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A first date in the uncanny valley: 2 humanoid robots flirt in bizarre video

In case robots still don’t creep you out enough, two of them got together in Russia for a chat at a digital conference. Their awkward flirting sounded unsettlingly human-like. Two Russian robots – Gagarin, created by the Robotics Institute at Innopolis University in Kazan, and Alisa Zelenogradova, a gynoid robot created by Neurorobotics in Zelenograd – met at an open ...

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‘World’s first psychopath AI’ bot trained by viewing Reddit

Scientists at MIT have revealed how they trained an artificial robot to become a “psychopath” by only showing it captions from disturbing images depicting gruesome deaths posted on Reddit. The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named the world’s first psycho robot Norman, after the central character in Hitchcock’s 1960 movie ‘Psycho.’ As part of their experiment they ...

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Building bridges: Putin to visit Austria in first foreign trip after re-election

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Austria on Tuesday – a country that traditionally has good relations with Moscow. His trip, however, might have wider implications for a Europe that seems to be at a crossroads. Austria has had constructive and pragmatic –if not friendly– relations with Russia and its predecessor, the Soviet Union, since the establishment of ...

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‘Improved relations’ with Russia subject of first Pompeo-Lavrov call

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called up his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and discussed better relations with Russia and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the State Department said. In the first call to Lavrov that Pompeo has made since he took over as the US top diplomat in April, the two discussed “issues and concerns related to the ...

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Lebanon launches search for first oil & gas reserves despite Israeli threats

Beirut has announced the start of its oil and gas exploration for offshore energy reserves in the Mediterranean after approving a plan submitted by a consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek. Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said Lebanon plans to launch a second offshore licensing round by the end of 2018 or early 2019. In ...

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Boozy fizzy: Coca-Cola launches its first alcoholic drink

Coca-Cola launched its first alcoholic product in Japan on Monday. The experiment is “unique” in the company’s 125-year history, said Coca-Cola Japan president Jorge Garduno. The drink, called Lemon-Do contains three, five and seven percent alcohol. According to Coca-Cola’s website, the product developers got the idea after visiting Japanese-style “izakaya” pubs, where they discovered that lemon-flavored drinks are popular. The ...

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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaints relating to (certain) companies’ ‘take it or leave it’ stance when it comes to consent. The complaints have been filed ...

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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaints relating to (certain) companies’ ‘take it or leave it’ stance when it comes to consent. The complaints have been filed ...

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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaints relating to (certain) companies’ ‘take it or leave it’ stance when it comes to consent. The complaints have been filed ...

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40 years on: How Unabomber’s first parcel bomb shaped a generation of eco-terrorists

May 25 marks the 40th anniversary of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s first attack. Here, RT looks back on the life of Kaczynski as well as some other heinous acts his bombing campaign inspired. On this day in 1978, Professor Buckley Crist found a package in his office at Northwestern University. His first instinct was to call campus security. The package, which ...

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