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The real problem isn’t AI, it is man

The real problem isn’t AI, it is man

This week, two events perfectly demonstrated humanity's almost schizophrenic relationship with artificial intelligence. First, Terminator: Genisys, with threat of Skynet looming over our heads, premiered on the big screen. Second, a consortium of tech companies and AI researchers has just revealed 37 research grants to keep AI from going out of control. But how far or near are we really to the dark future painted by Terminator or any other AI-centric science fiction? Turns out, we're probably nowhere near. But the real danger might not actually come from AI. It might be from mankind after all.

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Microsoft and the undying Android smartphone rumor

Microsoft and the undying Android smartphone rumor

Windows 10 is just around the corner, at least for PCs and tablets. For mobile phones, however, that's not happening until later. Which means that there's a window of opportunity for dreaming about the future. And when it comes to divining Microsoft smartphone future, there is no other favorite than a Microsoft made Android device. It sounds dreamy doesn't it? A smartphone that combines decades of Nokia experience, Microsoft's enterprise and productivity products, and one of the biggest mobile platforms in the world. But youu know what they say about things that sound too good to be true, and here are some reasons why.

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“Smaug” Chromebook with Tegra X1 might be coming soon

“Smaug” Chromebook with Tegra X1 might be coming soon

The NVIDIA Tegra X1 might be one of if not the most powerful, non-overheating mobile processor around but it is sadly found only in one solitary consumer device, the new Android TV NVIDIA SHIELD. That, however, might soon be changing with sightings of the Tegra X1 making its way to a class of consumer electronics that needs all that muscle the least: Chromebooks. If all the stars align, a certain board codenamed "Smaug" might be the foundations of a rare ARM-based Chromebook powered by the Tegra X1.

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US vs JP giant robot fight fantasy might be reality soon

US vs JP giant robot fight fantasy might be reality soon

If you pit a Gundam against a Jaeger, which one would win? While we are still probably decades away from seeing such a battle ensue, presuming there would ever be a justification for one, we can, perhaps settle for the next best thing. Or the next smaller thing. The gloves are off as US-based MegaBots Inc. has just issued a challenge to Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industries for the robot battle of the decade. This is no almost comic Robot Wars. This is full scale, head-on Giant Robot Fight!

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Here’s how Windows 10 will roll out in waves

Here’s how Windows 10 will roll out in waves

We barely have a month before Microsoft opens the floodgates, unleashing Windows 10 to the world. Naturally, everyone at Redmond is busy preparing for the release but it also wants its customers to be well prepared as well. Now the company is sharing how the Windows 10 release will proceed. Although July 29 is the appointed day, a lot will happen before and after that date. Whether you're an end user or a business partner, there is a Windows 10 version for your and a date when you can get it.

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Sources say WB knew Arkham Knight PC was horribly broken

Sources say WB knew Arkham Knight PC was horribly broken

The launch of Batman: Arkham Knight was a disaster, at least for PC owners. Now it might be even more of a PR disaster for publisher Warner Bros. Although the company issued an apology to owners and fans after pulling the game out of sales, it seems it might just be a well-worded cover up. Numerous sources, including the games' testers, are now saying that Warner Bros. was fully aware of the issues that the PC version faced, but decided to ship it at the same time anyway.

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Leaked OnePlus 2 sketches hint at dual camera setup

Leaked OnePlus 2 sketches hint at dual camera setup

The clues leading to the OnePlus 2 are piling up even as we barely have a month left before we see the real thing. Although OnePlus itself is only too happy to tease its fans, this recent batch doesn't come from the horse's mouth. Someone somewhere leaked out design sketches for the upcoming "flagship killer part deux" and it has some very interesting tidbits. Provided you give it credence of course. Aside from confirming rumors of a glass and metal build, the drawings also suggest that there might be a dual camera ala HTC.

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New Garmin eTrex adds a Touch of tech to outdoor handhelds

New Garmin eTrex adds a Touch of tech to outdoor handhelds

Garmin has had navigation devices even before GPS became cool, but the onslaught of smartphones and tablets threaten its dominance. In order to keep up with the times, it has upgraded its product lines with new features to match those mobile devices. Its outdoor handhelds, for example, now have a touchscreen. Appropriately called the eTrex Touch, the new 25, 35, and 35t models offer a variety of new features to make the active life easier and enjoyable, like activity profiles and even some notifications from your smartphone.

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BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

The BMW i8 already looks like a car from the future, but this new version of it might be even more so. Just the other day we saw Toyota boasting about the mileage of its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and now BMW has come out with one of its own. Not a commercial model yet, though. This still unnamed research car will be the German car maker's plans for fuel cell powered automobiles. Curiously, Toyota actually plays an important role in those plans as well.

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Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

When your core business is essentially dependent on the Internet, it makes sense that you'd want everyone to have access to the Internet as well. Google has its Project Loon and Facebook has Internet.org. Of course, those are lofty goals, but the question is always "how". Unlike Google's balloons, Facebook will be using satellites, drones, and lasers. Yes, lasers. Mark Zuckerberg has just posted online, on his Facebook account no less, a teaser of what's to come, with lasers being shot from the sky to deliver the Internet, and Facebook, to everyone.

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