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New Japanese hotel has robot staff and no room keys
A new hotel that is staffed with robots has opened in Japan. The Henn-na Hotel (which translates as "Strange Hotel"), is part of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park complex in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. 

Robots are deployed at the front desk to help guests check-in and out. There are porter robots employed to carry luggage to and from rooms, and cleaning robots employed to keep the hotel spotless of their own accord. Guests can also access their rooms via face-recognition, and are able to control room amenities via tablets.

Read more from +Gizmag​: www.gizmag.com/henn-na-hotel-robot-staff/38577/

#hotel #hotels #hotelnews #technews #robots #futuretech
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Google's artificial intelligence bot thinks the purpose of life is 'to live forever'
This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence.

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.

And the bot doesn’t just answer by spitting out canned answers in response to certain words; it can form new answers from new questions.

This means Google’s researchers could get a little creative with it, and they certainly did — they asked the bot everything from boring IT questions to the meaning of life.

The responses were alternately impressive, amusing, and unnerving: www.businessinsider.com.au/google-tests-new-artificial-intelligence-chatbot-2015-6/


#TechNews   #Google   #ArtificialIntelligence   #MeaningOfLife    #Purpose   #Humanity   #Philosophy  
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Bill Gates made these 15 predictions in 1999 - it's scary how accurate he was
In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled “Business @ the Speed of Thought.” In the book, Gates makes 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous. But as business student Marcus Kirjonen pointed out on his blog, his forecasts turned out to be “eerily prescient.”

Read more from +Business Insider Australia:
www.businessinsider.com.au/bill-gates-15-predictions-in-1999-2015-4/

#BillGates   #Predictions   #TechNews   #BusinessNews   #FutureTech  
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Here's what Australians are doing while surfing the internet at home
For many Australians, having a fast, reliable internet connection at home is just as important as having electricity or hot water.

According to Deloitte’s Connected Continent report, commissioned by Google and released today, the estimated value to the Australian economy which accrues to households from accessing the internet was $75 billion in 2013-14 - a 20% jump over two years.

Read more from +Business Insider Australia:
www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-what-australians-are-doing-while-surfing-the-internet-at-home-2015-3

#Australia   #Internet   #MarketResearch  
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How the World Uses the Internet In 60 Seconds
If your New Year’s resolution was to spend less time on the internet, you’ll either find this post to be an extra dose of incentive to stick with your resolution… or a reminder of its futility!

The internet gained 316 million new users in 2014 and saw incredible growth in virtually every category of social media usage and ecommerce, from the number of Instagram photos uploaded to Amazon sales per minute.

So, if limiting time spent online is your new goal, here’s the short of it!

(Infographic: +Tech Spartan)

#Infographic   #Internet   #SocialMedia   #Ecommerce  
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One click travel by 2020 via devices not even invented
The year 2020 doesn’t seem that far away, so findings in a recent study on future travel trends make for an interesting read in terms of people’s expectations.

A quarterly trends report reveals that 37% of US adults expect one-click travel plans in five  years time. Almost 40%  also expect computers to book, by default, a traveller’s favourite place to sit on a plane as well as his or her car-hire and hotel preferences. Computers will also know who they want to travel with according to 20% of respondents. 

See more at +Tnooz:
www.tnooz.com/article/switchfly-2020-travel-trends/

#FutureTech #OneClickTravel   #TravelTrends  
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Internet to Hit 3 Billion Users in 2015
This year, the internet will reach more than two in five people in the world for the first time as online audience hits 2.89 billion users globally. By 2018, +eMarketer estimates nearly half the world's population, or 3.6 billion people, will access the internet at least once each month.

See more at:
www.emarketer.com/Article/Internet-Hit-3-Billion-Users-2015/1011602

#Internet   #TechNews   #Technology  
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8 ways Google is tying Chrome OS and Android together
Fear not, true believers in the idea of different operating systems for different types of devices: Even though Chrome's engineering head has taken over Android's technical aspects, Google isn't likely to forcibly combine Chrome OS and Android into a Windows 8-style Frankenstein’s monster any time soon. That said, Chrome OS and Android have been forging closer ties over the past months, evolving into two highly complementary operating systems.

Chrome OS can run Android apps, and Android can run Chrome apps. But it doesn’t end there: New features will make a Chromebook and Android phone or tablet complement each other much more nicely.

+PCWorld lists eight notable ways the lines are beginning to blur:
www.pcworld.com/article/2835552/8-ways-google-is-tying-chrome-os-and-android-together.html

#Chrome   #Android   #ChromeOS   #TechNews  
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WiFi Growth Map says we’ll have one hotspot for every 20 people
Analysis from WiFi specialist +iPass Inc. offers a rare deep-dive into the global growth of WiFi over the next four years.

The WiFi Growth Map is an interactive tool with a slider that allows users to see how the growth of WiFi will happen on each continent until 2018 – effectively revealing that the planet will have one WiFi hotspot for every eight humans.

While Europe and Russia currently enjoy the highest number of overall commercial and residential hotspots, it’s Australia and Oceania that will see the largest percentage growth in WiFi. 

See more at +Tnooz:
www.tnooz.com/article/global-wifi-growth-track-one-hotspot-every-eight-people/

#WiFi   #FreeWiFi   #WiFiHotSpot  
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Laptop, hybrid laptop, tablet: mobility has never been more diverse! Tablets such as the iPad are growing in popularity, and by many accounts are taking the industry by storm, with people trying to get their tablets to do the things they've always done with their laptops. Beginning a couple of years ago, as if going backwards, the computer industry started coming out with laptop hybrids. These upsized tablets, or downsized laptops depending on your view, combine tablet portability with the power of laptops.

A primary question when choosing between laptop, hybrid laptop or tablet is what you’re going to do with it. It’s possible that one device won’t be enough and that a combination of two will be more efficient.

If you’re considering what type of device to buy from these three options, here are some key points to consider: blog.procore.com/blog/laptop-hybrid-laptop-tablet-mobility-has-never-been-more-diverse

#Laptop   #Tablet   #HybridLaptop   #Technology   #TechNews  
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