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Facebook’s Terrifying Internet Drone Has Made its Maiden Voyage

July 21, 2016 Facebook wants to bring internet to the most remote parts of the world, and the first part of its plan to do so has taken flight. A massive, foreboding wing-shaped drone, nicknamed Project Aquila, recently completed its first test flight in Arizona, Facebook announced today. Nearly a year ago, Facebook...

Here’s How to Stop Pokemon Go From Destroying Your Phone’s Battery

July 19, 2016 Chances are, if you have a smartphone, you have recently joined the quest to catch them all. Pokémon Go, the mobile game licensed by Nintendo, has taken much of Europe and North America by storm, causing accidents, server failures, stampedes and a few muggings as millions vie to capture as...

Microsoft CEO's 10 Commandments For How AI and Humans Should Act

June 30, 2016 The robot revolution is coming, and people like Elon Musk and prominent scientists are concerned about what this could portend for humanity. They have suggested that we carefully think through what it would mean to live with artificial sentiences that could easily outstrip our own intelligences, and whether it’s really...

Apple's New Patent Aims to Keep People From Filming at Concerts and Movie Theaters on Their Phones

June 29, 2016 “Please, no flash photography.” Polite requests like this can be found in museums all over the world, but they generally don’t dissuade people from taking photos of whatever they feel like. The same goes for concerts, movie theaters and other places where people routinely ignore filming restrictions. A new patent...

The US Commercial Drone Industry Finally Governed by Real Rules

June 22, 2016 “License and registration, please. Do you know how fast you were going back there?” In the near future, this may well apply to commercial drone operators just as much as car drivers. After years of deliberating, forming committees, and imposing stopgap measures, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally announced a...

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The Commercial Drone Industry is Finally Governed by Real Rules

June 21, 2016 “License and registration please. Do you know how fast you were going back there?” In the near future, this may well apply to commercial drone operators just as much as car drivers. After years of deliberating, forming committees, and imposing stopgap measures, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally...

Self-Driving Buses Powered by IBM Watson Now Ferrying People Around in the US

June 19, 2016 Apparently, creating the world’s first working 3-D-printed car wasn’t enough for Local Motors. The startup yesterday opened a new facility in National Harbor, Maryland, and along with it, a new range of miniature buses that can autonomously take passengers wherever they ask to go. And they’re also 3-D-printed, of course....

It’s Happening: A Robot Escaped a Lab in Russia and Made a Dash For Freedom

June 17, 2016 With every passing day, it feels like the robot uprising is getting a little closer. Robots are being beaten down by their human overlords, even as we teach them to get stronger. Now, they’re starting to break free. A robot in Russia escaped from a research lab in the town...

Microsoft Is Buying LinkedIn

June 13, 2016 Microsoft would like to add LinkedIn to its professional network. The tech giant halted trading of its shares Monday morning to announce its intention to purchase the social network for $26.2 billion in cash. Microsoft will be paying $196 per share, according to a release. That’s about $64 more than...

Google Seems to Be Working on Warehouse Robots Like Amazon’s

June 8, 2016 “OK Google, load up those packages for delivery and ready the drone.” In a patent awarded to Google today, the company outlined a theoretical strategy for ensuring that autonomous and remote-controlled robots in a warehouse facility aren’t overloaded as they move cargo around the warehouse. As far as we’re aware,...