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Japanese Robot Is Programmed To Perform Buddhist Funeral Rites

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” - a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals. Chanting sutras in a computerized voice while tapping a drum, the robot ...

Dame Judi Dench Takes On ‘Dame Judi Dench’ Tongue Twister Challenge

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When a tongue-twisting word game features your own name, there’s a bit of pressure to excel at it. Dame Judi Dench confronted such expectations on “The Late Late Show” Thursday, having to repeat “Dame Judi Dench” as ...

Uber Reportedly Picks Dara Khosrowshahi As New CEO

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Aug 27 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc chose Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia Inc, as its chief executive on Sunday, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, handing hi...

Hurricane Harvey Continues To Drench Texas, And Small Businesses Are Stepping Up To Help Small Businesses

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As a kid growing up in my family’s auto repair, paint and body business in Houston, Texas, my dad would always have our shop open on stormy days like today. He knew that other shops would be closed, and he wanted to ...

Freelancing Is Not Easier Than “Regular” Work

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Freelancing, or at least moving to a freelance economy has provided us not with answers for the work-force that has bound us, but with more questions and uncertainty. Don’t get me wrong, as a designer I am unlikely t...

‘Harvey The Hurricane Hawk’ Hunkers Down With Cabbie During Storm

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A hawk became an unlikely sidekick to a Texas cab driver after seeking refuge inside the man’s vehicle and apparently refusing to leave. Houston driver William Bruso said he was stocking up on supplies on Friday ahea...

Resourceful Dog Walks Away With Bag Of Dog Food After Hurricane Harvey

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The morning after Hurricane Harvey tore into Texas, Gulf Coast residents were already trying to prepare for life after the destructive storm ― including Otis, the dog. Tiele Dockens was checking out the damage for fr...

The Confessions Of Being A Freelance Writer

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As writers, we get a lot of negativity based on what we like to do. Some people call us loners who stay in their own shells, some people are scared of us because we aren’t afraid to put our emotions out there, some p...

Only Clowns Can Attend This Special Screening Of Horror Film ‘It’

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Just what a film fan wants to see: a movie, surrounded by a bunch of Bozos. But that’s what will happen Sept. 9 when a movie theater in Austin, Texas, hosts a screening of the new horror film “It” for clowns only ― o...

Gender Differences Are A Thing. Let’s Talk About It.

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Google software engineer James Damore set off a firestorm with the publication of a company memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” The essay criticized Google’s policies for promoting a more diverse and inc...

Couple Says They See ‘Jesus’ In Sonogram Looking At Baby

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This sonogram photo was the answer to their prayers. A couple in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, couldn’t believe their eyes when they looked at an ultrasound photo taken shortly before the birth of their daughter, Briel...

Love Was Literally In The Air For This Kissing Skydiving Couple

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This gives new meaning to the phrase “air kiss.”Andy Godwin, 49, smooched nonstop with girlfriend Katy Eady, 39, while suspended on a 70 mph bed of air at the iFLY indoor skydiving center in Milton Keynes in June. Vid...

Piglets Saved From Blaze Are Served Up To The Firefighters Who Rescued Them

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A farmer in southern England has thanked the firefighters who saved her piglets from a blazing barn in a most apt way. Rachel Rivers this week treated crew members at Pewsey Fire Station to a batch of sausages which ...

Artificial Intelligence Might Overtake Medical and Finance Industries

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For the last half-decade, the most exciting, contentious, and downright awe-inspiring topic in technology has been artificial intelligence. Titans and geniuses have lauded AI’s potential for change, glorifying its ap...

Service Provider Boots Hate Site Off the Internet

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In a surprise move, the web services company Cloudflare appears to have ended its relationship with The Daily Stormer, taking the leading neo-Nazi site off the internet for the second time this week. Cloudflare protec...

Fired Google Engineer Blames Diversity Zealots For His Dismissal

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Five days after Google fired him for writing a memo questioning the company’s diversity initiatives, James Damore is back. On Friday, the software engineer penned an essay in The Wall Street Journal accusing his form...

Google Cancels ‘Town Hall’ On Gender Dispute Over Fears Of Online Harassment By Far-Right

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(Reuters) - Alphabet’s Google canceled on Thursday a company-wide meeting scheduled to discuss the controversy over a memo opposing diversity policies, the company said, citing concerns about personal attacks on empl...

Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It’s Just Sitting There

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I sit down at the table, move my napkin to my lap, and put my phone on the table face-down. I am at a restaurant, I am relaxed, and I am about to start lying to myself. I’m not going to check my phone, I tell myself...

Google Fires Male Engineer Behind Anti-Diversity Memo

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(Reuters) - Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender ine...

Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Memo Prompts Company Rebuke

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Google executives over the weekend rushed to denounce an engineer’s memo that ascribed gender inequality in the technology industry to biological differences, a view that sparked outrage at the internet giant and inf...

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