Amazon Launches Its Own Monthly Anime Streaming Service

first_imgStay on target Anime streaming services seem to be taking over the internet. You’ve got Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu’s anime section and several others. There are plenty of ways to stream your favorite shows if you’re willing to pay to do it, and Amazon is hoping you’ll spend a fiver on its latest subscription anime streaming service Anime Strike.Currently, the channel has rights to anime that’s currently already airing in Japan like Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, as well as older shows like When They Cry, One-Punch Man, and a smattering of others. There’s a decent offering of anime if you need to supplement your other choices, but on its own, at the moment it’s a little weaker than the other options out there.But that’s probably to be expected since it just made its debut. The service was just launched, and for $4.99 a month in addition to your Amazon Prime subscription (yes, it’s a paid extra unfortunately). But you’ll gain access to over 1,000 anime titles, with several exclusive titles that you can only find on that service, simulcasts, and classic films from the annals of anime history. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial if you’re interested in trying out the service, but you’ll have to have already been signed up for Amazon Prime to add it to your video inventory.This is part of a new Amazon Channels initiative that began in earnest in December 2015, where Amazon adds specialized services like HBO, Stars or Showtime and online-only offerings that you can pay additional fees for to enjoy.If you’re looking to choose which anime streaming service might work best for you, keep in mind that there are both Japanese and English voice tracks for several shows on here if that tips the scales, and there are new episodes being added every week. It’s going to be a pretty decent contender for sure, but it’ll need more time to incubate before it can offer as many awesome shows as some of its competition does.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

White House Comes to Terms With Robot Uprising Hosts AI Conference

first_img Representatives of about 40 U.S. companies are expected this week at a White House conference on artificial intelligence.Machine learning has shown great promise in fields like healthcare, automotive, finance, video games, and the military. But not everyone is prepared for the potential loss of jobs (and eventually human freedom) that comes with the robot uprising.And it appears the famously anti-science Trump administration is finally coming to grips with the issues this technology poses now and in the future.The meeting, as described by The Wall Street Journal, is intended to start a dialogue “that will help the [government] shape future policies, including removing barriers to AI innovation.”“The administration is hoping to strike a balance with the event, welcoming the benefits of artificial intelligence while also acknowledging potential political challenges,” the Journal said, based on a draft White House schedule.But the elusive itinerary, seen by the newspaper, seems to focus more on AI’s benefits—supporting research, developing a workforce, removing barriers to innovation, enabling applications—than its potential harms.Among those invited are tech titans Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Microsoft, joined by AI and IT specialists from Bank of America, Boeing, General Electric, Land O’Lakes, MasterCard, Pfizer, United Airlines, Ford Motor Co., Goldman Sachs, CVS Health, and Walmart.One glaring omission: President Donald Trump. According to WSJ, event organizers don’t believe the Commander in Chief will attend. There is no word on who he might send in his place.Additional reporting from the Washington Post suggests U.S. officials and AI developers will discuss “ways to adapt regulations to advance” artificial intelligence.Also on the agenda: More federal funding for cutting-edge research into technologies like machine learning.“The tech sector is committed to ensuring that all Americans reap the benefits of this transformative technology, which has the potential to save lives, improve how we harvest food, transform education, and more,” Dean Garfield, president and chief executive of the Information Technology Industry Council, said in a statement published by the Journal.Stay prepared for the robot apocalypse with our list of 11 cyborgs that will probably steal your jobs (and your lovers). Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more