Technology 

Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins – CNET

Take a step behind the scenes at CNET to get to know some of our staff members better and learn what they do to make our site a success. Hello, CNET readers and members! I hope this column finds you well and enjoying all that the new year has brought you so far. Here I am with another installment of Get to know the CNET family. It’s been a while since I’ve published one of these, but here I am, back in saddle with a special treat.  All the way…

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Apple boost as thousands of students get help building their digital future

With Apple revealing it’s paid out nearly $18 billion (£12 billion) to developers across Europe, there’s never been a better time to get involved in this growing digital industry. Learning how to code is becoming a vital skill and students have just been given a huge boost in gaining this knowledge.  Apple today announced that 70 colleges and universities in Europe have adopted Everyone Can Code, a comprehensive program designed by Apple to help everyone learn to build mobile apps.  These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with…

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Gaming 

PS4 vs Nintendo Switch news: Sony scores HUGE victory – and here’s why

The PlayStation 4 scored a big victory over the Nintendo Switch this week, as new sales figures are revealed for Japan. The Nintendo Switch made weekly sales of 37,000 throughout the region, while the PS4 sold 43,000. Based on the figures posted by Resetera, the sales win might have something to do with the popularity of Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT. The Square Enix brawler was comfortably the biggest selling game last week, beating its closest rival Splatoon 2 by a considerable amount. With Monster Hunter World out later this month, the…

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Science 

China spots four oil slicks from sunken tanker

A Chinese ship works to clean up a massive and expanding oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life (AFP Photo/Handout) Beijing (AFP) – The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China’s east coast has spawned four oil slicks as authorities prepared to send robots to the wreckage to assess the environmental damage. The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, sank in a ball of flames in the East China Sea on Sunday, a…

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Gaming 

Nintendo games news: Wii U struck off as Switch Labo launch takes its place

The Nintendo Wii U games list may have some cracking titles but the console itself never managed to make a big impact. The Nintendo Switch has already surpassed it in terms of sales and now Nintendo have provided the final nail in the coffin for the console. Today saw the announcement of the Nintendo Labo Toys, Cardboard Creations aimed at kids. New kits will be sold from April 2018, which will allow everyone to build new cardboard models of motorbikes, robots and fishing lines. They all come with games too,…

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Science 

Chit-chat makes humans and robots work together better

What a teamBSIP/UIG via Getty By Nicole Kobie Artificial intelligence can beat humans at games such as Jeopardy, chess and Go, but these much-celebrated achievements aren’t actually what we need. We want AI to work with us not against us – and the key may be a little banter. Jacob Crandall at Brigham Young University in Utah and his colleagues created an algorithm capable of learning to cooperate with people that uses short snippets of conversation known as “cheap talk”. By including chit-chat, the team doubled the rate of cooperation…

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China says Iranian oil tanker wreck located

The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, ran into a cargo ship off China earlier this month (AFP Photo/-) More Beijing (AFP) – The wreck of an Iranian oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship off China this month has been located, Beijing said Wednesday, but gave no new details about the environmental impact of the disaster. The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, ran into Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter the CF Crystal on January 6, sparking…

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AI beats humans in Stanford reading comprehension test – CNET

Yes, AI-based systems are becoming as smart as, if not smarter, than us. STR/AFP/Getty Images AI created by Chinese tech giant Alibaba and Microsoft have tied for first place on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD) this month, beating the human score for Exact Match (providing exact answers to questions). Alibaba and Microsoft announced the news separately on Monday. According to the SQuAD website, it is a machine reading comprehension dataset comprising of questions pertaining to a set of Wikipedia articles. Answers to questions are usually a segment of text…

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Science 

RISE OF THE ROBOTS Earth to be plunged into ‘meaningless dystopia’, scientist warns

Dr Subhash Kak, computing expert at Oklahoma University, said people will lose their self-worth as robots gradually steal their jobs. He believes that the US opioid epidemic and the rise of terror groups mark the beginnings of a dystopian reality. Dr Kak said: “There will be massive unemployment. “People want to be useful and work provides meaning, so the world will sink into despair.” Between 400 and 800 million workers across the world could be replaced by machines by 2030, according to a report published by management consultancy firm McKinsey…

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Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans, Putting Millions of Jobs at Risk

robot reading books artificial intelligence AI More An artificial intelligence algorithm has outperformed humans at a reading comprehension test for the first time, potentially putting millions of customer service jobs at risk of automation. The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD)—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Trending: Pope Francis Is Worried About Nuclear War and Calls for Ban on Nukes Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies…

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