Daily Archives: February 1, 2018

Nintendo Labo Will Let You Program Your Own Custom Robots

When Nintendo Labo launches this April, it will come with a feature called Toy Con Garage that lets you use rudimentary programming to build and customize your own cardboard robots, Nintendo announced today. Some of the custom toys Nintendo showed … Continue reading

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It’s Time For a Serious Talk About the Science of Tech “Addiction”

To hear Andrew Przybylski tell it, the American 2016 presidential election is what really inflamed the public’s anxiety over the seductive power of screens. (A suspicion that big companies with opaque inner workings are influencing your thoughts and actions will … Continue reading

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Blockchain: The Complete Guide

Depending on who you ask, blockchains are either the most important technological innovation since the internet or a solution looking for a problem. The original blockchain is the decentralized ledger behind the digital currency bitcoin. The ledger consists of linked … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence: The Complete Guide

Artificial intelligence is overhyped—there, we said it. It’s also incredibly important. Superintelligent algorithms aren’t about to take all the jobs or wipe out humanity. But software has gotten significantly smarter of late. It’s why you can talk to your friends … Continue reading

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Bitcoin: The Complete Guide

Bitcoin is a digital currency. Like other currencies, you can use it to buy things from merchants that accept it, such as Overstock.com, or, as is more often the case, hold on to it in hopes that it will increase … Continue reading

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How Amazon Rebuilt Itself Around Artificial Intelligence

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Thirumalai, a computer scientist who’d left IBM in 2005 to head Amazon’s recommendations team, had come to propose a sweeping new plan for incorporating the latest advances in artificial … Continue reading

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Drones Learn Autonomous Flying by Imitating Cars and Bikes

The algorithm DroNet allows drones to fly completely by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments. It produces two outputs for each single input image: a steering angle to keep the drone navigating while avoiding obstacles, … Continue reading

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