Month: April 2016

You’re Asking Too Much of Chat Bots. Just Let Them Grow Up

By Cade Metz (WIRED) – MY EDITOR DOESN’T like email. And that’s probably the reason he’s into the Google service that automatically generates replies to incoming messages. Smart Reply, as my editor will tell you, is pretty smart (It is!—Ed.). Having analyzed millions of messages from across Google’s Gmail service, it can guess how you might respond to a particular missive. That may sound impersonal, but it’s useful. It lets you instantly reply to someone when you don’t have time to open a laptop or even tap out a message on your smartphone. Some of these auto-replies, my editor swears,...

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IBM Launches New Cloud Services for Blockchain

NEW YORK (Reuters) – IBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work. The blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a digital tool for doing a slew of functions such as recording and verifying transactions. The technology, according to its many supporters, would make it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring central control. The interest in the blockchain surged last year when Wall Street’s major players such as Goldman Sachs...

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Join Astronomy Ireland for Mercury Transit

Astronomy Ireland is setting up the most powerful telescopes in Ireland, to show members of the general public the transit of Mercury across the Sun’s face on Monday, May 9th! Open to the general public at no charge, the Mercury watch starts at 12PM (noon) and runs until 8PM. Come out and enjoy this amazing sight, learn about the most powerful telescopes available outside of an observatory here in Ireland, meet other astronomy enthusiasts and have some fun. There will be loads of free posters, back issues of the magazine and refreshments on the night! If the weather is cloudy...

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Tiny Motors that Can Clean Up Polluted Water (video)

(ACS) – Scientists are developing new motors that are tiny, soft and run on light, magnetic effects or chemical solutions. They can serve specific functions — including cleaning up pollution. This Headline Science video features one motor that could help break down organic contaminants, such as pesticides and plasticizers, in...

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