If you're fed up with losing at video poker, why not head down to the arcade and at least have some fun while you're throwing away money. You gotta have a better chance there because you're only playing for an outdated XBox and not millions of dollars, right?

Wrong. Your fine ass is getting SCAMMED.

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The Consumer Electronics Show—better known as CES—is going down in Las Vegas right now.

That's a whole lot of horny nerds all in one location.

The escorts must be seeing a serious windfall of cash.

Or maybe the tech nerds are all too nervous to get that close to an actual woman.

Which is why one genius decided to bring robots to a Strip club.

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Any city project, especially one in a major city like Las Vegas, takes a whole lot of approvals, votes, and the clearance of many bureaucratic hurdles.

But you'd think the city would prioritize the safety of its citizens and tourists.

That, however, doesn't seem to be the case, as an important project meant to safeguard the city has stalled.

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Libratus, the poker playing AI, has already proved its worth against professional poker players.

During a 20-day tournament the AI was able to best four people who play cards for a living. That's a huge accomplishment for something that's made of circuits and powered by ones and zeroes.

Before Libratus realizes its potential and goes full Skynet on us, it's going to slow play us (like the sneaky poker player it is) and first turn its robot gaze towards the business world.

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How do you feel about self-driving cars?

They're a hot topic, and they're a good intersection for adrenaline junkies and tech enthusiasts (nerds).

They're great for thrill seekers (aka Vegas lovers) because you're literally putting your life in the hands of a very new technology. They're also great for people interested in tech, because it's pretty amazing how we've taught vehicles to drive themselves.

So it seems all too appropriate that self-driving cars are coming to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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It's like we're trying to bring about our own demise.

I'm talking about humanity and our desire to make robots that are better than us.

Sure, if an AI is smarter than we are, maybe it can solve problems we can't, potentially ushering in a new era of rapid advancement in medicine, science, and sexbots.

But that also means machine will soon be able to do everything better than us, including lording their greatness over lesser beings.

You may remember I mentioned the poker playing AI Libratus, and how it was already besting human opponents. Well, here's some horrifying news: its performance is already at "superhuman" levels...

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When it comes to domain names, they're generally damn expensive.

The more common the name, the higher the price.

Like Sex.com—how much do you think that domain name sold for?

We all know the horniest of the horny just hop on their Dell, open up Internet Explorer, and type in Sex.com; they just innately know that's where the hottest action will be. And the owners of Sex.com know that as well, so they sold it for a rock solid $13-million.

That was one of the most expensive domain names in the world.

For obvious (sensuous) reasons.

So how much might a name like Poker.com sell for? Cause guess what: it's up for sale and the price is way up there.

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When looking to cut loose and have a wild vacation, the last thing anyone wants to have to worry about is safety.

Visiting Sin City is no different—casinos want guests to feel both welcome and safe, which isn't always easy.

Casinos are looking to revamp and increase their security, without giving off a TSA-style airport vibe. No one likes walking through those full body scanners, putting your hands up like an idiot, just to have some stranger zap your balls with radiation.

So casinos have turned to new technology that's a bit more... covert.

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Tesla is singlehandedly saving the world.

Sure, there are other companies that are pretty health conscious planet-wise, but no one looks as good doing it as Tesla.

Ever since the ghost of Nikola Tesla began visiting Elon Musk's nightmares, whispering to him the secrets of unlimited energy, Tesla, Inc. has been making moves to change the world, and upend the oil-dependent automotive industry while they're at it.

How exactly are they doing this?

Well for one, their new sports car is literally--LITERALLY--better than the new Bugatti Chiron.

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Self-driving cars are the future.

Autonomous vehicle technology could potentially relieve congested highways, and drastically reduce car accidents.

What's interesting is it seems the biggest hurdle to the widespread adoption of self-driving cars isn't getting the tech to work, but getting people to trust in their robot overlords.

To combat that robo-fear, an autonomous car company is undertaking a year-long, trust-earning, self-driving pilot program… and it's going down in Las Vegas.

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Times are certainly changing.

There was a time when it would've been laughable to think a club on the Las Vegas Strip would close down and reopen as a video game arena.

But that's exactly what's happening.

In early 2018, an esports arena will open on the Vegas Strip.

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Interested in AI? Then you've probably heard of AlphaGo, an AI designed by Google DeepMind (underneath parent company Alphabet).

If you're unfamiliar, AlphaGo is an artificially intelligent computer program developed to play the board game Go. It was actually the first AI to beat a human professional Go player on a full-size 19x19 board.

If that doesn't make your jeans tighter, I don't know what will.

Sure, AlphaGo lost to the human pro, Lee Sedol, in the fourth game, but Sedol wound up resigning the final game, submitting to the superior AlphaGo which won the match 4 to 1.

That's all impressive, but now, things are actually getting kind of worrisome, in a terrifying Skynet sort of way.

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I'm sorry to say, but I don't care if "curiosity killed the cat."

I want to know if curiosity is going to kill the humans.

Curiosity is just human nature. It's probably buried deep down in our DNA somewhere. It feels like we're just hardwired to explore and push boundaries.

But will that be our salvation, or our downfall?

We're coming very close to testing if our curiosity will bring about our own destruction, or usher in a shiny, semi-utopian future. I'm talking about artificial intelligence. The flaming eye of Skynet has turned its attention towards poker, and it's already outbluffing flesh and blood humans.

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Regular reality is old hat. Virtual reality is where it's at.

A Vegas-themed, all-VR art exhibit is coming to the Lower East Side gallery Essex Flowers (at 19 Monroe Street in Manhattan). The fusion of technology and creative expression opens 6-9pm, Saturday August 12th through the 20th.

The techno-awesome cyber-exhibit is curated by the Blended Reality Crew, who worked with 15 participating artists. Together, those artists created incredible works of art that could only exist in a virtual world.

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We all know why we tip bartenders: to subsidize the free sex all the in-the-know patrons are receiving from the bartender during the barkeep's breaks.

However, the question of the future will be: do we have to tip robots?

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We live in a world of legal gray areas. In a society effectively run by computers, it's hard to tell what's criminal and what's simply… a nifty little hack.

And by nifty little hack I mean really advanced mathematical understanding.

A Russian mathematician and programmer (and hacker), mononymously known as "Alex," spoke to Wired about the business he's been running for the past eight-years. Alex is in the very specific business of reverse engineering the algorithms at the hearts of pseudorandom number generators (PRNGs).

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When it comes to the security of voting in the US, election officials and voting machine manufacturers would claim that our election process is secure. Big surprise there.

The truth is a lot scarier.

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I hope this is just the beginning.

I mean, I hope things aren't too serious.

Hackers are flooding into Las Vegas. Luckily, cybersecurity teams are well aware, and are able to step up their security measures accordingly.

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