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Bill Nye: Aliens 'gotta exist' somewhere out there

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Bill Nye "the Science Guy" believes that aliens are out there somewhere, even though no one is really sure where they will be found. With so many undiscovered galaxies in space, it seems only logical that some form of alien life exists, even if we haven't found one another yet.

 

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"It's gotta exist outside the solar system," Nye recently said while speaking with HuffPost Live. "I mean there's 200 billion stars in this galaxy alone. Then you start talking about the hundreds of billions of galaxies. Hundreds of billions of galaxies, which in turn have hundreds of billions of stars, which in turn have tens of hundreds of billions - trillions - of planets. Come on!"

 

When it comes to the Earth's solar system, Mars and Jupiter's moon of Europa seem like the most likely places to search for alien life. Last year, NASA scientist Kevin Hand said humans would find some form of alien life within the next 20 years, while Nye said that could take up to 30 years.

IBM CEO believes 'our lives will be better' because of AI

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty believes artificial intelligence can be used by humans for our own benefit, despite some outcry that AI poses a threat to mankind. During the World of Watson event, aimed at promoting IBM Watson, Rometty promised a "bold prediction."

 

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"In the future, every decision that mankind makes is going to be informed by a cognitive system like Watson... and our lives will be better for it," Rometty said.

 

IBM Watson is a custom cognitive system that the company promotes as a "new partnership between people and computers that enhances and scales human expertise." The supercomputer has already been used for cancer research - among other breakthrough scientific purposes - but IBM wants to push things even further. Watson was able to beat Jeopardy! king Ken Jennings in 2011, and has been used more recently to help chefs find new recipes.

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The 'Yobot' is able to handle luggage at YOTEL New York hotel

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Yotel New York is making use of a customized ABB IRB 6640 robot from MFG Automation, using the custom "Yobot" that handles around 300 pieces of luggage per day. Hotel guests can actually check-in using kiosks, give their luggage to the robot, and go straight to their rooms with minimal worker contact.

 

 

The robot traditionally was designed for an industrial workplace, so it can spot weld or transport manufacturing materials, but the hotel uses it so employees can conduct other tasks.

 

"It also allows our staff to focus on the guest and focus on their needs instead of just the simple task of storing a piece of luggage," said Claes Landberg, general manager of YOTEL New York, in a statement to CNBC.

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Stephen Hawking thinks AI will take over within 100 years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

When it comes to artificial intelligence and the way it is advancing, physicist Stephen Hawking is concerned humans could one day lose control. He has spoken out against AI on numerous occasions in the past, and recently shared his thoughts about why humans must be vigilant regarding AI:

 

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"Computers will overtake humans with I at some [time] within the next 100 years," Hawking recently said while speaking at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference. "When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours."

 

Even if AI doesn't evolve to become a major threat to mankind, Hawking - and a growing number of major tech and science leaders - want a fair and open discussion regarding AI research. There is major concern over who controls AI, though with self-awareness and learning protocols in place, full artificial intelligence could allow the robots to disregard human operators.

More Google self-driving technology will hit the open road this summer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The 25 self-driving vehicles that will hit the open road from Google will include steering wheels and brakes, according to the company. Even though Chris Urmson, director of the Google self-driving car program, originally stated the prototypes "won't have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal... because they don't need them."

 

 

Google says the vehicles have endured "rigorous testing" at its test facilities, verifying that its sensors and software were prepared for driving on the road. Its new fleet of autonomous vehicles uses the same software that currently powers its self-driving Lexus RX450h autonomous vehicles, which has logged almost one million miles of autonomous driving.

 

The company will limit the speed of its prototypes to 25 mph, and additional passenger and pedestrian protection technologies will be available.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

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3D-Printed lock cracker takes only 30 seconds to get it done

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Combination lock users beware, this lock cracker designed by Samy Kamkar takes a mere 30 seconds to bust open your standard combination locks - as long as you've picked the first number manually.

 

 

With instructions posted up online on how to print one for yourself, this contraption will set you back around $100 from start to finish - not including the few thousand dollars spent on a 3D Printer.

 

Although not extremely useful, Samy has helped display the diversity of a 3D printer and also a design flaw that Master locks might want to fix.

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Yet another PC game makes the move over to console, SMITE

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Hi-Rez studios has announced a move from a PC-only focus into the console market with their recent release of SMITE BETA for Xbox One.

 

 

The MOBA genre is known as the most popular in the world and it's not uncommon to see gaming developers and publishers try different methods of user engagement in FPS and Racing type games, but we're now seeing this monolith field make the jump.

 

Setting you back around $32 for a claimed $48 of value, the SMITE founder's pack will give you closed beta access, every hero available and a bunch of free skins.

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Win $1.2 million for being a beast in Heroes of the Storm

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Blizzard has just announced that it will be putting its weight behind the ever-growing MOBA Heroes of the Storm by announcing $1.2 million worth of cash and prizes to be put on the line globally with eight qualifying teams invited to the live finals.

 

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With the finale being held at BlizzCon on November 6-7 in Anaheim, there will be $500,000 of cash given away at this event alone. The rest of the funding will be spread throughout regional championship qualifiers in the Americas, Europe, China, Korea, and Taiwan regions.

 

The first tournament will take place in China, with the other regions to be announced soon.

 

Looking to compete? More information here.

Linksys pushes out WLAN range extender with inbuilt power plug

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Boasting a sales portfolio of over 100 million routers globally and being the first to do so, Linksys has just released its new RE5700 WLAN range extender with inbuilt power plug.

 

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If you're worried about taking up precious power board space and are living in a large home, this may be just the product for you. Featuring a Wi-Fi signal boost of up to 10,000 square feet and a nice all-white design, this product will set you back $119.99 from online retailers.

 

The RE6700 uses a Gigabit port for Ethernet input or output, a 3.5mm jack for audio streaming and boasts the capability to work with any router on odder.

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