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Jun 28
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Scientists Hope to Make Robots More Curious

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Scientists Hope to Make Robots More Curious

As sophisticated as software has gotten in recent years, it still lacks some basic human traits. One of those traits is curiosity, which leads human beings to study and learn and grow. But scientists have recently been working to remedy that, building curiosity into the artificial intelligence (AI) solutions they’re creating.

One of the biggest benefits of adding an element of curiosity is that it will compel robots to learn and advance even faster. Experts believe this is an example of how integral curiosity is to the learning process. This will be especially helpful to software developers tasked with empowering machines to scale to meet future challenges.

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Jun 27
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Rhode Island Lawmaker Gives Colleagues Porn-Laced Hearing Handouts

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Rhode Island Lawmaker Gives Colleagues Porn-Laced Hearing Handouts

Before anyone gets too excited, we're not talking graphic images and/or terms and videos here. Unless the tabs of web pages that were visible as part of the handout had really graphic titles.

What happened, though, might prove even more embarrassing than if Rhode Island State Representative Ramon Perez had accidentally included actual pornographic images with information he gave to fellow lawmakers to bolster his case for a particular piece of legislation.

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Jun 26
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Walmart's Enormous Vending Machine Fetches Your Groceries

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Walmart Enormous Vending Machine Fetches Your Groceries

When it comes to dispensing grocery orders what's a big-box retailer to do but to build yet another big box to accomplish the job?

The whole point, it seems, is to make it as easy as possible for people to pick up their online orders. After all, what's the point of ordering online if you just have to park your car, go into the store, and retrieve your groceries anyway?

Say hello to the Walmart grocery vending machine, the test model of which is sitting in a parking lot in Warr Acres, Oklahoma.

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Jun 25
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Sex Doll Exhibit Attracts Women in Large Numbers

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Sex Doll Exhibit Attracts Women in Large Numbers

A gallery in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward recently hosted an exhibit that is far from what you’d usually see at an art gallery. The exhibit didn’t feature paintings and sculptures. Instead, sex dolls were on display in an exhibit called Ima to Mukashi no Ai-Ningyo, which translates to “love dolls of today and the old days.”

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the exhibit was the fact that more than 60 percent of the 4,000 people who toured it were women. The female showing surprised even the exhibit’s organizer, who points out that throughout history, these dolls were largely owned by people who would have been labeled “perverts” by society at the time.

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Jun 24
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Canvas Offers Month-to-Month Car Service in SF

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Canvas Offers Month-to-Month Car Service in SF

For one monthly subscription fee -- which includes insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, registration, and warranty coverage -- Canvas will provide customers with pre-owned Ford vehicles. The month-to-month service is currently available in the San Francisco Bay area.

All of the vehicles are less than three years old and are said to have been "carefully inspected."

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Jun 23
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Step on a Print Ad to Choose the Right Shoe

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Step on a Print Ad to Choose the Right Shoe

The sport of running can be a beneficial form of exercise, but it can also take a toll on your body, particularly in the joints of the legs. It's critical to have the right pair of running shoes for your specific needs.

But settling on the right pair can be a time-consuming enterprise, requiring an analysis of your gait at a specialty running store. Then again, there's no sense in trying to guess which shoe will work, since the pitfalls of doing so could be harmful to your health.

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Jun 22
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

New Drug Could Save Lives After Traumatic Injury

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New Drug Could Save Lives After Traumatic Injury

After a serious injury, time is critical. Even seconds can mean the difference between life and death, with everything hinging on a patient getting medical care quickly. For those who live in areas without access to rapid emergency response, however, survival can be questionable. By the time help arrives, they may succumb to internal injuries or blood loss.

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