Nintendo's Switch NES game pads are an unnecessary blast from the past
The Switch NES controllers look just like the original, with the same blocky corners, plastic yet sturdy construction and concave buttons that keep your fingers perfectly straight . They even charge by pushing the console while it is docked, although playing is a wireless only affair. But at $ 60 they are an expensive add-on for controllers who are only meant to play emulated NES titles available through the new online service.
Hubble telescope "mother" Nancy Grace Roman dies
Nancy Grace Roman, the first astronomer supreme in NASA's Space Research Council, died on December 25 at 93. She was widely regarded as the "mother" of the Hubble Space Telescope and persuaded the scientific society to gather around the concept and campaign for funding. Roman played an important role not only in running early in NASA, but in putting its current course – many of the cosmic findings in recent years can be attributed to the use of space-borne telescopes.
NYPD to distribute a drone in Times Square on New Year's Eve
Security at Times Square tends to be extra tight on New Year's Eve, but it's now managed to have some robotic support. NYPD distributes one of its new camera toting drones at the event for the first time, providing it with an air monitoring tool that is definitely closer to the action than a regular aircraft or helicopter. The machine will not only look for problems in the crowd but use "counter-drone technology" to keep potentially hostile cars at bay.
This is the year I have my eyes 
2018 has had a marked improvement in two areas of AI imaging: face recognition technology in both commerce and security and image generation in all fields – art.
Early internet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81
Larry Roberts, best known as the presenter of the ARPAnet (the internet's forerunner), died on December 26 at the age of 81 While not so much of a public internet representative as People like Tim Berners-Lee or Vint Cerf, he made crucial decisions that would dictate how the Internet behaved.
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