Skynet takes one step closer to reality: killing demons, sabotaging our smartphones, brokering peace deals between Emacs and Vim, mapping our living spaces, and sending automated tweets. Lyle and Miles discuss these stories and more as we welcome our new pocket-exploding overlords.
Two students at Carnegie Mellon University have designed an artificial intelligence program that is capable of beating human players in a deathmatch game of 1993’s Doom.
A community-driven Emacs distribution
The best editor is neither Emacs nor Vim, it’s Emacs and Vim!
Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told The Verge.
There is increasing pressure on Apple to explain why it’s ignored the fact that touchscreens on thousands of iPhone 6 Plus devices have stopped working, leaving consumers on the hook to replace devices that have a fundamental engineering flaw.
On Wednesday morning Blue Origin did something no other company, or country, has ever done before. The company launched its rocket, and 45 seconds later, instructed the capsule to fire its engine and abort the flight. The rocket subsequently emerged from a curtain of flames and continued into space, blackened but not broken. Later, both the capsule and rocket safely landed in the West Texas desert.
Machine learning and vision are essential technologies for the advancement of robotics. When sensors come together, they can enable a computer or robot to collect data and images in real-time.
A good example of this technology in real-world use is the latest Roomba vacuums. As the robot cleans your dirty floor, it is using sensors combined with a camera to map your home. Today, Google releases Cartographer — an open source project that developers can use for many things, such as robots and self-driving cars.
A study from Cambridge University documents an immense drop in complaints against police officers when their departments began using body cameras. But even more surprising is that the data suggests everyone is on their best behavior whether the cameras are present or not.
This is what a scheduled tweet looks like…
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group is pleased to announce the availability of PostgreSQL 9.6.
PostgreSQL 9.6 is a major new version of the world’s most advanced Open Source database. This release includes support for parallel queries, performance enhancements to Foreign Data Wrappers, support for multiple synchronous standbys and much, much more.
Miles’ open project Slack Bot.
The GeekSpeak.org site – allows the creation of episodes, episodes have participants and bits. A bit is a title (required), a link, and content. Bits are ordered to represent when they were covered on the radio show. Episodes can also have images and, of course, audio files.