Daily Archives: September 19, 2019

Meet ‘Mindar,’ the robotic Buddhist priest

A Japanese temple has settled on a new plan for connecting with the masses, one that channels ancient wisdom through the technology of the future. Innovations

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Brownface, Blackface and About-Face. Is Trudeau Who He Says He Is?

OTTAWA — Canadians from Newfoundland to British Columbia struggled with the past misdeeds of their leader this week when images surfaced of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface and brownface makeup. Could this be the same Mr. Trudeau who … Google Alert – breaking news

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This Tesla owner wanted to control her Model 3. So she implanted a valet key in her arm.

A Texas woman wanted to control her Tesla Model 3. So she implanted part of the vehicle’s valet key in her arm. Innovations

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‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father.’

If all goes according to plan, future generations will be able to interact with departed relatives using mobile devices or virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, asking the deceased questions, eliciting stories and drawing upon a lifetime’s worth of advice long after their physical body is gone. Innovations

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Harnessing machine learning to make managing your storage less of a chore

Enlarge / As far as we know, none of the storage vendors using AI have gone neuromorphic yet—let alone biological. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) While the words “artificial intelligence” generally conjure up visions of Skynet, HAL 9000, and the Demon Seed, machine learning and other types of AI technology have already been brought to bear on many analytical tasks, ...

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Zum, a ride-hailing company for kids, expands to six more U.S. cities, including D.C.

Zum announced that it is expanding to a half dozen other cities around the county, including San Diego, Miami, Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago and the D.C. area. Innovations

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Hyundai’s solution for navigating traffic-clogged cities: mounting an electric scooter on your car

Hyundai, one of the world’s largest automakers, is exploring adding e-scooters to their vehicles. The company has released an e-scooter prototype that is charged using electricity produced while driving. Innovations

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Cities, not rural areas, are the real Internet deserts

The “digital divide” is back in the news, with both Democratic presidential candidates and incumbent government officials promising billions to provide high-speed Internet to millions of Americans in rural areas who don’t currently have access to it at home. The digital divide, however, is not a rural problem. Innovations

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