I thought it was a trailer for a movie, but this is a real product. It’s advertised as a virtual wife for men who live alone.
Gatebox is a holographic home "robot" in the vein of Siri or Alexa. It's basically a 3D cosplay character that says nice things to you and can be programmed to automate your home. It comes pre-installed with a character named Azuma Kikari. She's 20 years old, likes donuts, and dislikes insects. She says her role is "healing character supporting living alone. I always try my best to serve my husband."
It costs 321,840 yen (about US$2725) and is available for pre-order now.
Implementing an on/off switch on a general artificial intelligence is way more complicated than it sounds. Rob Miles of Computerphile looks at what could go wrong. Hint: lots.
In a first, an artificial intelligence named Libratus has bested top-tier players at no-limit Texas Hold ’em. This is especially notable because imperfect information games are notoriously challenging to program.
And so it begins…
All the filters in the world won’t save your smartphone pics from a shaky hand. To really step up your mobile photography game, you’ll need some kind of mount to hold it steady. You could buy a smartphone attachment for a conventional camera tripod, but who wants to carry that kind of gear everywhere they […]
The forced transition from analog to digital TV signals was probably met with relative indifference from people with Netflix subscriptions and the “I don’t even own a TV” snoots. But anyone living in the vast swaths of the country that don’t have guaranteed high-speed internet, broadcast TV is a perfectly valid (and 100% free) way […]
When Apple revealed the new MacBook in 2016, one of the biggest issues raised with the notebook’s new design (aside from ire over the slew of new adapters you’d inevitably have to buy) was the removal of one of its most beloved proprietary features, the magnetic charging cable. Thankfully, third-party peripheral makers have taken up […]