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What’s so darn funny, Alexa ?

Posted by   /  March 8, 2018  /  Off-Beat News, Science  /  No Comments

Users report random burst of ‘creepy’ laughter By Julia Carrie Wong | The Guardian The robot wars are coming, and Alexa will have the last laugh. Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter. “We’re aware […]

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It’s raining cats and dogs . . . well, not so much cats

Posted by   /  February 28, 2018  /  Off-Beat News, Science  /  No Comments

By James Gorman | The New York Times Recently someone (my boss, actually) mentioned to me that I wrote more articles about dogs than I did about cats and asked why. My first thought, naturally, was that it had nothing to do with the fact that I have owned numerous dogs and no cats, but […]

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Growth of AI could boost cybercrime and security threats, report warns; Rose Law Group Chairman of Cybersecurity, Privacy and Emerging Technologies Troy Roberts says policies must deal with good and bad of artificial intelligence

Posted by   /  February 21, 2018  /  Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity, Government and Politics, Science  /  No Comments

Experts say action must be taken to control artificial intelligence tech By Alex Hern | The Guardian Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned. In a new report, the academic, […]

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Dog opens door. What’s the big deal? A robot dog: Rose Law Group Notable Videoable

Posted by   /  February 13, 2018  /  Off-Beat News, PHOTOS/CARTOONS, Science  /  No Comments

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Robots, the future errand-runners of Arizona?

Posted by   /  February 8, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Science  /  No Comments

Lawmakers debate feasibility of ‘personal delivery devices’ By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun It doesn’t have the personality of WALL-E. It doesn’t possess the communication skills of the small waste-collecting robot of Pixar film fame, either. But Arizonans could soon find themselves sharing the sidewalks with armies of small six-wheeled automated […]

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An Apple a day might hurt children’s brains

Posted by   /  January 9, 2018  /  Featured News, Health Care, Media and Entertainment, Science  /  No Comments

By David Gelles | The New York Times A creator of the iPhone called the device “addictive.” A Twitter founder said the “internet is broken.” An early Facebook investor raised questions about the social network’s impact on children’s brains. Now, two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked Apple to study the health […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE-EDITORIAL] Using thought to control machines

Posted by   /  January 7, 2018  /  Featured News, Science  /  No Comments

Brain-computer interfaces may change what it means to be human (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) The Economist Technologies are often billed as transformative. For William Kochevar, the term is justified. Mr Kochevar is paralyzed below the shoulders after a cycling accident, yet has managed to feed himself by his own […]

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How robots will break politics

Posted by   /  January 5, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Science  /  No Comments

Automation is dramatically reshaping the workforce, but we’ve barely begun to grapple with how it will reshape society By Ryan Avent | POLITICO For those of us who have lived in relatively placid times, it is hard to believe that American politics could become more chaotic than it is today. But far beyond allegations of […]

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The embodiment of Artificial Intelligence: What to watch in science this year

Posted by   /  January 4, 2018  /  Science  /  No Comments

  By Alison Snyder Eileen Drage O’Reilly and Erin Ross | Axios Space observatories and probes will be launched. Gene editing is expected to move further into medicine. And immunotherapies for treating cancer need to be evaluated to figure out how they work and whether more people can benefit from them. Here are seven science […]

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[OPINION] Allhands: What Google Maps’ crazy level of detail means for Arizona

Posted by   /  January 2, 2018  /  Real Estate, Science  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)   Joanna Allhands: The insane amount of detail on Google Maps has real-life business implications. And they could come to life on Phoenix-area streets. By Joanna Allhands, opinion columnist | The Republic Cartographer Justin O’Beirne has noticed something revolutionary on Google Maps: Buildings. Google has mapped countless buildings […]

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