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Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind

Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind

Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain's pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC:"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of the technology he...

10 rising social networks you should explore

10 rising social networks you should explore

Had enough of Facebook and Twitter? It may be time to switch up your go-to social network. With the daily explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social media tools popping up. These newer platforms could be working on the next big thing, so you'll want to keep an eye out. Here's a look...

Why did Google decide to split inbox from Gmail?

Why did Google decide to split inbox from Gmail?

A couple of years ago, right around the time Google’s Gmail team decided to start working on a standalone email app — the recently announced Inbox — a major redesign of Gmail was launched. As is the case with all Google products it was first released internally as “dogfood” to let Googlers themselves...

Microsoft unveils fitness band

Microsoft unveils fitness band

Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones. The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (£125) on the company's online store. The device can operate for two days on a single charge and has 10 sensors that can...

Steelmaker Appollo to spend Tk 200cr on tech upgrade

Steelmaker Appollo to spend Tk 200cr on tech upgrade

Appollo Ispat Complex, a leading steelmaker, will spend Tk 200 crore to introduce environment-friendly technology in May next year to help cut production costs and boost capacity. The technology will reduce production costs by 30 percent, while increasing capacity by 20 percent from its existing 1.20 lakh tonnes a year, said Abdur Rahman, deputy managing director of Appollo. Germany's radiant tube furnace technology will help Appollo produce lead and acid free corrugated iron sheets in a non-oxidising furnace at its Narayanganj plant. The radiant tube uses a rapid heating furnace that cuts out hydrochloric acid and lead usage during the galvanising process. “Eliminating lead and acid usage during the final stages of production...

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Manufacturing Life

Manufacturing Life

A day full of events is just ahead of us, the action packed Environment Day on June 5th. Organisations and activists around the world and even in Bangladesh will celebrate the day with eye catching activities. But most of these activities will make little or no contribution to lessen our ever increasing environmental...

  

Google launches Instagram account

Google launches Instagram account

Now Google cannot resist itself from joining in Instagram as the search giant, in a joint-celebration over the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube today launched its own account there. At the opening session, Google post a video, showing today’s time-sinking Google Doodle, reports USA based techcrunch.com.   The company announced the account via Twitter, and...

Summit's 337mw Power Plant

Meghnaghat kicks off test operations

By gathering funds against the odds, the local power company Summit began test operations of its Meghnaghat 337 megawatt dual-fuel combined cycle power plant in late February. Summit chief Muhammad Aziz Khan told The Daily Star that the plant was generating 126MW power using diesel supplied by the Power Development Board (PDB). “We expect to achieve the simple cycle operation state by late March,” he said, adding, “This will fulfil a condition of international financiers, who have agreed to invest $190...

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