Bots Learn The Art Of The Deal

Facebook reports that artificial intelligence bots can not only learn to negotiate, but can do so while using what could be described as a “non-human language.” The study from the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab aimed to get chatbots to use conversations to negotiate. One negotiation involved splitting up a set of objects (books, hats […]

How a GPS Works and Why the Technology is Free [Video]

Here’s a interesting video from Youtuber “Real Engineering” explaing how GPS technology works and why the US military made it free-to-use. [Real Engineering]

The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

Automation in the Information Age is different. Next step, the universal basic income from Star Trek. [Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell]

When a Mousepad Becomes a Wireless Charger

Logitech has produced a mouse pad with a built-in wireless charger. One downside is that it’s a proprietary technology. Seeing your wireless mouse run out of battery is certainly one of modern computing’s annoyances, often prompting the realization that you didn’t quite get around to recharging a spare battery and you’re going to have to […]

Computer Servers Could Make Hot Water For Homes

Dutch householders could have showers heated by computer servers under a creative, if potentially problematic project. The idea of Nerdalize is to bring together two problems: the need to extract heat from servers to keep them running well, and the need to heat homes. The theory is that combining the two will save money and […]

7 Amazing Origami-Inspired Inventions

Scientists and engineers are taking folding into the future! [SciShow]

Twitch Viewers Become Stock Traders

The stock market is the latest cooperative game for Twitch viewers, with one brave software developer putting up $50,000 for users to invest with their collective wisdom. While it’s primarily a platform for watching others play games, Twitch has had several experiments for collective play, including users coordinating chat room commands to complete an entire […]

Turing Tumble: New Marble Run Game Teaches Computer Logic

A new Kickstarter project aims to make a marble run game that acts as a mechanical computer. Turning Tumble involves players solving logic puzzles by constructing a pathway with six different parts. The game will ship with 51 puzzles to solve, detailed through a graphic novel storyline, though there’s scope for future expansions and user-created […]

Android OS Creator Makes Own “Essential” Phone

One of the men who created Android has unveiled a high-end phone. But at $699, Andy Rubin’s ‘Essential’ phone seems somewhat misnamed. The most notable different feature is a modular element. It’s not quite the Lego-like design that Google explored before abandoning, but rather a new form of expansion port. It’s two magnetic clips on […]

T-Mobile Rethinks The Phone Number

T-Mobile users will soon be able to have a single number that covers multiple devices, as well as having the same phone cover two or more lines. The Digits feature is being extended to all customers next week after several months of testing. In effect, Digits is an extension of the Google Voice idea that […]

The Thrifty Geek: Five Steps To That Next Gadget Buy

Let’s face it: we’re in a difficult economy, we geeks. We covet the expensive, the shiny, the technologically advanced, all in spite of our financial situation. Sure, some geeks are lucky. They’re good with numbers and programming and, in spite of economic woes, can manage to get by and drive new cars and snatch up […]

The MP3 Is Not Dead

Reports that the MP3 format is dead have proven extremely premature. It’s about as dead as the GIF. Despite some confused reports, there’s no reason whatsoever to think the format isn’t going to disappear or that existing files will stop being useful. All that’s happened is that the organization that held some of the key […]