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Facebook’s Perfect, Impossible Chatbot - MIT Technology Review

Amazon’s Alexa can summon an Uber and satisfy a four-year-old’s demand for fart noises. Siri can control your Internet-connected thermostat. Each …

Artificial Intelligence

The CEO of a $3.7 billion startup is accused of firing employees right before their stock options vest, report says

Orion Hindawi is the CEO of Tanium, a startup he created with his father a decade ago. Today it is one of the highest-valued security startups in the tech industry. It raised $287 million of venture investment at a valuation of $3.7 billion, much of that coming from the VC powerhouse Andreessen …

Employment

Google has taught an AI to doodle

Hot on the heels of the company's art and music generation program, Project Magenta, a pair of Google researchers have taught a neural network to sketch simple drawings all on its own.<p>The researchers relied on data from Quick, Draw!, an app that asks users to draw a simple item and then guesses at …

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

AI Learns to Read Sentiment Without Being Trained to Do So

The Sentiment Neuron<p>Much of today’s artificial intelligence (AI) relies on machine learning: where machines respond or react autonomously after …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Biology

Transfer Learning - Machine Learning's Next Frontier

Table of contents:<p>What is Transfer Learning?<p>Why Transfer Learning Now?<p>A Definition of Transfer Learning<p>Transfer Learning Scenarios<p>Applications of …

This robotic surgery is so intricate it can stitch a peeled grape back together

"da Vinci" is a surgical system worth £1.6 million which doctors use for less invasive surgery. It is so intricate it can stitch grape skin with remarkable precision, as shown in this video.<p>The robot is operated remotely by a surgeon who controls its movements.<p>It has its benefits for minimally …

Cancer

What Does A Quantum Explosion Look Like?

No one knows–because neither the human eye or brain is equipped to see it. That’s where art comes in.<p>There’s an invisible world that operates all around us, but we can’t see it. It’s a world composed of particles smaller than an atom, like protons, neutrons, and electrons. The way in which it …

Astronomers just turned on a planet-size telescope to take a picture of a black hole

Every image you’ve seen of a black hole is an illustration. A giant “virtual” telescope may change that.<p>The closest astronomers have come to directly “seeing” a black hole happened last year, when the LIGO observatory detected the spacetime-warping gravitational waves radiating from a pair of black …

Here’s one way to get out of a black hole!

Two weeks ago I attended an exciting workshop at Stanford, organized by the It from Qubit collaboration, which I covered enthusiastically on Twitter. …

The factories of the future could float in space

Orbital manufacturing is already paving the way for better solar panels, faster internet, cleaner computer chips, and lab-grown human hearts<p>This past summer, a plane went into a stomach-churning ascent and plunge 30,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The goal was not thrill-seeking, but something …

Stem Cells

Earth Prepares To Snap First-Ever Image Of A Black Hole's Event Horizon

Perhaps gravity’s oddest prediction is the existence of black holes: regions of space where gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.<p>Only through gravitational effects, such as by influencing stars, have they ever been seen.<p>X-ray signatures can locate and be used to weigh black …

Understanding the limits of deep learning

Artificial intelligence has reached peak hype. News outlets report that companies have replaced workers with IBM Watson and that algorithms are beating doctors at diagnoses. New AI startups pop up everyday, claiming to solve all your personal and business problems with machine learning.<p>Ordinary …

Machine Learning

A Tiny Fish With Terrifying Fangs and Opioid Venom

The fangblenny doesn’t care about your pain.<p>Think about a venomous fang, and you’ll probably conjure up an image of a snake or spider. But perhaps you should also spare a thought for group of unassuming reef fish that are appropriately called fangblennies. They are finger-sized, colorful, and …

Zoology

You're probably showering way too often

Spring is here. That means longer, warmer days — and, for many people, more frequent showering to wash away the sweat and smells that come with higher temperatures.<p>Here's the thing, though: Your regular showers may be grosser than your sweat.<p>There isn't much research that can tell you exactly how …

Microbiome

Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds<p>by Michael Lewis<p>Norton, 362 pp., $28.95<p>1.<p>We are living in an age in which the behavioral …

Dozens of previously classified videos of nuclear weapon tests are now on YouTube

Talk about awe-inspiring explosiveness. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has released a staggering 63 videos of decades-old nuclear atmospheric …

The 'messy' way a former Goldman Sachs employee grew a $150 million startup, then turned half his employees into millionaires

He realized quickly that Goldman wasn't for him, so he spent the next four years saving $18,000. He used the money and some help from those close to him to quit and bootstrap a startup called Behance. Belsky didn't take a paycheck for the next two years.<p>In the end, the hard work paid off. Adobe …

Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?

It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer.<p>75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, …

Artificial Intelligence

A Good Part-of-Speech Tagger in about 200 Lines of Python

Up-to-date knowledge about natural language processing is mostly locked away in academia. And academics are mostly pretty self-conscious when we …

Deep Learning

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An insecure mess: How flawed JavaScript is turning web into a hacker's playground

Researchers say tens of thousands of sites are using JavaScript libraries that are years old and contain publicly known vulnerabilities.<p>An analysis …

The problem with facts | Financial Times

Just before Christmas 1953, the bosses of America’s leading tobacco companies met John Hill, the founder and chief executive of one of America’s …

Interoperability: The key to the emerging smart city

Smart city technologies continue to experience rapid growth, both in the development of new devices and their applications within the city environment. Globally, cities’ investment in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will increase by $97 billion from 2015 – 2019. In order for these investments …

The last things that will make us uniquely human

In a few decades, AI will outstrip many of the abilities we believe make us special. This is a grand challenge for our age, argues researcher Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, and it may require an ‘irrational’ response.<p>One of the most consequential pieces of news from the US in early 2017 was not from the …

Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for Decades

Geologists couldn't account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.<p>In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest …

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Grid Inspection

I said yesterday I would write up the process of adding Grid to meyerweb, and I did. I started it last night and I finished it this morning, and when …