A minute's malfunction? Mere millions
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Singapore's competition watchdog has come down hard on the ride-hailers for hurting competition.
North of Taipei, a neighborhood of retro-futuristic sci-fi houses rots away under the hot sun. Welcome to the Futuro.
See Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader reimagined as Japanese anime characters.
Your dose of machine-learning medicine
Roundup Good morning – here's some machine-learning bits and bytes to kick start your week. If this sort of tech is right up your street, then perhaps check out our AI conference, M3, in London, England. OK, on with the show...…
One woman says a potential donor turned out to be married and had undergone a vasectomy.
Well, when you think about it, this makes complete sense.
Traditional broadcasters are scrambling to strengthen their position against Netflix and Amazon Prime.
MINERVA II1a and MINERVA II1b are pretty mean photographers.
Browser maker faces backlash for failing to inform users about Chrome Sync behavioral change.
Why would someone spend nearly £10,000 a year to study for an esports degree?
Creative's magical holography tech is real -- and you can get it real soon.
Hideo Kojima's next game continues to look baffling in the absolute best way possible.
Effects wizards at the legendary Pinewood studios show how CG breathes new life into old-fashioned puppets.
The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017.
That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch away from coal, but the result is not as clear-cut as one might think: in some states, coal retirements resulted in nuclear power becoming the most-used energy source.
It's also important to note that the maps below reflect electricity generation, not necessarily consumption. In some cases, what's generated within state lines will be sold to neighboring states.
Finally, a subcompact Mercedes-Benz that truly feels premium.
Review: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone get weird, and it works, in this stylish sort-of-sci-fi streaming on Netflix now.
Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can't quite be automated with an algorithm yet. In the US, the most common such platform is Amazon's Mechanical Turk, but other platforms are prominent in other parts of the world.
Proponents of this kind of work say that these quick, simple tasks allow people flexible hours to make money, or help "fill in the gaps" for the un- and under-employed.
But a new study (PDF) from the United Nations' International Labor Organization (ILO) questions whether these platforms are as good for society as the Silicon Valley investors and digital evangelists claim. The ILO surveyed 3,500 people across 75 countries who worked for Mechanical Turk, as well as Crowdflower, Clickworker, Prolific, and Microworker.
We dropped a brand-new gold iPhone XS onto the sidewalk four times to find out how durable the glass is on both sides.
Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.
A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5 percent of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50 percent.
The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.