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Google is developing an artificial intelligence that learned how to play classic Atari arcades

DeepMind Technologies, a company that develops artificial intelligence acquired by Google a little over a year ago, is developing a machine that can play with 49 classic video games of the Atari 2600 console. This system, called Deep Q-network (DQN), achieved a great ability to play, even exceeding the capacity of human beings. So far nothing strange since by now computers can beat humans in complex games but the important fact is that this artificial intelligence learned to on its own.
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Boston Dynamics – owned by Google – introduces its new robot Atlas Unplugged

Boston Dynamics, the robot manufacturer acquired by Google at the end of 2013, introduced a new version of its Atlas model. It will participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a robot competition which will take place on June 5-6 2015. The new version of Atlas is wireless and for this reason has been called Atlas Unplugged to meet the new demands of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for the final phase of its competition.
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Google invests in SpaceX

SpaceX has officially confirmed that it has received an investment for a total of one billion dollars from Google and Fidelity Investments, a multinational financial services corporation. The rumors of Google’s involvement in the aerospace company begun a few days ago, after its founder Elon Musk announced a project to build and launch a constellation of satellites that will provide Internet services around the world and even in space.
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The Supreme Court of the U.S. turned to the Obama administration about the Oracle vs. Google case on the Java language

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) asked the Obama administration an opinion about the case of Oracle vs. Google in the case which for years has seen the two giants in a lawsuit about the use of the Java language in Android. The dispute began in 2010 after Oracle bought Sun, the company that developed Java, and claimed that Google violates copyright and patents related to Java. This isn’t one of the many clashes between companies regarding software patents but a special case where the final decision may have a significant influence on the future of software development.
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Fix a WordPress blog after a “white screen of death” using Google and ftp

A few days ago I updated a plugin I use for my WordPress blog but the operation had an unwelcome consequence: a totally white screen. The refresh didn’t change the result and after a few tries I saw that all the pages gave that result, both in the control panel and in the blog. After a moment of panic I did a Google search because I didn’t know the problem and I solved it in a few minutes thanks to the solution found on an official WordPress support page. However, after thinking about the problem, I wondered how many bloggers would be able to solve it so quickly.
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