Meet Musio, A Robot That Talks Back

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Musio AI Robot Natural language and machine learning company AKA says it’s taking the next step toward the creation of a robot that you really, truly talk to with a new project called Musio. Members of the AKA team demonstrated a prototype for me last week. As you can see in the video, Musio should be able to carry on a normal conversation, complete with bad jokes and (thanks to Bluetooth connections… Read More

Incremental Design Won’t Save You

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f9e5aa7051ed854193b934312a2e80be In games most studios follow that “distribution” strategy to a greater or lesser degree. A lot of them are concerned about where to find players, how to hold onto them, how to monetize them efficiently and so on. Too often they sideline the issue of how to actually design a game worth playing – to their cost. Read More

The Senate Advances NSA Surveillance Reform Legislation As Deadline Approaches

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NSA Image The Senate voted 77-to-17 to take up the USA Freedom Act, a bill already passed in the House that would reform National Security Agency (NSA), in a rare Sunday session. The procedural vote came just hours before key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire at midnight. It will likely take until the middle of the week for the Senate to pass the House bill, meaning several programs… Read More

I/O Spotlights Google’s Machine Learning Smarts

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IMG_0485 Few will argue that this year’s I/O keynote was Google’s flashiest yet. If you were expecting people to jump out of blimps to bring you a new version of Google Glass, the event surely left you disappointed. Instead, Google used its relatively low-key keynote to announce an evolutionary update to its mobile operating system, a new effort to bring Android to the Internet of Things… Read More

Nvidia’s new flagship GTX 980 Ti card is all about 4K and VR gaming

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Taiwan’s annual Computex convention kicks off this week, and that means that Nvidia has some new goodies to show off. Nvidia’s latest flagship GPU is here, and it’s called the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. As you can tell from the name, it’s supposed to be a beefier version of the prior flagship, the GTX 980. But the specs suggest it might be a nice way to enjoy some of the Titan X’s massive power without paying up for that monster.

This time around, it looks like Nvidia is pumping up the 4K performance of its latest and greatest. According to the company’s own benchmarks, the Maxwell-based GPU can run games like Battlefield 4 and Shadow of Mordor in 4K at max settings while keeping framerates well over 30FPS. GTA V at “very high” settings came…

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Enrique Iglesias cuts hand on drone during concert, uses blood to make art

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Enrique Iglesias, singer of the delicate love ballad “Hero” and distressed denim wearer, was recently the victim of a self-inflicted drone injury. During a concert in Tijuana, Mexico last night, Iglesias saw a drone flying overhead, reached for it, as one might reach for a juicy peach on a warm August day, and was almost instantly maimed as the drone’s blades sliced open his unsuspecting palm.

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US police have killed hundreds this year, but the FBI still doesn’t keep count

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In the first five months of 2015, US police forces fatally shot at least 385 people, The Washington Post reports. That’s more than two people per day, and more than double the amount of police killings on record for the last decade. But this doesn’t necessarily mean police are killing more people than they ever have, rather it’s indicative of the FBI’s known failure to keep a reliable, comprehensive database of police killings nationwide.

Jim Bueermann, a former police chief and president of the Police Foundation told the Post that police killings in the US are “grossly underreported.” “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information,” he said.

Police killings are…

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Tesla loses fight with dealers to sell its cars in Texas

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Tesla doesn’t just make unique cars — it has a pretty unique way of selling them, too. The company handles sales directly, meaning there are no dealerships. And as you might expect, powerful auto dealers across the United States are not a fan of that business model. Unfortunately for CEO Elon Musk, it appears he’s just lost a political battle in Texas over the right to sell Teslas there.

The Texas State Legislature has failed to vote on two separate bills that would have allowed the electric car company to sell its cars directly to customers. The bills were designed to bypass an older, dealer-backed law on the books that prohibits manufacturers from direct sales. Such laws exist in a number of states, such as West Virginia, Arizona,…

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Apple wants Drake and Pharrell to DJ its new music service, says the New York Post

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Apple is trying to land Drake, David Guetta, and Pharrell as guest DJs for its revamped iTunes Radio, according to a report in the New York Post. While the rumors haven’t been confirmed, the addition of these musicians to the iTunes Radio team would ramp up the streaming service’s building starpower, which currently includes popular BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe.

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All Screens Are Not Created Equal

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schooltablet Recently, Taiwanese lawmakers approved the “Child and Youth Welfare and Protection Act,” making it illegal for children under the age of 18 to use electronic devices for excessive periods of time. In the United States, we don’t have legislation restricting screen time, but organizations like the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) have addressed the issue of… Read More

Labs And Incubators Fuel Enterprise Innovation

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Group of people working around a computer inside incubation space at Fidelity Labs. Change doesn’t come easily to large organizations. Over time they have established a firm set of core business processes to give  them the structure to manage massive workforces, which makes sense, but it also means they lack the agility of smaller companies. They have created systems to provide safe and effective ways of doing business, which protects companies from chaotic… Read More

How Should We Learn?

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SONY DSC Ignorance has been a fait accompli throughout the history of human society. There was never enough information about the world and how it functions, and even when we had it, few people had access. Whole branches of knowledge could be lost or simply stagnate, like much of science and mathematics in the European Dark Ages.
The internet changed all that. Data is everywhere, and knowledge is… Read More

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