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Could Slack's Slackbot herald the era of virtual colleagues?
Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield says AI in the workplace ‘will be about making us more efficient rather than taking our jobs’ Virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence are a staple of popular culture, from HAL 9000 in the Space Odyssey series to Samantha in 2013 film Her. But (...)
[The Guardian]

Fair sharing of flight delays among airlines
A study presents a new method for dealing with delays that, they conclude, keeps system-wide delays virtually constant while distributing delays among airlines more evenly. Specifically, it lets airlines distribute delays among themselves more evenly by allowing them to swap schedule slots with (...)
[Science daily]

The enigma of Nintendo's Virtual Boy, 20 years later
Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in North America. The stilt-legged tabletop gaming console, which offered a unique red stereoscopic 3D display, attempted to ride a wave of popular interest in virtual reality. It was a risky, innovative gamble for Nintendo (...)
[OSNews]

Don't be creepy: five rules for turning internet followers into friends
Online dating has gone mainstream, but what about expanding your social circle? Here’s how to make virtual friendships work IRL I don’t know how much wine I’d had when I offered to marry Nathan, an American living in Berlin whom I had never met. The time stamp on our Facebook chat history says my (...)
[The Guardian]

Chatterbox: Friday
The place to talk about games and other things that matter It’s Friday! Today’s screenshot is from Lucky’s Tale, the visually impressive virtual reality platformer from Playful Corp. Continue reading...
[The Guardian]

Virtual Assistant Trains Western Canada Lottery's Retail Network
CodeBaby, award-winning global customer engagement and Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) technology provider, today announced the addition of Western Canada Lottery to the company's customer roster. - - Western Canada Lottery is using CodeBaby technology to train its broad retail network (...)
[WebWire Internet technology]

Virtual Assistant Trains Western Canada Lottery's Retail Network
CodeBaby, award-winning global customer engagement and Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) technology provider, today announced the addition of Western Canada Lottery to the company's customer roster. - - Western Canada Lottery is using CodeBaby technology to train its broad retail network (...)
[WebWire Computer software]

Andy Murray uses crowdfunding firm to invest in UK startups
World No 2 invests in three small firms that he says share his ‘dedication, hunger and standards’ via crowdfunding firm in which he is shareholder Tennis star Andy Murray has made investments in a number of startups, including a company that builds virtual reality shops online, through equity (...)
[The Guardian]

Why these biscuits caused a virtual food fight
A row between a bakery and a blogger reveals the grey area when it comes to free stuff and positive reviews.
[BBC]

Why these biscuits caused a virtual food fight
A row between a bakery and a blogger reveals the grey area when it comes to free stuff and positive reviews.
[BBC News]

Bitcoin could split, say developers
A row over changing the software that produces bitcoins could split the virtual currency, core developers say.
[BBC]

Bitcoin could split, say developers
A row over changing the software that produces bitcoins could split the virtual currency, core developers say.
[BBC News]

VenturComm Venix/86 on MESS/MAME
This is follow up to a previously posted challenge to virtualize VenturComm Venix/86 so that it can be run on a modern machine under an emulator. The competition was a huge success and the rest of this post is an entry by the winner - Jim Carpenter. (...)
[OSNews]

Xiaomi brings Android 5.1 Lollipop to its handsets with MIUI 7
At an event in Beijing, Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 7, the manufacturer's latest OS. Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, MIUI 7 brings a host of UI changes, themes, features and a whole new way to receive calls. Laugh about Xiaomi all you want, but they will bring their Android 5.1 (MIUI 7) to virtually (...)
[OSNews]

Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution
Computer scientists have found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions (...)
[Science daily]

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