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Robotics

Submission + - Chatbot Eugene wins biggest Turing test ever (newscientist.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Eugene Goostman, a chatbot imbued with the personality of a 13 year old boy, won the biggest Turing test ever staged, on 23 June, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing. Held at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, UK, where Turing cracked the Nazi Enigma code during World War 2, the test involved over 150 separate conversations, 30 judges, 25 hidden humans and five elite, chattering software programs."Thirteen years old is not too old to know everything and not too young to know nothing," explains Eugene's creator Vladimir Veselov.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How Would Room Temperature Superconductors Impact Society? 3

Bananatree3 writes: While we have sci-fi visions of room temperature superconductors like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: How would the discovery of a such a material impact our everyday lives? How would the nature of warfare change? How would the global economy react? What are the cultural pros and cons of such a technological shift?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Cultural Impacts of Room Temperature Superconductors? 1

Bananatree3 writes: While we have fanciful visions produced for us like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: What are the most likely cultural, societal and political effects to stem from the introduction of room temperature superconductors? How would the global economy be impacted? How would the nature of warfare change? What are the cultural pros and cons of such a shift?

As with all paradigm shifts in technology, there is always a dramatic change in how human civilization functions when compared to prior generations. Room temperature superconductors would pave the way for a whole new level of technological innovation.
United States

Submission + - Paypal Freezes New Hampshire GOP Recount Funds (prisonplanet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Paypal has frozen the fundraising account of the Granny Warriors, a Ron Paul supporters group who had been pushing for a recount in New Hampshire, causing a 3pm Tuesday deadline to be missed and the application rejected for lack of payment. The Granny Warriors had raised the necessary $55,600 deposit for the recount but at the last minute before it was transferred to the New Hampshire Secretary of State, Paypal blocked access to the funds
Education

Submission + - Student Attacked After Dropping Cake (infowars.net) 17

An anonymous reader writes: "School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up. The girl, Pleajhai Mervin, told Fox News LA that she was bumped while queuing for lunch and dropped the cake. After being ordered to clean it up and then re-clean the spot three times, she attempted to leave the area out of embarrassment but was jumped on by security who forced her onto a table, breaking her wrist in the process."

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