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STANK LOVE, BEAR WIG, and other sayings from AI-generated candy hearts

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This Valentine's Day, would you give someone a candy heart that says STANK LOVE on it? What about TIME HUG, or BEAR WIG, or simply FANG? What would you think after receiving a treat featuring the words LOVE BOT, or PIN A FACE, or just HOLE? Would you swoon for TIME STAR or SWEAT POO? This is what yo...


Last week in tech: A dummy went to space and we got some new emojis

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The 2018 release from the Unicode Consortium contains Emoji 11.0, which brings 157 new adorable little pixel blobs to the 2,666 that previously existed. The list includes people with red, curly, and no hair. There's also a partying face and "leg." You may have missed it, but ride-hailing service Uber has been locked in a legal battle against the Alphabet-owned, self-driving vehicle company, Waymo since January 2017. The case alleged that a Google engineer gave Uber trade secrets regarding self-driving car tech. It's a complex issue of intellectual property and it's likely not the last one like this we'll see. This one surprised many when the two sides settled early, giving Waymo a small stake in Uber.


We're told to fear robots. But why do we think they'll turn on us?

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Despite the gory headlines, objective data show that people all over the world are, on average, living longer, contracting fewer diseases, eating more food, spending more time in school, getting access to more culture, and becoming less likely to be killed in a war, murder, or an accident. Yet despa...


This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

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Ehang's CEO, Hu Huazhi, says these passenger drones will first focus on carrying wealthy customers to establish a customer base (making it much like Elon Musk's strategy for Tesla). Then, ideally, economies of scale would democratize passenger drones, so everyone else can take to the sky. That, at least, is the futuristic vision. Peter Warren Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He has been named by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues. He was also dubbed an official "Mad Scientist" for the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command. Jeffrey Lin is a national security professional in the greater D.C. area. China's new drone company is building a UAV with a 20-ton payload In China, an e-commerce giant builds the world's biggest delivery drone


A fish that barely sleeps could help turn humans into all-night party animals

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There's something about the blind Mexican cavefish that will make you quite jealous: To survive and thrive, they require just two hours of sleep each night; no more, no less. Imagine everything you could do with those extra six hours. Among all the animals in the world that need their zzz's, specie...


The search engines you'll need for every type of question

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Let's go ahead and talk about the elephant in the article: When it comes to general searches, Google crushes the competition. It has an extremely well-trained algorithm and offers the largest index of pages--a search for "Mars planet," for example, brings up 5.7 million Google results as opposed to 99,800 Bing ones. That means this search behemoth is still more likely to turn up an obscure blog post, forum message, or online document than any of its rivals, which makes it ideal for researching computer error messages or specialized scientific topics. On top of its general-interest search chops, Google is great for looking up highly specialized information...about you. Because the search engine ties in with its other services, such as Gmail and Google Photos, it can pull up your personal data while you're signed into your account.


Last week in tech: Yes, Elon Musk really made a 'flamethrower'

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One of GM's self-driving cars had an unfortunate encounter with a motorcyclist last week and it has sparked an interesting debate as well as a lawsuit. You can check out the details here. Also last week a Tesla that was reportedly in autopilot mode slammed into a parked fire truck, which makes it a less-than-stellar week for self-driving and driver-assist tech.