Archive | October, 2021

Neuroscientist recounts his long strange trip to plumb the depths of consciousness

In a scene from a new documentary titled “Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness,” Allen Institute neuroscientist Christof Koch gazes out on Puget Sound while riding a Washington state ferry. (Umbrella Films)
Could magic mushrooms hold the key that unlocks the secrets of consciousness?
Well, maybe not the only key. But Allen Institute neuroscientist Christof Koch says that hallucinogenic drugs such as

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I'll be looking for a cheap Roomba on Black Friday – and not just because I'm lazy

This year’s Black Friday deals are already starting to roll in, and I’m going to be keeping a close eye out for offers on robot vacuum cleaners and mops (or ideally a multi-purpose bot that incorporates both).The reason? Black laminate flooring. It looks great when it’s clean, especially when paired with crisp white paintwork, but it shows every fleck of

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14 Great Deals on Robot Vacs, Oral Care Gadgets, and More

Practice self-care by keeping your life comfortable and tidy, and save money too.

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The Rolling Stones: Robot dog 'Spot' shares Mick Jagger's moves

A unique robotic version of Start Me Up celebrates 40 years since the release of The Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You album.

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The evolution of speech recognition technology

Do you remember when the idea of KITT, the chatty Knight Rider car, still blew you away? Or when Blade Runner Eric Decker verbally commanded his computer to enhance photos of a crime scene? The idea of being understood by a computer seemed futuristic enough, let alone one that could answer your questions and understand your commands.
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Amazon partners with UCLA on science hub focusing on AI and its social impact

Amazon’s Pietro Perona and Prem Natarajan join UCLA’s Leonard Kleinrock, Jayathi Murthy, Andrea Ghez, Jens Palsberg and Stefano Soatto in flashing thumbs-up signs during an Amazon Science Day at UCLA kickoff event. (UCLA Photo)
Amazon and UCLA are launching a research hub that will draw upon industry and academic research to address the social issues raised by the rapid rise

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Microsoft goes deeper into content moderation with Two Hat acquisition

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Microsoft has acquired Two Hat, a content moderation technology company started in 2012 by a former Disney Interactive application security specialist, Chris Priebe, who saw an opportunity to use artificial intelligence to reduce cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment.
Two Hat Founder and CEO Chris Priebe. (LinkedIn Photo)
Two Hat, based in Kelowna, B.C., already partners

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Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot looks like a scary Jim Henson puppet in this Rolling Stones tribute

Old snake hips, Mick Jagger, has met his robotic match. Boston Dynamics has released a tribute to The Rolling Stones’ iconic music video for their 1981 hit “Start Me Up,” with band members replaced by the company’s quadrupedal Spot robots.
It is, as with most things Boston Dynamics, either:

a harbinger of a terrible

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