Two Chatbots Have A Hilariously Shady Conversation With Each Other

Two Chatbots Have A Hilariously Shady Conversation With Each Other

Over the years, scientists have come to discover that Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it stands today isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just last week, we learned that robots aren’t always the friendliest to their human counterparts, but what happens when you leave two AI bots in the same room? googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Researchers from Cornell University’s Creative Machine Lab decided to test that scenario. After trudging through some identity crises, the bots tried to tackle philosophy. Let me be the first to tell you that these chatbots certainly weren’t afraid to get sassy. These are pretty much me in robotic form. Hey, some of us have to serve the sass, okay? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chatbot-conversations/

Vantablack Is The Darkest Material Known To Man, And It's Pretty Trippy

Vantablack Is The Darkest Material Known To Man, And It’s Pretty Trippy

What some people don’t realize is just how amazing the breakthroughs of modern technology really are. This could have something to do with the fact that many groundbreaking inventions and discoveries seem too far-fetched to be real. An excellent example of this phenomenon is known as Vantablack, and it’s listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as being the world’s darkest substance. This is Vantablack in all its glory. When it was introduced, the company that manufactured it from tiny carbon nanotubes reported that Vantablack can absorb up to 99.96 percent of the light that contacts the material. Wikipedia I know that sounds fantastical, but after seeing a few videos of Vantablack in action, I definitely believe those claims. The material is used primarily for military and astronautical purposes. For example, Vantablack has been used in telescopes to absorb extra light which allows the viewer to see more distant […]

If You Have An Onion And Some Gatorade, You Can Charge Your Phone In A Pinch

If You Have An Onion And Some Gatorade, You Can Charge Your Phone In A Pinch

Like bobby pins, car keys, and sanity, phone chargers are experts when it comes to disappearing. And the fact that they can now be split into two pieces only doubles your chances of losing one or both of them. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have the cord in my possession, the block is nowhere to be found. When the block is chilling in the outlet, the cord steals my keys and starts a new life. But because food makes everything better, you can use an onion and some Gatorade to power your phone when your charger betrays you. Here’s how it’s done. 1. Round up a large onion, 2 cups of Gatorade (or the electrolyte-rich sports drink of your choice), a bowl, a screwdriver, and that God-forsaken charging cord. YouTube / HouseholdHacker 2. Without peeling it, poke 2 holes into the onion using your screwdriver — one […]

12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

It’s easy to get downhearted about climate change. But amazing things are happening that could slow it down. 1. Solar glass View this image › Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters We’re familiar with solar panels, and solar is probably the most promising renewable energy source. But we are on the verge of a major change in the technology. “Power-generating windows are already available, and companies are working hard to cut costs and improve efficiency,” says James Murray of the website BusinessGreen. “But the most exciting aspect of solar glass is its position as the most visible example of thin-film solar technologies – lightweight, flexible, and printable solar cells that can be integrated in everything from clothes to car park canopies. Forget solar panels – within a decade, solar cells could be everywhere.” 2. Solar lamps View this image › SunnyMoney / Via islandenergysystems.wordpress.com Sometimes the simplest technologies are the most […]

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The 8 best gadgets from Berlin’s IFA 2017 technology show

Image: raymond wong/mashable Europe’s largest technology show, IFA, kicked off early this week in Berlin. Running until Sept. 6, the huge show gives everyone a glimpse into the future of consumer tech. While the biggest tech announcements are reserved for CES in January, big brands like Samsung and LG still debut some pretty sweet products at IFA.  SEE ALSO: What it’s like to have a lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren in augmented reality Like previous years, there’s a boatload of smart (and dumb) home appliances, but we’ll spare you all the new connected stovetops and blenders. Here’s our picks for the best tech products we saw and why you should care about them. 1. LG V30 Image: lili sams/mashable IFA isn’t usually a show for big smartphone announcements (that’s Mobile World Congress), but this year LG introduced its latest flagship Android smartphone the V30. Why you should care: LG’s fooled […]

Hold On To Your Hats (And Wear a Helmet)! The Hovercrafts Have Arrived.

Hold On To Your Hats (And Wear a Helmet)! The Hovercrafts Have Arrived.

The future is here! Just like out childhood cartoons promised us, we now have hovercraft technology. About time, right?  The Hendo Hoverboard uses a magnetic field that allows it, and a full-sized human on top, to defy gravity and hover above the ground. Despite Earnshaw’s theorem, which says that equilibrium can never be reached between two magnets, the Hendo uses a principle called magnetic field architecture to create stabilized movement. The board can be also propelled forward using this principle, and the Hendo was designed to react smoothly and naturally to the user’s motions.  To be technical, this technology already exists with high-speed rail, which uses electromagnetic currents to float the cars above the tracks, eliminating friction and allowing for a smooth, fast ride. The hoverboard, though, opens up the possibility of using hover technology for personal use, away from set tracks.  Due to its operation, the Hendo requires a non-ferromagnetic surface to work–that means roughly, no transitional metals. […]

Experience A Complete Panorama Of The Sky, All From Inside A Plane.

Experience A Complete Panorama Of The Sky, All From Inside A Plane.

If flying makes you nervous, you might want to avoid booking a ticket on this brand-new plane concept. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based in the U.K., has developed a concept to replace the traditional, porthole-like windows on plane fuselages with flexible HD panels that can display panoramas of the sky as the plane flies.  CPI The views would be fed via externally mounted cameras on the plane, allowing passengers to experience in real time the open sky around them. It images will be projected in 150dpi color on OLED screens, which would feature a protective layer for durability. Besides being beautiful and breathtaking (or terrifying, if you have a thing about heights), CPI also notes that the differences in light may help travelers adjust better to time zone changes and reduce the feeling of jet lag. CPI The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and […]

Did You Realize That These Super-Simple Inventions Actually Changed The World?

Did You Realize That These Super-Simple Inventions Actually Changed The World?

You might hear “invention” and think of that iconic light-bulb “a-ha” moment (a term that this author feels should go the way of the dodo). After sleepless nights of failure, the tormented genius leaps into activity and has an earth-shattering piece of technology ready for presentation by dawn (and mass production not too far into the future). As usual, reality is less dramatic. Inventions are not singular events that spring up fully formed on their own. Rather, inventions build upon existing technology, and come about via tweaks, tests, re-tweaks, and re-tests. Technology evolves much like how a species evolves based on its past and present forms. Also, inventions are rarely created by just one person–there’s often a team behind them, and by working together, they’re able to create something new out existing materials. Here’s a look at ten inventions that seem simple by our standards. We’ve all taken advantage of them […]

Did The U.S. Government Poke A Hole In Space And Time? Some Say Yes

Did The U.S. Government Poke A Hole In Space And Time? Some Say Yes

Have you heard of the Montauk Project? For those who aren’t familiar with it, it is a supposed secret government project with the aim of facilitating time travel and ways for us to travel between dimensions. Some of the stories (all of them unconfirmed) about the Montauk Project became the basis for Netflix’s most recent smash hit, “Stranger Things.” googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); While the conspiracy theory of the Montauk Project breaks down into many different individual theories, the main thread is that the U.S. government managed to create an interdimensional portal in the space-time continuum back in the 1980s. Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); But they didn’t do it alone. They had assistance from secret technology left behind by Nikola Tesla (and some helpful aliens, of course). iStock Most of the “evidence” for the Montauk Project comes from a book of the same name written by Preston B. Nichols […]

This Kayak Can Fit In Your Front Seat Because Technology Is Basically Witchcraft.

This Kayak Can Fit In Your Front Seat Because Technology Is Basically Witchcraft.

Living an adventurous life can often mean getting bogged down by  large, clunky vehicles. Not only is storage an issue, but then you have to figure out a way to bring the bulky things with you while traveling. Basically, a nightmare. Thankfully, there’s some smart designers out there took a cue from origami and made items with headache-free folding abilities. Heading to some white water rapids? No need to rent a kayak when you can bring your own along as carry-on luggage. And that’s just the tip of the foldable-goodies we found. Check out how you can get mobile and still save space. 1. The Oru Kayak, folds up in five minutes! 2. The Flat-pack Boat, made from one sheet of plastic. 3. The Tri-fold surfboard, for all those surfers who miss the waves while away from home but don’t want to drag along their huge board. 4. The Icon A5, like a real […]

This Tiny Device Is About To Totally Change The Way You Travel

This Tiny Device Is About To Totally Change The Way You Travel

Knowing only one language can really change the way you see the world, and it’s usually not for the better. While some take the easy approach and just assume that everyone speaks English, others feel a little embarrassed about not being able to understand people from around the world in their mother tongues. After all, there are few things more beautiful than language, the form and function of which reveal so much about the people who speak it. For those in the latter group who want to experience culture as authentically as possible, this device is about to shift your perspective on global travel. Meet the Pilot. It’s a tiny, in-ear device that translates English, Spanish, French, and Italian in real time. Waverly Labs Developers from Waverly Labs hope to bridge cultural gaps by providing people with a program that’s easy to use while still being culturally respectful. They want […]

They Built A Mud Stove And Charged Their Phones With It -- Technology Is Awesome

They Built A Mud Stove And Charged Their Phones With It — Technology Is Awesome

Next time you’re lost in the wild with a dead phone, remember this. With a few cables and a stove made from mud, you can build your own charger. Don’t believe me? Just watch for yourself as these villagers in Malawi spend their afternoon constructing a mud stove to charge all of their phones. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); This is how to charge your phone with a mud oven. Examining the science, politics and solutions of climate change. http://bbc.in/1IadGSl Posted by BBC World Service on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Is there any question that science is awesome? While most of us probably won’t have to make one of these anytime soon, it’s nice to know that the option is there. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/mud-charger/

How Your Favorite Household Items And Appliances Have Evolved Over The Past 100 Years

How Your Favorite Household Items And Appliances Have Evolved Over The Past 100 Years

For the last decade, it seems that every day has resulted in an awesome new invention. Not only are new gadgets being created constantly, but other incredible discoveries are occurring, as well. Deep brain stimulation could help people with Parkinson’s live normal lives. Advancements in virtual reality could help people explore places they never thought possible. Familiarizing yourself with today’s technology is amazing enough, but when you realize where it all started, it’s almost unbelievable. You’ve probably seen or used each of these everyday items, but you’ll be amazed at what the very first version looked like. WOW. 1. A baby carriage then… Wikimedia Commons These old timey strollers were invented in the 1700s. The Duke of Devonshire asked architect William Kent to design something that would let the Duke transport his children around. …and a baby carriage now. Flickr / Napoleon Cole Children now can ride around in both […]

16 Ways Your Smartphone Is Ruining Your Life

Smartphones are more ubiquitous now than they’ve ever been before. Honestly, it seems like people are glued to their phones, which is kind of upsetting. If someone’s battery dies or if someone is without their phone for a few minutes, they act like it’s the end of the world. Sure, smartphones are great for many things, but if you are starting to realize that your phone is ruining things for you, you’re not alone — and you’re not exactly wrong, either. Here are the ways in which smartphones are actually ruining our lives. 1. Being Present Flickr / Per Gosche There is a reason why officials in some cities have had to write “Look up!” on their crosswalks. People were getting hit by cars because they wouldn’t look up from their phones while crossing a street. That’s an extreme example, but how many times have you been at a concert […]

These Products Show Why Google Will One Day Become Our Supreme Overlords.

These Products Show Why Google Will One Day Become Our Supreme Overlords.

Here’s one word that most people know, all over the world: Google. Google is probably one of the most powerful companies that currently exists. Luckily, they seem to use most of their data-collecting powers for good (unlike Time Warner or Comcast). Google is so powerful, though, it makes you wonder… What if there was an evil, Hydra-like coup within Google? What if the bad guys controlled Google? As it turns out, that might already be happening. The company has been pushing some seriously advanced, but shady, projects through the works. If they start attaching laser beams to sharks, it’ll be time to worry. Google built these creepy barges on the San Francisco bay. They say they are possibly going to be used for “interactive learning centers”, but they didn’t say much more. The Google owned Motorola has invested in a product that will be “coupling an electronic skin tattoo to […]

These 20 Inventions Prove That The Future Is NOW. I Had No Clue Any Of This Existed!

These 20 Inventions Prove That The Future Is NOW. I Had No Clue Any Of This Existed!

The future is awesome. But aren’t we supposed to have jet packs already? Seriously, I remember the Jetson’s reaching us that we’d be living on Mars, eating everything in pill forms, and living to the age of infinity. Well, if we can’t have those things (yet 😉 ), then maybe these 20 eye-popping items from the future will make up for it… EDIT 1. The world’s first virtual reality store has opened in S. Korea. All the walls are actually touchscreens. You simply tap what you want, and it’ll be waiting for you at the exit. eBaum’s World 2. Iron Man?!?! eBaum’s World 3. That’s my future phone screen. YES! eBaum’s World 4. Notice his eye? It’s a camera too! eBaum’s World 5. It’s a mighty morphing tracking tabbleeeee. eBaum’s World 6. Locked…unlocked. eBaum’s World 7. Google Fiber = Jaw dropping download speeds. eBaum’s World 8. This Tesla driving display […]

According To NASA, You Could Leave Your Crappy Job And Work On Mars Instead

According To NASA, You Could Leave Your Crappy Job And Work On Mars Instead

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Here’s how I feel after I watch the news every night: And I know for a fact that you feel my struggle on some level. Life here on planet Earth is rough, folks. If you’re sick of feeling like you’re living in the middle of a dumpster fire, why not hitch a ride on a rocket ship and leave this nonsense behind? Sure, that might be a fantasy right now, but NASA wants us to know that there’s potential for some extreme escapism on the horizon. NASA just released these posters that detail employment opportunities on the Red Planet, and I’m seriously not mad at any of it. If you’re interested in taking one small step for man and one giant leap for “get me the hell out of here right this second,” check them out. According to this handy little guide, NASA researchers are embarking […]

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This app grants you access to hundreds of thousands of free books

The Rose Main Reading Room inside The New York Public Library Image: AP E-book nerds, rejoice! More than 300,000 titles are now available for download on your smartphone, for free if you have a New York Public Library card. The Big Apple’s biggest book lender released a new app this summer, SimplyE, that has everything from the classics to A Song of Ice and Fire and even titles in Latin (and most modern languages, too). While many libraries have offered e-books for years, most of them don’t have collections quite as sizable in a single app. SEE ALSO: This book nerd painted her staircase to look like her favorite books Image: new york public library There are a limited amount of digital licenses for each book, so you might have to wait a little for more popular titles (you can check on the availability of e-book titles on the library’s […]

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Are Facebook and Google the New Monopolies?: QuickTake Q&A

The rise of global technology superstars like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are creating new challenges for competition watchdogs. Along with Microsoft Corp., they are the five most valuable companies in the U.S. today, a ranking that only included Microsoft 10 years ago. They dominate their markets, from e-books and smart phones to search advertising and social-media traffic on mobile devices. This is fueling a global debate over whether it’s time to rein in such winner-take-all companies. While the U.S. has been largely hands off, the European Union’s recent weak private investment, rising wage inequality and fewer startups. 3. What’s a monopoly, anyway? In the U.S., there is no sharp line, but a market share of at least 50 percent is generally needed before courts and regulators take notice. Think of the early 20th-century trusts that controlled oil, railroads and steel. Standard Oil’s market share got as high as 88 percent. […]

He Gave His Dad A Virtual-Reality Headset, And He Reacted Like Any Cranky Dad Would

He Gave His Dad A Virtual-Reality Headset, And He Reacted Like Any Cranky Dad Would

Despite looking dorky, Virtual-Reality headsets are becoming more popular by the minute, with Samsung offering a free set with the new Galaxy S7, and Playstation launching nearly 50 games that are compatible with Virtual-Reality equipment. This just begs one question: is the technology really all it’s cracked up to be? According to one extremely British father, yes and no. When his son let him try on a V-R headset, he was very vocal (and explicit) about the whole thing. Watch as his musings on the gadget go from good, to bad, to awful. Get used to it, Dad. These headsets might be the way of the future…or they could be the way of the future like the Segway was, which never really became a thing outside the realm of mall security. Who even knows anymore? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/funny-virtual-reality/

He Stuck A Projector Over His Son's Sandbox, And You'll Be Floored By What It Does

He Stuck A Projector Over His Son’s Sandbox, And You’ll Be Floored By What It Does

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do on summer days was live my best life in my big, crab-shaped sandbox. Just thinking about it transports me back to a time before emails and status updates and comments sections. The image of a child playing in a sandbox carries with it visions of simpler days when the biggest problem a kid would face is whether or not they’d get a Furby for Christmas when December finally rolled around. But, as things tend to do, sandboxes have evolved over the years. One crafty dad took to Imgur to share what is probably the coolest DIY project I’ve ever seen. Using a projector, his laptop, and a homemade sandbox, he created something for his son that you have to see to believe. First, he bought 25 pounds of kinetic sand. Imgur / Thomwolf googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); […]

Russia Just Built The Coolest Form Of Public Transportation I've Ever Seen. Holy Train Envy, Batman!

Russia Just Built The Coolest Form Of Public Transportation I’ve Ever Seen. Holy Train Envy, Batman!

A shiny new tram is set to make its debut in Russia and it looks like it was designed by Bruce Wayne… or maybe Spock… Spock Wayne? Actually, it’s the work of the train and tram makers at Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) who unveiled this as the next generation Russia One tram. Along with all the Dark Knight and space-age-y specs, the new model ditches typical aerodynamic design for one that offers the driver a larger scope to see potential accidents waiting to happen. The sleek exterior. Are we SURE this isn’t a set pic from ‘Battlestar Galactica’?? Set phasers to cozy! The train Gotham needs and deserves. (via Tumblr and The Moscow Times.) Mass production is projected to start in 2015 with the trams rolling out in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Volgograd. Beam your friends up with the link below! Read more: http://viralnova.com/bat-tram/