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A team comprising of Google DeepMind's Laurent Orseau, and the University of Oxford's Stuart Armstrong, are working on a 'kill switch' concept which will neutralise machines when they are deviating from their original purpose.Google and Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning team describe their research as reinforcement learning agent interruptibility, The team will present their findings at UAI 2016.The research team is exploring a method to safely and repeatedly interrupt or override the actions of an intelligent machine when it finds that the machine is turning rogue.Misbehaving has been interpreted as taking the robot from its comfort zone and letting it perform a task which it did not learn to perform.But applying it to questions of AI motivations is problematic: just as we humans would not willingly change to an alien system of values, any agent has a natural tendency to avoid changing its current values, even if we want to change or tune them."The newness of the field of AI safety means that there is relatively little awareness of these problems in the wider machine learning community.
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Are you tired of nagging your children to sit up straight and stop slouching over their smartphones, tablets and other gadgets?A Vancouver-based company called Medical Wearable Solutions has developed a possible solution to the problem with a new gadget that monitors the wearer's posture and encourages them to sit up straight."Early feedback on prototypes showed that children respond very quickly to the EyeForcer's notifications," the firm claimed on its KickStarter page.While the device is primarily aimed at children, it could prove useful for those who spend hours hunched over computers at work or constantly find themselves staring down at phones or tablets all day.The wearable costs $120 £83 and is slated to begin shipping in November 2016.A KickStarter campaign has raised CA $16,673 £9,088 backed by 15 people so far with 27 days to go to reach its $200,000 goal.
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Apple has plans to launch new MacBook Pro models this month, with a potential release scheduled for August.That s according to Japanese technology site Macotakara, which has published a new report that leaks possible details about the upcoming reveal.It goes on to suggest that the firm will focus on 13- and 15-inch models, and admits that the launch may not take place at Apple s upcoming WWDC 2016 event June 13 to 17 .Concept rendersOf course, it s impossible for us to verify the Macotakara report, as the site s sources remain anonymous.However, we ve heard a number of rumours in recent times that gel with these latest claims, lending credence to the theory that Apple is in fact planning an imminent MacBook Pro revamp.Trusted Explains: Tablets vs LaptopsWhat would you like to see from a new MacBook?
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HBO also unveiled titles for the remaining episodes, so proceed with caution, as they may reveal slight spoilers.The show can vary in length from week to week, with some episodes hovering around the 50-minute mark and others getting closer to 60 minutes.Called The Battle of the Bastards, many fans believe the title refers to Jon Snow the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and Ramsay Bolton the son born out of wedlock to Roose Bolton .Game of Thrones showrunners have been long been teasing a massive battle this season — previously telling EW that it would be the biggest in the show s history — so all signs point to episode 9.Though Martin had intended to publish the book before season 6 premiered, the manuscript was not ready and it has yet to be released.As hard as it is to see the sixth season winding down, at least HBO is drawing out the minutes for us.
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It'll be a sad day when the MacBook Pro I bought in 2012 becomes old and unusably slow and I'll have to buy a new MacBook Pro.But thanks to a simple yet effective feature in MacBook Pros made between 2008 and 2012, my laptop will live on until at least 2020, and probably longer.Normally, with the way I use my computer, it would have lasted two years and I would have had to buy a new computer for $1,800 or more.What's this feature that holds the secret to longevity?That's why the last great MacBook Pro was the 2012 model.RAM, for those who might not know, is your computer's backpocket where it stores everything you have open on your screen, including apps and web browser tabs, so you can use and access them quickly.To give you some perspective as to how little 4GB of RAM is, many recent flagship Android smartphones come with 4GB of RAM.The other parts in my 2012 MacBook Pro, like the super-powerful Core i7, are more than enough to handle my everyday work tasks, so it seemed like a shame to throw it away just because the other crucial part wasn't sufficient.Fast forward to 2016 and I felt my computer slow down as it ran Chrome, Slack, Tweetdeck, Photoshop, Spotify, Wunderlist, Messages, Preview, and an app called Skitch we use at Tech Insider to highlight certain aspects of photos.So I bought more RAM — this time 16GB for $60 — and added it myself.In total, I spent $140 to upgrade my MacBook Pro instead of buying a whole new one for $1,800 or more.And, if ever I need more, I'll spend under $100 again to get even more RAM and it'll still be cheaper than buying a new one.Don't get me wrong.The Core i7 processor will still be fine, though.Apple is set to release brand new MacBook Pros this year, with rumors pointing towards a refreshed design and a fancy row of keys you can customize to do whatever you want, like open certain apps or perform certain functions.However, there are no rumors that Apple will reintroduce the removable bottom, and it's unlikely Apple will do so.Buy a Windows laptop, you say?Indeed, but I prefer the Apple's computer operating system, Mac OSX, more than I like Windows 10.I'll cross the bridge of buying a new laptop when I get to it.
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Snapchat Inc. is redesigning its application to make its media partners channels more appealing to click on, in a move that may draw more advertising revenue.The channels, known as Discover, are like mini mobile magazines on Snapchat run by media partners, including BuzzFeed Inc. and Time Inc. s People magazine.The startup slots ads between the stories people can swipe through.And instead of just displaying a media company s logo, Discover channels will have a cover page of sorts that previews a story inside, according to a spokeswoman.Snapchat and media partners split revenue from the ads on their Discover channels.However, it has work to do to convince advertisers to spend heavily on its service.Snapchat offers marketers a young, mobile-savvy audience without giving much data, while services like Facebook tell advertisers what people like and what they may want to buy.While Snapchat builds a broader case for a return on investment from its ads, the fastest way it can grow advertising revenue is to increase the number of people seeing the marketing spots.
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With 135 of its 300 bones being genuine fossils collected in Montana and Wyoming, it s more complete than many T-rex skeletons on display in museums.But before you throw your hands up and assume you can t afford the million pound plus price tag, you should instead think of this T-rex as an investment opportunity, not just a collectable.The only real reason people pay to go to museums is to see dinosaurs, and you ll have the most coveted attraction.You can also rent it out for children s birthday parties, business retreats, as a teaching aide for universities, as a film prop, or for countless other creative uses.And when it s not in demand and making you money, simply turn it into an incredibly unique standing desk.What s important is that in 40 or 50 years, you ll have totally made back most of your initial investment.
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Image caption Uber says 80% of their customers in Saudia Arabia are womenWhen Saudi Arabia made a hefty investment of $3.5bn £2.43bn in the Uber taxi company with an eye to facilitate its expansion in the Middle East, one of the things it probably had in mind was a huge domestic market for female customers.After all, Saudi women are banned from driving in the country, and Uber earlier mentioned that 80% of its Saudi Arabian users are women.Some Saudi women took to social media to bring up a long-debated subject; the fact that they live in the only country in the world where women are not permitted to drive.Many pointed to fact that as they are not permitted to get behind the wheel themselves, their government and the Silicon Valley transport company were using women as "cash cows, and hence profiting from their lack of rights.To God we complain"Follow BBC Trending on FacebookJoin the conversation on this and other stories here.Others argued that being alone in the car with presumably male drivers did not go well with the Islamic traditions.
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Swatch says its battery revolutionary. Volvo owner Geely well-known company is awarded the contract, according to use Swatch, which is often described as an innovative battery technology. Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek says that Swatch battery is 30 per cent better than conventional batteries. The battery is developed in collaboration with a company called with the ETH Zurich. "We give the opportunity to use Geelylle revolutionary battery system," Hayek tells Reuters. For example, Apple's battery life time is only 18 hours, so it must be downloaded on a daily basis.
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Photo: Getty ImagesThe world's historic effort to reduce carbon emissions is likely to be a costly if not quixotic endeavor, according to one expert, whose recently published research warns that decarbonising the globe could have devastating consequences on the world's way of life.In a report published this week, the International Energy Agency issued a call for "concrete action" to match the ambitions of last year's landmark climate change agreement, which was recently ratified by nearly 200 countries.For that reason, Kelly is skeptical that initiatives like the 21st Conference of the Parties COP21 in Paris will achieve its lofty goals."Hence, efforts aimed at fostering sustainable urban energy paths are crucial to meet national and global low-carbon ambitions," it said."The two largest contributions to cumulative emissions reductions ... over the period 2013-50 would come from end-use fuel and electricity efficiency 38 per cent and renewables 32 per cent ," the energy watchdog said this week.Renewable energy is not yet plentiful or potent enough to completely supplant fossil fuels, while atomic energy is fraught with risks and hamstrung by political resistance.
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If you re a stickler for a quality cup of tea you might want to obsess over more than just your brewing method.Tea won t go bad per se, but its flavor will go flat over time and it can also absorb flavors from its surroundings.Brian Keating, author of How to Make Tea: The Science Behind the Leaf, explained to Food52 that most black tea can last for about two years with proper storage: The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your loose leaf tea is to pack it in an airtight container and do your best to protect it from changes in temperature—anything between 60 F and 80 F is safe.Individually-wrapped tea packets that aren t sealed in plastic or aluminum packets should be stored in the same way as loose leaf tea.Of course, you can be much lazier with sealed tea bags like the Twinings packets you might buy at your local grocery store because they re airtight and don t require special storage.For more tea tips read the rest of Brian s conversation with Food52.
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Now there s a nifty animated visualisation of how all those different airports around the globe are connected—a total of 3,200 airports and 60,000 routes in all.It s the creation of Swiss data visualisation designer and programmer Martin Grandjean, designed to focus less on geography and more on the connections within the vast complex network that makes up the airline industry s global infrastructure.As Grandjean writes on his website:A network, in its very essence, is already a map.And the global transportation maps that represent the flight connections rarely make this network intelligible: on a world map, Europe is often a very dense area where it s almost impossible to distinguish the dots/airports.The distinguishing feature of any small-world network is having a lot of locally connected clusters, with a handful of critical long-range connections ensuring maximum efficiency, whether you re transmitting information or transporting passengers, or even spreading a virus.Flowing Data via Mental Floss
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Do I spend more money on gas or on Lyft rides?These are the sorts of questions Sherbit can answer by taking data from various services you use and visualizing that data to create a comparison.For example, if you wanted to find out if you were less active on days you worked more you could figure that out by adding steps counted by your FitBit and productivity hours tracked by RescueTime.After you create a visualization you save it by tapping a heart icon in the upper right corner and then it ll appear on your dashboard.If you don t like the visualization you created, just go back and change it up.Sherbit s new so it still has more services yet to come and HealthKit is only sort of supported through an optional toggle in the settings , but it still offers quite a few options already.
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ST: What are your tips for sponsor/exhibitors to have great results in meeting new prospects and collecting leads?I have one for the hotel chain that we use.Consider the food and beverage based on what you think you will spend, not what the hotel/convention center wants you to spend.It is not uncommon for them to do that, so make the property waive that fee for you.Even themed parties are fun.Your staff should use networking events to represent your company/brand well.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks that we're at the "beginning of a golden era" when it comes to machine learning and artificial intelligence."It s hard to overstate how much of an impact it s going to have over the next 20 years," he said on stage at Vox's Media's Code Conference on Tuesday night.Right now, Alexa can help users do things like order groceries, play music, or make to-do lists.Amazon has been working on AI for the last four years and "absolutely" expects it to continue to be an increasing part of its business.Almost every other big tech company is throwing resources behind AI and this idea of conversation as a platform through machine learning and AI too, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft as well as a slew of startups.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: An in-wall vacuum makes sweeping so much easierLoading video...
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View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f103266%2fdsc03924RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Echoing the theme of this year's Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai pointed to the company's work in machine learning and AI as a possible solution to people's ongoing concerns about Google and the privacy of their personal data.Pichai sounded a little frustrated when Recode's Walt Mossberg raised the specter of privacy concerns.Soon, he said, users will be able to adjust privacy settings by saying their name.Pichai focused particularly on the ability for computers to carry on conversations as humans currently do.When Mossberg asked Pichai to address his competitors in the space — Apple and Amazon — Pichai said they were all great competitors and that the situation is less like The Game of Thrones than the NBA finals."In the next five to ten years, building true conversational understanding — building the dialogue — is where we plan to differentiate.
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But as these guys show in the video, there s a significant amount of platinum on the curbside just waiting to be collected and extracted.Of course, mining it will take a bit of sweeping and a lot of chemistry.Basic math tells us that this wastage adds up over time, particularly along high volume stretches of road such as highways.After putting it through a number of tests and chemical processes, the two were able to confirm that you can find platinum by the side of the road, and all that seemingly useless dirt actually contains some very valuable ore.Platinum, which is used in everything from catalytic converters and lab equipment through to thermometers and jewelry, is one of the rarer elements in the Earth s crust.Only a few hundred tons are produced annually, making it an major precious metal commodity.
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Investeringen var en av fjolårets största i den svenska fintechsektorn – och gjordes dessutom i ett helt nystartat bolag.Cryex hade då planer på att etablera en reglerad marknadsplats där såväl traditionella valutor som kryptovalutor kunde växlas mot varandra, ungefär som på en aktiemarknad.Det säger Cryex vd Lotta Eek, med en bakgrund som operativ chef på Carnegie: Vi gjorde ett bet på hur mogen den finansiella marknaden för kryptovalutor skulle vara.Den mognaden finns inte än och volymerna är väldigt små, ur ett finansiellt perspektiv.I maj månad beslutade Cryex nuvarande ägare att skjuta till drygt 22 Mkr i ny finansiering, säger Lotta Eek.Hon räknar dessutom med att stänga en ny finansieringsrunda till hösten, med målet att ta in ytterligare 125 miljoner kronor.
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Det gäller alla typer av företag, som konsultföretag, produktföretag, företag där it enbart har en stödjande roll och myndigheter.Och det gäller alla typer av discipliner, som till exempel utvecklare och säkerhetsexperter.Under den tiden har det blivit mycket svårare att hitta kandidater och jag får mer uppmärksamhet för mitt arbete internt på företaget, säger Hanadi Obied, rekryteringsansvarig på konsultföretaget HiQ.Anders Eriksson som är vd på konsultföretaget Softronic tycker att rekrytering alltid varit nyckelaktiviteten på konsultföretag, men att arbetet med rekrytering har förändrats på senare år:– Det går snabbare nu, det är större personalomsättning, folk stannar en kortare tid.Det är ett rotationsfenomen som gäller för alla kunskapsföretag, säger Anders Eriksson.– Det är delvis andra egenskaper som är viktiga.
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Considering how much attention the likes of Facebook and Google are giving them, conversational, AI-powered bots are our future, and the Amazon Echo is one of the most well-known smart home devices with a software-driven personality.Alexa is the name of the AI and search technology that powers the Echo, and Amazon just released an online tool called Echosim.io so you can try out the technology for yourself, even if you don't have one of Amazon's devices at home.You're going to need to log into the site using your Amazon credentials and grant the website access to your microphone, but setup just takes a couple of minutes and the service is free for anyone to make use of.Smart attackIt's not the first time Alexa has appeared outside of the Echo, as we've also seen the smart assistant appear on a smartwatch, and Amazon seems keen to have its software technology available on a whole host of devices in the future.With Google Home arriving later this year and Apple rumoured to be building an Echo competitor of its own, the quality of the underlying code is going to be crucial in helping customers pick one always-on smart home device from another.There are now several Echo devices on sale, though they're still only available to customers in the US - how about some love for the rest of the world, Amazon?
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With its top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 now selling for £619, Nvidia has finally revealed the UK pricing for its lower-specification GTX 1070.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: pricing and release dateThe Founders Edition GTX 1070 will cost £399, £220 less than the GTX 1080 Founders Edition.It's worth bearing in mind that the Founders Edition will be a fair bit more expensive than the slightly less fancy-looking third-party cards.If the maths scales, that would place third-party GTX 1070s at around £340.You can currently buy previous-generation GTX 970s for around £250, by comparison.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: specs vs 1080 and 970Below you can see a feature comparison table for the GTX 1070, with the top-end GTX 1080 and last-generation GTX 970.
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The world s first humanoid robot has started taking tours at the Art Gallery of Western Australia AGWA – two a month, for now.Aggie the engagement robot is 58 centimetres tall and made of the bright blue and white rounded plastic that s the go-to of appliance manufacturers.Not only must she be accompanied by a guide for her tours, she is also shadowed by a handler: a pleasant, sandy-haired man named Michael, who keeps a respectful distance like a dad chaperoning his daughter on a date, busying himself with atablet.Ushered by a real-life guide, Laura Money, Aggie stamps into the semi-circle of bemused gallery-goers.My experience of artificial intelligence is more or less limited to the three Furbies I had as a child yes, three; consider my privilege checked .Michael wants to show me her dance.
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Whether you run a business or not, there are countless benefits to blogging.It can build your brand, build you up as an authority, and of course the really exciting stuff it can make you money.Let s begin by looking at the benefits of blogging in more detail.In this post, I cover the first steps you need to take to get your blog up and running, how to write for the web, how to come up with ideas, and how to put together your strategy.
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There are cheap fanless NUCs, NUCs that can fit in full-size hard drives, and mainstream NUCs that are essentially little Ultrabooks inside boxes.Both slots support four PCI Express 3.0 data lanes, so there s bandwidth to spare.The first is HDMI 2.0, which you ll need if you want to play 4K content over HDMI to a screen that supports the HDCP 2.2 DRM standard.Thunderbolt 3 supports 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds on top of Thunderbolt 3 accessories, including external GPU docks like the Razer Core.Even with the port differences, putting the Skull Canyon NUC together is basically the same as assembling the regular one.The lid can be removed and replaced, too; Intel thankfully, blessedly includes a plain black lid in the box with the NUC that you can use instead of the one with the skull on it, but USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers exposed on the top of the motherboard also open the door to lids with different looks or extra features like wireless charging or NFC.
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AFFÄRER Huawei drar Samsung inför rätta eftersom de anser att den sydkoreanska elektronikjätten gjort ett flertal patentintrång.Kinesiska smartphonetillverkaren Huawei lämnar in en stämningsansökan mot konkurrenten Samsung för patentintrång.Det meddelade Bloomberg News på tisdagskvällen.Läs också: Kinesiska leverantörer vänder smartphone-marknaden Oppo ner – här är nya topplistanDet kinesiska bolaget hävdar att elektronikjättens telefoner och surfplattor gör intrång på hela elva amerikanska smartphone-patent.– Vi hoppas att Samsung kommer sluta göra intrång på våra patent och få de nödvändiga licenser från Huawei, och arbeta tillsammans med Huawei för att driva industrin framåt, säger Ding Jianxing, president för Huaweis department för immaterialrätt, i en artikel i Reuters.Nyhetsbyrån Direkt
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While we spend a lot of time on our smartphones, a good majority of the actions we do usually require no more than a few seconds of tapping.In addition to the rotating bezel of the device, the top surface also acts like a button for those actions that requires a click or a tap.The other half, the software, is just as important.An amount of artificial intelligence analyzes the type of content and offers actions based on those, allowing you to, for example, reply to emails with predefined messages or have links to web pages automatically fetched and read to you.Most crowdfunding sites, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have policies about what happens to your money if the project fails to deliver on its goals, but choosing to back a project is inevitably a risk.SlashGear's reporting on crowdfunded projects should in no way be seen as an endorsement, unless specifically stated, and we recommend closely examining the terms and conditions to understand your individual rights as a backer before making a pledge.
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COMING SOON?Apple's iPhone 7 could be the firm's biggest smartphone yetApple's next flagship smartphone looks likely to be unveiled in September.Now sources in Taiwan are reporting Apple is set to produce a record number of handsets in time for the September launch.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00Playback Rate1ChaptersChapterssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsFullscreenThis is a modal window.Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-OpaqueBackground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentWindow --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentFont Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400%Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform DropshadowFont Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small CapsDefaults DoneSELL OUT: The iPhone SE is Apple's latest handset The iPhone SE in comparison to an iPhone 6SAccording to the Taiwanese Economic Daily Times Apple has requested between 72-78 million units of the next iPhone.The new cheaper iPhone SE has proven to be extremely popular with many stores selling out across the US and UK.
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Just as high-end, thin-and-light PCs from the last five or six years have mostly been cast in the mold of Apple s MacBook Air, convertible PCs from the last year or two have been redefined by Microsoft s Surface.After a few less-than-satisfying versions of the idea, Microsoft found an acceptable balance between tablet and laptop with the Surface Pro 3, and it carried that design forward into the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4 with few fundamental changes.It makes other tradeoffs, of course, but if you ve been waiting for a Surface that you can actually upgrade and fix, this might be the tablet for you.HP s tablet isn t going to match the Surface s performance, either, at least not in the high end.It s time to start making them standard, especially in machines that start at just under $1,000.On the other hand, a combo Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port gives you more bandwidth and more flexibility and opens the door to more versatile accessories later on as Thunderbolt adoption grows.
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fotograf: Mats AnderssonDEBATT.Frågan är hur elen ska produceras under de kritiska timmarna.Elmarknaden och värmemarknaden är nära sammanlänkade.Under vintern 2016 tas Sveriges största kraftvärmeverk som eldas med biobränslen i drift.Detta måste uppmärksammas i det pågående arbetet inom Energikommissionen.Principen för våra regler är enkla: visa respekt för de personer vi skriver om och andra läsare som kommenterar artiklarna.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are experimenting with robot tackling dummies that chase players across the training field, potentially ramming into them with columnar, padded bodies.In a demonstration video posted by the NFL, the dummies are able to zoom after someone, brake when they dodge, and reverse course quickly.The tackling dummies, demonstrated in the video below, were developed by Dartmouth College, according to the NFL; they re currently in testing, and they re designed to run at an appropriate football speed.It isn't clear whether the robots are able to operate autonomously, though one clip does show someone wth a remote control seemingly manually steering a tackling dummy.Dartmouth s training dummies measured in at 5 11 , 200 pounds, and could run a 40 yard dash in 4.8 seconds.The movements were described as being very realistic relative to human football players.
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