File photo: People stand in front of a logo at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. Step aside, Amazon Echo Show: Word has it that Facebook is developing its own home video chat device. According to a report from streaming news service Cheddar, the new voice-controlled device, dubbed Portal, may be priced at $499. Cheddar's sources say Facebook is planning to unveil the device in early May and begin selling it via pop-up stores and online in the second half of the year. It will reportedly feature a screen on the front like Amazon's Echo Show and Lenovo's new Android Assistant-equipped Smart Display, plus a camera with a wide-angle lens and facial-recognition technology that will help users connect with their Facebook accounts.
When your best friend catches you in a bad mood, does she try to console you, give you space to cool off or lick her own face in an uncontrollable slobber? If your best friend is a dog, this third reaction may be familiar to you. Certain cuteness-obsessed Internet communities call it a "mlem"; some animal behavior researchers prefer to call it mouth-licking, and offer many possible explanations for the quirky canine behavior. Mouth-licking has been described as a stress-coping mechanism, a spontaneous display of arousal or a way to communicate desire to play with a certain toy or munch a certain treat. But according to a new study by animal behavior researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, mouth-licking may actually be one of a dog's best tools for reading and responding to human faces -- in particular, angry faces.
Artificial intelligence could one day be used to help identify a person contemplating suicide. Around 800,000 people die a year from suicide, according to the World Health Organization. It's currently the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. among people between the ages of 15 and 24. But a new study is using brain scans and AI to show how someone experiencing suicidal thoughts thinks differently about life and death. The results were published in Nature Human Behavior.
Soon after Siri and Jamil arrived in Mosul, an ISIS guard threatened to kill Jamil if Siri refused to have sex with him. The rapist, called "The Tunisian," told Siri her situation would improve if she became a Muslim and married him. At the same time, Jamil was the key to Siri's survival. When sitting with Siri and his birth mother, Jamil now always sits closer to Siri, observed Kizilhan observed.
Electronic blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping systems do help to prevent crashes, according to new studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A second institute study of blind-spot detection systems -- usually warning lights in side mirrors -- found the systems lower the rate of all lane-change crashes by 14 percent and the rate of such crashes with injuries by 23 percent. A separate study by the insurance industry-funded institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab found that drivers using automated systems that scan for parking spots and then park the car spend a lot more time looking at dashboard displays than at the parking spot, the road in front or the road behind. Automakers, taking note of the problem, appear to be switching to systems that vibrate the steering wheel or driver's seat, Cicchino said.
The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer recently announced plans to build a massive $10 billion plant in Wisconsin. In a phone interview from Shanghai, where he was concluding a nine-day trade trip in China, Snyder told the Associated Press Monday night there is a "strong possibility" for Foxconn to still locate in the state after the company in recent weeks picked neighboring Wisconsin for a $10 billion display panel plant with 3,000 employees that could grow to 13,000. They discussed the autonomous vehicle industry and advanced manufacturing, Snyder said. But we're going to continue to present them good opportunities of what we can do in Michigan."
U.S. officials have reportedly decided to allow a group of Afghan girls, who has previously been denied entry, into the U.S. to attend a robot competition. Following the change, the State Department said it worked with the Department of Homeland Security to remedy the situation. "The State Department worked incredibly well with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that this case was reviewed and handled appropriately," Dina Powell, White House deputy national security adviser for strategy, said in a statement, according to Politico. I look forward to welcoming this brilliant team of Afghan girls, and their competitors, to Washington DC next week!
According to a new report by dating site OkCupid, 33 percent more people are looking for a one-night stand in June than during any other month of the year. The results, compiled from a survey of over 18 million members between 2013 and 2016, suggest a 17 percent increase in people's interest for a one-night stand in April, May and June, with June being the most popular month for a fling. The same survey revealed a slight increase of 2 percent in people interested in longer term relationships during the months of January through March. So why is summer the ideal time for a casual hookup?
Thats because scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia have used deep learning technology to analyze the computerized tomography (CT) scans of patient organs, in what could one day serve as an early warning system to catch heart disease, cancer, and other diseases early so that intervention can take place. The AI analyzes CT scans to make its decisions. For one thing, the AIs 70-percent predictive accuracy when looking at scans is in line with the manual predictions made by experts. We used a very small cohort of 48 patients in this study to show that our approach can work, but in general deep learning works better if you can give it much more data.
GM's Chevrolet Bolt electric car, with 238 miles of range, went on sale last year; Ford is working on an electric SUV with 300 miles of range, but it's not due out until 2020. Jim Farley, who led the company's European division back to profitability in recent years, will become vice president of global markets and will oversee Lincoln, sales and marketing. Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford's Americas division, will oversee global product development, manufacturing and quality. Marcy Klevorn, Ford's chief technical officer, will replace Hackett as the head of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Ford's future mobility unit.