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There’s a lot riding on today’s mission to resupply the International Space Station

Can private companies handle the responsibility of keeping the International Space Station resupplied? The proposition will be tested today when a US rocket attempts to fly nearly four tons (3.5 metric tons) of food and supplies to the six residents of humanity’s orbital outpost.<p><b>Update, 12/7:</b> After …

Space Exploration

At Uber, the Algorithm Is More Controlling Than the Real Boss

In defending himself against the contention that Uber drivers should be classified as employees, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick often wields the algorithm. Uber isn’t a boss, he argues. It’s a software platform that balances supply and demand to connect entrepreneurs with customers.<p>A new academic paper …

Dow Jones

UK proposes law that would record every website you visit

<i>UPDATED: 2 p.m. GMT, with Home Secretary Theresa May's statement</i><p>LONDON — The UK government will require Internet companies to store details of which …

This Algorithm Can Predict How Exciting a Website Is

Machine learning makes "excitingness" measurable.<p>How exciting is this website? I'm not asking your opinion—the answer is 80 out of 100.<p>That's according to new algorithms from a Berlin-based machine learning startup that rate the design of web pages on their "excitingness." Letting it loose on …

This new robot teaches kids about coding—but it’s awesome for grown-ups, too

Pretty much as with any other language, learning to code seems to get increasingly difficult the older you are—for every app or startup idea that you’ve had over the years that went unrealized, you may consider starting your children on coding earlier. A new game sets out to do just that: Two …

Kids

Airbnb comes under fire for tone-deaf San Francisco ads

Company apologizes and vows to remove spots that suggested ways to spend its hotel tax revenue<p>Airbnb came under fire this week for a series of advertisements that appeared to make condescending suggestions about what the city of San Francisco could do with the tax that the company pays. The ads …

The Know app lets you snoop on your partner and it's even worse than Peeple

There has already been a sea of controversy over the yet-to-be-released Peeple app that lets you review anyone you know like a restaurant.<p>And now it has a contender for the worst app of all time – The Know, which uses the tagline “because ignorance is never bliss.”<p>The purpose of this iOS app is to …

Apps

Academic conference on 'Love and Sex with Robots' abruptly cancelled after being declared illegal

Malaysian authorities deemed the second annual Love and Sex with Robots Conference, slated for November, illegal. TechRepublic talked to co-founder, …

Robotics

With Reactions, Facebook Supercharges The Like Button With 6 Empathetic Emoji

In September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made some waves when he hinted Facebook was working on a way to expand its famous Like button — not by adding the much-fabled “dislike” option, but by making it way more empathetic, expressing sadness and other emotions. Today, Facebook is taking the wraps …

SHA1 algorithm securing e-commerce and software could break by year’s end

Researchers warn widely used algorithm should be retired sooner.<p>SHA1, one of the Internet's most crucial cryptographic algorithms, is so weak to a …

Information Security

SwiftKey's new app could one day write entire emails for you

Artificial intelligence technology being developed by SwiftKey could eventually write whole sentences, or maybe even whole emails, for you.<p>A new experimental keyboard app has gone live on Android today that uses neural networks to predict what word you’ll want to type next, and it’s a significant …

Apps

China Reveals Flying Robot Car

Jetsons meets Google Car<p>AVIC, the leading Chinese aviation conglomerate, unveiled a flying robot car during the September 2015 Third China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin. The Swift Gazelle (Sai Ling in Mandarin Chinese) currently weighs 100 kg, and uses its six side-mounted, digitally controlled …

Embedded Systems

The Questions We're Not Asking About Sex Robots

The future is going to force us to answer some uncomfortable questions about love and machines.<p>There is now an official Campaign Against Sex Robots. Launched by Kathleen Richardson, it's more or less exactly what it sounds like: Richardson wants to ban sex robots and robotic prostitution because …

Apple patent victory puts Samsung devices in jeopardy

Apple has won another small victory in its never-ending patent row with Samsung. The war that nobody asked for (and like most wars will have no winners, only losers) rages on with another appeals court decision. This one went in favor of Apple (as all but a few have), ruling that the company could …

Android fanboys bomb Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ Android app with one-star reviews

Earlier this week, Apple released an Android app whose sole purpose is to help Android users switch to iOS. Within hours of its release, loyal …

What Elon Musk is really like as a boss

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Is It Like To Work With Elon Musk?</i> <i>Answer by Dolly Singh, Former Head of Recruiting, Oculus.</i><p>After working for Elon for over five years at SpaceX as the Head of Talent Acquisition, there are many potential answers to this question. Any answer I might …

Space Travel

Drunk man arrested in latest outburst of anti-robot violence

As more robots enter our lives, some are experiencing a violent backlash. The latest incident took place in a SoftBank store in Japan, where a …

Online security braces for quantum revolution

Encryption fix begins in preparation for arrival of futuristic computers.<p>It is an inevitability that cryptographers dread: the arrival of powerful …

When Big Data becomes bad data: The limits of analytics

Corporations are increasingly using algorithms to make business decisions, raising a host of new legal questions<p>A recent ProPublica analysis of The Princeton Review’s prices for online SAT tutoring shows that customers in areas with a high density of Asian residents are often charged more. When …

Lawyers are just as likely to lose their jobs to robots as truck drivers and factory workers

But white-collar workers like lawyers are equally at risk of losing their jobs to artificial intelligence (AI) that's cheaper and better than human workers, according to Jerry Kaplan, author of "Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence."<p>Kaplan said any …

NSA Mass Surveillance: Biggest Big Data Story

When people talk about the US National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA), the talk usually centers on privacy, with good reason. Still, it’s not the only subject worth discussing. The volume of data collected by the NSA and the associated costs make it the ultimate in Big Data case …

Surveillance

70 Years Since the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Japan

Aeronautics

61 Artificial Intelligences Fight for World Domination in 'Civilization V'

We're rooting for the Kimberley Aborigines.<p>Reddit user TPangolin is getting ready to kick off "Battle Royale Mk. II" in the strategy game <i>Civilization V</i>, pitting 61 of its built-in, computer-controlled players against each other for world domination.<p>If you've never played it before, <i>Civilization V</i> is …

Artificial intelligence learns Mario level in just 34 attempts

Perhaps it's that all the levels have simple, left-to-right objectives, or maybe it's just that they're so iconic, but for some reason older Mario games have long been a target for those interested in AI and machine learning. The latest effort is called MarI/O (get it?), and it learned an entire …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Dessert

Olympic Sports Schedule, News, and Results - Olympic Games - ESPN

Favorites<p>Customize ESPN<p>Sign UpLog In<p>Endurance<p>Olympic Sports<p>Wieber: 'Accountability lies in the organizations that failed us'<p>Gymnast Jordyn Wieber …