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40 countries are working on killer robots and there's no law to say how we use them

Artificial intelligence experts have come together at the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the future – or lack of – for autonomous killer robots.<p>Despite calls for a ban made by people like Tesla’s Elon Musk last year, Sir Roger Carr, the chairman of British weapons manufacturer BAE, said …

Google Nexus 5X review: the people's Android phone?

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The 2013 Nexus 5 on the left, the new Nexus 5X on the right.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/03c639016add251b33260d5c2886bb7d0d7853b8/0_0_2100_1260/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The smartphone is responsive, feature-rich, but battery …

Batteries

Nike MAG Sneakers

Dreams do come true. Nike is releasing Marty's mythical shoe from <i>Back to the Future II</i>. In addition to the glowing LEDs and all the McFly style you …

Shoes

Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up the …

Consciousness

Turning a crappy old Windows PC into a full-fledged Chromebook with CloudReady

It’s aimed mostly at schools with aging fleets, but you can try it, too.<p>Back in my IT days, one of the things I liked doing the most was repurposing …

Solu: the Finnish pocket computer that wants to take over the world

Photograph: PR<p>Solu is sold through Kickstarter for €349.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/10/16/1444973021691/69f6f3ea-91d8-46c0-aaf3-4cfc7ef2f955-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>Solu is sold through Kickstarter for …

Operating Systems

2016 Could Be The Year For Foldable Smartphones

We have been hearing rumors for some time about foldable smartphones that are being developed by a number of companies and it looks like we may see …

Gear & Gadgets

(Very) Local SETI: The Launch of a New UFO Science

Last July, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced the launch of a bold $100 million project "to reinvigorate the search for life in the universe." The amplified SETI initiative is "the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life …

Meet the electric bus that could push every other polluting bus off the road

<i>By Adele Peters</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.</i><p>Electric cars might be sexier. But Ryan Popple, who was an early employee at Tesla, is now convinced that electric buses are more interesting.<p>Gallery: Meet the electric bus that could push every other …

Transportation

DARPA’s Prosthetic Hand Gives Wearer A Near-Natural Sense Of Touch

The wearer can feel when someone touches their new hand with nearly 100% accuracy.<p>DARPA, the military R&D division that is better known for creepy war robots[/url, has connected a prosthetic hand directly to the brain of a man who has been paralyzed for over ten years. Not only can he now control …

Listen to a 'CD' made from fool's gold, powered by a Raspberry Pi

What's music to some is noise to others. And that's perhaps most apparent with <i>Ra</i> the latest piece from the creator of an 8-bit camera gun, ::vtol::. As the artist writes in the demo's Vimeo description, the project uses a laser to scan the irregularities on the surface of a pyrite disc. The artist, …

The importance of human innovation in A.I. ethics

Introspection has become a commodity.<p>The idea that our ability to reflect has been outsourced to algorithms may seem hyperbolic. We assume we have …

Researchers use AR to bring your coloring book to 3D

Coloring is cool. There, I said it! Whether you’re eight or eighty years old, there’s always a delightful zen that can be achieved when you take out some crayons and flex your creativity in a coloring book.<p>The folks at Disney Research have captured that zen and added a little extra whimsy to it — …

Google's new Nexus smartphones are worth getting excited about

Google showed off two new Nexus smartphones Tuesday: the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.<p>While some onlookers were skeptical going in to Tuesday's reveal, …