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  1. Now Computers Can Guess Your Emotional State With 87% Accuracy

    Why does my computer keep asking me if everything's okay?

    A paper titled "Identifying emotion by keystroke dynamics and text pattern analysis" published in the journal Behavior & Information Technology outlines software designed by A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and colleagues that can recognize the emotional state of a human user with up to 87% accuracy.

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  2. Computer Officially Passes Turing Test for the First Time Ever by Pretending to Be a 13-Year-Old Boy

    Proving that the best way to convince someone of your humanity is to annoy the crap out of them.

    For the first time since the inception of the Turing Test in 1950, a computer has been able to pass by convincing humans that it is a 13-year-old boy named Eugene Goostman. Smart strategy—everybody knows that prepubescent teenagers are as irrational as buggy computer programs.

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  3. [Updated] How Siri Got Her Voice [VIDEO]

    The Human Machine

    Here's an interesting feature on "machine language," put together by The Verge. They touch on a lot of interesting things (and there's a small clip of Ricardo Montalban) but if you'd like to jump straight to Siri, aka Allison Dufty, go to 3:34 in the video. Update: We heard from Dufty, who clarified that she is not the voice of Siri, rather an actress used by the video to illustrate how Siri's voice was created. Apologies for the error. (via The FW) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  4. Possible Computer Glitch Causes All Doors in Florida Prison to Open

    I hate to be a luddite but whatever happened to old fashioned bars and locks?

    Say what you want about the Florida justice and penal systems, but... well, yeah, say what you want, because they're both awful. Especially at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where all the cell doors opened for no reason. In other news, this absolutely happened in a Dave Barry novel once. I'm pretty sure it was Big Trouble.

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  5. Whoops! Florida May Have Accidentally Banned All Computers And Smartphones

    Oh, Florida -- how are we supposed to keep up with your hilarious antics if you can't access Twitter anymore?

    Well, this is embarrassing. A new bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott may have the unintentional consequence of outlawing all computers and smartphones throughout the state. While it seems like this could just be a hassle for folks in Florida, it's actually a national tragedy -- after all, with Florida gone from the Internet, how are the rest of us supposed to laugh at the cockroach-eating, firefighter-assaulting antics of the Sunshine State? We'll have to find a whole new state we can all agree to make fun of! Actually, that shouldn't be too hard. Lace up your cleats, Oregon -- you're going in!

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  6. This Software Looks At Your Face, Knows Your Name

    My brother John just has that John look about him. He's just got that...you know, weird John look. Could you tell looking at him? I don't know, probably not. (And I wouldn't recommend it.) But you know what probably could? New software, created at Cornell University, can take a look at your face and take an educated guess on what your name is. That's right, it's profiling you. Because it's not enough to empower robots with cloud intelligence or crime prediction -- now we're letting them collect our faces. What can go wrong?

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  7. Survey Says: American TV Watchers Can’t Handle Only One Screen at a Time

    You might think you're happy just watching TV, but if you're American, you might also suddenly feel the need to figure out where else you've seen that actor -- you know, What's-His-Face -- while you're watching. Best to look him up on IMDb with your smartphone, maybe even see if Netflix has it. Also, you might want to check if anyone commented on your Facebook status before the show's over. See, a new survey conducted by NPD says that TV-watching Americans are increasingly unsatisfied with just one screen at a time. 87% of viewers with a second-screen device will use it while watching the first one.

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  8. A Chocolate Circuit Board, For When She’s Already Got Enough RAM

    om nom nom

    Japanese manufacterer I-O Data has been making computer parts for more than thirty years now, and to mark the occasion, this year they're giving away some pretty convincing-looking chocolate RAM to a few lucky folks chosen from those who shop from their website. So, this could either be for when your significan other already has more than enough RAM, or for when the price of premium RAM actually drops below the price of premium chocolate and therefore becomes an unimpressive gift. Previously in Food

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  9. It Just Got Real: China Sanctions Real-Name Registration Requirements for Internet Users

    Not too long ago, the Chinese government had been toying with the notion of approving a proposal requiring real-name registration for Internet users when working with service providers and similar vendors. This procured registration information would then be stored in a data system that could possibly be accessed by the authorities to monitor the online day-to-day activities of the general public. Many concerned citizens feared that this proposed controversial move would be an encroachment on the free speech online anonymity brings -- especially in a nation notorious for censorship crackdowns on those that dispense unpopular opinions against China's ruling body. It looks like those fears have been made real since the government has sanctioned the real-name registration proposal, putting the public's private affairs on shaky ground.

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  10. Old School Gadgets Play Fun’s “We Are Young,” Set the World on Fire, Burn Brighter Than the Sun

    There's something to be said when antiquated technology is totally hip to today's music scene and reproduces it in their own computerized language. Now the machines have something to play over the loud speakers to boost the morale of human slaves as they toil away, assuming our soon-to-be technological overlords even choose to keep us meatbags around. While that day is still a ways off, why not get a jump start listening to the rigid and lifeless rendition of Fun's "We Are Young," which we guarantee will be topping the charts in our not-too-distant-post-apocalyptic future!

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