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Xprize Wants To Fund A TED Talk Given By An Artificial Intelligence-

Xprize - known for awesome projects like a working Star Trek Tricorder - has set its sights on an entirely new frontier: artificial intelligence. The outfit is teaming up with TED in order to produce a TED talk presented entirely by an artificial intelligence. That's not all - they want your help.

GDC 2014: Unity 5 Introduces 64-Bit Engine Support; Lighting And Audio Updates

The latest version of the ever-popular Unity game development engine was announced this week at GDC 2014. Unity 5 brings to the table a whole array of significant changes, including a huge update to Unity's audio and lighting tools as well as 64-bit support. That's not all it brings, either.

Razer Unveils Two New Ultra-Thin Laptops In The "Blade" Line

Razer - known for its gaming hardware and peripherals - today announced two new versions of their ultra-thin Razer Blade Laptops, bringing to the table better displays, enhanced apps, and overall better computing performance. They're pricy, but if you're into portability, it just might be a worthwhile purchase.

Happy Birthday World Wide Web: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Until It Doesn't?

We have Tim Berners-Lee to thank for the World Wide Web - an accessible bank of knowledge that's hyperlinked content across the globe bestowing upon "us mere mortals a real chance to learn as much as our brains can store." And guess what? He did it all before digital monetization. . .

Virtual Reality Gets A Boost As Zelda Gets Oculus Rift Treament

Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is already changing the world and it hasn't even gone on sale yet. Here we see what happens when The Legend of Zelda is transformed from 2-D fantasy game to 3-D epic using Oculus RIft and some clever programming techniques.


The Cure For Phantom Limb Might Involve Playing Trackmania

No one's quite sure what causes the phantom limb effect, nor do we have an adequate medical explanation for why an amputee might experience muscle cramps or pain in a nonexistant appendage. In spite of this, one researcher in Sweden thinks he might be zeroing in on a cure...and it involves gaming.

Ten Russian Inventions That Have Quietly Changed The World

Although our ties with Russia sometimes walk across a political tightrope, there's no underestimating  this nation's  scientific and technical contributions. Across the centuries, many inventions that have changed the course of our daily lives have emanated from the briliiant minds of Russian scientists. Here are ten for your reading edification.

Culinary Creativity Is An Algorithm, And Computers Are Learning It

Looks like the creative class is next on the robotic chopping block: according to the folks at IBM, the best way to determine new recipes for human consumption is to use a supercomputer. The natural next step, of course, is to apply that theory to everything else - including writing.

Thalmic's Myo Armband Will Let You Pilot Any Robot You Desire

We might just be a few years away from Gundam Wing or Pacific Rim-esque giant mechas, thanks to a new invention from Thalmic Labs. The firm has developed an arm-band which promises to allow its user to control just about anything with gestures alone. Ladies and Gentlemen, say hello to the Thalmic Myo.

Good Design International Award: Celebrating Modern Design

Enter its 64th year, the Good Design International Award continues to celebrate the latest and greatest innovative products and industrial goods from all over the world. With dozens of categories available to showcase your ingenuity, there’s surely a special place for your bright ideas to this classic Chicago-based contest!