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Here comes Bixby: Samsung to pack AI voice controls into every device it sells by 2020

The Korean conglomerate tells the Wall Street Journal that, by 2020, its entire lineup of products will connect to the internet and feature built-in artificial intelligence.<p>Alexa everywhere? Not if Bixby has anything to say about it.<p>That's the latest from Samsung, with the man leading the company's …

Artificial Intelligence

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Finnish university's online AI course is open to everyone

Helsinki University in Finland has launched a course on artificial intelligence -- one that's completely free and open to everyone around the world. Unlike Carnegie Mellon's new undergrad degree in AI, which the institution created to train future experts in the field, Helsinki's offering is more …

Artificial Intelligence

AT&T's Dash-like smart button doesn't need WiFi

AT&T has launched a new product called LTE-M button, which allows users to place an order online in one click. Yes, it sounds just like Amazon Dash -- in fact, it's powered by Amazon Web Services -- but since it's connected to AT&T's LTE-M network, it doesn't need a WiFi connection to work. AT&T's …

Gear & Gadgets

Google removes 'Don't Be Evil' motto from its Code of Conduct

To be evil or not to be evil — that is the question, Google.<p>It seems after years of the tech company's commitment to its low-key creepy-sounding …

Codes of Conduct

Top Coolest Survival Gadgets to Keep You Alive in the Wilderness

Most people have no idea about what the basic survival gadgets are and how to use them. The newbies mostly waste their money on fancy tools that they …

Gear & Gadgets

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Equations

The company that helps police track phones was reportedly hacked

Securus is known for allegedly helping prisons violate Sixth Amendment protections by recording "at least" 14,000 phone calls between inmates and lawyers. There was also a report at <i>The New York Times</i> that a former sheriff in Mississippi County used the service to track cellphones, including those …

Security

FBI Releases Pro-2nd Amendment Statement, States the Importance of Armed Citizens in America

Active shooter incidents are defined as any incident involving one or more individuals who are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill …

Guns

Mass Shooting in Australia Leaves a Tiny Community in Shock and Grief

MARGARET RIVER, Australia — On the road to the property where seven people from the same family were killed on Friday in Australia’s worst mass shooting in decades, a small makeshift sign says, “Church open for prayer.”<p>In a community so small and tight-knit that some farms have just the first names …

Gun Control

Justice Department Weighs Charges Against Julian Assange

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is weighing anew whether to charge Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, for his role in the disclosure of highly classified information that the United States government claims has harmed national security and diplomatic relations, a law enforcement official …

Surveillance

White people keep calling the cops on black people for no reason. That’s dangerous.

Calling 911 means different things to white and black people.<p>A black Yale student was taking a nap in a common room in her dorm earlier this week when a white student saw her sleeping and decided to call the police.<p>Lolade Siyonbola, who is a graduate student at Yale, was woken up by the classmate …

Justice

Futuristic new device lets you talk, text, even use maps with no cell service

If you enjoy hiking, climbing, skiing, or any other activity that generally takes place in a remote area, we found something you definitely need to …

Apps

Identifying with others who control themselves could strengthen your own self-control

Is self-control something you can acquire, like a new language or a taste for opera? Or is it one of those things you either have or don’t, like …

Psychology

What Type of Therapy Should I Go Into? Psychodynamic, CBT, or Humanistic? | Ask the Therapist

I’m 34, Chinese-German woman who just moved to Prague with my husband and two sons (age 2 and 4). We moved after my nervous breakdown of sorts. My …

Parenting

People With Higher Testosterone More Inclined To Abuse Power And Exploit Others, Study Suggests

'Social power has the worst effects when it gets into the hands of those who want it the most and are the most likely to get it,' researchers say.<p>A …

Psychology

Discrimination against fat people is so endemic, most of us don’t even realise it’s happening

<b>Angela Meadows, University of Birmingham</b><p>When we think of prejudice and discrimination, most of us tend to think of overt attacks, harassment, or …

Stereotypes

Being a 'nice guy' becomes a threat to men's earning power as soon as they turn 30

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review comes to a somewhat nauseating conclusion: Nice guys don't do as well at work as mean guys.<p>The author, Miriam Gensowski, who is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen, describes a study she published this year in the …

Psychology

An Ancient Horse Is Unearthed in a Utah Backyard

The horse had arthritis when it died. It is possible, too, that it had bone cancer in one ankle.<p>That can happen to any horse once it gets to be a certain age. This one is nearly 16,000 years old.<p>Paleontologists last week identified the skeleton of a horse from the ice age in Lehi, Utah — a …

Paleontology

Scientists Discover 'Time Crystals' Growing Right Under Their Noses

Scientists spent nearly a decade learning how to create time crystals. A new discovery shows they were hiding in plain sight the whole time.<p>In 2012, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Frank Wilczek proposed the existence of a new type of crystal. While most crystals have a structure that repeats in two …

Chemistry

How to See This Weekend's Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Tell your boss you'll be late to work Monday. You've got a pre-dawn meteor shower to catch.<p>Never thought you'd curse a waning gibbous moon, did ya? But this year's Eta Aquarid meteor shower, made up of remnants of Halley's Comet, may be less visible thanks to a particularly bright moon. That …

Eta Aquarids

NASA sends Mars InSight rocketing toward the Red Planet

The space agency's first launch from the west coast of the US goes off without a hitch, as an Atlas V rocket sends the lander and two cubesats on their way to Mars.<p>NASA's Mars InSight is on its way to the Red Planet to explore the unseen interior of our neighbor and listen for "Marsquakes." The …

Space Exploration

How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature’s Mysterious Patterns

Many have heard of Alan Turing, the mathematician and logician who invented modern computing in 1935. They know Turing, the cryptologist who cracked the Nazi Enigma code, helped win World War II. And they remember Turing as a martyr for gay rights who, after being prosecuted and sentenced to …

Alan Turing

Astronomers stumble on what may be "toddler" exoplanet

An international team of astronomers led by Leiden University has discovered what may be a "toddler" exoplanet. Orbiting a young binary star system …

Universe

Future anti-aging drugs could flip a "metabolic switch" to mimic fasting

Fasting has been found to have a range of health benefits, and appears to slow down the aging process. Now, researchers from MIT have found that …

Stem Cells

Ancient Flying Predator Found in Transylvania

Move over, Dracula: A new flying reptile fossil adds to the unusual population of large pterosaurs that once stalked Romania.<p>A fossil jaw from Romania is the largest pterosaur bone of its kind ever discovered, hinting that a giant species with a 29-foot wingspan once cast its shadow over what is …

Dinosaurs

Embrace Mediterranean or Nordic diets to cut disease, WHO says

Britain could lower its rates of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by embracing Mediterranean- or Nordic-style diets, a major study into the benefits of healthy eating suggests.<p>A review by the World Health Organization found compelling evidence that both diets reduce the risk of the …

Holistic Medicine

A defense company is building a drone that can fly continuously for one year

An average drone has a flight time of around 10 to 20 minutes. Record-breaking drones, meanwhile, can eke out anything from a few hours to, in the …

Drones

Should We Be Really Be Mining in Space?

Soon, we'll be able to start mining asteroids for resources. But what if space mining leads to more conflicts on earth?<p>In the not so distant future, for-profit space-mining companies (like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries) will be collaborating with NASA to send out tiny satellites to …

Space Exploration

Soon, You Won't Even Know If You're Talking to a Robot

Google's newest AI trick is a peek into a deceptive new world.<p>A cop doesn't have to tell you they're a cop, but should a robot have to tell you they're a robot? If you aren't worried about it yet, maybe you should be.<p>Today at its annual developer conference, Google showed off a jaw-dropping demo of …

Google Assistant