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Facebook close to building chat bots with true negotiation skills

Facebook is getting closer to building chatbots that are capable of planning conversations and negotiating with humans in a realistic way. By training the bots to mimic human responses, Facebook claims they can then make decisions on their own.

Microsoft's upgraded deep learning tools released to the world

Microsoft has announced the public release of its second generation deep learning toolkit that lets developers use the company's technology to add neural networks to their apps. The company said it wants to enable new breakthroughs in AI.

Researchers find the key to tripling display resolutions

Researchers have discovered a new method of tuning the sub-pixels used on modern computer monitors that could enable immediate dramatic improvements in the resolutions of displays. It's claimed the development could double or triple quoted pixel counts.

Google unveils standalone VR headsets – no smartphone needed

Google has announced a new range of "standalone" virtual reality headsets that operate independently of a smartphone. The company said the devices will help to create a new category of VR experience with a simplified setup procedure.

FaceDisplay VR headset adds a social touch to virtual worlds

A team of researchers at the Ulm University in Germany have created a virtual reality headset that could remove one of the biggest issues with rival VR systems. FaceDisplay includes exterior displays so spectators can get involved with the virtual world.

HP unveils 'The Machine': a big data computer with 160TB of RAM

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the largest single memory computer ever created. "The Machine" has 160TB of memory within a single bank, allowing it to scale far beyond previous computers. It could help to enable the "big data" age.

New spray paint lets any object act as a touchpad

Scientists have demonstrated a new kind of conductive spray that can turn practically any surface into a usable touchpad. The invention could change the shape of future devices, allowing companies to add interactivity to a variety of flat structures.

Siri creator thinks you'll soon upload your memories to AI

One of the creators of the Siri digital assistant owned by Apple has said he believes AI will one day be used to upload and replay personal memories. An artificial intelligence could index and store all of our experiences, extending and enhancing memory.

Mastercard's new credit card comes with a fingerprint sensor

Mastercard has announced what it's describing as a "new generation" of credit cards. The company has included biometric technology that adds a fingerprint to the card for additional security. It's used when verifying payments and replaces the PIN code.

Facebook thinks Messenger can replace the Yellow Pages

Facebook has announced the second generation of its Messenger bot platform, giving developers new tools to create intelligent services on Messenger. The company said it wants Messenger to replace the Yellow Pages, connecting you straight to businesses.

Facebook to unveil 'mind-reading device' next month

Facebook is reportedly working on a "mind-reading device" as one of a number of experimental hardware projects ongoing in secrecy at the social network. The company could be planning to unveil a prototype next month, creating a new form of social media.

Microsoft's office of the future puts Surface in the foreground

Microsoft has collaborated with office designer Steelcase to take a look at the office of the future. The resulting designs show how offices could evolve in the coming years, integrating devices into the room to build a new kind of working environment.

IBM to start building 'universal' quantum computers this decade

IBM has announced it will begin manufacturing mainstream quantum computers within the next few years. The commercial first will see 50-qubit machines go on sale this decade with performance millions of times greater than current desktops.

AI software learns to write its own code

An artificial intelligence has successfully learned how to write and rewrite its own code, opening the door to more advanced robots and automation in the future. It could enable AI to understand new environments and adapt to different tasks more quickly.

Developer blends HoloLens and Vive, creates 'shared reality'

A software developer has combined the power of the Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive headsets to create a new kind of digital experience dubbed "shared reality." It mixes augmented and virtual reality together, creating a more collaborative joined world.

Android Things wants to make the Internet of Things actually work

Google has unveiled a new operating system aimed specifically at the Internet of Things (IoT). The aptly named "Android Things" is designed to make it easier for connected devices to seamlessly integrate with each other. It also cleans up IoT security.

Microsoft previews the first Cortana-powered Amazon Echo rival

Microsoft has announced a new Amazon Echo rival based on its Cortana digital assistant. As part of an expansion of Cortana's capabilities, Microsoft has partnered with audio company Harman Kardon to create a smart speaker with the assistant built-in.

Hyped mixed reality firm Magic Leap 'years' behind schedule

Magic Leap, a Silicon Valley start-up that's attracted feverish attention for its eye-catching mixed reality tech, is reportedly "years" behind schedule. It has also published a fake demo and failed to miniaturise a critical component of its technology.

Microsoft thinks search boxes will disappear within ten years

Microsoft has published a list of major tech changes its researchers expect to see in the next ten years. They range from improved language translators and advances in deep learning to the prediction that traditional app search boxes will become obsolete.

Diamond battery built from nuclear waste lasts for 10,000 years

Scientists have demonstrated a new battery that could simultaneously solve the power issues plaguing modern devices and alleviate the problem of nuclear waste. By placing a diamond inside a radioactive field, the researchers found a current is created.

New battery tech could last a week after a few seconds charging

Researchers have demonstrated a proof of concept version of a new battery technology that could make charging your phone once a week a reality. The system uses supercapacitors that can fully charge in a second to take batteries to the next level.

Microsoft ready to start building scalable quantum computers

Microsoft has announced it is progressing from simply researching quantum computing to actually building machines that run on "qubits." Quantum computing could open up new avenues of scientific research by offering vastly greater performance.

Facebook's latest AI can 'reason' and process video in real time

Facebook has detailed how it's using and developing artificial intelligence. It now supports three different platforms that can be used by engineers to create new apps and Facebook features, including a real time video filtering service for smartphones.

HTC launches Vivepaper, the first immersive VR reading experience

HTC has announced a new virtual reality app called Vivepaper. Built for the company's Vive VR headset, the app is the world's first immersive reading experience. It provides a new way to view and browse online news content through a tactile interface.

Op-Ed: 'Incredible failure of leadership': Apple scraps self-driving car

Apple has scrapped its long-rumoured self-driving car project, according to a credible report. The company had planned to launch "Project Titan" in 2019. However, internal in-fighting and catastrophic leadership failures have caused it to be abandoned.

Terahertz radiation could make computer memory 1,000 times faster

Researchers have discovered that the radiation emitted by terahertz waves could allow computer memory 1,000 times faster than current modules to be developed. The discovery has significant implications for the future of AI and machine learning.

Panasonic's transparent TV is back, now looks more transparent

Back in January, Panasonic showed off a concept version of a TV that appears transparent when turned off. Ten months on, the design has been significantly refined. The screen is now much brighter and capable of becoming as transparent as glass.

Google wants you to forget about typing and talk directly to it

Google has formally announced Assistant, an interactive natural language processor that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to create a unique, specially tailored version of Google for each user. It will be available on new Android phones.

Tim Cook: AR will be as widespread as 'three meals a day'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made some rare public comments on the future of tech. In an interview, he stressed the importance of augmented reality, claiming it'll become as vital to society as "three meals a day." Virtual reality will have less of an impact.

Microsoft says QWERTY keyboards 'will die out' in the near future

A Microsoft executive responsible for predicting future technologies ahead of time has said the QWERTY keyboard is set to die out in the face of emerging input methods. Microsoft expects voice input, gesture tracking and facial recognition to take over.
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Electrick conductive spray paint
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