New dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics can open doors – video

The Guardian - Technology (UK)

Ground-breaking robotics engineering and design company Boston Dynamics have released footage of the SpotMini, a dog-like robot that can open doors in the most unsettling manner possible. The four-legged robot uses a mechanical arm with a pincer on the end to grasp and turn the handle and then hold open the door.

Why Didn't Chatbots Live Up To Their Hype?

Forbes Europe

Why didn't chatbots become as prolific as they were predicted to be in 2017? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Chatbots didn't live up to the hype for a couple of reasons. It would have been ...

Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone, Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria: Army

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"A combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel. The aircraft was identified by the Aerial Defense Systems at an early phase and was under surveillance until the interception," the military said in a statement.

Uber, Google's Waymo Settle Case Over Trade Secrets For Self-Driving Cars


An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade-secrets case. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waym...

Uber and Google's Waymo reach surprise settlement in a lawsuit over self-driving technology

Washington Post

BREAKING: Uber and Google's Waymo reached a surprise settlement in a lawsuit over self-driving technology. Uber will give Waymo a small stake in the ride-sharing company in the settlement that was reached on the fifth day of a high-profile lawsuit between the two companies. Uber's CEO in a letter ex...

Sci-fi film 'Black Hollow Cage' will leave you uncomfortably numb

Los Angeles Times

Writer-director Sadrac González puts an austere, arty spin on a solid science-fiction premise in "Black Hollow Cage," a time-travel movie more in the mold of Andrei Tarkovsky than "Back to the Future." The film looks stunning and presents some provocative ideas, but González's quietly contemplative approach is numbing.

How Virtual Assistants Have Taken Over the Music Industry and Beyond (and Why It's OK)

Forbes Europe

"Siri, where's the best place to grab dinner nearby?" "What's the weather today, Siri?" "Hey, Siri. Who won the game last night?" It has become second nature for me to ask my iPhone questions and expect a chipper, informative response. From grabbing a bite to booking a flight, Siri has become an ...

The wilder shores of brain boosting


Transcranial direct current stimulation has been claimed to enhance learning.Credit: Liz Hafalia/Polaris/eyevine Is there a common element that binds diverse mental abilities, from language to mental arithmetic? Or do these skills compete for our brains' limited resources? In The Genius Within, Dav...

What Critics Are Saying About Apple's HomePod


At long last, Apple's HomePod is here--or reviews of it are, at least. The HomePod, Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, begins shipping on Friday, but early reviews of the $349 smart home speaker began making the rounds Tuesday morning. The initial verdict, it would appear, is decided...

Amazon second headquarters: Some see a clue in Amazon's Alexa Super Bowl ad

USATODAY - News Top Stories

When Alexa loses her voice, celebrities--including Rebel Wilson, Cardi B, and Anthony Hopkins--help her get it back. Amazon's Alexa Super Bowl ad was a hit during the big game. With guest spots from Gordon Ramsey, Cardi B, Rebel Wilson, Sir Anthony Hopkins and even founder Jeff Bezos, the ad impres...