The Most Advanced Robots in 2018

We live in the age of robots. Artificial intelligence is developing ever more rapidly. Here is the list of the most advanced robots at the time this article was written.

Agility Robotics’ Cassie

Cassie is a bipedal robot with no arms that can walk and run. Designing a two-legged robot is more complicated than creating a robot that uses four legs because a bipedal robot can lose balance much more easily. Cassie is a prototype for the future robot that will have arms as well.

The reason why the company is building them like this is that they want to build robots that can easily navigate the same environment as people. This should make the transport of packages from delivery truck to customers’ doorstep much easier.

Cassie is currently sold to researchers in robotics and one of their first customers is MIT.

NASA’s Valkyrie

This “superhero” Android looks like it came straight out of Star Wars. It is strong, completely self-contained, it boasts 44 degrees of freedom, a 2kW battery stored in its backpack and cameras in its head, chest, forearms, knees, and feet. Its purpose? To send robots to scout and prepare the way to Mars ahead of human astronauts.

Honda’s Asimo

The most advanced robot in terms of human interaction so far, Asimo was unveiled in 2000, after decades of development. Asimo is the first bipedal robot and it can perform some pretty advanced functions, such as walking up and downstairs, standing on one leg, kicking a ball and jumping. In terms of intelligence, Asimo can recognize voice commands, faces and gestures and respond to them appropriately. Designed to be an assistance and nursing robot, Asimo has 14 degrees of freedom in its arms and additional 4 DOF in its hands. Moreover, it has five fingers with opposable thumbs, allowing it to carry a tray, push a cart, turn on light switches, open doors and more.

It is four feet three inches tall, enabling it to navigate home or the office and operate in a human environment. It can move autonomously, avoid obstacles, and recognize moving objects.

Honda recently announced that it won’t produce Asimo anymore, but it will use the technology to develop four new helper robots.

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot Mini

These robots have the most advanced movement in the industry.

Atlas, first released in 2013, is a bipedal six-foot humanoid robot that can navigate uneven natural terrain without losing balance, and manipulate its environment, e.g. lift and move packages. In terms of movement, it has a number of advanced functions. If it falls down, it can lift itself up, if it drops the package it can track it and lift it again. It can also open doors, run and jump over obstacles and even do backflips!

Spot Mini is a four-legged robotic dog that can smoothly walk and run in obstacle-laden environments, climb the stairs, pick up and relocate objects. Primarily intended for military purposes one of its main applications in the future is for security.

Economic Influence of Online Casinos in the UK

Gambling industry in the UK, as well as globally, is undergoing a shift towards online gambling, as land-based casinos attendance continues to drop. The main reason for this is that online casinos are more accessible: you can gamble whenever and wherever you are, provided you have a PC, tablet, or a phone and an internet connection. The staggering growth of online gambling in the UK was enabled by the liberalization of gambling laws in the Gambling Act 2005, which legalized online gambling.

Gross gambling yield in the UK reached £13.8bn in September 2016, a 65% increase compared to £8.36bn in April 2008, mostly thanks to online gambling, FOBTs and National Lottery.

Currently, online gambling makes up for more than a third of the industry’s income in the UK and has reached £4.5 billion last year. In comparison, the income from remote betting was only £817m in 2009. The most popular type of online gambling are online slots, amounting to around £1.8 billion of total income.

The most immediate positive effect on the economy is through taxes: as online gambling is growing, so is the amount the companies are paying to the Treasury. Also, the gambling industry is creating more and more jobs, as new startups continue to pop up.

The main negative effect on the economy is an overall increase in risky gambling behaviour, leading to more people losing money and suffering consequences of gambling addiction. This might also lead to a bigger demand for state-funded gambling rehab programs since people with lower levels of income are generally those most exposed to risk. Also, the demographics of gamblers is shifting to include more young people and there has been a 5% increase in gambling among 16- to 24-year-olds and a 10% increase among 25- to 34 year-olds.

This, together with the bad reputation of gambling as problematic behaviour, might lead UK authorities to turn against the online gambling, but bookmakers’ associations are warning that restricting the industry would cause thousands of jobs to be lost, in a move that would cost the Treasury billions of pounds.

With so many online startups, the competition is fierce, making the market riskier for investments. More than ever, casinos must stand out and offer fair deals to customers. The awareness is increasing about the importance of responsible gambling, and casinos often advocate for it themselves. Thus, the effects of gambling liberalization might not be as catastrophic as gambling opponents are predicting.

Although there are some downsides to it, the online gambling industry is expected to keep growing. Teaching people how to gamble responsibly should be the top priority of both the gambling companies and the government.    

A Full Stack Web Developer Is The Most Wanted – Myth Or Reality?

The modern ages brought new technology which is developing as we speak. With new technology, new jobs have appeared on the market, especially with the rise of the Internet. One of the most famous new jobs is a web developer. The popularity of this job is increasing daily. However, there are different types of web developers, and it is believed that full-stack web developers are the most wanted.

So, let’s start with what actually is a full stack web developer? And why is a full stack web developer believed to always be the most wanted out of all other web developers?

WHAT IS A FULL STACK WEB DEVELOPER?

A full stack web developer is a person who has the ability to work on the front-end and on the back-end portions of an application. In other words, a person who is able to work on the part of the application the user sees and interacts with, and also on the part of the application which deals with database interactions, server configuration, authentication and many others. This means, that once you have a full stack developer, you will not need any other kind of developer, because this one, a full stack web developer, knows everything.

DOES A FULL STACK WEB DEVELOPER REALLY KNOW EVERYTHING?

The question is whether a full stack web developer possesses a thorough knowledge of all the layers, or is the knowledge he or she possesses only vague and not thorough enough? It is important to bear in mind that in order to become a full stack web developer, you need to possess mastery on all things, not to just be familiar with the layers.

IS THE PERSON REALLY SKILLFUL?

In order to become a full stack web developer, you need to possess all the skills you claim to have, Even though some people say that there is a blurry line between knowing something and mastering it, we believe that you should not be disillusioned by your knowledge. Test it. Do not believe to be a master of everything you have used before you used it many times and understood it thoroughly.

THE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS

A full stack web developer needs to be able to learn all the time. Things change quickly. So very often, a full stack web developer is not really A full-stack. Why? Because some things have changed, and the things you used to know have improved. So, never stop learning and developing in order to really be a full-stack!

ARE FULL STACK DEVELOPERS REALLY MORE EMPLOYABLE?

Those who are real full-stack web developers have higher chances of getting a job, especially in small companies. However, if this is difficult, try to specialize, become a master and keep learning.

Top Seven Useful Websites And Blogs With Betting Tips

People have always liked to be entertained and to entertain. For that reason, many games have been invented. Throughout the ages, many games have developed. What has remained the same is that the more exciting the game is the more we feel entertained.

This leads us to gambling and betting. Is there a game more exciting than gambling and betting? Some would say no, while others would disagree. However, one cannot deny that they are extremely interesting. The adrenaline rush while you are waiting for the results cannot be replaced! The excitement that rises as you play the game, and that does not stop once you have finished it. That is what it makes gambling and betting so popular.

For those who like betting it is important to learn more about betting in order to make the chances of winning higher. For that reason, in the following paragraphs we will explore seven useful blogs and websites which offer betting tips.

NUMBER ONE: BETWAY BLOG

Website betway.blog.com is our first choice. This online blog explores betting tips from experts! It gives you comments from the editors and useful betting tips that can help you a lot. Richard Johnson, Davy Russell and others write useful columns with betting tips you can use when you are betting! The only thing you need is to subscribe!

NUMBER TWO: MATCHED BETTING BLOG

Search for matchedbettingblog.com and you will not regret it! This blog is free, and it can help you make risk-free profit almost every month if you follow the offers on the blog. Matched betting is easy to learn and follow, and it can help you make profitable bets with high chances of winning!

NUMBER THREE: BETFAIR

If you like UK cricket, this is the perfect website for you! Visit betting.betfair.com/cricket and go through free online betting tips regarding cricket! You can increase your chances of winning by following the tips from the website and enjoy your game even more.

NUMBER FOUR: POLITICAL BETTING

For those who like politics and betting on politics, politicalbetting.com is a perfect choice. This is the most read blog on politics, and for that reason, the best blog for betting tips on politics. If you like betting on politics, go to politicalbetting.com and try to increase your chances of winning.

NUMBER FIVE: SOCCER BETTING GUIDE

Those who are soccer lovers probably enjoy a good soccer game and good betting on soccer games. It is not always enough to be a soccer fun. If you want to increase your chances of winning, try some soccer betting tips which you can find on reddit.com/r/SoccerBetting. This website will give you some useful betting tips you can use to make your winning chances higher!

NUMBER SIX: RACE BETS BLOG – HORSE RACING BETTING

RaceBets is owned by German Racing, however, people from over 40 countries can use it. Once you visit blog.racebets.com you can find many useful tips on horse racing and in general on racing. So visit the blog, and find some useful tips.

NUMBER SEVEN: BETBRIGHT BLOG

Visit blog.betbright.com and see for yourself what kind of odds, opinions, and sport betting news it offers. This is a very famous United Kingdom and Ireland site which offers many useful tips and tricks on betting and gambling. So give it a try now and increase your chances of winning!

5 Multiplayer Games You Should Try in 2018

2018 brings lots of excitement for gamers who enjoy multiplayer mode. Here is the list of five brand new games you should definitely try this year.

The Forest

Developer: Endnight Games

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

Release Date: 30 April 2018

This first-person survival horror will mesmerize you with a well-woven story and keep you at the edge of your seat with tension, as you struggle to secure bare necessities of life and protect yourself from creepy cannibal mutants. In a single player mode, you are the sole survivor of a plane crash that leaves you on a mysterious desolate island. The game can also be played as a multiplayer co-op, where you collaborate with other players, exploring and surviving the forest together.

Sea of Thieves

Developer: Rare Ltd.

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: 20 March 2018

For those who love a good pirate adventure, here is a perfect game promising hours of fun with friends. You will learn how to sail, solve quests, go on treasure hunts, and engage in thrilling sea battles on your way to become the living legend of the seas. Sailing and sea battles will require your team to constantly work together and develop complex tactic to defeat other players in this visually stunning MMO.

A Way Out

Developer: Hazelight Studios

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

Release Date: 23 March 2018

This is a unique cinematic gaming experience playable only as a two-player co-op. You will choose between two characters, Leo and Vincent, who are trying to escape from prison and need to collaborate in order to succeed, meaning that the gameplay requires you to orchestrate you actions in order to progress. The story truly starts to develop once you are out of prison, having to deal with life on the run. During the game you will get to know both yours and your friend’s character, as they gradually develop trust and friendship. Because this game can be played only with a friend, your friends won’t have to buy a separate copy.

Realm Royale

Developer: Hi-Rez Studios

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

Release Date: 5 June 2018

Will you be the last man standing in this fantasy 100-players battle royale? The game, that started as a game mode of Paladins, lets you choose between five classes, each with its unique abilities (Warrior, Mage, Engineer, Assassin and Hunter) and can be played solo or in four-person squads. It is currently in early access stage of development and we can only expect it to get better in the future.

Warhammer Verminitide II

Developer: Fatshark

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Release Date: 8 March 2018

If you are in for some brutal LOTR style action, there is no better choice than this award-winning sequel to Vermintide. This four-player first-person co-op offers intense and challenging gameplay, as you fight monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. You will choose between five characters, each with their special skills, abilities, bonuses and weapons, allowing for a variety of play styles. Hack-n-slash fun guaranteed!