Researchers took part in the Ski Robot Challenge last month and the resulting videos – essentially quick cuts of robots in ski jackets totally whanging off the gates and spinning out in the powder. The Challenge, run by the Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement, is sort of a Winter Olympics for wonky androids. The
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The initial hype around bots — applications that run partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning, computer vision and other AI tech to help consumers ask and answer questions, buy things and get other stuff done — may have waned a bit, but a startup building the equivalent for the enterprise world, in
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The pilot report was unusually graphic.Reuters/Luke MacGregor Powerful storms throughout the Northeast on Friday have led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights. A report from a pilot who landed at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, on Friday morning described a horrifying descent that led numerous passengers to vomit. “Very bumpy on descent,” the pilot
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I’ve been messing around with LED-embedded guitars since the original GTar. Designed to help beginners learn and players look like all supersonic freakadelic on stage, they have quickly become commonplace if expensive. Now Fret Zealot has something that can turn your guitar into a laser light show in a few minutes. Designed as an $199
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Earlier this morning Samsung’s Galaxy S9’s camera was awarded the highest-yet score from DxOMark, and now its screen gets the best-of-all-time nod from DisplayMate and display wonk Ray Soneira. The margins between the victor and the vanquished, however, are growing thinner every generation. The S9 beats its competitors, chiefly the iPhone X if we’re honest,
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Financial services giant Citi reckons fintech startups are missing out on a major opportunity to disrupt institutional banking. Indeed, it’s inviting entrepreneurs to do so. “Opportunity is enormous,” said Naveed Sultan, global head of treasury and trade solutions for Citi, speaking during a fireside chat at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow this week. “And the
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asdfAmazon is expanding a program that sends you a photo to confirm your packages were delivered.Reuters/Lucy Nicholson Amazon has quietly expanded its Amazon Logistics Photo On Delivery program, which involves taking a picture of packages on customers’ porches after delivery and sending it to them. The service lets customers know when and where a package has
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Twitter met or surpassed many of the diversity and inclusion goals it set for itself for 2017, the company announced today. Twitter is now 38.4 percent female, compared to 37 percent in 2016. Regarding underrepresented minorities at Twitter, representation increased from 11 percent in 2016 to 12.5 percent in 2017. Though, Twitter’s process for defining URMs
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Facebook has claimed to have found no further evidence of co-ordinated Russian-backed ad purchases on its platform targeting the 2016 Brexit vote in addition to the ad buys it previously reported. In December Facebook reported finding three Brexit-targeted ads and less than $1 spent by Russian-backed agents. These were from the same pool of 470
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Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are delivering pitiful levels of take-home pay to the hundreds of thousands of US independent contractors providing their own vehicles and driving skills to deliver the core service, according to an MIT CEEPR study examining the economics of the two app platforms. The report catalyses the debate about conditions for workers
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Gaming and entertainment company Rovio continues to have a very hard time of it as it faces the music on the waning popularity of its once-might Angry Birds franchise. Today, the Helsinki-based company reported Q4 and full-year financials that fell short of even analysts’ most conservative estimates as it blamed lower-than-expected interest in its new
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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.Reuters/Denis Balibouse Bank of England Governor Carney tears into bitcoin in a stinging speech and interview on Friday. Carney said cryptocurrencies are “failing” and actually currencies. Bitcoin has “hallmarks” of a bubble and could be heading for “a pretty brutal reckoning,” he said. Carney called for regulation of the space,
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