Our robotic future, so full of promise, could be our undoing. So says futurist and CEO of Poikos, Nell Watson, who recently spoke at The Conference in Sweden about all things robots. The issue lies in artificial intelligence and a robot's acquisition of knowledge, and the lack of understanding about ethics that are present in both.
Swatting, the obnoxious prank in which a gamer calls the cops on another gamer in order to get a SWAT team sent to their house, has been growing in number. We saw one example last month, and the latest happened to well-known gamer Kootra recently (video after the jump). A report has been circulating saying the person behind the prank was sentenced to 25 years in prison -- that's a hoax, folks.
In addition to the previously leaked SmartWatch 3, it seems Sony has a second wearable in the plans for the upcoming IFA 2014. Called the SmartBand Talk, the new wearable will be an update to the company's original SmartBand (check out our review), a rubber wristband toting NFC with a health-centric focus.
It was an unfortunate weekend for a handful of celebrities, with an unknown hacker on 4chan posting a plethora of photos -- some explicit -- of various well-known individuals in exchange for Bitcoin. Details on how, exactly, this individual came to acquire the content isn't yet known, but many have been quick to peg Apple's iCloud as the source.
Netflix has been vocal in its battle for net neutrality, but despite its position, the company has relented multiple times and entered into peering agreements with major Internet service providers, including Comcast. This was because the latter ISP was costing it customers, Netflix has revealed.
The days of sorting through hundreds of printed photos has been replaced by having to sort through hundreds of digital photos. Tagging makes this task a bit easier, but still not quite satisfactory for those times you want to reminisce or show off your latest vacation. That's where Tripcast comes in.
Memobottle has introduced a new water bottle that is designed for the modern age -- it is wide and flat, and (risks of having water next to your expensive gadgets aside) can slip in your bag between your laptop and tablet. The water bottle is being funded on Kickstarter, where it has nearly hit its funding goal.
The US dollar is the currency of choice in Ecuador, something that could eventually be second-best to a digital currency issued by the nation's Central Bank. Ecuador's government says this is a first for cryptocurrencies, and that it will have many benefits, including helping the poor.