July 30, 2018

OpenAI’s robotic hand doesn’t need humans to teach it human behaviors

Gripping something with your hand is one of the first things you learn to do as an infant, but it’s far from a simple task, and only gets more complex and variable as you grow up. This complexity makes it difficult for machines to teach themselves to do, but researchers at Elon Musk and Sam […]
July 27, 2018

How to pick the smart display that’s right for you

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, or the Apple HomePod remain a good fit for most homes if you enjoy listening to music above all else. But some of the smart assistants that power them have found their way into smart displays, a new form factor that brings about some exciting changes. Whether […]
July 25, 2018

Google Wants You to Use Physical Security Keys So Bad It’s Willing to Sell You One

Image: Google Google really, really wants you to use physical security keys to protect yourself from hackers. After announcing that its 85,000 employees have managed to go more than a year without getting phished because of mandated security devices, Google now has its own physical security key to sell you. On Wednesday, the company announced […]
July 23, 2018

The Future of Labor: It’s Not All Robots in the Workplace

Is the robot revolution arriving sooner — and with more devastating force — than you once believed? While much of the automation discussion has surrounded blue-collar careers in manufacturing and transportation, recent studies on the subject see a much wider range of jobs being affected. According to an algorithm developed in 2013 by researchers at […]
July 18, 2018

The billionaire ‘Giving Pledge’ signed by Bill Gates and Elon Musk could soon be worth up to $600 billion

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images At least 175 people committed to donating a majority of their fortunes through the Giving Pledge, which could be worth as much as $600 billion by 2022, according to a Wealth-X report. The pledge has drawn some criticism because it allows donors to name their own charities in their wills. Education was the […]