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IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is Now A Software Developer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is now open to the public. Well, sort of. The manufacturer this week announced that its cognitive computing system will very soon serve as a cloud-based development platform, helping programmers create software with its 'cognitive computing intelligence.'

Teach Your Kids About Programming With Play-i's Adorable Robots

I've always sort of regretted never learning programming as a kid. With how digitized today's sociey has become, it seems a downright indispensible skill. Parents: do your children a favor. Teach them. There's even a robot to make the job easier: it's called Play-i.

 

Are VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos The Boy Toy Of 2013?

From what I’ve seen, it seems that VTech scored a homerun with their large lineup of colorful, educational and entertaining dinosaur/vehicle hybrids. Any toy that dares to teach kids about the long-clawed Therizinosaurus is a winner in my book!

Making Friends With Your Bot: Researcher Explains Robot-Human Relations

The age of robots isn't just coming. It's already arrived - none of us really noticed. Truth is, most of us have probably interacted with a robot very recently. The interaction just didn't register, claims former Willow Garage Rsearcher Leila Takayama, because we expect too much from machines.

Could Video Games Be Used For Anger Management?

About a year ago, researchers at the Boston Children's Hospital used video games to help children deal with out-of-control emotions, teaching them to regulate and reign in their anger. Today, I'd like to ask a very simple question: could the same tactics be applied to adults? 

Gaming For Knowledge: SimCityEDU Teaches Kids All About City Planning

I've long held that video games are a powerful educational tool in the right hand, and now one more organization is proving that notion correct. In a collaboration with EA and Maxis, non-profit Glasslab recently finished developing an education and formative assessment mod known as SimCityEDU.

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Turns Out Men Actually Need Their "Guy Time" To Stay Healthy

Turns out, a night at the pub with some friends might not be so idle a pastime as one might think. Quite the contrary: According to Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar, it's absolutely integral to men's health, and they should definitely make an effort to go more often.

Why The Playstation 4 Costs Almost Two Thousand Dollars In Brazil

Word's been floating around the blogosphere lately that in Brazil, you're probably not going to be buying yourself a PS4 unless you're fabulously wealthy. For some odd reason, although Sony's console only costs about $400 here, it's retailing for almost two grand there. Wait, what?

Google Has Turned Minecraft Into A Quantum Physics Simulator

The team at Google's Quantum AI Lab have recently done something rather exciting with the immensely popular block building video game Minecraft: they've added quantum physics. qCraft, as it's called, is a mod that adds blocks which exhibit a number of theories present in current-day quantum physics.

Google Glass Will Revolutionize Medicine And Advance Healthcare Worldwide

When the news first leaked about Google Glass a few years ago, it was pretty hard to imagine that such a device would turn out to be more than an entertaining gadget.  But now that Google Glass is being tested by prospective users, medical professionals are taking the device very seriously and, if you become a patient needing heavy-duty medical care, you will be taking it seriously too.

Top Ten Baby Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes for babies are their first initiation into the one holiday of the year that requires them to be someone else.  Yes, even though your baby don't even 'what' they are, let alone 'who' they are, this doesn't stop parents from wanting to confuse them even more, by dressing them up in a clever disguise.

Billionaire Paul Allen Founds The Allen Institute Of Artificial Intelligence

Paul Allen - "The Idea Man" - has some lofty ideas brewing. The Microsoft co-founder's latest venture is an institute which he hopes will expand the frontiers of artificial intelligence; this will also help him to explore his own fascination with the human mind.

A worthy cause, if ever I heard one.

Gaming, LoTR and New Media: Interview With Professor Jay Clayton

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Clayton - the man behind "Online Games: New Media, Literature, and Narrative; a course taught primarily through Lord of The Rings Online - to talk about his thoughts on video games, literature, and the future of narrative fiction.

The pBone: Plastic Powers Resurgence Of The Trombone

If you've never heard a trombone quartet, you've been missing a spectacular music experience.  There's nothing like four talented trombone-crazy musicians playing a classical or jazz piece together.  It's just - well, it's wild and infectious.. And the pBone, the world's first full-size trombone manufactured with ABS plastic, caught on so well that it became the world's best selling trombone last year partly because Bones Apart, a British trombone quartet, took it up as their cause, giving educational tours in British schools with their pBones.