cryptography I’ve seen in a while.<p>In short, Google Brain researchers have discovered that the AI, when properly tasked, …

How to use your calendar to maximize your effectiveness

This simple practice will help you accomplish your goals.<p>I’ve combined knowledge from several amazing books (<i>The Effective Executive</i>, <i>The 7 Habits of</i> …

A depressing new photo shows the smoking crater left by a European spacecraft on Mars

That's the depressing conclusion of the European Space Agency, which lost contact with its Schiaparelli lander on October 19 during a planned six-minute descent to Mars.<p>A new Martian satellite photo, below, shows that Schiaparelli's crash tossed up a huge streak of soot or dark soil while forming a …

Space

New Horizons Spacecraft Is Approaching a Mysterious Red Object

NASA’s New Horizons space probe is currently speeding towards a mysterious Kuiper Belt Object known as MU69. Recent observations of the distant …

These AI Traffic Lights Could Shorten Your Commute

Pittsburgh is installing traffic lights controlled by artificial intelligence, and they could be coming to your city soon.<p>Your commute could get a lot shorter without you even knowing thanks to traffic lights with artificial intelligence brains inside.<p>Over the past couple years, a startup named …

Artificial Intelligence

Six energy-harvesting gadgets powered by people

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>People power is perhaps one of the world's greatest untapped sources of renewable energy. Smart devices that harness kinetic energy from everyday human activities help the environment in more ways than one. By turning motion into useable electricity, human-powered gadgets help reduce …

Clean Energy

Here's A Robot That Will Mow Your Lawn, Rake Your Leaves, And Shovel Your Snow

Do you enjoy doing yard work? If so, this article is not for you. However, if mowing the grass, raking the leaves and especially shoveling snow aren’t leisure-time activities you look forward to, relief is on the horizon. A robot named Kobi will do all of these things for you because yard work is …

Gardening

The number of people who regret voting for Brexit is now greater than the margin of victory for Leave

It has become a commonplace: The notion that many people who voted "Leave" in the EU referendum now regret their vote because they didn't think "Leave" would win or they didn't realise the consequences of leaving the Single Market would be so bad.<p>If you search for "Brexit I didn't think it would …

Methane Hydrates: Environmental Armageddon or Energy Windfall?

<i>A chunk of methane hydrate ice burning</i><p>Buried deep along the continental shelves of many of the world's oceans is an intriguing, recently uncovered, hydrocarbon source: methane hydrates. Although the full extent of these deposits is unknown, preliminary estimates suggest they could represent the …

This Invention Brings Us One Step Closer to Westworld-Level Robots

Giddy up.<p>Humans are the culmination of our blood, sweat, and tears. Robots are machinery, and for the most part, they don't bleed, or sweat, or cry. At least, the robots we have now. On <i>Westworld</i>, HBO's futuristic mind boggle where artificial intelligence meets—and almost surpasses—humankind, the …

GE and Caterpillar have invested in an autonomous robot startup

The Venture Capital arms of both GE and Caterpillar recently invested in Clearpath Robotics, a startup focused on developing autonomous robots for factories, according to Fortune.<p>The investment by GE and Caterpillar was a part of larger $30 million Series B investment in Clearpath that was led by …

Adjust how you learn and quickly pick up robotics programming

Credit: Ricardo Tellez“The biggest obstacle preventing robotics going mainstream is not having good programmers able to program robots,” Brian …

A Survival Guide for Containerizing your Infrastructure — Part 1: Why switch?

Read: how we cut server costs by 75% and greatly simplified our Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) by switching from Amazon Web Services …

Robots Are Developing Feelings. Will They Ever Become “People”?

AI systems are beginning to acquire emotions. But whether that means they deserve human-type rights is the subject of a thorny debate.<p>When writing the screenplay for 1968’s <i>2001</i>, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick were confident that something resembling the sentient, humanlike HAL 9000 computer …

How Scared Should I Be of the Singularity?

Maybe extermination by an army of self-aware machines isn't in humanity's future, but that doesn't mean we should be complacent.<p><b>Get the VICE App on iOS and Android</b><p><i>Time for "How Scared Should I Be?" the column that quantifies the scariness of everything under the sun and teaches you how to allocate</i> …

Lazy Employees? These 6 Workplace Issues May Be to Blame

If productivity is suffering, it might not be your staff's fault. Learn the six workplace issues that could be impacting employee productivity.<p>You hired your staff for a reason. If there had been red flags on their resume, the recruiter never would have called. If their interview had been a …

It’s dangerous for all of us when food companies are also tech startups

Silicon Valley has developed a special affinity for all things food: meal kits, plant-based burgers, newfangled food delivery services. But the growth demands on the typical tech startup don’t necessarily square with the needs of food-based companies.<p>Catering to venture capitalists (paywall) often …

This Little Jumping Cube Is Probably How The Robot Apocalypse Starts

But it's so cute! (For now...)<p>Have you ever looked at a Rubik's Cube and thought to yourself "this thing would be better if it could jump"? That's basically the resulting design of a new robot from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial …

Tech billionaires are asking scientists for help breaking humans out of the computer simulation they think they might be trapped in

That's according to a new profile in The New Yorker about Y Combinator's Sam Altman. The story delves into Altman's life and successes at the helm of the famous boot-camp and investment fund for tech startups, and doesn't shy away from the quirkier aspects of Altman's character.<p>In the piece, Altman …

This Rocket Failed to Put Soviets on the Moon

It was so cold on February 20, 1969, that the launch was delayed; even the biggest of all Soviet rockets wasn’t immune to the frigid winters in Kazakstan. Conditions had warmed enough the next day, and at 3:18pm the mammoth N-1 rocket left the Earth for the first time. The combined thrust of the 30 …

2016 Internet Of Things (IOT), Big Data & Business Intelligence Update

• Sales and strategic planning teams see IoT as the most valuable.<br>• IoT advocates are 3X as likely to consider big data critical to the success of their initiatives & programs.<br>• Amazon and Cloudera are the highest ranked big data distributions followed by Hortonworks and Map/R.<br>• Apache Spark MLib is the …

Big Data

This robot can entertain children for hours without any adult supervision

The iPal can entertain kids for hours on end.<p>The three-foot tall robot with “wide eyes, working fingers, pastel trimming, and a touchscreen tablet on its chest” showed off its babysitting skills at an annual robotics event in San Jose, California, the Guardian reported. The iPal is designed to act …

Kids

Former Navy SEAL commanders explain why 'there are no bad teams, only bad leaders'

When Leif Babin became a Hell Week instructor for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S), he had already served as a Navy SEAL platoon leader in the most decorated special-operations unit of the Iraq War.<p>Still, he learned a profound lesson about leadership: "<b>There are no bad teams, only</b> …