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Computer Science Students Fooled By Artificially Intelligent TA

Students taking an online course at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing were duped into thinking one of their teaching assistants, named Jill Watson, was an actual human. And how can you blame them — the virtual TA managed to answer many of their questions with 97 per cent certainty.

Think Of The Things You Could Do With This AA-Sized Arduino Board

Cheap, easy-to-control Arduino boards are the bread and butter of garage inventors the world over. Regular Arduinos are already pretty small, but the AAduino design shrinks things down to the size of — you guessed it — an AA battery.

Australian Scientists Discover Lack Of Sunlight, Not Computer Screens, Causes Eyesight Problems

Increasing exposure to outdoor light is the key to reducing the myopia (short-sightedness) epidemic in children, according to ground-breaking new research by Australian optometrists.

Optometrist and lead researcher on the project, Associate Professor Scott Read, who is the director of research at QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, said that children need to spend more than an hour and preferably at least two hours a day outside to help prevent myopia from developing and progressing.

This Software Can Read Harry Potter And Answer Questions About It

A Canadian company has come up with an algorithm that can read texts, and then accurately answer questions about them. The software is meant to help people by scanning and responding to their questions about boring technical texts — but there could be so many other great ways to use it.

Report: Tesla Is Using Google Glass To Build Cars Better

Google Glass has thus far been a flop for regular people doing normal things. But for more boring tasks enhancing productivity and increasing profit, there’s still promise. A report from Electrek claims that Tesla is using the new Enterprise Edition headsets at its Fremont factory.

New Realtime 3D Modelling Can Turn You Into Any Celebrity On Camera

A university research team recently developed a new method for real-time facial re-enactment that works with a regular web camera, overcoming several challenges in computer vision technology. It’s also creepy as hell.

There's Finally A Way To Upgrade Macbook Storage

When I bought my Macbook Pro a year ago, I was feeling so internally guilty about spending $US1500 ($2,011) on a laptop that I only paid for 128GB of storage, a decision I’ve regretted about three times per day ever since. This solution isn’t cheap, but at least it will stop me whining.

Bill Clinton's 1999 Internet Town Hall Was The First US Presidential AMA

Back in 1999 President Bill Clinton held an “internet town hall” hosted by a company called [email protected] Clinton answered questions submitted from the 50,000 people watching along. And despite the fact that Clinton admitted he was “technologically impaired,” it was essentially the first presidential Ask Me Anything (AMA).

Has Donald Trump Ever Used A Computer?

The personal computer revolutionised the home in the 1980s and ’90s. And by the mid-’90s the mainstream was getting online. But with Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, there’s an interesting question that must be asked: Has Trump ever used a computer?

Rest In Hell, Java Plug-In

Good news from the world of online security: Oracle, developer of the Java plugin that has been making browsers insecure since 1995, has finally announced that it’s sending it six feet under.

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