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Should I buy bitcoin? Whether or not to invest in cryptocurrency amid the crash

The Independent

Bitcoin's price has tumbled, falling by more than 25 per cent over the past seven days. At one point today, it was worth just half as much as it was a month ago. That's an enormous decline, and investors are concerned that they may be about to lose money. Here's the latest on bitcoin and why its value has plummeted. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


YouTube announces major changes to how it works in wake of Logan Paul 'suicide forest' video

The Independent

YouTube is making it far harder to make money from adverts to stop the site being used by "bad actors". The change comes after the site was criticised for its close relationship to Logan Paul, the controversial vlogger. That intensified when Mr Paul posted a video on YouTube that showed him standing and laughing next to a dead body – which stayed up on the site for some time, and seemed only to go down when it was removed by a member of Mr Paul's team, not YouTube. The site has also been criticised for putting marketing from high-profile advertisers, like the Government and Marks & Spencer, next to extremist videos and other illicit content. Google has announced that it will now tightly restrict the users that can join its YouTube Partner Program, which lets them take some of the money earned through ads that go in front of videos.


Bitcoin price latest: Cryptocurrency plunges past $10,000, half of its previous value

The Independent

Bitcoin is now worth less than $10,000, half its value just a few weeks ago. The price of the cryptocurrency – as well as others like ethereum and ripple – have been plunging in recent days amid fears that regulators could launch a crackdown on trading digital currencies. The latest fall began when South Korea's most senior financial politician said that the country was going to introduce stringent new regulations, and could even ban trading outright. That suggestion was followed by a similar one from China, which said it could also ban the sale of digital currencies. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Ford plans $11 billion investment, 40 electrified...

Daily Mail

Ford will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said at the Detroit auto show. The investment figure is sharply higher than a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020, Ford executives said, and includes the costs of developing dedicated electric vehicle architectures. Ford's engineering, research and development expenses for 2016, the last full year available, were $7.3 billion, up from $6.7 billion in 2015. Of the 40 electrified vehicles Ford plans for its global lineup by 2022, 16 will be fully electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids, executives said. SUVs figured Ford's electric future The automaker's president of global markets, Jim Farley, said on Sunday that Ford would bring a high-performance electric utility vehicle to market by 2020.


10 of the Coolest Gadgets We Saw at CES 2018

TIME

Each January, tech companies from around the world gather in Las Vegas to show off their latest efforts at CES, formerly called the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest gadget show of the year. While the products and demos showcased at CES don't always reflect the technology you'll be able to buy in the near future, the show does offer some insight into where tech giants are putting their time and resources. This year was all about improving communication between smart home gadgets, making the car feel more personal, and putting screens everywhere imaginable. Here's a look at some of the coolest products we came across on the CES showroom floor. L'Oréal's UV Sense is a tiny sensor capable of detecting ultraviolet exposure that's small enough to wear comfortably on your fingernail.


Video Friday: Honda's Huggable Robot, New Artificial Muscle, and Boeing Cargo Drone

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. CES isn't really a venue for the launch of flagship robotics products anymore (if it ever was), but we still see some high profile introductions from large companies looking to make a splash. Besides LG, Honda was the other notable, with a couple strange robots (and one kind of familiar looking).


4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Change Our Lives

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Artificial intelligence (AI) was once the solely the subject of science fiction dreams, but it is fast becoming our new reality. AI can be used in many different industries for many different tasks, and it is apparent that in our near future we will be interacting with it daily. Of all the advances in AI technology, the self-driving, or autonomous, vehicle has to be the one that most people are aware of. Today every vehicle on the roads has to have a driver behind the wheel, but we are drawing closer to the time that AI will take over this job, and all we will have to do is sit in the car as we're driven to our destination. It's an exciting prospect for many, although there are also concerns regarding safety; after all, machines do malfunction.


Robots are helping researchers work to end world hunger

ZDNet

At a time when many people are concerned about the potentially negative impact of robotics on individuals' lives and livelihoods, researchers at the University of Missouri are relying on robots for a project that's decidedly pro-human: fighting world hunger. Robots are helping scientists track crops and how they grow in drought situations. Knowledge gained from the 3D images and data the robots create and collect could help agriculturists develop corn that is more drought resistant. An executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market. To develop 3D images of corn plants in the field, the research team developed a combination approach of a mobile sensor tower and autonomous robot vehicles equipped with three levels of sensors and an additional robotic arm.


Four ways artificial intelligence is shaping the future - AI Expo - Conference and Exhibition

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Advancements in artificial intelligence are quickly propelling humankind into the world of science fiction. As this technology unfolds, new products and services will find their way into daily life. While there are concerns about the implications of creating such smart machines, it's important to remember that virtually all existing technologies were initially viewed with skepticism. Here are 4 important ways AI will change the way things are done. Robots are often the first thing that comes to mind, when AI is mentioned.


Cars overshadow small gadgets at Las Vegas tech show

The Japan Times

LAS VEGAS – The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual Consumer Electronics Show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles. Major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable presence at this week's tech showcase in Las Vegas, though most save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show. CES has been a chance for carmakers and suppliers of automotive parts and software to display their wilder and far-out ideas. A Chinese company, Byton, has unveiled an attention-grabbing concept electric SUV with futuristic features. Nvidia announced it's teaming up to help Uber develop self-driving taxis.