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The Robots Are Coming — Aren’t They?

The Robots Are Coming — Aren’t They?

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 Rosie, C3PO, HAL, WALL-E, Bender, Optimus, Asimo. Our obsession with robots propels them to the single name status normally reserved for pop icons like Sting, Madonna and Oprah. The media has a long history of shaping our view of what robots are – we have seen them in movies and TV shows and read about them in books. In fact, the term “robot” was first coined by Karel Capek…

Solstice, Shmolstice – Why The Coldest Days Are Still To Come | Inside Science

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Why is the winter’s coldest day usually more than a month away?

Residents of the Northern Hemisphere, don’t worry about the winter solstice – it’s not the middle of winter, and in some places, it’s not even the start of wintry weather.

So why exactly is the shortest day of the year so distant from the coldest temperatures? It’s usually another month before the bone-aching freezes of winter hit their worst.

New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

New “Shingled” Hard Drives Hold Terabytes For Pennies A Gig

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 While the last time most of us thought of shingles was when we were itchy in eighth grade, Seagate has been thinking of them as a way to store data. Called Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) Drives, Seagate’s new drives can store eight terabytes of data for about 3 cents a gigabyte. The catch? These are great back-up drives but they’re not very fast. At 5,900 RPM and an average…

Your Phone Is More Powerful Than The Computer In The Spaceship NASA Launched This Week

Your Phone Is More Powerful Than The Computer In The Spaceship NASA Launched This Week

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The Orion spaceship, which NASA launched this week as a first step on a mission to take astronauts to Mars, has a less powerful computer than your smartphone. It’s widely known that today’s smartphones have more computing power than all of NASA did when it started sending astronauts to the moon. But that was almost 50 years ago! Why would a rocket today have such a basic computer in it? Because it’s designed for reliability, not power, reports Computerworld. NASA engineer Matt Lemke explained that the rocket will be battered by gravity and radiation, so the computer has lots of modifications to help it withstand the barrage. There are also two backup computers on board. They’re all Honeywell computers originally built for the Boeing 787, and include 12-year-old IBM processors.

Google Has An Internal Committee To Discuss Its Fears About The Power Of Artificial Intelligence (GOOG)

Andrew: watch the embedded YouTube video.

Google Has An Internal Committee To Discuss Its Fears About The Power Of Artificial Intelligence (GOOG)

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Google has assembled a team of experts in London who are working to “solve intelligence.” They make up Google DeepMind, the US tech giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) company, which it acquired in 2014.