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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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GammaTech Durabook R11 tablet PC is military rugged

GammaTech Durabook R11 tablet PC is military rugged

GammaTech has unveiled its latest ruggedized tablet computer that is aimed at workers in harsh environments. We all know that the typical notebook can’t survive use in harsh environments for very long. The Durabook R11 on the other hand meets multiple military standards for ruggedness including MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD- 461F, and IP65. The maker says that meeting the military standards makes this the ideal tablet PCs for utility workers who are in the harshest environments.

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AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

It's one thing for a computer to learn how to beat a Super Mario level from scratch and another to actually learn how to create such a level. And it is definitely another thing to learn all that just by watching people play Super Mario on YouTube. This latest and almost unbelievable feat of machine learning is exactly what Georgia Tech researchers, headed by Ph. D. student Matthew Guzdial, have accomplished. The computer program watches gameplay videos and tries to create its own unique level that a player can really play through.

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Researchers outline methods of stealing PC encryption keys via radio

Researchers outline methods of stealing PC encryption keys via radio

A group of researchers has outlined several ways that the secret encryption keys from a laptop can be stolen using a radio. For the theft to work the electromagnetic emanations from the notebook are measured non-intrusively using a radio from a distance of 50cm from the computer. According to the researchers, this attack can be carried out using cheap and easy to obtain equipment.

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Primera Trio is a portable all-in-one printer

Primera Trio is a portable all-in-one printer

Business users who are on the go and rarely in the office still need at times to be able to do all the things workers stuck in offices do. You can give a field worker a laptop and they can do all their computing wherever they happen to be. What can be more challenging is being able to print something from the road. Often mobile workers end up emailing items to someone in the office to print and then picking the items up when they are back. A new mobile AIO printer called the Primera Trio would end that method of printing.

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Lenovo enters PC-on-a-stick market with ideacentre Stick 300

Lenovo enters PC-on-a-stick market with ideacentre Stick 300

As micro-sized PCs on USB and HDMI sticks are becoming the new standard for entry-level computing and entertainment systems, Lenovo has announced its entry into the market. Dubbed the ideacentre Stick 300, the device plugs into a HDMI port on any monitor or television display, turning it into a Windows PC with more than enough power to browse the web, create documents, and enjoy media like photos and video. Lenovo says it will be hitting the US this fall, priced at a wallet-friendly $129.

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Lean Chair is a laid back standing desk

Lean Chair is a laid back standing desk

You don’t have to talk hard online to find a bunch of stories about how sitting at your desk all day will kill you. This has led to multiple standing desk options being available that allow you to stand up to work. The problem with standing up to work for some people is that having all of their body weight on the knees and feet all day can cause pain, this is where the LeanChair comes in.

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Philips 276E6ADS 27-inch monitor achieves 99% Adobe RGB color

Philips 276E6ADS 27-inch monitor achieves 99% Adobe RGB color

Philips has unveiled a new computer monitor and according to the company it is the first quantum dot desktop monitor to be launched anywhere in the world. The display is a 27-inch unit and the big feature is its ability to reproduce Adobe RGB color. According to Philips, the display can reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut making it ideal for professional photography and design.

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HP’s $299 Pavilion x2 tablet hybrid blew me away

HP’s $299 Pavilion x2 tablet hybrid blew me away

Making a sleek tablet with a detachable keyboard isn’t tough, but making one with both style and an affordable price tag takes another level of commitment. HP believes it has just the thing, however, in the shape of the new HP Pavilion x2. A 10-inch Windows tablet with a magnetically-clinging keyboard, USB-C, and over 10hrs of battery life, it’s hard not to see Microsoft’s Surface 3 right in HP’s sights. Surprisingly, though, the Pavilion x2 will start at under $300.

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