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    1. China's Most Popular App Apologises After Translating 'Black Foreigner' as the N-Word

      China's Most Popular App Apologises After Translating 'Black Foreigner' as the N-Word

      By Sidney Fussell on at The translation service in China’s biggest messaging app, WeChat, is being retooled after offering a racist slur as a translation for the phrase “black foreigner.” Ann James, a black theater director based in Shanghai, messaged her colleagues in English on Wednesday to say she was running late.

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    2. It's Hard Not to Love the Google Home Mini

      It's Hard Not to Love the Google Home Mini

      It's Hard Not to Love the Google Home Mini Adam Clark Estes | Gawker Media Oct 12, 2017, 06.36 PM IST Continue reading All photos: Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo It's almost unfair that most of the world met our voice-controlled future in the form of an Amazon Echo . Sure, the gadget works, but damn is it ugly. The Google Home was better but still sort of silly-looking. That's why the sleek, minimalist Google Home Mini feels like a revelation.

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      Mentions: Amazon Google Philips
    3. Here's What Happened To All 53 of Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Acquisitions

      Here's What Happened To All 53 of Marissa Mayer's Yahoo Acquisitions

      Go to permalink Image: Getty Yahoo, the once-vaunted internet giant, is in shambles. Its revenue is in decline . Its shareholders are crying foul . Its prized public faces are scrambling for an exit, and the company is in the process of laying off 15 percent of its workforce. Its core business—internet search and advertising—is negatively valued . Looming over all of this is a prospective sale of the company’s core assets, bids for which have reportedly reached more than $5 billion .

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    4. Facebook Chatbots Are Frustrating and Useless

      Facebook Chatbots Are Frustrating and Useless

      Facebook’s new Messenger chatbots are barely two days old, and it’s definitely showing. Right now, you can only interact with a few, and finding them is a huge pain in the ass. But after tracking some down and shooting the shit for a couple of days, I realized that using these robo-assistants is like trying to talk politics with a toddler. Read more...

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      Mentions: Brooklyn Gizmodo CNN
    5. This Startup Is Creating Stories That Adapt, Learn, Evolve, and Breed

      This Startup Is Creating Stories That Adapt, Learn, Evolve, and Breed

      Why do stories need to be linear and repeatable? What if instead of finishing a movie, you could keep exploring it? What if your favorite side-character could become central to the plot? Why can’t we harness technology to explore our creativity in a new hybrid of full-interactive, immersive animation? A new startup is determined to do just that. MashUp Machine seeks to bring the creativity and ...

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      Mentions: Gizmodo Fifa
    6. You're Using Neural Networks Every Day Online -- Here's How They Work

      You're Using Neural Networks Every Day Online -- Here's How They Work

      If you use Google’s new Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s new translation function, you’re using a form of AI on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work. Plenty of things that humans find difficult can be done in a snap by a computer. Want to solve a partial differential equation? No problem.

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    7. Why Google Translate Will (Probably) Always Suck

      Why Google Translate Will (Probably) Always Suck

      If it seems like Google Translate and Skype Translator have solved the language barrier, you’d be right, in the same sense that smoke signals solved long-distance communication. Machine translation much difficult still translate long way go to, as YouTuber Tom Scott explains. As Scott points out, language is about far more than just communicating simple words: subtleties of meaning and context and culture shape conversations in ways that computers really struggle with.

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