/Technology/ Last Updated: Tue, Jun 19th, 2018 @ 12:15am EDT

The Verge

Dieter Bohn

What it’s like to watch an IBM AI successfully debate humans

At a small event in San Francisco last night, IBM hosted two debate club-style discussions between two humans and an AI called “Project Debater.” The goal was for the AI to engage in a series of reasoned arguments according to some pretty standard rules of debate: no awareness of the debate topic ahead of time, no pre-canned responses. Each side gave a four-minute introductory speech, a four-minute rebuttal to the other’s arguments, and a two-minute closing statement.

Project Debater...

Mashable

Shannon Connellan

Tiffany Haddish challenges Prince T'Challa for the 'Black Panther' throne

Tiffany Haddish is going for the Wakandan throne.

Hosting the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Saturday, the Girls Trip star and Saturday Night Live favourite opened the event with a hilarious parody of the Black Panther throne challenge scene. 

"I came to battle, bitches!" says Haddish to Zuri, played by Forest Whittaker. "Also, I got a Groupon for 40 percent off at the Wakanda Sheraton.

Look out for some masterful cameos in here from Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, and a perfect TLC...

Mashable

Johnny Lieu

Merriam-Webster subtweeted about Trump's child separation policy

Merriam-Webster's Twitter account is famed for not being here for your BS — or that of the Department of Homeland Security.

On Sunday, DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared her agency doesn't "have a policy of separating families at the border," despite extensive reports contradicting the claim. 

SEE ALSO: Homeland Security secretary gets shredded on Twitter after she lies about policy that separates families at border

When asked by CNN's Jeff Zeleny on Monday whether the separation...

TechCrunch

Catherine Shu

GameStop reportedly discussing buyout with private equity firms

Struggling retail chain GameStop is discussing a potential buyout with private equity firms, according to Reuters. The report says that one of the private equity firms is Sycamore Partners and that GameStop has hired a financial advisor to help with the talks, though there’s no guarantee that a deal will come to fruition.

Founded in 1984 and once a mainstay for gamers, GameStop has struggled to cope with competition from online retailers like Amazon and digital distribution platforms...

Engadget

Richard Lawler

What's on TV: 'Luke Cage,' 'Preacher' and 'Westworld'

The FIFA World Cup is already rolling along, but this week we're getting ready for the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix. AMC has the season premiere of Preacher and Comedy Central brings Drunk History while Westworld wraps up season two...

Engadget

Roberto Baldwin

IBM’s Project Debater is an AI that's ready to argue

A large group of journalists and IBM employees sit quietly while a black monolith (yes, like the one found in 2001: A Space Odyssey) with a display shows three animated blue balls floating in front and behind each other. The assembled humans are wait...

Mashable

Shannon Connellan

'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman hands over 'Best Hero' award to James Shaw Jr.

Not all heroes wear capes, or Wakandan catsuits.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman handed over his "Best Hero" award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards to a real-life hero.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman inspires students to challenge discrimination

In his acceptance speech on Saturday, Boseman thanked the incredibly brave James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old who disarmed the Waffle House shooter without being armed himself, likely saving many lives in the process. 

"Receiving...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Synthetic 'blubber' could triple divers' survival time in icy water

Even the hardiest diver can't last longer than an hour in cold water using a modern wetsuit, and that's no good if you're a special ops soldier or otherwise need to stay under the sea for hours at a time. MIT has a simple solution: imitate the blubb...

Mashable

Johnny Lieu

Amazon Prime launches in another country, at half the price of the U.S.

It took a long time for Australians to get Amazon, and even longer to get Prime.

The membership program is finally available in the country, offering free delivery on products as well as access to Prime Video and other services like Twitch Prime and Prime Reading.

SEE ALSO: Amazon's DeepLens is one smart camera

Interestingly, A$6.99 (US$5.27) or A$59 (US$44.51) for the year, it's half the price of what U.S. customers are paying for the service.

However, Prime in Australia only offers free...

Wired Top Stories

Megan Molteni

Trump Hasn't Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet

A brand-new sixth military branch lacks political support.

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Elon Musk says Tesla employee committed 'sabotage'

Tesla may have more trouble on its hands than layoffs and production challenges. Reuters said it had obtained a company-wide email from Elon Musk stating that an unnamed employee had conducted "extensive and damaging sabotage." The staffer reportedly...

The Verge

Jacob Kastrenakes

Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban that’s nearly shut down the company

The US Senate has voted to reinstate a ban on ZTE that prevents the Chinese telecom company from buying US components and using US software. But it’s still not clear if the reversal will make it into law: it has to clear a conference with the House, and then avoid a veto from President Trump, who advocated for cutting a deal that would lift the ban.

ZTE was hit with the trade ban by the US Commerce Department in April after failing to following through with a punishment for violating...

Mashable

Rebecca Ruiz

How to stop feeling helpless when you hear about immigrant children taken from their parents

I held my tears back upon reading about Marco Antonio Muñoz, a Honduran father who killed himself after being separated from his 3-year-old son. I choked on them again when I learned of Elsa Johana Ortiz Enriquez's plight: She brought her 8-year-old son across the American border in May only to be deported back home to Guatemala without him. She has no idea when or how she'll be reunited with her child.

SEE ALSO: 7 activist groups supporting families at the border that need your help right...

Wired Top Stories

Nitasha Tiku

Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here

Revelation of contract with US immigration agency sparks criticism amid family separations

TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey

What’s under those clothes? This system tracks body shapes in real time

With augmented reality coming in hot and depth tracking cameras due to arrive on flagship phones, the time is right to improve how computers track the motions of people they see — even if that means virtually stripping them of their clothes. A new computer vision system that does just that may sound a little creepy, but it definitely has its uses.

The basic problem is that if you’re going to capture a human being in motion, say for a movie or for an augmented reality game, there’s a...

Engadget

David Lumb

Roku could launch a store for streaming subscriptions

Roku is planning its own Amazon Channels-style à la carte marketplace for video subscription services, sources told Variety. Anyone using the company's devices could sign up for and watch them without needing to download apps for each. The mar...

The Verge

Nick Statt

Airbnb founders call Trump’s family separation policy ‘heartless, cruel, and immoral’

Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk have issued a joint statement this afternoon condemning President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the US-Mexico border. The statement, issued publicly on Twitter, is both a plain and harsh rebuke of the Trump administration’s policy, which has caused nationwide outcry as stories about and photos of distraught children and parents being forcibly taken away from one another have...

The Verge

Jacob Kastrenakes

Elon Musk emailed all of Tesla about attempted ‘sabotage’ by an employee

Tesla CEO Elon Musk emailed his entire company just before midnight last night saying that an employee had been caught conducting “damaging sabotage to our operations,” according to CNBC, which obtained the email. The employee was allegedly found to have made “direct code changes” to Tesla’s manufacturing system and sent “large amounts of highly sensitive” data to third parties.

The employee has already been questioned by Tesla, and Musk says it’s continuing to investigate...

Mashable

Morgan Sung

That creepy Olive Garden commercial script is just as weird on screen

Last week, a hilariously creepy script made the rounds online. 

Writer and comedian Keaton Patti tweeted that he forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of Olive Garden commercials, and then asked it to write its own version. The script he posted had some funny gems like describing pasta nachos as "warm and defeated" and a character revealing her mouthful of "secret soup."

A group of coworkers who normally create drivers ed videos put together their version of the Olive Garden commercial,...

Mashable

Keith Wagstaff

Elon Musk accuses Tesla employee of 'extensive and damaging sabotage'

Elon Musk has discovered a saboteur.

At least, that's what he told Tesla employees in an email sent Sunday night, according to CNBC. 

"I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations," wrote Musk, who's under an immense amount of pressure to ramp up production of the Tesla Model 3 sedan. 

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk announces companywide Tesla layoffs in leaked email

The email was sent the same night a fire shut...

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