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Google’s Secretive DeepMind Start-Up Unveils A “Neural Turing Machine”

October 30th, 2014

Via: MIT Technology Review: DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. Related: “With Artificial Intelligence, We Are Summoning the Demon”

Lowe’s Hires Robots for the Holidays

October 28th, 2014

If you think it’s just for the “Holidays”, I got a bridge to sell ya. Via: PCMagazine: Lowe’s is hiring some new workers for the holiday season, but they’re not human. The hardware store just announced plans to test customer service robots, which will be able to help you locate items in the store, and […]

Taco Bell Unveils Mobile Ordering

October 28th, 2014

“Cashiers and food service workers: You’re pretty much screwed.” —Seattle Hikes Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour Via: USA Today: Food used to be what drove folks into restaurants. But these days, it’s also increasingly the technology behind it. That’s why two major restaurant chains, Taco Bell and Outback Steakhouse, made marketing waves on Tuesday, […]

‘Ambulance Drone’ Prototype Unveiled in Holland

October 28th, 2014

Via: AFP: A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone”, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). “Around 800,000 people suffer a […]

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

October 28th, 2014

Via: Newsweek: It was also in 1999 that Schmidt joined the board of a Washington, D.C.–based group: the New America Foundation, a merger of well-connected centrist forces (in D.C. terms). The foundation and its 100 staff serve as an influence mill, using its network of approved national security, foreign policy and technology pundits to place […]

Pibot – The World’s First Humanoid Robot Pilot

October 26th, 2014

Via: Reuters: Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots’ humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors.

IHMC Atlas Localization Test

October 24th, 2014

Via: IHMC: More: ATLAS Robot Gets Closer to Walking Like a Human

Tesla Model S Gains Autopilot

October 10th, 2014

Via: cNet: …Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced at an event in Los Angeles that every car manufactured over the last two weeks comes with new sensor hardware to enable what he calls Autopilot capabilities. … The Autopilot hardware includes forward-looking radar and camera, combined with all-around long-range ultrasonic sensors. A software update being sent […]

Rolls-Royce to Add ‘Robotic’ Chauffeur

October 7th, 2014

Via: Drive: Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too. The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade.

Gartner: One in Three Jobs Will be Taken by Software or Robots by 2025

October 7th, 2014

Wired: Training the software that will replace you. Tired: Training the Indian worker who will replace you. Expired: Stable jobs with decent pay. Via: Computerworld: “The shift is from doing to implementing, so the doers go away but someone still has to implement,” said Strohmaier. IT is a shift, although a slow one, to new […]

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