Eric Erikson

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We better hope that when the artificial intelligence apocalypse finally descends on us, it'll be something like "Westworld."That's the word from show co-creator Jonathan Nolan, who spoke Saturday at the South by Southwest Conference during a panel about the hit series."I think we'd be lucky if this was the AI apocalypse, if it was this attractive and charming," Nolan said, noting that while folks tend to think it'll take a super AI to overthrow humans, bots are already manipulating social media users.The implications of AI comprised just some of the discussion during the panel, which in addition to Nolan featured co-creator Lisa Joy, a cast member or two, and a rocket-fast cameo by tech-minded Renaissance man Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company.The clip focused on the recent launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, and on Starman, the dummy at the wheel of a Tesla SpaceX Roadster carried into space by the rocket."Life can't just be about solving one miserable problem after another," Musk said of space travel's power to inspire.
A U.S. District Court judge has just handed some Uber drivers a win by concluding the ride-hailing company breached a contract pertaining to “Safe Rides” fees.In U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers’ opinion on damages, she wrote “there is no question that drivers were financially harmed by Uber’s breach of contract.”The lead plaintiffs, Matthew Clark, Ryan Cowden, Dominicus Rooijackers and Jason Rosenberg, sued Uber for $5 million in 2016 on behalf of 9,602 drivers who opted out of arbitration.However, the exact extent of the damages has not yet been determined.The plaintiffs alleged Uber, despite saying it wouldn’t, took the “Safe Rides Fees” from the fares drivers charged riders on minimum fare rides between April 2014 and November 2015.The fact that Uber chose not to follow the precise terms of the Agreement for the 19 months of the class period and is now attempting to rationalize its conduct is not relevant to the instant claim.”
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Meizu E3 are two Chinese brands that are expected in a couple of weeks.While the Redmi Note 5 will be released on March 16, Meizu E3 is expected on March 21.A leaked document on Chinese media suggests that the Chinese version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will come with a 1499 Yuan ($237) price tag which is similar to the Rs 13,999 (approximately 1400 Yuan) quoted for the Indian version.As for the Meizu E3, it has a 2299 Yuan ($363) price tag and this smartphone is scheduled to be released on March 21.The Redmi Note 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (according to the leaked document).It is equipped with a 5.99-inch display which has a resolution of 2160 × 1080.
OK, so this weird, and not what we were expecting when Bose told us it was making a new product announcement at this year's SXSW: It's creating an augmented-reality platform.The augmented-reality platform its announced -- and set up a $50 million venture fund to support it -- is about about audio not video.Bose is calling it the first "audio augmented platform" and says its Bose AR prototype -- "glasses to hear" -- is the future of mobile sound.For now the glasses won't be available to consumers, a Bose spokesperson told CNET, just to developers and manufacturers (the Bose AR SDK, and limited quantities of a refined and updated version of the Bose AR glasses, will be available this summer).Think of it as different type of wearable headphone that's got some very smart features."And rather than superimposing visual objects on the real world, Bose AR adds an audible layer of information and experiences, making every day better, easier, more meaningful, and more productive."
Untruthful news is 70 percent more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than true news, according to new research — and bots may not be to blame.In a paper published today in the journal Science, researchers analyzed the spread of all the stories verified (as either true or false) by six fact-checking organizations from 2006 to 2017.The analysis shows that false political news spreads more quickly than any other kind, like news about natural disasters or terrorism, and predictably, it spikes during events like the 2012 and 2016 US presidential elections.Though the Twitter accounts that spread untruthful stories were likely to have fewer followers and tweet less than those sharing real news, false news still spreads quickly because it is seen as novel, the study says.Each time they found a mention, they would try to determine whether that mention was the original tweet, or if it was replying to or repeating a different tweet.This wasn’t because the accounts tweeting false news were particularly influential, but because we’re more likely to share news that seems interesting and new.
Scientists studying data from NASA's Juno spacecraft have published a trove of papers in Nature this week, making a number of intriguing and surprising findings about the atmosphere of the largest planet in our Solar System.The papers are summarized and linked in this NASA news release.Some of the most striking discoveries come from visible and infrared observations made by Juno during its first five science passes in its elongated orbit around Jupiter.(The spacecraft entered Jupiter's orbit on July 4, 2016.In these initial passes, scientists found clusters of strange and long-lasting cyclones orbiting the north and south poles of Jupiter.At the north pole, eight persistent, polygon-shaped cyclones were observed around a single polar cyclone.
Samsung wants you to forget about OLED and go for the Q instead.The company on Wednesday took the wraps off its 2018 lineup of higher-end QLED TVs, providing more details on new features and specific models that were absent from its CES announcements in January.The biggest news for video quality fans is the confirmation that the two highest-end models will get full-array local dimming (FALD) backlights, which could help them better compete against OLED, the incumbent picture quality champ.Two series of QLED sets, the Q8 and Q9, will offer FALD while the remaining two, the Q6 and Q7, will not; they'll have edge-lit backlights.Samsung says it has improved its antiglare filters and added an algorithm to the FALD TVs to address light leakage (aka blooming).LG just announced relatively aggressive prices on its 2018 OLED TVs, and to its credit Samsung seems to be catching on.
After a new cheap fitness tracker?When the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 launches later this year, it may be a great competing product for your wrist.It's set to be a follow-up to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which currently features in our best cheap fitness tracker guide - and despite its super low price comes with fitness tracking, sleep monitoring and a bunch of other features too.As for price, all we have to go on is the pricing of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 that at the moment costs somewhere around £28 / $35 / AU$50.Xiaomi Mi Band 3 news and leaksBack in February this year, renowned Twitter leaker Roland Quandt informed us a new Xiaomi product had passed through the Bluetooth certification process and it's expected that this was the Xiaomi Mi Band 3.
Porsche unveiled a new concept version of its forthcoming Mission E all-electric car today at at the Geneva Motor Show.The Mission E Cross Turismo is a crossover utility vehicle with all-wheel drive, four doors and a larger cargo capacity for making sure you have plenty of room to stow your skis before you hit the slopes since this is definitely the kind of car that appeals to people who ski.The concept builds on the Mission E study that Porsche first unveiled back in 2015, but it’s actually road-ready, the car maker says, and features a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 3.5 seconds, along with a driving range of over 310 miles on a single charge.Fast charging will recoup you about 250 miles in just 15 minutes, too, thanks to its 800-volt system architecture.The Cross Turismo has around 600 HP of power from its motors, and can get up to over 120 miles per hour in under 12 seconds.On the inside, it has a new concept dash with a long center console touch panel and small touch screens integrated into the ents and near the windows for controlling vents and other comfort functions.
The Huawei Mate SE has just been released in the USIt is almost identical to the Honor 7X but with more RAM and storage.The phone is currently available on Amazon for $229.99.Huawei has had a pretty complicated start to 2018.First, it had a deal to sell its flagship Mate 10 Pro via AT scuppered at the last minute.Its attempts to sell the phone with retailers were then embroiled in a controversy over suggestions that the Chinese company had recruited people to leave fake reviews for the handset on Best Buy.
Over the past half-decade, the United States Department of Justice has been holding Bitcoin auctions.These auctions took place in a manner not entirely unlike what most people know as Police Auctions.Once a criminal is apprehended, charged, found guilty, and sentenced for a crime, their assets are (potentially) up for forfeit.The latest auction for Bitcoin by the United States Marshal’s office is for a stack of 2,170 bitcoins.Most are only marked “DEA Administrative Forfeiture of [X amount] Bitcoin,” but there’s also a few outliers.• United States v. Shaun Bridges (Case No.
One day the attempted acquisition of Qualcomm by Broadcom will be taught at business schools as an example of what happens when M goes bad.The last time we checked in with these two wacky chippies we concluded the whole saga was just getting silly, after Broadcom decided to reaffirm its commitment to the acquisition by lowering its bid.Against all odds and reason, after taking a day or two off for MWC, the two of them have managed to raise the silly stakes by a further order of magnitude.At the start of last week Broadcom issued a press release entitled ‘Broadcom’s Attempts at Genuine Engagement Met with Qualcomm’s “Engagement Theater”’.A specific concern was that Qualcomm was trying to delay its AGM, at which Broadcom hoped to get a bunch of its people elected to the board.The AGM is due to take place around 24 hours from now.
It continually amazes me how Jones went from being an irrelevant crank and punchline when I was in high school almost 10 years ago to a genuine threat to the nation's psyche.
LineageOS, who provides the most popular free and open-source operating system for Android, recently claimed through their russian team, that it will provide unofficial ROMs for UMIDIGI phones starting with UMIDIGI S2 Lite to UMIDIGI One, UMIDIGI Z2 and the following models.Of course the official stance of UMIDIGI is still the same, any user’s unofficial flash machine behavior is at his own risk, and UMIDIGI is not responsible for any resulting problems.At the same time the company is showing confidence in their own official package and are not against the possible modding.No matter what it is undoubtedly a piece of good news for the Android enthusiasts.In case that the official ROM couldn’t satisfy users’ needs or when users are tired of it, there is another option from LineageOS to enhance the user experience.Just don’t forget, it’s your own responsibility to meddle with such things.
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