Android creator is building an AI phone that texts people for you

Essential Products Inc., the consumer electronics startup run by Android creator Andy Rubin, is putting most projects aside to focus on development of a new kind of phone that will try to mimic the user and automatically respond to messages on their behalf, according to people familiar with the plans.

The company paused development of a planned home speaker, months after canceling a different smartphone that had been in the works, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. Sales of an earlier phone were disappointing, and the company is abandoning the effort partly because the product is too similar to others on the market. Essential had considered selling itself this year after a series of setbacks…

China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley https://n.pr/2DX6e0Y 

A year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood before the 19th Communist Party Congress and laid out his ambitious plan for China to become a world leader by 2025 in advanced technologies such as robotics, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

It was seen as a direct challenge to U.S. leadership in advanced technology. James Lewis, a specialist in China and technology at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says China recognizes that technological superiority helps give the United States an edge in national security and wants in on it.

“The Chinese figured out that technology is the key to wealth and power, and the source of technology is still the West for China,” says Lewis. The question is: “How do they get their hands on that Western technology?”

California passes law that bans default passwords in connected devices

Good news!

California has passed a law banning default passwords like “admin,” “123456” and the old classic “password” in all new consumer electronics starting in 2020.

Every new gadget built in the state from routers to smart home tech will have to come with “reasonable” security features out of the box. The law specifically calls for each device to come with a preprogrammed password “unique to each device.”

It also mandates that any new device “contains a security feature that requires a user to generate a new means of authentication before access is granted to the device for the first time,” forcing users to change the unique password to something new as soon as it’s switched on for the first time…

Amazon increases minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour

Amazon just announced that it will be raising its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour, effective November 1.

The policy will cover employees at Amazon subsidiaries, including Whole Foods, and well as seasonal and temporary employees. Amazon says that in total, this will cover 250,000 employees, plus 100,000 seasonal employees.

This comes as Amazon is facing increasing scrutiny over how its workers are treated and paid. Senator Bernie Sanders, for example, recently introduced legislation to end what he calls “corporate welfare” — and it’s pretty clear who he had in mind, since the bill was titled Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS)…

Font of all knowledge? Researchers develop typeface they say can boost memory

Researchers say font, which slants to the left and has gaps in each letter, can aid recall.

Australian researchers say they have developed a new tool that could help students cramming for exams – a font that helps the reader remember information.

Melbourne-based RMIT University’s behavioural business lab and design school teamed up to create “Sans Forgetica”, which they say uses psychological and design theories to aid memory retention.

About 400 university students have been involved in a study that found a small increase in the amount participants remembered – 57% of text written in Sans Forgetica compared with 50% in a plain Arial.

Space Station Crew Returns to Earth, Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks.

NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

The crew completed hundreds of experiments during its 197-day expedition in space. Highlights included an investigation to study ultra-cold quantum gases using the first commercial European facility for microgravity research, and a system that uses surface forces to accomplish liquid-liquid separation…

A controversial startup that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with young blood is opening its first clinic

  • A startup called Ambrosia Medical that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with the blood of young people plans to launch its first clinic in New York City at the end of this year.
  • Founded by Stanford graduate Jesse Karmazin, the company recently completed the first clinical trialdesigned to assess the benefits of young blood transfusions.
  • Although his team has not yet published the results of the trial, Karmazin said the results were “really positive.”

To startup founder and Stanford Medical graduate Jesse Karmazin, blood is the next big government-approved drug.

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老化抑制のために若者の血液を輸血する診療所、NYに開設予定で物議をかもす

老化抑制のために1回8000ドルで若者の血液を輸血する」という初の診療所がいよいよニューヨークで開設される見通しとなり物議をかもしている

200名に輸血し臨床試験も実施した…

「老化抑制のために1回8000ドル(約90万4000円)で若者の血液を輸血する」という初の診療所がいよいよ2018年末までに米ニューヨークで開設される見通しとなり、医療業界の内外で物議をかもしている。

この診療所を運営するのは、米スタンフォード大学出身のジェシー・カーマジン氏が2016年に創設したスタートアップ企業「アンブロージア・メディカル」だ。診療所の開設に先立ち、2016年6月から2018年1月にかけて、16歳から25歳までの若者の血漿を35歳以上の成人200名に輸血する臨床試験も実施した …

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鳥判定機 – Android Version

人工知能を搭載したアプリが鳥の名前を教えてくれる!

「あの鳥の名前は何だろう?」
「この鳥、見たことあるけど名前が分からない・・・」
そんな時にスマートフォンでこのアプリを使ってみよう!
カメラで撮った鳥の名前を人工知能が瞬時に判定する。
それがミラセンシズの「鳥判定機」です。

バードウォッチングの時に使うも良し。ハイキングの時に使うも良し。公園での散歩に使うも良し。撮った鳥の写真は、記録することができるので、鳥の観察記録を作るも良いですし、自由研究のツールとしてもご活用いただけます。

また、人工知能を搭載しているので、アプリを使えば使うほど判定精度が向上します!
人工知能が身近な生活に与えるちょっとしたスパイスをお楽しみください!

今いる場所の野鳥が分かるアプリ「GPS動く野鳥図鑑400」

株式会社ナレッジリンクは3月16日から、スマートフォンに搭載された衛星測位機能を活用して、現在地周辺で観られる野鳥が分かるiOS/Androidアプリ「GPS動く野鳥図鑑400」(有料)の提供を開始しました。App StoreまたはGoogle Playからダウンロード可能で、価格は税込2500円です。また、野鳥動画の収録数を40種類に限定した無料版「GPS動く野鳥図鑑mini」も用意されています。

アプリの一番の特徴は、動画を利用する図鑑のスタイルを全く新しい発想で企画した点にあります。野外のさまざまな場所でスマホやタブレットを取り出し、動画を使用した野鳥図鑑を使うには、どういうインターフェイスが楽しく、使いやすいのか?という疑問を出発点に開発に臨んだといいます。

また、衛星測位に関しては、スマートフォンのGPSでユーザーがいる場所と時点(月区分け)で観られる可能性のある野鳥を調べられる「観られる野鳥」バインダーを用意しています。日本を11地域に区分し、各地域内において、その時点で観察されたことのある野鳥を検索できます。