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Magic Leap Is Bringing Us One Step Closer To The Augmented Reality Of The Future: VIDEO

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Augmented reality has long since been one of the most promising visions of the future presented by Silicon Valley. As cell phones have grown more powerful and wearable devices have become more ubiquitous, that vision has come increasingly closer to realization. In a new video originally meant to be screened at South By Southwest, Magic Leap, a company specializing in AR and backed by Google, shares a little bit of the software its been working on.

Most forms of AR--like Microsoft's HoloLens--are a virtual overlays projected onto physical objects that can only be seen through a digital lens. Magic Leap’s take on the tech showcases a literal first person shooter game in which static physical objects become weapons that can be used to fight enemies in a video game.

Magic Leap also shows a few brief moments of interacting with e-mail as if it were a tangible thing and sending it with the flick of a wrist. It’s difficult to say just how close this concept video is to what Magic Leap may eventually bring to the consumer market, but the company’s PR director says that the Magic Leap team is playing a version of this game around the office right now.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Spot The Robotic Dog Is Here To Give You Nightmares About The Robot Uprising - VIDEO

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Do you remember BigDog, Boston Dynamics’s terrifying (but also cool) quadruped robot designed to assist soldiers through unfavorably rough terrain? Of course you do; it’s been haunting your nightmares of the robot uprising. Never one to leave well enough alone, the Google-funded company is back with a smaller, more nimble version of its canine-like robot they’re calling Spot.

Spot, like its larger relatives, moves around using a system of four articulated legs, an on-board computer, and an array of sensors that allow the machine to adapt to its surroundings much in the same way that an actual animal would.

As uncanny as it is to watch Spot dressage-trot its way through Boston Dynamics HQ, it’s difficult not to be impressed at the moments in which its behavior very closely resembles that of a living animal.

As Neel Patel explains in Wired, much of the life-like behavior showcased in the video is a natural outgrowth of Spot’s programming that’s designed to allow it to respond to external stimulus. In those moments where the two Spot units bump into one another, the machines attempt to correct the collision by orienting themselves in relation to one another. Programmatically, Spot’s making sure to move unencumbered. Visually, however, it looks like they’re purposefully trying to move together.

If the Matrix has taught us anything it’s that we should all consider investing in handheld electromagnetic pulse devices.

Check out footage of Boston Dynamics’s newest four-legged terror AFTER THE JUMP...

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Google Edits Translate To Remove Homophobic Translations For 'Gay'

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Google’s translating feature recently caught the attention of All Out, an LGBT crowdsourcing platform, after it was discovered that the search giant suggested slurs such as “poof,” “queen,” and “faggot” as synonyms for gay:

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“Imagine learning English and being taught to say hateful insults instead of neutral language for ‘gay,’” The call to action reads. “Google Translate - used by over 500 million people every month - was suggesting slurs as synonyms for the word ‘gay.’”

Google, which in the past has been highlighted for its commitment to workplace LGBT equality, swiftly responded to the more than 50,000 people who signed the petition with a frank apology.

“As soon as we were informed we immediately worked to fix the issue,” Google said in a statement. “We apologize for any offense this has caused people.”


Google Fund Gears Up To Support Charlie Hebdo's Largest Print Run

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The Google-backed Fund for Digital Innovation is teaming up with with a number of French newspapers in preparation for the largest print run of Charlie Hebdo. Typically Charlie Hebdo has a circulation of about 60,000, but next week the surviving staff of the satirical French magazine will print and distribute 1 million copies of the upcoming issue. The decision for the expanded run comes days after eight staff members and were killed by extremists in an act of terrorism.

Four other victims were also killed in the attack that took place near the magazine’s headquarters. The deaths quickly sparked outcry across the globe in the form of physical protests and digital gathering around the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie. The upcoming issue will feature contributions from journaliss from across Europe. The Fund for Digital Innovation has pledged €250,000 ($300,000), a number French newspapers have agreed to match, in order to assist with the unprecedented release.

"It's very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win," Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux told Agence France Presse"Stupidity will not win."

 


'Ass Hunter' Game Requiring Players to 'Kill Gays' Pulled from Google Store Following Outrage

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Google has removed a game from its Play store that tasks players with hunting and killing gays after news began spreading online about the offensive app. 

The game, Ass Hunters, stated in the description: 

Play and do not be gay! Legendary game where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you. Remember when they catch you they will do with you whatever they want 

Although its unknown exactly when the game first appeared on Google Play, Metro UK reports the game is actually several years old and was downloaded 10,000 times over the past two days.

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Applications on Google Play must adhere to the developer program policies, which ban content depicting sexually explicit material, violence and bullying, or hate speech. 

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Lesbian Couple's North Carolina Home Labeled with Anti-gay Slur on Google Maps: VIDEO

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North Carolina Teen Google Maps His House and Finds Anti-Gay Slur on Home Address: VIDEO

A 17-year-old teen found a nasty surprised when he Google mapped his Canton, North Carolina home reports The Advocate. Dakota Bonham, son of Jennifer Mann and Jodie Mcdaniel, switched to street view and found their home address renamed to "Fagits live here." The couple expressed shock and surprise and say that they've never encountered any hostilities from neighbors in the four years they've lived on Hilltop Farm Road. The couple contacted Google to remove the heinous, albeit misspelled slur from the site.

Said Mann:

"My son was on Google Maps at school when he (searched) 'street view' for our address and it said, 'Fagits live here.'"

"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me?' I tried to contact Google, but I was put on hold forever and ever and ever. This day and time, with people and hate, you just can't live your life."

Google finally took action when The Asheville-Citizen Times asked Google to remove the slur on behalf of Mann and McDaniel. The description stayed on the site for at least a month before it was finally removed on Wednesday.

McDaniel previously had a window sticker of two pink deer face to face, and that decal was visible from the street when the Google street mapping car came by last summer reports Asheville-Citizen TimesIt's unclear who authorized the change; it's possible that the change was created and authorized through Google Map Maker by fellow peers as Google only moderates "high-profile," features however, Map Maker's guidelines do state that obscene and profane content is not allowed. 

Bonham, who has two other siblings ages 23 and 15, expressed disgust over the discovery.

Said Bonham:

"I was just like, 'What the hell?' It's just kind of messed up. They should kind of grow up a little bit."

Watch Mann and McDaniel's interview with WLOS-TV News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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