Daily Archives: October 11, 2018

Google’s AI Bots Invent Ridiculous New Legs to Scamper Through Obstacle Courses

https://gizmodo.com/google-s-ai-bots-invent-ridiculous-new-legs-to-scamper-1829693108 Left: An unmodified walker learning how to navigate challenging terrain. Right: A self-modified walker, using new limbs and walking strategy, working through the same obstacle course. GIF: David Ha/Google Brain/Gizmodo Using a technique called reinforcement learning, a researcher at … Continue reading

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“Like A Hot Knife Through Butter”: SVANKi, A Wireless Heated Ice Cream Scoop

https://geekologie.com/2018/10/like-a-hot-knife-through-butter-svanki-a.php This is the somehow already funded Kickstarter campaign for SVANKi, a wireless heated ice cream scoop ($59 early bird special, $75 after *spit-takes rainbow sprinkles*). The wireless scoop charges on a wired base, and is good for 30 minutes … Continue reading

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So, This Is What The End Looks Like: Boston Dynamics’ Latest Shockingly Agile Atlas Humanoid Robot

https://geekologie.com/2018/10/so-this-is-what-the-end-looks-like-bosto.php This is a short video from Boston Dynamics of the latest iteration of their ATLAS humanoid robot doing a little untethered parkour. First it hops over a log to warm up, then jumps up three steps with shocking grace … Continue reading

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Richard Branson Claims Virgin Galactic Will Be in Space “Within Weeks”

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=27759 According to Sir Richard Branson, founder of the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, their latest spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, will be in space in a matter of weeks. “We should be in space within weeks, not months. And then we will … Continue reading

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Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

https://arstechnica.com/?p=1392695 An Amazon Echo. reader comments 0 Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition. The patent, titled … Continue reading

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A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails

https://arstechnica.com/?p=1392427 Enlarge / A Soyuz rocket launches with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, Thursday, October 11, 2018. NASA reader comments 205 On Thursday in Kazakhstan, at 4:40am EDT, a Soyuz … Continue reading

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Xbox One October Update Rolling Out With Alexa Functionality, New Avatars

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-one-october-update-rolling-out-with-alexa-fun/1100-6462458/ The Xbox One October update is rolling out today, offering a few new bells and whistles for the Microsoft console. The features in this update allow you to use more voice interactions, more easily watch HDR movies with streaming … Continue reading

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