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Facebook Programs Robots; Huawei Tumbling; Crazy Minecraft Earth; The Last Blockbuster
 

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May 20 · Issue #186 · View online
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Facebook Programs Robots; Huawei Tumbling; Crazy Minecraft Earth; The Last Blockbuster

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Social Bots. It’s been a rough couple of years for Facebook, but if all the humans leave, perhaps it can develop some social robots to friend each other and hang out. Turns out Facebook is busy developing a collection of robot behaviors, ones it can deploy on real six-legged and arm robots. This bot research is not, in fact, about building better robots. Instead, the company hopes to use what it’s learned about AI system and apply it to some of the learning algorithms it currently deploys for humans on Facebook.
Facebook finally revealed what its secretive robotics division is working on, and it could spark new competition with rivals like Google and Apple
Buh-Bye Huawei. Things are devolving quickly for Chinese tech giant Huawei. Ever since President Trump’s ban on doing business with the tech company, other companies have been pulling away. The most damaging blow, though, comes from Google. In complying with the order, it’s pulling its Android OS from future Huawei phones, essentially killing Huawei’s U.S. business.
Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source - Reuters
Minecraft IRL: Microsoft is using mobile, AR, Azure and HoloLens technology to bring a sort of Pokémon-style Minecraft experience to life. As with Pokémon Go, players will have a Minecraft game on their AR-enabled phones and, together with other Minecraft Earth players they’ll discover and build with holographic Minecraft pieces and characters. To make this work, Microsoft said its mapped the entire earth. The game arrives for free on iOS and Android this summer.
Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android goes a step beyond Pokémon Go - The Verge
What Should We Rent? Remember when you used to get in a car and drive to your local Blockbuster to rent the night’s entertainment. We all had Blockbuster cards and we all did it. Streaming and on-demand services killed that phenomenon. Now, if you want to rent a movie from Blockbuster – or should I say THE Blockbuster – you have to drive to Oregon.
Experience: I manage the last Blockbuster in the world | Life and style | The Guardian
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