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One of Estonia's first "e-residents" explains what it means to have digital citizenship

An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today. I am one of the country’s first …

Innovation

Cloudflare makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history

If you're privacy-minded, you probably aren't thrilled that governments seem hell-bent on giving internet providers free rein over your browsing data. Cloudflare just gave you a tool to fight back, however. It launched 1.1.1.1, a free Domain Name System service (the technology that translates IP …

A look at the future of Unreal Engine graphics

Real-time ray tracing, digital humans and more work for Andy Serkis<p>During today’s State of Unreal presentation at the annual Game Developers Conference, Epic Games spent some time looking forward to the era of photorealistic, real-time graphics for its Unreal Engine. Three demos showed off how …

IBM's Watson is AI's greatest ambassador

When I heard the 60th annual Grammy Awards show was going to feature artificial intelligence, I immediately thought “this is a marketing ploy.” But then I found out IBM’s Watson was the AI in question.<p>Watson, you see, doesn’t have a problem rolling up its non-existent sleeves and doing some good …

Artificial Intelligence

The first 512GB microSD card arrives in February

It didn't take long for someone to topple 2017's microSD storage record. The UK's Integral Memory has unveiled what it says it the first shipping 512GB microSD card. So long as your device can handle microSDXC (most Android phones and tablets, as well as PCs like the Surface Pro), you too can have …

How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

Everything we know so far<p>Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw …

Net Neutrality: A Brief Guide To What People Are Getting Wrong

Yesterday, the FCC repealed net neutrality regulations, setting the stage for an enormous legal battle. But, like any bad decision, there are people defending it. So, to clear up the confusion, here are some of the arguments against net neutrality, and why they’re inaccurate.<p><b>“The internet was never</b> …

Comcast continues to inject its own code into websites you visit

Comcast believes it’s acceptable to inject hundreds of lines of code into any web page you visit if it thinks you’re in need of a hardware upgrade. And even if you don’t need an upgrade, you’re wrong.<p>A user recently took to the company’s forums to complain of its practice of running its own code on …

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun

The descendant of DeepMind’s world champion Go program stretches its muscles in a new domain<p>The end-game for Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind was never beating people at board games. It’s always been about creating something akin to a combustion engine for intelligence — a generic thinking machine …

Voyager 1's Back Thrusters Just Fired Up for the First Time in 37 Years

Imagine trying to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades—and the car is 13 billion miles away. That's what NASA attempted to do this …

Google's artificial intelligence built an AI that outperforms any made by humans

An AI That Can Build AI<p>In May 2017, researchers at Google Brain announced the creation of AutoML, an artificial intelligence (AI) that’s capable of …

Watch how Google's AI catches shoulder surfers spying on your phone

<b>Video</b> Web giant's R&D boffins to tease privacy-protecting tech in NIPS show-and-tellGoogle researchers claim to have developed an "electronic screen …

Front-Facing Camera

There Was So Much Wind In Germany Last Weekend That Electricity Was Free

In Germany, the power company pays you. At least, it did this weekend — thanks to massive windstorms and some strategically placed turbines.According …

Fossil Fuels

These eerie space 'sounds' recorded by NASA are creepy enough to make your skin crawl

It's deathly quiet in the vacuum of space, save only for the faint whisper of gravitational waves.<p>However, space scientists sometimes take signals from beyond the mortal realm of human senses — including radio waves, plasma waves, and magnetic fields— and convert them into audio tracks.<p>This clever …

Google's machine learning software has learned to replicate itself

Google’s AutoML<p>Back in May, Google revealed its AutoML project; artificial intelligence (AI) designed to help them create other AIs. Now, Google has …

FCC rule change says you have fast internet -- but you don't

The FCC might be changing its standards for high-speed internet, but not in a way that benefits anyone who doesn’t have it. The Commission filed a notice of inquiry last month to redefine the speeds which define broadband internet — today is the last day to comment on it. If the FCC does change the …

Net Neutrality

If companies were countries, here’s what our currency would look like

This week’s Apple earnings call revealed that the company has an absolutely mind-boggling cash hoard of over $261 billion. If Apple were a country, …

A perfectly-timed photo of the space station and the moon puts human achievements in perspective

The International Space Station is the size of a football field. But a stunning image by Spanish photographer Dani Caxete shows it as a tiny figure dwarfed by the moon—a jaw-dropping reminder of the magnificence of nature, and the persistence of human achievement.<p>The image is on the shortlist for …

Astronomy

Roomba Inventor Joe Jones on His New Weed-Killing Robot, and What's So Hard About Consumer Robotics

The inventor of the Roomba tells us about his new solar-powered, weed-destroying robot Photo: Franklin RoboticsiRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum is, …

These are the autonomous trucks that Google’s Waymo is testing

Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car division Waymo disclosed earlier this month that it is working on (semi-)autonomous trucks, and now we have our first look at the vehicles in question.<p>Jalopnik published a number of photos of a Waymo branded truck kitted out with a radar, lidar and ultrasonic …

What 25 popular websites used to look like

How ugly was Yahoo in 1994?<p>We found the earliest versions of some of the most visited websites today, like Facebook, Google, and Buzzfeed.<p>Here's what the sites looked like then, and what they look like now. Web design has come a long way — oh, and the ads have gotten a lot more</i> …

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google's most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.<p>Traditional …

American military backs an entirely new kind of processor

Virtually every processor you see is based on the same basic (Von Neumann) computing model: they're designed to access large chunks of sequential data and fill their caches as often as possible. This isn't the quickest way to accomplish every task, however, and the American military wants to …

Your next heat source could come from a server, if Nerdalize has its way

The notion of “waste not, want not” has never been quite this high tech.<p>In an effort to ensure that our future is sustainable, one Dutch company is …

Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

Google’s AutoML<p>One of the more noteworthy remarks to come out of Google I/O ’17 conference this week was CEO Sundar Pichai recalling how his team had …

Robot Performs First-Ever Surgery Inside Human Eye

In a medical first, surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the human eye, greatly improving the accuracy of a delicate surgery to remove fine membrane growth on the retina. Such growth distorts vision and, if left unchecked, can lead to blindness in the affected eye.<p>Currently, doctors perform …

University of Oxford

13 Google Inventions You Use Every Day

The company has done so much more than search.<p>There is simply no escaping Google. Sure, you might head to some remote village northern in Waziristan …

The robotic brain surgeon will see you now: drill can perform complex procedures 50 times faster

Scientists have revealed a robotic drill that can cut the most sensitive brain surgery down from two hours to two and a half minutes.<p>The machine, developed at the University of Utah, is being hailed as a potential breakthrough in survival for brain patients as the reduced time they spend in surgery …

The Brain

Mastercard adds fingerprint sensors to payment cards

Our fingerprints are quickly replacing PINs and passwords as our primary means of unlocking our phones, doors and safes. They're convenient, unique, and ultimately more secure than easily guessed or forged passwords and signatures. So it makes sense that fingerprint sensors are coming to protect …