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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.<p>The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag …

Social Media

Microsoft's new 'canetroller' brings VR to the visually impaired

Microsoft recently developed a haptic controller for VR with an unusual target audience in mind: the visually impaired.<p>Developers from Microsoft’s research lab created the “canetroller,” a peripheral device designed to work with the HTC Vive headset and tracker. The team’s goal was to create a …

Augmented Reality

Strava’s fitness tracker heat map reveals the location of military bases

Geolocation isn’t a new problem for the military<p>Strava is the maker of a fitness-tracking app that uses a phone’s GPS to track when and where a user is exercising, with an aim of being a type of social network for athletes. Last November, the site released a heat map showing the activity of its …

Google Maps

Google's solution to accidental algorithmic racism: ban gorillas

Google’s ‘immediate action’ over AI labelling of black people as gorillas was simply to block the word, along with chimpanzee and monkey, reports suggest<p>After Google was criticised in 2015 for an image-recognition algorithm that auto-tagged pictures of black people as “gorillas”, the company …

Machine Learning

The biggest AI stories of 2017

Artificial intelligence — already a much-discussed science in recent years — moved to the center of public conversation in 2017. Leading tech voices …

Artificial Intelligence

Pokémon GO gaining iPhone exclusive AR+ mode powered by Apple’s ARKit

After first demoing improved augmented reality features for Pokémon GO back at Apple’s developer conference in June, Niantic has officially announced AR+ mode for the hit game. AR+ leverages Apple’s ARKit framework to make Pokémon appear hyper realistic.<p>Because ARKit is an Apple technology only …

Airbnb wants to offer virtual reality previews of rental spots

Airbnb is developing virtual and augmented reality features to help guests find and navigate rental listings, the company announced on its blog today. Three-dimensional scans and 360-degree photos would allow users to get a better sense of a listing, and augmented reality overlays could help guests …

Augmented Reality

Tech billionaires spent $170 million on a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are 'guinea pigs'

It says it in the name: AltSchool. And it set out to be a different kind of school.<p>Max Ventilla, a Google executive who left the search giant to launch AltSchool in 2013, wooed parents with his vision to bring traditional models of elementary education into the digital age.<p>AltSchool has raised $175 …

Online Education

Google is launching an AR and VR object library called Poly

Google is opening a new platform called Poly where people can find and distribute virtual and augmented reality objects. The tool is integrated with Tilt Brush and Blocks, respectively Google’s VR painting and sculpting apps, and is meant to provide an art library for people building with Google’s …

Augmented Reality

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Machine Learning

Pokémon Go creator’s next game will incorporate audio into the AR experience

Niantic, makers of the hugely popular mobile game Pokémon Go, is developing a new AR title that will incorporate audio cues into the gaming experience, according to company CTO Phil Keslin. The executive had just exited the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, where he had spoken on a panel …

Augmented Reality

Apple Developing 'Apple Neural Engine' Chip to Power AI in iOS Devices

Apple is developing a dedicated processor that will be used to handle AI-related tasks like facial and speech recognition in its products, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. Citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans, the site says the chip is known internally as the "Apple Neural Engine."<p>Apple plans to use …

Artificial Intelligence

Uber responds to the New York Times article about how it psychologically manipulates drivers

Uber is on the defensive after the New York Times reported that it manipulates drivers using techniques from behavioral science in order to reduce costs and increase corporate growth. The company did not refute that it uses psychological incentives, but instead focused its response on a claim in …

Sexual Harassment

Microsoft co-founder's academic search engine adds neuroscience

Researchers, scientists and academics around the world publish roughly 2.5 million scientific papers each year, on top of a backlog of more than 50 million papers dating back to 1665. Plus, the rate at which researchers publish these academic papers keeps rising, <i>a la</i> Moore's Law. It's impossible …

Wall Street turning to AI to watch for stock market cheats

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Artificial intelligence programs have beaten chess masters and TV quiz show champions. Next up: stock market cheats.<p>Two exchange operators have announced plans to launch artificial intelligence tools for market surveillance in the coming months and officials at a Wall Street regulator …

FDA lowers regulatory bar for wellness apps and devices

General wellness apps and devices such as fitness and activity trackers will not be examined by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, according to guidelines released by the FDA.<p>The new guidance strikes a well-balanced approach to the growing health app and device ecosystem, affording …

Digital Health

Installing an SSD on your Mac? Don't make this mistake

Enable this one single command to ensure a longer life for your SSD.<p>If you have replaced the hard drive on your Mac with an SSD (which you should do), you already know how much faster your computer is. However, I'm going to show you how to avoid this one simple mistake that so many of us make when …

Operating Systems

Codemoji uses emoji to teach you the basics of encryption without all that pesky math

🌂🐵✉😓🌉✋📒🏩💥🐵 👻😩📒📒🏂😓😁<p>Quick, decode that.<p>Stumped? That’s because it’s encrypted. Well, sorta.<p>The message, if you were curious, reads: “Encryption Matters,” and it’s part of a project by Mozilla — alongside TODO, an Italian creative agency — to teach Web users how to better understand the …

Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change

After the conservative trends fiasco, Facebook is pushing itself to a new standard of transparency. The company is publishing a formal “News Feed Values” document that details how it decides what shows up in your feed — a common question amongst users.<p>Those core values are that friends and family …

Social Media

Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to fix public transit in US

Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services<p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the …

Smart Cities

Apple won’t collect your data for its AI services unless you let it

"Differential privacy" is Apple's way of collecting data without being totally creepy.<p>After years of touting itself as the company that didn’t access its users data, Apple has finally acknowledged that it really does need at least some collective understanding.<p>The company announced at last week’s …

Privacy

Piper raises $2.1m to leverage Raspberry Pi and Minecraft to teach coding

What’s the best tool to help teach the next generation of K-12 students how to code? If you guessed ‘Minecraft’, you’re agreeing with a $2.1m bet made by Princeton University, 500 Startups and others into Piper.<p>Gamifying computer learning by leveraging… a computer game. Smart.<p>The company focuses on …

Raspberry Pi

Google DeepMind Researchers Developing A.I. Kill Switch, Just In Case

After dominating Lee Sedol at the strategy game Go, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo A.I. is setting its sights on human extermination and world domination. That isn’t entirely true, but researchers at DeepMind along with University of Oxford scientists aren’t taking any chances with the possible monster …

Artificial Intelligence

Walmart takes aim at Amazon with help from Uber and Lyft

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the …

Microsoft wants VR headsets to run its Windows Holographic OS

Microsoft is opening up its Windows Holographic operating system to virtual reality headset makers. At Computex today, Microsoft released a demo video of its vision of "mixed reality" where VR headsets can interact with the company's HoloLens, and more. Microsoft demonstrated a concept of its …

Augmented Reality

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

App Store

Apple’s $1 Billion Bet On Didi Chuxing & 12 Big Questions About What’s Next For Cars

A billion-dollar bet is big, but this transition is just getting rolling.<p>Apple‘s announcement last night that it is investing $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-sharing company, is just the latest signal that the future of cars will be radically different from anything we have …

Carsharing

Computer science class fails to notice their TA was actually an AI chatbot

With all this talk about chatbots from Facebook and Microsoft, teaching artificial intelligence to be smarter has become a central topic of the tech world. But what about what AI can teach <i>us?</i><p>Ashok Goel, a computer science professor at Georgia Tech, put that question to the test when he added “Jill …

Meet the next sport of the modern age: Drone racing

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Decked out in high-tech goggles, pilot Steve Zoumas dives low and sees the final gate zooming toward him: a 20-foot-tall metal-framed box ringed with neon. Boom! His sight goes black. The crowd lets out a collective "Whoa!" as pieces of his aircraft, which has just smashed …

Drones