April Fools’ Day Roundup

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It’s April Fools’ Day and once again the tech world has provided many of the spoof stories. Perennial pranksters Google have got a weird one: a bogus addition to a genuine service that itself started out as a prank. Several years ago the company made a joke post on April 1 about Gmail being able […]

Free Magazine: NASA Tech Briefs

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Today, we’re offering you the “NASA Tech Briefs” magazine (monthly) for free! Authored by the engineers or scientists who did the work, the briefs span a wide array of fields, including electronics, physical sciences, materials, computer software, mechanics, machinery/automation, manufacturing/fabrication, mathematics/information sciences, and life sciences. NASA Tech Briefs also contains feature articles on successful NASA […]

Microsoft AI Bot Picks Up Bad Habits

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Yesterday Microsoft released a sweet, innocent chatbot designed to speak like a “millennial.” Today that chatbot is a corrupt foul-mouthed racist that has to be censored. The experiment and the outcome are perhaps a perfect example of how any attempt to give human elements to machines and software are undermined by the fact that some […]

This Next-Gen Android Wants to Destroy Humanity [Video]

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This robot was present at the SXSW festival and took the liberty to express her desire to destroy humanity. Robotics is finally reaching the mainstream and androids – humanlike robots – are everywhere at SXSW Experts believe humanlike robots are the key to smoothing communication between humans and computers, and realizing a dream of compassionate […]

Meet the Dazzling Flying Machines of the Future

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When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to […]

The Cycloid Drawing Machine: A Fascinating Spirograph Creator

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Since childhood, most geeks have been attracted to the Spirograph. Simple enough in execution, but exquisite in detail, they are science, math, art, and geometric magic, all merged in one. Joe Freedman of Leaf may have taken that appreciation of the Spirograph even further with his remarkable Cycloid Drawing Machine. So what is a Cycloid […]

US to Pay You (Up to $130,000) To Weaponize Everyday Tech

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If you’ve got an idea for turning a household appliance into a weapon, it’s normally best to keep it to yourself. But now the US military might pay you a six-figure sum for the idea. Regular readers will no doubt have guessed the bounty comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is […]

Google’s Go Victim Says Humanity Not Beaten

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Leading Go player Lee Sedol says that despite losing four games to one to a Google algorithm, humanity isn’t necessarily outmatched by computers when it comes to reasoning and tactics in the game. Lee believes his defeat may have been because of other human limitations, namely emotion and fatigue that affect concentration. He says it’s […]

Minecraft Becomes Artificial Intelligence Testbed

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Microsoft is to let researchers use Minecraft to test artificial intelligence technologies. It believes using the game offers a useful mix of realism and affordability. The open source program will initially involve researchers operating their software only on their own machines and in what’s effectively a walled garden within Minecraft. In the long run Microsoft […]

Hilarious IT Requests – Part II

Here is the second part of Solarwinds’ hilarious IT requests compilation! If you’ve missed part I, you can check it out right here. The folks from Solarwinds recently asked their community of IT professionals to share helpdesk horror stories with them, and even though I’ve experienced plenty of those in the past, these stories are […]

Free 3 Year Subscription to Innovation & Tech Today Magazine ($120 Value)

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Update: Please note that today and tomorrow are the last days to take advantage of this deal! For today’s free deal, get a 3-year subscription to the Innovation and Tech Today Magazine, FREE! A $120 Value! This cutting edge publication features fascinating content, interviews, and product reviews from across a variety of sectors including: STEM, […]

eReports: Skill and Salary Reports for IT Jobs – Start Earning More!

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