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'Scoop' might be Samsung's itty-bitty Amazon Echo competitor - CNET

If documents and photos submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission are to be believed, Samsung is prepping a new voice-activated Bluetooth speaker that looks an awful lot like a potential competitor for the Amazon Echo and the upcoming Google Home. First noticed by Ausdroid, the speaker is currently called "Scoop.

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Apple acquires AI medical start-up Gliimpse: report

A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. SAN FRANCISCO -- One of Silicon Valley's tech behemoths is taking a step further into digital medicine.

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Microsoft acquires AI assistant start-up Genee

USA TODAY tech reporter Mike Snider looks into Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn and how it might help the company. Mike Snider, James Villalobos SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft has made yet another acquisition designed to retool the former software king into an enterprise solutions leader.

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Appliance Science: How Alexa learns about you - CNET

In my last column, I looked at how Amazon's Echo device and the Alexa voice service allows you to control things with your voice. You speak, it understands and obeys.

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AIs fight to the death in 'Doom' contest next month

The framework they created, called ViZDoom, allows for the development of bots that can play Doom. It's intended primarily for research in machine visual learning, which means that bots only have access to the screen buffer.

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Autonomous taxis are on the way from Airbus

What's cooler than autonomous vehicles or flying cars? Autonomous flying vehicles.

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Ready for the Internet of Robotic Things?

You've likely heard of the Internet of Things (IoT). How about the Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT)?

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Intel's new Atom chips bring 4K video to VR headsets, robots

In 2009, Apple CEO Tim Cook memorably trashed Atom-based netbooks for being "junky" hardware that underperformed. Intel's Atom chips have come a long way since, with the latest generation code-named Broxton boasting the most impressive improvements.

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Amazon's Alexa Fund joins $35 million funding round for the makers of the Ecobee smart thermostat - CNET

Last year, Amazon established the $100 million dollar "Alexa Fund" for developers and manufacturers both large and small. The idea was fairly straightforward -- support people with good ideas on how to put the voice-recognition technology in the Amazon Echo smart speaker to good use.

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Elon Musk says AI could inadvertently start wars: Herzog doc

April 7 -- For the first time ever, NASA has been relying on private companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX for re-supply missions; only that's just the beginning. This QuickTake examines the future of space tourism using private space taxis.

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Watch Kawasaki's new two armed robot rustle up everything from pizza to sushi

If you're too lazy to cook, help is at hand. Kawasaki has revealed its latest robot is a dab hand in the kitchen - and can make everything from pizza to sushi.

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Intel Unveils Plans for Artificial-Intelligence Chips

IntelCorp.INTC -0.54 % signaled it wants a bigger role in artificial intelligence, revealing plans to modify a line of chips to target a fast-growing market turning into a battleground for technology suppliers. The company told technology developers Wednesday that it plans next year to deliver a new version of the Xeon Phi processor--a product line previously targeted at scientific applications--with added features designed to accelerate tasks associated with what Silicon Valley calls artificial intelligence.

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Researchers analyse Sting's brain to find out what makes a musical genius

Sting has had his brain scanned - so scientists can work out what makes gifted musicians tick. He underwent the examination at a Montreal university the afternoon before a Police concert in the city.

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Ford Developing Fully Driverless Car

Ford Motor Co.F -0.72 % plans to release a fully driverless car without a steering wheel or pedals in the next five years, the latest salvo in a technological arms race engulfing the global auto industry. The Dearborn, Mich., auto maker on Tuesday said it would initially target ride-sharing fleets and package-delivery services with the unnamed model, underscoring the still-incremental approach many car companies are taking before offering vehicles to consumers that don't require humans behind the wheel.

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How The Internet Affects Your Brain: The Connection Between Technology And Human Memory

It doesn't take an expert to confirm that people are spending more time on the internet. For those interested in exact quantitative measures, consider this: a Pew Research Center survey found one-fifth of Americans self-report going online "almost constantly" and 73 percent admitting they go online on a daily basis.

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How a robot wrote for Engadget

After almost five years writing for tech publications, I am both very adept and very tired of writing product posts. When I started out, I quickly trained my brain to pull together a nondescript opener, some paragraphs with facts and figures and a functional closing sentence with something like a release date and a price.

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Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction

VENICE BEACH, Calif. -- Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate our needs before we ask. What's uncommon is how Johnson wants to respond: find a way to supercharge the human brain so that we can keep up with the machines.

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Nvidia offers up AI supercomputer for non-profit research

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang apparently hand-delivered a DGX-1 to OpenAI researchers last week in San Francisco. Dubbed an "AI supercomputer-in-a-box," the DGX-1 will be used by the non-profit research team to explore the challenges surrounding artificial intelligence.

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Intel is leaving PCs behind to highlight VR and IoT at IDF

For decades, PCs were at the center of Intel's business, but not anymore. Self-driving cars, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are more attractive to Intel, which no longer views PCs as a priority.