'Always there': the AI chatbot comforting China's lonely millions

After a painful break-up from a cheating ex, Beijing-based human resources manager Melissa was introduced to someone new by a friend late last year.

24 August 2021, techxplore.com

Samsung to spend $205 billion across 3 years for 'strategic businesses'

The three-year spending plan for strategic businesses such as semiconductors, biopharmaceuticals, and telecommunications is being prepared in anticipation of "great changes" following the COVID-19 pandemic, Samsung says.

24 August 2021, zdnet.com

Can Robots Evolve Into Machines of Loving Grace?

Perhaps, if we put bots together the right way, consciousness will simply emerge.

24 August 2021, wired.com

Six unplanned myGov outages in 20-21 with the longest one lasting 90 minutes

Services Australia said the number of outages was almost half of what it was in 2019-20. It also provided detail on its IT expenditure, with AU$1.48 billion spent last financial year.

24 August 2021, zdnet.com

SpaceX ships 100,000 Starlink terminals to customers as it awaits licensing approval

SpaceX is a step closer to achieving its goal of delivering global broadband connectivity through a satellite constellation.

24 August 2021, zdnet.com

These robots can move your couch

Engineers have developed robots that can work independently and cooperatively to move unwieldy objects like a couch. In simulations, the robots were successful even when tasked to move an object in new, unfamiliar scenarios.

24 August 2021, sciencedaily.com

Telfar Wants to Know if You Can Spot the Biggest Cat

In an effort to combat bots, the brand has made it more difficult to “Captcha” its shopping bags. Too difficult, perhaps.

23 August 2021, nytimes.com

Gartner releases its 2021 emerging tech hype cycle: Here's what's in and headed out

The hype cycle is handy for tech buyers who need to know what buzzword bingo they're about to receive from vendors.

23 August 2021, zdnet.com

Best espresso machine 2021: Save money, brew at home

Got an expensive caffeine habit at your local coffee shop that you need to get under control? These machines will help to make barista-quality drinks in the privacy of your own home.

23 August 2021, zdnet.com

Study: Benefits outweigh risks for autonomous vehicles—as long as you regulate them

An interdisciplinary panel of experts has assessed the risks and potential benefits associated with deploying autonomous vehicles (AVs) on U.S. roads and predicts that the benefits will substantially outweigh potential harms—but only if the AVs are well regulated.

23 August 2021, techxplore.com

Improve machine learning performance by dropping the zeros

KAUST researchers have found a way to significantly increase the speed of training. Large machine learning models can be trained significantly faster by observing how frequently zero results are produced in distributed machine learning that use large training datasets.

23 August 2021, techxplore.com

Combined approach finds best direct trajectory for robot path generation

When a robot needs to move across a room, there are several paths, each with curves and multiple potential starting and ending points. How does it decide the most efficient, cost-effective approach? A collaborative team of researchers in the United States may have the answer.

23 August 2021, techxplore.com

A vision-based robotic system for 3D ultrasound imaging

Ultrasound imaging techniques have proved to be highly valuable tools for diagnosing a variety of health conditions, including peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD, one of the most common diseases among the elderly, entails the blocking or narrowing of peripheral blood vessels, which limits the supply of blood to specific areas of the body.

23 August 2021, techxplore.com

Elon Musk is building a human-like robot: Does anyone else think this is a really bad idea?

Yep, he's at it again. Apparently, launching a sports car into space wasn't enough. Now, he's hoping to unleash an army of labor-saving bipedal robots into our homes and businesses.

23 August 2021, zdnet.com

Nvidia-Arm merger in doubt as CMA has ‘serious’ concerns

The proposed merger between Nvidia and British chip technology giant Arm is looking increasingly doubtful as the CMA (Competition & Markets Authority) believes the deal “raises serious competition concerns”.

AI Can Write in English. Now It's Learning Other Languages

Startups in Germany, China, Israel, and elsewhere are following the path blazed by GPT-3—with local twists.

23 August 2021, wired.com

Are These the Hidden Deepfakes in the Anthony Bourdain Movie?

Pindrop, which makes software to identify synthetic audio, found three clips totaling 50 seconds in the nearly 2-hour movie.

23 August 2021, wired.com

Curtin University gears up to launch Western Australia's first satellite into orbit

The Binar-1 CubeSat will be one of seven Binar CubSat-planned launches this year and next.

23 August 2021, zdnet.com

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