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This surreal AI creature meets humans, then decides whether it wants to play with them

In the middle of London's Hyde Park lives a strange and wondrous creature. Its name is BOB, and it's an AI entity.<p>BOB ("Bag of Beliefs") is an art …

Robots break new ground in construction industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a teenager working for his dad's construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, …

Robotics

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

Energy storage breakthrough could boost EV range and slash charge time

Electric cars could soon have as much range as petrol and diesel cars -- and recharge in a matter of minutes -- thanks to what researchers are calling a "breakthrough" in energy storage technology. Teams from Bristol University and Surrey University have created a new material for supercapacitors, …

The best photos taken of planet Earth last year will transform the way you see the world

The natural world is a stunning place.<p>Every year, the best landscape photography shows off Earth's beauty. The following photos are some of the winners from the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest.<p>They highlight powerful mountains, scenes of isolation, worlds of color and …

The Emotionally Intelligent Manager’s Guide To Leading Remote Teams

There’s no videoconferencing platform more powerful than a dose of empathy.<p>Earlier this year IBM followed other big companies like Aetna in turning back to more traditional work arrangements. The tech giant drew criticism for telling thousands of remote employees to re-acclimate to office life or …

Emotional Intelligence

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Audi smart home battery grid creates a 'virtual power plant'

Audi isn't going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid, but talk to each other. The result is, as Audi put it, a …

Unique drone shots show how beautiful places look from above

You’re probably wondering what the hell these pictures show.<p>Yes, they’re beautiful but what exactly are they of?<p>Well, according to the photographer …

After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro, There's No Going Back

When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive came out in 2016, we entered a new era of virtual reality. No longer would people think of half-assed fever dreams …

AEC Industry Trends: How BIM is Leading the Future of Building Design

Building Information Modeling (BIM), coupled with powerful design and simulation tools, is fostering greater collaboration between project teams. …

Best Smartphone Apps for Landscape Photographers

Both IOS and Android phones come with many apps that aim to make your life easier including some for camera and social media.Landscape photographers …

Apps

Take a good look at the HTC Vive Pro and VR wireless adapter

The Vive Pro is a beefed-up version of HTC's original VR headset, adding integrated 3D audio and high-res OLED screens displaying 2880 x 1600 combined, with a pixel density of 615 pixels per inch, an upgrade from 448ppi. The headset also addresses some of the first iteration's fit issues, adding a …

Behold The Most Hilarious Wildlife Photos of 2017

Wildlife photographer Tibor Kércz would spend a few nights each year camped out in a tent near a tree, hoping to capture photos of little owls and …

Next-Gen Virtual Reality Will Let You Create From Scratch—Right Inside VR

The architecture and manufacturing industries are about to undergo a radical shift in how they make things. In the near future, designers and …

Virtual Reality

Sunshine Coast goes it alone in $1 billion cable project

Right now there are five telecommunications links in and out of Australia; one down the west coast that runs into Perth.<p>The other four all run into …

Australia

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

Canon’s New ‘Virtual Camera’ Tech is Something Straight Out of Sci-Fi

Intel isn’t the only one working on sci-fi-style virtual camera systems for things like sporting events. Canon just announced that it’s developing a …

Hyperloop One reveals 10 strongest potential Hyperloop routes in the world

Hyperloop One wants to build a real, working Hyperloop – but it’ll need strong partners to make it a reality, across both industry and government. That’s why, in part, it held a global competition requesting proposals for routes around the world. The winners of that competition have now been …

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalists – in pictures

A hungry arctic fox, mating sea angels and playful brown bears are among the creatures captured by photographers for this year’s competition. The exhibition opens on 20 October at the Natural History Museum

Wildlife

An army of robots planned, designed, and built this 3-story house from the ground up

This 3D printed construction is on an entirely new level of automation.<p>The DFAB House in Zurich is designed and built entirely by an army of robots …

Robotics

10+ Of The Best Shots Of The 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, millions of people were staring at the same thing through doofy glasses, as they tried to catch a glimpse of the solar …

Solar Eclipse

IKEA’s selling home storage batteries for its solar panels

A rooftop of solar panels generating clean energy is great and all, but having somewhere to squirrel away that free juice is even better. After stepping into the shade for a good few months, IKEA began selling solar panels again last year with new teammate Solarcentury (a company that specialises …

How to Turn Your Signature Into a Watermark in Photoshop

If you decide to watermark your images, making sure it's something that's both classy and not overly distracting is the best way to go. This video …

Artificial Intelligence Develops Its Own Language

"I know now why you cry."<p>We haven't quite reached the terrifying sci-fi hellscape described by the Terminator franchise, but researchers at Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act

<b>Don’t call Heather Erickson</b> a glasshole.<p>Yes, that’s Google Glass on her frames. But she’s not using it to check her Facebook, dictate messages, or …

Virtual Reality Won’t Work Without Great UX Designers

When done well, virtual reality (VR) experiences are mind-blowing. They’re disarming. They can transport a user from a living room to a haunted house …

Virtual Reality

Researchers create temperature sensor that runs on almost no power

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on tiny amounts of power -- just 113 picowatts, around 10 billion times less power than a watt. The sensor was described in a study recently published in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. "We're building systems that have such low power …

Dubai will roll out self-driving, drone-launching police bots, because of course

Dubai, the self-proclaimed "Future City," is getting its own unit of autonomous, drone-launching robotic police vehicles, because what's more future …

‘Solar paint’ breakthrough can provide endless energy source

It harnesses sun and the moisture in the air to harvest hydrogen<p>There’s big business in disguising energy-generating tech like solar panels as innocuous building elements like roof tiles, window blinds, and even stained glass. But researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne may have created the …