A supercomputer designed by two Russian scientists has passed the Turing Test, a test to see if a conversation with a computer can fool humans, at the University of Reading at the Royal Society of London on June 7th. The chat based challenge fooled judges 33% of the time as a 13 year old Ukranian boy, the threshold for passing the Turing Test. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/eugene-the-supercomputer-not-13-year-old-first-to-beat-the-turing-test/

Researchers from the Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen and the TU Berlin in Germany have developed a technology to fly a plane with thoughts alone. Using a cap outfitted with EEG electrodes to communicate brain signals to flight controls, the Brainflight algorithms are accurate enough to pass a flying license test with a flight simulator! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/28/mind-controlled-plane-germany-brainflight/

First it was Apple with Beats by Dre, then AT&T buying DirecTV. Now, Google has joined the acquisition itch by preparing to acquire video game streaming startup Twitch.tv for $1 billion. Integrated into Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, the service is a dominant player for video game streaming video and will solidify an already dominant YouTube portfolio.