I'm sitting in the driver's seat of a brand new 2018 Cadillac CT6, the most expensive (about $83,000 maxed out) and futuristic car the company makes, and one I frankly don't deserve to be driving. It's an absolute gem: It has big cushy seats, a gigantic touchscreen infotainment system, and a crazy rear-view camera mirror that flips between an actual mirror and an HD camera. SEE ALSO: Self-driving cars still need to earn the public's trust But none of that really matters, because I'm here to test the new, highly anticipated self-driving feature, Super Cruise, which lets the car effectively take control on most major highways in the continental U.S. and Canada. It's one of the most advanced upgrades available in any car right now, and Cadillac claims it's "the world's first true hands-free driving system for the freeway." Tesla, eat your heart out.
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It's time to give that ol' brain of yours a thorough dusting-off, so to speak: Through the Full Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma Course, you might be able to hack your way to an improved way of thinking. NLP, in case you haven't heard, is a set of rules and techniques designed to help you shape your personal psychology and achieve self-actualization. Some see it as pseudo-science, while others swear by it. Either way, the idea is that you can train your brain to eliminate phobias, tweak bad habits, and even gain a deeper understanding of others' body language -- skills that are beneficial in the workplace, your social life, and beyond.
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Today's aspiring robot inventors have an advantage over droid-loving Anakin Skywalker and it comes in the form of the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle. Over the course of 22 hours of expert training, you'll get familiarized with the world's most popular open-source electronics platform so you can break into the fields of robotics and coding and start building the next C-3PO or HAL 9000* in the comfort of your home. SEE ALSO: Want to know how to increase your LSAT score? This online course could help.
In the universe of digital voice assistants, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant are the indisputable rulers of the consumer AI solar system. By contrast, Microsoft's Cortana is like Pluto. We know it's generally the same as the others, but we can't decide if it has all the attributes required for classification as a planet... er... true voice assistant. Part of the problem is that people don't talk to Cortana. Microsoft introduced its digital assistant, named after the synthetic intelligence character in Halo, in 2014 on the Windows Phone platform.
After trying out Google's Pixel Buds, I agree with my colleague Karissa Bell when she says the Apple AirPods competitor is the most important gadget the tech company's announced in years. You're either going to think they look cool or look cheap. And while that's important, it's the technology inside that I think will change the way we communicate forever. I'm, of course, talking about their real-time translation feature. I just tried them on today and they're (excuse the language) f**king amazing.
Want to see some serious puppy dog eyes? Try spending more time near your pooch. Sure, new toys and food are nice, but research from the University of Portsmouth shows that like most humans, what dogs really crave is attention. In fact, scientists at the university's Dog Cognition Centre recently found that dogs are more likely to show facial expressions if humans are paying attention to them. SEE ALSO: This poop pad will clean up your dog's mess for you In the study -- which was published in Scientific Reports -- dog cognition expert Dr. Juliane Kaminski and a team tested how dogs' facial expressions changed in response to four different factors: a human facing them or turned away from them either with food or without.
Are there robots secretly infiltrating the NBA? People have fears about AI and our inability to fully understand its capabilities, but what if it's already made its way into sports? Well, friends, it is very possible that an entire basketball team has been replaced by robots. SEE ALSO: LeBron James' 'equality' shoes are the NBA's best peaceful protest Here's the proof: Reddit user Colvjs uploaded a video of the Phoenix Suns' entire team switching directions and running down the court in unison. Absolutely amazing weird NBA moment find by @NBA_Reddit's u/Colvjs, every Suns player starts running at same EXACT time after turnover pic.twitter.com/ztQgZRzIyR
Google's DeepMind lab has built an artificially intelligent program that taught itself to become one of the world's most dominant Go players. Google says the program, AlphaGo Zero, endowed itself with "superhuman abilities," learning strategies previously unknown to humans. AlphaGo Zero started out with no clue how to win the game Go -- a 2,500-year old Chinese game in which two players use black and white tiles to capture more territory than their opponents. It took AlphaGo Zero just three days to beat an earlier AI program (AlphaGo Lee), which had resoundingly beaten world champion Lee Sedol in 2016. After 21 days of playing, AlphaGo Zero defeated AlphaGo Master, an intelligent program known for beating 60 top pros online and another world champion player in 2017.