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UN study finds female voice assistants reinforce harmful stereotypes

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 23 mei, 2019  
For the record, the appropriate response to being called a slut isn't, "I'd blush if I could." But that's what Siri is programmed to say. According to a report by the United Nations, the fact that most voice assistant are gendered as young women is r.....
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The Morning After: The black-and-white portable console of the future

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 23 mei, 2019  
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The new game system everyone is talking about can't do 4K, 8K or even 1K, but we're still excited about Panic's surprise Playdate portable console. On the other hand, it's time to say goodbye to Ouya and Consume.....
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DJI drones will detect and warn of airplanes and helicopters

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 23 mei, 2019  
DJI has announced that all its consumer drones over 250 grams will use "AirSense" tech to help operators see and avoid airplanes and helicopters. They'll be equipped with so-called ADS-B sensors already installed in many aircraft and air traffic cont.....
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Why putting googly eyes on robots makes them inherently less threatening

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
At the start of 2019, supermarket chain Giant Food Stores announced it would begin operating customer assisting robots -- collectively dubbed Marty -- in 172 locations across the East Coast. These autonomous machines may navigate their respect.....
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One of these models doesn’t exist

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
Virtual humans are gradually scaling the uncanny valley, and like artificial intelligence, they're coming for our jobs. A case in point is Imma, a digital Instagram model who has garnered over 50,000 followers thanks to her (its?) trendy, street-styl.....
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MIT’s ‘RoboRaise’ helps you lift things by studying your muscles

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
It's all well and good having a virtual assistant like Alexa or Siri in your lounge, but they make for a pretty useless robotic companion when it comes to shifting a sofa or getting a heavy box from a cupboard. MIT CSAIL has a solution in its sights.....
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Ford wants this creepy robot to bring its autonomous deliveries to your door

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
Autonomous deliveries and self-driving vehicles may be the future, but there are still a few gaps that need to be addressed -- namely that it's not always possible for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries from the roadside (and if you'r.....
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The fight against childhood blindness could lead to eagle-eyed robots

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 21 mei, 2019  
Imparting vision upon machines has been a massive, multi-decade undertaking by the scientific community. And while the acuity of today's state-of-the-art computer systems can match or exceed a human's high-resolution optical anatomy, training these m.....
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Researchers say ‘spidey senses’ could help self-driving vehicles avoid hazards

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 21 mei, 2019  
Researchers want to give cars, planes and drones "spidey senses." That is, they want to give autonomous machines sensors that mimic nature. In a paper published in ACS Nano, a team of researchers -- from Purdue University, Nanyang Te.....
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AMC cancels sci-fi robot drama ‘Humans’

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 21 mei, 2019  
Humans, the AMC and UK Channel 4 robot drama often compared to Westworld, has been cancelled after three seasons, said executive producers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley on Twitter. The show, which was a critical but not a ratings success, .....
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Stanford students’ robot dog does backflips for (relatively) cheap

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 21 mei, 2019  
Robots with dog-like talents are nothing new, but it's not exactly practical to buy one that can do more than the basics. The new Aibo is cute, for instance, but not very athletic. A group of Stanford students might have a better solution. They've.....
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US government warns China may have access to drone data

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 mei, 2019  
Today, the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert warning that Chinese-made drones may be sending flight information back to their manufacturers, who could share it with third parties. According to CNN, the alert warns companies and o.....
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Why is Facebook doing robotics research?

Door: Devin Coldewey   / 20 mei, 2019  
It's a bit strange to hear that the world's leading social network is pursuing research in robotics rather than, say, making search useful, but Facebook is a big organization with many competing priorities. And while these robots aren't directly going to affect your Facebook experience, what the company learns from them could be impactful in surprising ways...
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US to back international guidelines for AI ethics

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 mei, 2019  
American companies have fostered ethical uses of AI before. Now, however, the government itself is posed to weigh in. Politico understands that the US, fellow members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and a "h.....
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