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Bill Gates says that people will be put out of jobs because of robots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 11:37 am

The future is filled with technology, and especially robots and artificial intelligence, something that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently talked about. Gates spoke at the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, DC, where he said that both governments and businesses need to prepare for a world where people will be fighting for jobs with robots.


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Gates said: "Software substitution, whether it's for drivers or waiters or nurses... it's progressing. Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower-end of skill set... 20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don't think people have that in their mental model."


The Microsoft co-founder even talked about what governments would do to prevent social unrest because of the mass unemployment, where he said they should basically get on their knees and beg big businesses to keep employing human beings instead of robots. This could lead to a future without payroll tax and corporate income taxes, while keeping the minimum wage low enough that businesses continue to employ people cheaply, versus using an automated, never-sleeping, non-demanding robot.


Most people think that robots will just replace the lower-end of the job scale, such as "low-skilled" workers, but it will effect virtually all industries. Even high-paying, and high-skilled jobs like accountants, commercial pilots, astronauts, police officers, and much more could be replaced with AI-based robots.

Samsung reportedly experiencing Galaxy S5 production hiccups

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 10:27 am

Samsung has grand plans of launching its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone to 150 countries on April 11, but Korean publication ETNews is reporting that the company is having trouble manufacturing enough of the new Galaxy S5 cameras in time.


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ETNews is claiming from its sources that as of March 16, just two days ago, Samsung hadn't gone into mass production of the Galaxy S5 camera lens module because yields are sitting between 20-30%. Samsung is reportedly having issues manufacturing the 16-megapixel camera modules that are thin enough to fit into the S5's frame without degrading the quality of the lenses within the camera module.


ETNews' source said: "On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optical distortion. To make plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mold technology is necessary."

New Battlefield 4 DLC will give gamers a two-handed ballistic shield

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 9:28 am

Battlefield 4's upcoming expansion pack 'Dragon's Teeth' includes a two-handed ballistic shield, according to a GDC talk that was given by an EA DICE animator. The team was hoping to see gamers use the ballistic shield in the game, while shooting from behind it with various hand guns.


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But, the team realized that the best way to deliver the bullet-stopping shield into the game was to make it two-handed, to provide teammates with a moveable piece of cover - something you can shoot with while using. The ballistic shield will be included with the Dragon's Teeth expansion that is expected to drop sometime in the summer.


There's not much known about the upcoming Dragon's Teeth, but it will be centered around urban warfare - and the awesome new ballistic shield. During the animation bootcamp talk "Using the Power of Layered Animation to Expand Premium Content in Battlefield 4," Senior Animator, Ryan Duffin, explained how the team tried different things with the shield, while using a hand gun. These approaches failed, as the team didn't have the time required to create needed for animation changes, or they were limited by the last generation consoles and their memory.

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Apple unveils 8GB iPhone 5C to help sagging iPhone 5C sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 8:50 am

We thought it was coming, and it did: Apple has just launched a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C smartphone. The cheaper iPhone has just launched on Apple's European online stores, where in the UK it is priced at £429, or around $714.


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This is around 10% cheaper than the iPhone 5C, which is around 10% cheaper than the iPhone 5S. We should see it arrive on Apple's US store any minute now. There are no changes to the device apart from the smaller amount of flash storage on it, so we still have Apple's custom dual-core A6 processor, an 8-megapixel iSight rear-facing camera, and the new FaceTime HD front-facing snapper.


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At $700+, I wouldn't exactly call this a cheap smartphone, especially when there are plenty of flagship smartphones on the market that are cheaper. One main competitor comes to mind, the Nexus 5 from Google, which is priced at $349 outright - close to half the price of the 'even cheaper' 8GB iPhone 5C.

Arnold Schwarzenegger teases "hardcore action" in the new Terminator

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 8:28 am

Collider recently sat down with Arnold Schwarzenegger, where they talked with him about his new movie Sabotage, but when you sit down with The Terminator himself, how can you not talk about the upcoming Terminator: Genesis?


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Arnold was asked a few questions, but had some exciting things to say about the upcoming Terminator movie: "But Terminator is going to have the exact same feel. The way it reads, it has the same feel of Terminator 2. It's big. There's hardcore action and it has some really great visual effects in there, but not over the top. It's not a Thor type of movie, even though it's the same director. It has good special effects, but just enough to say, "Wow, where did that come from? How did they do that?"


This could all just be talk, but I want to try and have hope for Terminator: Genesis. But if Alan Taylor, the director of the movie and the recent Thor: The Dark World, can pull it off, it could be a new start for the Terminator franchise.

Facebook's facial recognition is 'nearing human-level performance'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 7:30 am

Facebook has said that it has developed facial recognition technology that is capable of telling the difference of two people in side-by-side photos, a technology that is so good, that it is getting very close to replicating human abilities.


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The social network has dubbed it DeepFace, and according to the company it's 97.25% accurate, which is a shave from the 97.5% accuracy that humans score on average, in the same standardized test. In order to do that, the technology maps out 3D facial features, after which is makes a flat model that is filtered by color to characterize specific facial elements.


Facebook says it has also taken 4.4 million labeled faces from 4,030 different people on its network to help its system learn. DeepFace won't end up on Facebook right away, instead the social networko is releasing it ahead of presenting it at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition this June, so that it can get some feedback from the research community.

SpainCoin aims to stabilize cryptocurrency as real payment method

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 6:17 am

To help the Spanish people "break free from their shackles," the new SpainCoin will pre-mine and share 50 percent of Spaincoins to Spanish nationals.


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The cryptocurrency is valued around $50 million.


"Using SpainCoin is a way for the individual to get back his freedom and have 100% control over his money and assets, breaking free from the shackles of central banks," the official SpainCoin website notes. "Unlike other cryptocoins, less accessible for the general population, SpainCoin will be distributed among all Spaniards."


Those interested in learning more about Spaincoin can view this forum post, or visit the official Spaincoin website.

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Unity 5 game engine unveiled, includes 'enhanced real-time lighting'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 5:43 am

Some news broke a little earlier than it should, with Unity Technologies revealing its next iteration of its cross-platform game engine, known as Unity 5. The updated game engine has some new tricks up its sleeve, too.


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The team has described Unity 5 as a "massive update," with the new engine featuring a "completely overhauled audio system," physical shaders and enhanced real-time lighting. The updated engine will also include an ad-sharing network that should make it easier for developers using Unity 5 to cross-promote their mobile games.


Unity Technologies is hoping to attract more developers, and praise, with its support for the WebGL graphics API. Unity 5 will be available for pre-order sometime today, directly from Unity Technologies.

Superman puts a GoPro on, films some incredible footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 5:27 am

CorridorDigital has released quite an incredible video, where they used a UAV with an attached camera - acting as if Superman was flying in the first-person perspective. Check out the video below.



It's actually quite impressive, where we see Superman flying above the city, between trees, at super-speed, saving people, and much more. The team used a quadcopter with a camera installed, flying up as high as the very tallest skyscrapers. The team used a DJI Phantom 2, something you can win if you enter the competition at the source.


Now I just want to see a real, next-gen Superman game released with Oculus Rift support and I'll throw money at the screen faster than you can say 'Kneel before Zod.'

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Sally Beauty Supply said less than 25,000 customers hit in data theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 4:44 am

Sally Beauty said less than 25,000 customer records were compromised during a data breach the store recently confirmed.


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The company is still waiting for Verizon to continue its forensic investigation before releasing full details of the breach, though the company said customers are its top priority and will continue to provide updates following the breach.


"We take this criminal activity very seriously,"the company said in a press statement. "We continue to work diligently with Verizon on this investigation and are taking necessary actions and precautions to mitigate and remediate the issues caused by this security incident.


The retailer also is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate the data breach - as the FBI and Secret Service have been frequently tasked with helping to investigate security breaches.

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