America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the US and around the world, but there’s an even more complex scenario on the horizon, said roboticist Matt Rendall. In a talk Tuesday at SXSW, Rendall painted a picture of the future of robotic job displacement that focused less …

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Smoggy in Beijing? A lack of Arctic sea ice may be to blame

In the winter of 2013, Beijing and other cities in the East China Plains became blanketed in thick, eye-stinging, gray smog. The pollution levels were off the charts: people were told to stay indoors, roads were closed, and hundreds of people were hospitalized with respiratory issues. On some days, the …

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You can now use Alexa to control your Roomba

If the most effort you’ve ever wanted to put into cleaning your home is yelling at your Roomba while watching it from the couch, then you’re in luck. iRobot announced today that an Amazon Alexa skill will be available for Roomba 900 Series vacuum owners in the US starting sometime …

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Brain drain

Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a third of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the …

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