301w ago - A university in Devon is preparing to find out if a baby robot can be taught to talk.
Staff at the University of Plymouth will work with a 1m-high (3ft) humanoid baby robot called iCub.
Over the next four years robotics experts will work with language development specialists who research how parents teach children to speak.
Their findings could lead to the development of humanoid robots which learn, think and talk.
The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and typical experiments with the iCub robot will include activities such as inserting objects of various shapes into the corresponding holes in a box, serialising nested cups and stacking wooden blocks.
The iCub, which will arrive at the university next year, will also be asked to name objects and actions so that it acquires basic phrases such as "robot puts stick on cube".
A consortium led by the University of Plymouth, a world leader in cognitive robotics research, beat competition from 31 others to win a £4.7m grant for the Italk - Integration and Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots - project.
The university's partners in the project include the University of Hertfordshire and others from across Europe....
302w ago - Morgan Stanley is the banker representing Electronic Arts in its unsolicited buyout bid for rival game publisher Take-Two, the investment bank confirmed Monday.
While that news alone is no big deal, consider this: Morgan Stanley is also representing Microsoft in its unsolicited buyout offer for Yahoo, which was announced a mere 25 days ago.
That's two megabillion-dollar buyout bids the premier investment banking firm has agreed to handle in the past month. And both have the potential to get mean and nasty, should the target companies kick and scream all the way to the altar.
So, this raises the question regarding Morgan Stanley, lofty fees aside:
302w ago - Sony have released a fact sheet for wipEout HD. The game will be single player or 2 to 8 players via wireless multiplayer, and be full 1080p running at 60 fps. The game also supports 'Custom Play lists': playback your own music using play lists created in the PS3 XMB.
DLC will also be made available, including extra teams and ships, extra tracks and additional events for the race campaign mode.
wipEout¬® HD FACT SHEET
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (Studio Liverpool)
Platform: PLAYSTATION¬®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system
Genre: Action-Oriented Racing
Players: Single-player, 2 to 8 players via wireless multiplayer connectivity
Launch Date: TBA
Rating: "RP" for Rating Pending
Get ready to race at blazing speeds and experience adrenaline-filled, anti-gravity racing action in full-1080p High Definition (HD) running at a breathtaking 60-frames-per-second on PLAYSTATION¬®3 (PS3™). Coming to the PLAYSTATION¬®Store soon, wipEout¬® HD is set to redefine anti-gravity combat racing.
Featuring a selection of the best tracks taken from previous versions of the wipEout¬® franchise, wipEout HD offers...