Vlad Giurgiu

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World's first solar road opens in France

A small town in Normandy, France, claims to have become the first place in the world to install a solar-power road, in a bid to run the local streetlights.<p>The 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) stretch of road in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche was built at the cost of €5 million ($5.2 million) and …

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US engineers unveil Passive Wi-Fi, consumes less power

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, your smartphone’s Wi-Fi antenna is only of the biggest drains on your battery, especially when you’re constantly streaming large chunks of data from the web, such as a video. It would be great to cut down that power consumption and researchers from the University of …

Scientists created a mobile game to help detect the early onset of dementia

In the mobile video game Sea Hero Quest, you play an ocean explorer recovering your aging sailor father’s lost memories. But along the way, you’re also helping advance Alzheimer’s research in the real world.<p>Everything you do becomes a data point for scientists to use later on. You move through …

Google’s new AI-powered Quick Draw game is crazy smart and addictive

As it continues to increase its efforts in artificial intelligence, Google today launched a new web tool called Quick Draw. The website, which looks like a basic drawing game on the surface, is actually using a whole lot of artificial intelligence knowledge behind the scenes.<p>The premise of Quick …

Old Elder Scrolls Game Takes Over 60 Hours To Walk Across

For those playing (or re-playing) <i>Skyrim</i> right now and thinking, gee, this sure is a big game world, remember: for 1996's <i>Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall</i>, …

Dirt 3 Complete Edition is free, for a very brief time, on the Humble Store

Do you like free games? Of course you do. And for the next slightly-less-than-a-couple of days, you can get the Dirt 3 Complete Edition completely …

The 5 Best PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Games To Buy Right Now

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PlayStation VR Adventure, Robinson The Journey Now Available (video)

PlayStation VR owners that have been patiently waiting for the launch of the highly anticipated virtual reality adventure game Robinson The Journey, …

Would You Pass This Test in Kantian Ethics?

The biggest news item of the week was the exposure of a mind-bogglingly huge, 24-year-long corruption scandal at FIFA, the international governing …

How Valve Tricked Players into Being Less Toxic

Cognitive dissonance combats biases and builds empathy.<p>Multiplayer online battle arenas, or MOBAs, are one of the most popular kinds of video games in the world. They're also cesspools full of toxic gamers who scream when they lose and hurl abuse at their team. If you've ever played <i>League of …

Cognitive Science

Plants and Trees Have a Hidden Life of Taxes, Social Welfare, and Symbiotic Collaboration

1. A lone tree does not live as long. That fact could shift views of how the whole tree of life works.<p>2. Trees are social, reveals Peter Wohlleben’s</i> …

How combined human and computer intelligence will redefine jobs

The man versus machine dichotomy has been a staple of pop culture for decades. From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Blade Runner to Terminator to The Matrix and beyond, film makers have envisioned what the world would look like if artificial intelligence took over.<p>However, a new mindset is taking shape — …

Steam's DualShock 4 support is now in beta

Steam now boasts official support for the DualShock 4, <i>ie</i>, Sony's much-loved PS4 controller. Valve announced the support was incoming at Steam Dev …

Google's AI created its own form of encryption

Researchers from the Google Brain deep learning project have already taught AI systems to make trippy works of art, but now they're moving on to something potentially darker: AI-generated, human-independent encryption. According to a new research paper, Googlers Martín Abadi and David G. Andersen …

Machine Learning

Microsoft makes its deep learning tools available to all

The same internal, deep learning tools that Microsoft engineers used to build its human-like speech recognition engine, as well as consumer products like Skype Translator and Cortana, are now available for public use. Redmond announced today that it is open-sourcing the Cognitive Toolkit that has …

Machine Learning

Star Citizen is free to play for the rest of the month

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games announced its Fall 2016 Free Fly, letting people play its space simulation game for free until October 30.<p>…

Wooden Skyscrapers

Wooden buildings may soon shape the skylines of America’s urban spaces. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a contest …

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she's cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.<p>On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective "solar leaves" design to create energy. In …

Macs are a third as expensive to own as Windows PCs, IBM's IT guy says

Before achieving what he jokes was his "true lifelong ambition of middle management at IBM" he worked as an intern on the "Late Show with David Letterman," and he did a stint for Conan O'Brien, too, he told attendees at the Jamf tech conference.<p>When a career in entertainment didn't work out, he …

Mitsuku chatbot wins Loebner Prize for most humanlike A.I., yet again

With all the hustle and bustle going on in the world of chatbots at the moment, one crucial event that is very relevant to the future of A.I. has gone relatively unnoticed. If you are interested in chatbots and A.I., you may have heard about the Loebner Prize, which was created by Hugh Loebner and …

Antimatter Probe May Do Proxima b Interstellar Flyby

An antimatter propulsion drive probe could be the first human-made spacecraft to orbit the newly-discovered extrasolar earthlike planet Proxima b. Or so says Gerald Jackson, the president of the Chicago-based Hbar technologies, whose antimatterdrive.org began a $200,000 Kickstarter campaign this …

Physics

An Adventure Game That Lets You Explore Ruins As A Wolf

<i>Lost Ember</i> is an upcoming indie game from a wolf’s perspective. Marvelously, that wolf can possess other animals as a way of exploring the ruins of …

Six-hour workday boosts productivity, worker satisfaction

In recent years, some employers in Sweden began what many considered an audacious experiment: Local governments and privately owned companies in various cities put their staffs on a six-hour day.<p>The move went further than, for example, France's 35-hour workweek.<p>The results were somewhat surprising. …

A Video Game That Slays Hiring Bias And Airdrops You Into The Right Job?

Scoutible creates games that measure potential you can’t get from a resume or interview. Could it level the playing field for job candidates?<p>Demetrius Thomas was raised by his grandmother in Killeen, Texas. With the help of financial aid, he made it into college—but not out. He lost his scholarship …

What if video game characters could think, feel and talk? Meet the developers who are figuring out how to make that happen<p>If you’re a video game fan of a certain age, you may remember Edge magazine’s controversial review of the bloody sci-fi shooting game, Doom. Perhaps you enjoyed a good laugh, as …

Artificial Intelligence

It’s Time for Videogames to Embrace the Power of Failure Again

As we move into the busiest season of the year for gaming, I'm beginning to suspect that videogames are developing a serious problem: They're scared …

Dark Souls

Google's beautiful new free font covers 800+ languages

In an effort to make it easier for people from all over the world to create and share information in their language of choice, Google has created Noto, a massive open source font family that spans more than 800 languages and 110,000 characters.<p>That covers every single symbol in the Unicode standard …

Fighting Game Has Useless DLC That Players Buy To Support Devs

<i>Honey Rose: Underdog Extraordinaire</i>is newly released Steam game that fuses fighting games and visual novels. It’s a game about choice, something that …

Why Inside Is One Of The Best Games Of The Year

Have you played <i>Inside</i>? I hope you have. If not, go play it. If so, please enjoy this excerpt from the latest <i>Kotaku</i> Splitscreen podcast, in which …

Nvidia's AI learns to drive by watching humans

While Google and Tesla duke it out for autonomous driving supremacy — and Apple waits in the wings — Nvidia might actually offer the best solution. Unlike the traditional approach to autonomous driving, Nividia is teaching its card to drive the same way driving instructors taught each of us.<p>Rather …

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