TIME FOR A PRIMER! The Turing Test is a a test created and devised by pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing back in 1950. The purpose of the test is to assess a machine’s ability to showcase intelligent behavior equal to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human being. Now put that in perceptive with the technology we have available today: smartphones and tablets, smart speakers and TVs, internet-of-things devices, chatbots and personal digital smart assistants; it’s fair to say that the idea of a machine that thinks isn’t quite as crazy as it sounded nearly 70 years ago. This brings us to the “Minimal Turing Test”, which asks humans to prove they’re human with only a single word. Continue reading “The New ‘Minimal Turing Test’ Can Test Our Humanity with Only ONE WORD?!?!”
Typhoon. Noun. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a typhoon is “a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea”. One might want to add — that based on current events — that typhoons hold grudges against the House of Mario and Donkey Kong. And Metroid and Zelda and Pikmin and Kirby and Animal Crossing and Pokemon and Star Tropics and Kid Icarus and Star Fox and….. Continue reading “So A Typhoon Renamed ‘Nintendo’ to ‘intendo’, So Sayeth Mother Nature…”
Now, back in the days of my youth, when it came to personal computer technology, Windows 95 was the end-all, be-all. At the age of 9, I was dumbfounded that the smoothness, organized, and crisp structure of the operating system. It was everything different from the Windows 3.1 I was used to using at school and BOY OH BOY was it great for gaming (back in my early days of PC gaming). Well now, for all of those who’ve missed out on experiencing this legendary operating system, you can try out this close approximation of Windows 95 as an app on Apple’s MacOS, Microsoft’s Windows 10, and Linux. Continue reading “You Can Now Enjoy The Wonders of ‘Windows 95’ as an App on Your Modern Computer!”
BRUH! WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID! I had to use my hands like it was a baby’s toy! Anyway, this was done for a pretty good cause, though. A group of hackers at Hackerloop wanted to level the Nerf-fighting playing field for Nicholas Huchet, an individual who didn’t have a full arm, by building him a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic with the ability to automatically fire a projectile by simply contracting his forearm muscles. According to the Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo chronicled the build in great detail, which included the use of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-based electronics, some electromyography sensors that could detect muscle movements, and — of course — a couple of hard-to-find Nerf Swarmfire blasters (hint: the blasters’ round design was VERY optimal for the build). Continue reading “Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!”
Since its debut onto the tabletop gaming scene in 2008, Pandemic has been one of the biggest board games in the world, which is fitting when it’s about saving the world from aggressive worldwide diseases. Now that the game is about to celebrate the big 1-0, it’s getting a special edition re-release in a big-ol’ metal box chock-filled with brand new cards and miniature figures. This special … Continue reading It Looks Like ‘Pandemic’ is Getting a Pretty Awesome 10th Anniversary Edition…
French start-up company FasTeesH has developed and launched a new product that they claim can clean your teeth in 10 seconds. Aimed at the general public, the Y-Brush is designed to be able to able to brush and clean all of your teeth simultaneously and efficiently in only 10 seconds, down from the dentist-recommended 2-3 minute-long Bass Method with a regular toothbrush.
Whenever someone tells me that they’ve never dropped their smartphone, I just react in a similar fashion as if they told me that they don’t think their computer’s hard drive will die. You silly rabbit; it’s going to happen. I WILL happen. Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. This is why you should AT LEAST get a phone case (or even better, a “rugged” one) and a glass protective screen to take the shock damage from the phone after a drop. But after one drop too many, you;ll likely be left with a broken phone and an expensive repair bill (unless you have insurance). While Sony and Amazon (and other similar tech companies) have filed patents for car airbag-inspired phone case systems, an engineering student from Germany’s Aalen University created a phone protector that LITERALLY springs into action just before the handset hits the ground. Continue reading “Ingenious Mobile ‘Airbag’ Phone Case Springs Out Legs to Save Your Phone When You Drop It; Because You WILL Drop It…”
Typically, the process to create fake slow motion videos is a difficult one, as it requires software to stretch a video clip out by creating hundreds-and-hundreds of non-existent frames to place in-between existing frames. The result of this hard process often yields low-quality success, as it produced stuttering and unconvincing visual quality. Nvidia aims to take advantage of the incredible image-processing potential of deep learning to create a method to produce high-quality fake slow motion videos from a regular clip. Continue reading “Nvidia using Artificial Intelligence to Create Awesome (but Fake) Slo-Mo Videos”