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Uncanny Valley of the mind: When emotional AI gets too human-like, it creeps humans out

In a paper published this month in the journal Cognition, researchers Jan-Phillip Stein and Peter Ohler present what they’re calling the “uncanny valley of the mind," in which emotional AI leave participants with an uneasy feeling.
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Memphis Meats has successfully created lab-grown chicken, but it costs $9,000 per pound

To create its “clean" meat, Memphis Meats puts living animal cells into bioreactor tanks and feeds the cells their required oxygen, sugars, and minerals until they divide and grow.
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Just how good are drone cameras? Not very, according to DxOMark

The third-party company that ranks camera sensors with software is now looking at drone cameras -- and the results cover a wide range -- from drones on par with a semi-pro mirrorless to cheap drones with smartphone quality.
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The US Air Force now has more drone operator jobs than traditional pilot jobs

Need proof of the changing needs of the job market? Look no further than the Air Force, where for the first time, there are more jobs open for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones than for any other kind of pilot position.
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DJI study: Drones are already saving over one life a week

Just how much of an impact has drone technology made on search and rescue efforts? A new study from DJI suggests the number is growing -- and that even hobbyists are making an impact.
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Aviation fans: Catch the excitement of the Red Bull Air Race in San Diego

The Red Bull Air Race brings the low-flying, high-stakes excitement of air racing back to San Diego after an eight-year hiatus. Fans can buy tickets now to experience the event first hand, where planes fly over 200mph less than 100 feet…
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GoPro releases the Karma Flight Kit to give your Grip a new lease on life

If you recently bought GoPro's image-stabilizing Karma Grip and you fancy doing something else with it other than just holding it in your hand, then how about sticking it on a Karma drone?
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Float lots of different objects above this magical levitating base

Whereas most levitating bases come with just a single compatible object, the Levitation X offers a range of items that include plates, plant pots, pillows, and ornamental decorations.
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Hackers can control your smartphone using sound waves from a $5 speaker

Researchers have figured out how to manipulate and hack your smartphone's accelerometer with only sound waves from a $5 speaker and you may be surprised with how much they can achieve with the hack.
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What’s creating these mysterious fast radio bursts? Maybe aliens, say Harvard physicists

In a paper published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, Harvard theorists Avi Loeb and Manasvi Lingam suggest that an outer space phenomenon known as fast radio bursts might actually be caused by extraterrestrial intelligence.
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Samsung may put its prototype foldable phone into production this year

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display technology for a few years now and a folding smartphone might finally become a reality. Internally code-named Project Valley, the Galaxy X may be present behind closed doors at MWC.