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May 7, 2019

McDonald’s Is Installing AI-Powered Kiosks to Predict Your Order

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In the future, your local fast food joint might know your order before you even get to the drive-thru window.

Fast food giant McDonald’s has installed AI-powered kiosks in 700 of its restaurants during an initial trial period. The menus are capable of suggesting menu items that sell best depending on the time of day, the weather, or that are currently trending — think ice cream on hot summer days — as well as add-on items depending on your current order.

It’s a glimpse of a future in which AI does substantial legwork in food service — but also one in which human cashiers could become obsolete.

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May 7, 2019

Estonia is Building a “Robot Judge” to Help Clear Legal Backlog

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI

The Estonian Ministry of Justice has officially asked Ott Velsberg, the country’s chief data officer, to design a “robot judge” to take care of a backlog of small claims court disputes, Wired reports.

The artificial intelligence-powered “judge” is supposed to analyze legal documents and other relevant information and come to a decision. Though a human judge will have an opportunity to revise those decisions, the project is a striking example of justice by artificial intelligence.

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May 7, 2019

Google Maps’ AR walking directions arrive on Pixel devices today

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Pixel users can get walking directions from Google Maps in augmented reality.

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May 7, 2019

After eating raw rodent’s kidney for ‘good health,’ couple dies of bubonic plague, sparks quarantine

Posted by in categories: food, health

A Mongolian couple died from the bubonic plague after eating raw marmot meat, sparking a quarantine that trapped tourists for days, officials said Monday.

According to AFP, the couple died May 1 in a remote area of the country’s Bayan-Ölgii province, which borders China and Russia.

A six-day quarantine of 118 people who had come in contact with the couple, including locals and a number of foreign tourists, had been lifted as of Tuesday, Ariuntuya Ochirpurev, a World Health Organization official, told the BBC.

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May 7, 2019

New plastic material can be recycled again and again

Posted by in category: materials

Scientists have developed a new plastic material that can be recycled repeatedly.

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May 7, 2019

Windows 10 will get a built-in Linux kernel this summer

Posted by in category: computing

Microsoft is adding a real Linux kernel to Windows 10, and has a new Windows Terminal command-line app for developers.

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May 7, 2019

A class-leading camera at half the price? Just buy the Pixel 3a already

Posted by in categories: cosmology, mobile phones

These scores are a good deal lower than phones using the latest Snapdragon 855 processor, such as the Galaxy S10, as well as the Snapdragon 845 chipset in the Pixel 3 series. However, it surprisingly beat out the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL, which scored 146,876 and 110,949 on AnTuTu, respectively.

There may be a few graphically-intensive games that could give the Pixel 3a and 3a XL pause, but so far, my experience has been pleasantly smooth.

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May 7, 2019

Chrome Beta 75 improves dark theme, lets web apps share files, and more [APK Download]

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Chrome 74 was released only a few days ago, which means v75 has moved up to the Beta Channel. This release doesn’t have any drastic changes, but it does continue to improve the dark theme, and there are some fancy new APIs that web apps can use.

Dark theme changes

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May 7, 2019

Scientists Think They’ve Found the Ancient Neutron Star Crash That Showered Our Solar System in Gold

Posted by in category: space

An ancient neutron star collision occurred very, very close to our solar system — and we’re all the better for it.

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May 7, 2019

The chemicals in sunscreen seep into your bloodstream after just one day, FDA says

Posted by in category: futurism

Study authors say the results don’t mean consumers should stop using sunscreen, but noted that more research needs to be done.

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