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Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

A visual prank exposes an Achilles’ heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can’t do a double take.<p>Score one for the human brain. In a …

Machine Learning

Scientists create multi-million pound 'golden eggs' to treat cancer and hepatitis

Japanese scientists have created hens that can lay multi-million pound “golden eggs” containing an expensive protein used to treat serious diseases such as cancer and hepatitis.<p>The creation of the so-called “golden eggs” was masterminded by scientists at Japan’s Biomedical Research Institute at the …

Viruses

Want To Get Hired Quickly? Play The Numbers Game To Win

Even if your resume, pitch and communications skills are stellar and your background is in demand, you may still be in for a long job search. Many opportunities simply won’t pan out through no fault of your own; budgets, priorities and hiring managers can change unexpectedly. To ensure that you’ll …

Employment

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose. Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems. …

Design Thinking

Google takes on alleged Iranian influence campaign

Google announced Thursday it had disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster for a political influence campaign.<p>The security firm FireEye, which alerted tech companies to some of the suspicious activity, said in a report this week that the …

Elections

Jeff Bezos Has a Bulletproof Hiring Strategy That All Comes Down to 3 Profound Questions | Inc.com

No matter what your employment history is, there's a good chance you've worked with one or more colleagues who were less than perfect at their jobs. Maybe they were unhappy with their position, or maybe just not cut out for it. Either way, the company wasn't getting what they were paying for.<p>If …

MIT made an image editing AI that can replace the background in any image

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) just developed an AI-assisted image editing tool that automates object selection. This is the Holy Grail of selection tools — you can behold it in the video below.<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site …

Artificial Intelligence

Heroic vandal massively improves Facebook's bus shelter adverts

Facebook, bruised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and fifteen years of unmitigated dickery, is currently in the process of trying to rehabilitate its image.<p>As the saying goes, you can’t polish a turd, but god knows Zuckerberg is willing to try. In the UK, Facebook’s weapon of choice in its …

Fake News

The SuitX exoskeleton gave me crazy strength

I feel superhuman.<p>I just lifted a 50-pound box like it weighed almost nothing -- no gym time required. I'm wearing an exoskeleton by SuitX that's supporting my back, using a clever system of springs and clutches to give me a boost.<p>Industrial exoskeletons, or exosuits, are designed to enhance your …

Exoskeletons

Japanese students use VR to recreate Hiroshima bombing

FUKUYAMA, Japan (AP) — It's a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash of light, followed by a loud blast. Buildings are flattened and smoke rises from crackling fires under a darkened sky.<p>Over two years, a …

Virtual Reality

Beyond Time

We conventionally think of time as something simple and fundamental. It flows uniformly, independent of everything else, from the past to the future, …

To Be a Leader, Start With Yourself

To learn to lead yourself, management professor and best-selling author Harry Kraemer suggests four principles that every future leader must develop in themselves.<p>Scientists anywhere will tell you the importance of trial runs. Before you launch a rocket to the moon or distribute a new medicine to …

Self-Reflection

Amazon try-before-you-buy Prime Wardrobe opens for all Prime members

SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon’s newest clothing offering could help it break into fashion. A service now available to all Prime members allows buyers to try on clothes before buying them – a way for online delivery to mimic the experience of shopping in a store.<p>On Wednesday, Amazon announced its clothing …

eCommerce

Accenture wants to beat unfair AI with a professional toolkit

Next week professional services firm Accenture will be launching a new tool to help its customers identify and fix unfair bias in AI algorithms. The idea is to catch discrimination before it gets baked into models and can cause human damage at scale.<p>The “AI fairness tool”, as it’s being described, …

Machine Learning

Cryptocurrencies Lose $42 Billion After South Korean Bourse Hack

The 2018 selloff in cryptocurrencies deepened, wiping out about $42 billion of market value over the weekend and extending this year’s slump in …

General AI, the "holy grail" of AI, demonstrated for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>AI’s that can learn quickly, and from very small data sets, will fundamentally change how we train AI’s, their capabilities, …

Staring Into Someone's Eyes For 10 Minutes Induces an Altered State of Consciousness

Volunteers even ended up hallucinating.<p>In 2015, a psychologist in Italy figured out how to induce a drug-free altered state of consciousness by …

iOS 12 will reportedly include new NFC features, enable iPhones to become secure hotel room keys

The Information reports that Apple will be taking a big leap in iOS 12, giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones, first introduced with iPhone 6.<p>The report says Apple wants the iPhone to be used in many more contactless interactions beyond Apple Pay payments, …

iOS

Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition

<b>Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET</b><p>Tech companies are trying to sell police real-time facial recognition systems, which can track and identify people as they walk down the street. As NPR reported two weeks ago, American police have generally held off, but there's new evidence that one police department — …

Customers

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

A facial recognition program used by British police yielded thousands of false positives

Welsh police have made 2000 positive IDs and 450 arrests with the technology<p>During last summer’s Champions League Final in Cardiff, Wales, South Wales Police began a facial recognition pilot program designed to check event-goers against a database of 500,000 images of persons of interest. Almost a …

Austin test uses blockchain to improve ID for the homeless

It could reduce poverty and improve services for those with no paper ID.<p>Many people take identification for granted, but it's a serious challenge if you're homeless. If you lose what's on your back, you might lose everything -- and recovering that ID is much harder when you have no fixed address or …

This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research

Forget pandas. Close friends are the real endangered species these days.<p>That’s a painful thing. And I don’t mean “sad-painful.” I mean …

Lenovo's VR camera with Daydream is now available for pre-order

It will set you back $300.<p>The virtual reality camera Lenovo created in partnership with Google is now available for pre-order, a few weeks before its release on May 4th. Online inventory monitoring app The Tracker has spotted the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream page on Amazon, where you can now …

Ford vending machine begins dispensing cars in China

The Super Test-Drive Center in Guangzhou is open for business.<p>It is no longer enough simply to test-drive a vehicle by riding around the block while a salesperson gives you their well-rehearsed patter. Now, there needs to be some sort of theater around the purchase, or else how will you trick …

China

Alphabet's Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge.<p>As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists …

Bitcoin Could Become Illegal Almost Everywhere, After Shocking Discovery in The Blockchain

There's something hidden inside it.<p>The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence …

Psychologists have profiled the kind of person who is willing to confront anti-social behaviour

<i>By</i> Alex Fradera“Lower your music, you’re upsetting other passengers.” Without social sanction, society frays at the edges. But what drives someone to …

Anti-Social Behaviour

How Uber ghost rides are linked to online money laundering

Online service marketplaces are relatively new, and there are few ways for their operators to regularly monitor the entirety of services and transactions. Unfortunately, this creates an open environment for electronic money laundering, known as ‘transaction laundering,’ to occur.<p>Last November, we …

Technology (India)

These sleek $250 earbuds can translate languages in real time — and it's like something out of 'Star Trek'

The company's first product, the Pilot translating earpiece, started as an Indiegogo campaign in 2016. Now, the Brooklyn-based startup says it has sold 27,000 units and has begun shipping to its early customers.<p>The Pilot looks like a fairly standard pair of wireless earbuds. They fit snugly in your …

Star Trek