All You Need To Know About Intel Pentium Silver And Celeron Chips: Gemini Lake Is Here

arlier this month, Qualcomm partnered with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 on ARM, powered by Snapdragon 835 chips. These devices made low-cost, high-battery life, and “Always Connected” features their selling point. It goes without saying that it concerns market leader Intel, who is facing tough competition from the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm. For the […]

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What Is Litecoin? How Has It Beaten Bitcoin’s Growth To Reach All-time High?

efore knowing about Litecoin and its exponential growth, I’d like to tell you about the term “Altcoin.” As its name tries to give away (alt + coin), altcoins are the alternative digital coins that mushroomed on the scene after Bitcoin’s success. This was inevitable. A notable feature of all the altcoins is that they try […]

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There is a new chapter in Harry Potter’s story — and it was written by artificial intelligence

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  • An artificial intelligence tool read all of the “Harry Potter” books and automatically generated a new, self-written chapter out of what it learned.
  • The output text was mostly raw and incomprehensible, so a few writers intervened to make it understandable.
  • The writing is mostly weird and borderline comical, but the machine managed to partly reproduce original writer J.K. Rowling’s writing style.

There is a new chapter in Harry Potter’s story, but it wasn’t written by the original author, J.K. Rowling. Instead, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm did most of the hard work, The Verge first reported.

The people over at Botnik Studio fed a computer’s algorithmic tool with all of the original novels from Harry Potter’s saga, and in return, it generated a three-page chapter titled “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash.”

The AI churned out the bulk of the text, but in order to transform it from your typical predictive-text word salad to something actually intelligible, a number of writers were involved.


Chief among them is Jamie Brew, a former writer for The Onion and Clickhole, who had already worked on similar automated text prediction writings on Tumblr, where his objectdreams page includes procedurally generated, fictional work on X-Files, grammar rules, and even Craiglist ads.

With his and the other writers’ work, The Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash has been curated to be grammatically correct and understandable, but the actual content is as weird as the title suggests — with things such as “BEEF WOMEN” being a door’s password.

But it gets even better: “The pig of Hufflepuff pulsed like a large bullfrog,” it reads at one point. “Dumbledore smiled at it, and placed his hand on its head: ‘You are Hagrid now.'”

The writing is as weird as it is fun, and it might be worth a few minutes of your time; if you agree, you can read the whole chapter here.

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Google is opening a new AI research centre in China (GOOG)

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  • Google is opening a new artificial intelligence centre in China.
  • There is a fierce battle for AI talent taking place between the world’s biggest technology companies.
  • China is home to some of the smartest minds in the field of AI and Google is keen to recruit them.

Google is opening a new artificial intelligence (AI) research centre in China as it looks to expand further into the country and capitalise on the nation’s highly regarded AI expertise.

AI is one of the most competitive fields on the planet right now and tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple are searching far and wide for the best talent, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

The Google AI China Center will consist of a small group of researchers supported by several hundred China-based engineers, according to Bloomberg.

The move is interesting given Google’s complex relationship with China. Some of the company’s best-known products have been blocked by China’s government in recent years. But top executives at Google are keen to expand into the country. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have visited the country this year. As have the leaders of DeepMind, an AI research lab in London that was bought by Google in 2014.

Fei-Fei Li, chief Scientist of AI/ML (machine learning) at Google Cloud, and one of the centre’s leaders, announced the new Beijing facility in a blog post on Wednesday. “I am excited to launch the Google AI China Center, our first such center in Asia,” Fei-Fei Li wrote.

“This Center joins other AI research groups we have all over the world, including in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich, all contributing towards the same goal of finding ways to make AI work better for everyone.”

Fei-Fei Li will run the centre with Jia Li, head fo research and development at Google Cloud AI.

The centre will publish its own research and support the Chinese AI community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, Fei-Fei Li said.

Google uses AI to automatically classify images and to power its voice assistant, which sits inside products like Google Home. But Fei-Fei Li warned that work needs to be done to ensure that AI needs to remain a benefit to all of humanity.

“As technology starts to shape human life in more profound ways, we will need to work together to ensure that the AI of tomorrow benefits all of us,” she said. “The Google AI China Center is a small contribution to this goal. We look forward to working with the brightest AI researchers in China to help find solutions to the world’s problems.”

Eric Schmidt thinks China will overtake the US on AI by 2025 

Last month, Schmidt warned that China is poised to overtake the US in the field of AI if the US government doesn’t act soon.

Speaking at the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit, the former Google CEO said: “Trust me, these Chinese people are good.”

He added: “It’s pretty simple. By 2020 they will have caught up. By 2025 they will be better than us. And by 2030 they will dominate the industries of AI. Just stop for a sec. The [Chinese] government said that.”

Schmidt said that Chinese people “tend to win many of the top spots” in Google’s coding competitions.

“If you have any kind of prejudice or concern that somehow their system and their educational system is not going to produce the kind of people that I’m talking about, you’re wrong.”

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Even more Android Wear watches are set to get Oreo

At the weekend we heard word of the first Android Wear watches that will be upgraded to Oreo, but we now have a full list of devices and some will get the new software soon.

We already knew the Fossil Q Venture and LG Watch Sport were getting the update, but it's now also ready and waiting for those who own the Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, Mont Blanc Summit, Hugo Boss Boss Touch, Movado Connect, Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You or Guess Connect.

That's impressive considering those are mostly fashion-forward brands rather than focusing on the tech angle. Lots of other devices have been confirmed to be getting the update at some point, and we've got all of those listed below.

Exactly when the update will be landing on those watches is still currently unclear, and if your device isn't listed you may want to contact the manufacturer directly to find out if it will get the upgrade.

Devices that seem like they won't be getting the upgrade include the Moto 360, Moto 360 Sport, Asus ZenWatch 2, Asus ZenWatch 3, original Fossil Q Founder and the LG G Watch range.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 schematics reveal possible design and dimensions

Despite likely launching early next year we haven’t seen much of the Samsung Galaxy S9 yet, but a newly leaked sketch might give us a good idea of how it will look.

Posted on Weibo (a Chinese microblogging platform), the sketch shows a phone that looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S8, complete with a curved screen and tiny bezels. However, there are some differences, most notably the position of the fingerprint scanner, which is still on the back but has seemingly moved under the camera lens.

This would make sense, as it’s likely to be an easier position to reach than the scanner to the right of the lens on the S8, but it does mean that rumors of an in-screen scanner would be incorrect.

You can also see that it appears to be just a single-lens camera, rather than moving to a dual-lens one like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, we’ve previously heard rumors that only the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will get a second lens, so that lines up.

Could this be the form the Samsung Galaxy S9 will take? Credit: Weibo

Shrinking down

The main other thing to take away from these images is the dimensions of the phone, which are also listed.

The image is low quality enough that we can’t confidently make them out, but it looks to us like it says 147.63 x 58.63 x 8.41mm, except where the camera lens slightly sticks out, which seems to be listed as 8.76mm thick. That said, Android Headlines reckons the width is 68.69mm.

Either way, if these dimensions are accurate then the Galaxy S9 would be slightly shorter than the 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm Galaxy S8, which would make sense, since it’s rumored to have even smaller bezels.

Of course, a schematic like this could easily have been faked so we wouldn’t count on its accuracy, but it lines up with other things we’ve heard, so this could be one of our first looks at the form the S9 will take.

  • The HTC U12 might also arrive early next year

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Blue Origin prueba con éxito su cápsula espacial con las mayores ventanas del espacio

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Jeff Bezos también te quiere llevar al espacio con su empresa Blue Origin, y aunque no tiene la máquina de hacer titulares de Elon Musk poco a poco va dando pasos para conseguirlo. El último ha sido anunciar que han probado con éxito la versión 2.0 de su “Crew Capsule”, la cápsula encargada de llevar turistas al espacio.

El anuncio lo ha hecho el propio Bezos en su cuenta de Twitter, en la que ha compartido un vídeo en el que se puede ver el despegue del cohete con la cápsula y el aterrizaje de ambos. No se ha dado detalles de cómo han equipado el interior de la unidad de prueba, pero sí hemos sus característicos ventanales de 110 centímetros de alto, los mayores hechos hasta ahora en una cápsula espacial.