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Fox to kick off the human-robot war with a new AI-based game show

March 13th, 2018 at 12:43 am » Comments Off

As children, most of us humans are taught not to be a “sore loser” by throwing some kind of tantrum when we lose a competition. The idea of gracefully accepting defeat forms the basis of friendship, democracy, and game shows, but Fox is risking the sanctity of all of that by developing a new show […]

Radinn’s second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

March 11th, 2018 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

The G2X wakeboard pushes itself along at up to 36 MPH.

YouTube is the most lucrative platform for creators — with Etsy and Instagram trailing behind

February 28th, 2018 at 1:41 am » Comments Off

The internet has sparked a new kind of economy, as creators find new ways to directly reach their audiences and customers. Services like Etsy, WordPress, and Amazon’s Twitch don’t have a lot in common, except for the fact that they give creative people ways to make a living doing what they love.

Disney has begun populating its parks with autonomous, personality-driven robots

February 18th, 2018 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

The process of making a Disney park feel alive is most easily encapsulated in animatronic figures. These hydraulic, pneumatic and now electric figures have been a fixture at Disneyland since the 60s. Since then, massive advancements have been made in control systems, movement architecture and programming. The most advanced animatronic figures like the Na’Vi Shaman […]

Illegal drone use over New York City is steeply rising

February 17th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Within a single year, illegal drone sightings in New York City have increased by 68 percent. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to establish the state’s first drone-testing corridor, this is probably not what he had in mind. New York City has seen an increase in illegal drone use of 68 percent from the […]

Your smart TV is watching you watching TV, Consumer Reports finds

February 10th, 2018 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

  Consumer Reports reported that Samsung and Roku Smart TVs were vulnerable to hacking through a web-based attack. Millions of smart TVs sitting in family living rooms are vulnerable to hackers taking control — and could be tracking the household’s personal viewing habits much more closely than their owners realize, according to a new Consumer […]

Spotify disrupted the music world, now it’s doing the same to Wall Street

January 18th, 2018 at 1:30 am » Comments Off

If Spotify’s non-IPO goes forward this spring, it will be unusual in that it will be a “direct listing,” wherein the current shareholders will sell their shares directly to the retail-investing public on the NYSE, vs. to institutional investors. Spotify is the first company of its size to propose such a listing. If the listing […]

AI is learning to make you cry at the movies

December 23rd, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

New research can predict how plots, images, and music affect your emotions while watching a movie.

More Americans are listening to podcasts regularly — but 40% still don’t know what they are

August 27th, 2017 at 9:48 pm » Comments Off

Podcasts predate the iPhone, Spotify and Netflix’s streaming service. But thanks to such things, they’re finally starting to catch on with the general public.

AI-generated pop song puts human composers on notice

August 24th, 2017 at 9:11 am » Comments Off

A still from the music video for the new single “Break Free” that features music entirely composed and produced by an artificial intelligence system (Credit: Taryn Southern / Amper)

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