The Old West never looked so quirky in Ballad of Buster Scruggs trailer

Enlarge / "Best not to play it too fancy": Sharp-shooting songster Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) takes aim. YouTube/Netflix Wagon trains, duels, hangings, standoffs in the local saloon—all the classic Hollywood Western tropes are on display in the new trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latest film from the prolific Oscar-winning brothers, Joel […]

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See the National Forests like never before in this awe-inspiring drone video

[embedded content] What’s the difference between a National Park and a National Forest? Drones. The National Park Service banned drones several years ago after tourists proved time and time again that they couldn’t be trusted with them. But no such ban exists in the National Forests — at least, not yet — which gives filmmakers […]

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Never remember a face? A new AR facial-recognition app could jog your memory

What do Brad Pitt, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and the late neurologist Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, have in common? Answer: All of them suffer, or have claimed to suffer, from prosopagnosia, a rare disease that affects around 2.5 percent of the population. […]

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Elon Musk and Deepmind's pledge to never build killer AI makes a glaring omission, says Oxford academic

Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount/”Terminator Genisys”This really isn’t what we should worry about. Tech leaders including Elon Musk and the cofounders of DeepMind signed a pledge last week to never develop “lethal autonomous weapons.” The letter argued that morally the decision to take a life should never be delegated to a machine, and automated AI weaponry could […]

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Software delays, lack of purpose means Microsoft’s “Andromeda” may never arrive

Microsoft has developed a dual-screen device before: Courier was cancelled in 2010. Gizmodo We’ve seen over the past few months a growing number of signs that Microsoft is developing some kind of dual-screen pocketable device, codenamed “Andromeda.” There are all sorts of patents, and new Windows APIs include telephony support and support for dual-screen devices with […]

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By assembling Ikea chairs, robots steal the one job we never wanted

[embedded content] People sometimes talk about robots being able to carry out all the jobs which are considered too dull, dirty or dangerous for humans to do. Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore apparently want to add one more “D” to that list: Jobs that are frustrating. With that in mind, they have demonstrated […]

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8 things kids born in 2018 will never experience, thanks to technology

Kids born in 1988 grew up not knowing a world without personal computers. Kids born a decade later never knew a world in which the internet didn’t exist. For those born in 2008, smartphones have always been around. What’s the world going to look like for those born in 2018, then? What will be taken […]