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This 'artificial womb' is like science fiction--but uteruses aren't out of a job yet

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First things first: while this artificial womb is futuristic as hell, it's not meant to replace a good old-fashioned uterus. And this isn't a sign that we're getting close to totally artificial gestation.


Amazon Echo Look uses a camera and AI to judge your outfit, sell you stuff

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The outfit evaluations consider fit, color, and personal preference, which Amazon could easily use to recommend you items from its growing apparel shop. That's not to say that it can't notice other stuff about users, like changes in body shape, complexion, and any number of other physical traits.


20 helpful Google Home commands to try

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"OK Google, how far is it from LA to San Francisco?" "OK Google, how long does it take to walk from Santa Monica to Hollywood?"


Google Home can now recognize individual users by the sound of their voice

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The setup process involves adding additional users through the Home app, who then train the device to recognize them by repeating a few key phrases. Google uses a neural network that's actually located on the device itself to differentiate the distinct voices in the household.


Pushing the limits of assistive technology during the Boston Marathon

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Erich Manser finished his eighth Boston Marathon on Monday, but this race was different than any one before it: It was his first time completing the course with an assistive technology called Aira. Because Manser, 44, is legally blind due to a disease called retinitis pigmentosa, a sighted guide has run alongside him during past marathons. Yesterday, in addition to that guide, he also wore a pair of Google Glasses that sent a live video feed to Jessica Jakeway, who from over 600 miles away in Columbus, Ohio, coached him through the race via a Bluetooth headset.



Google is using AI to help humans and computers communicate through art

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While AutoDraw is about helping people turn their doodles into more recognizable images, the search giant is also interested in how computers draw. On Thursday, Google Research published a blog post and paper about how they had schooled a recurrent neural network to draw items like cats and pigs.


Drone Racing League's new Racer3 aircraft tops out at 85 mph

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Neon-colored flying machines paint streaks through the air as they dodge, weave, and drop from one glowing checkpoint to the next on a complex racecourse. The pilots are comfortably detached, steering the vehicles remotely using streamed video to VR headsets. They are spared all injury except the shame of defeat that stems from a race-ending crash. For the Drone Racing League, this is the heart and the joy of an infant sport: a skill test for humans, performed by robots.


20 helpful Amazon Echo voice commands for you to try

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These voice commands come built in to Alexa and will work as soon as you switch on your Echo device.


IBM could have a solution to one of self-driving cars' biggest problems

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For instance, if the system detects a minor problem like an issue with tire pressure, it might see that as a good opportunity for the human to take control. However, it would first use its analysis to make sure the driver was prepared and ready to take the wheel, using collected data to make its decision and recommendation. And if the system decides neither the car nor the human are fit to drive, it would attempt to automatically slow down and stop in a safe location. Beyond directly measurable factors, the system could also cross-check other self-driving vehicle traffic patterns and accident histories to learn more about its environment.