Ilya Pestov

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How a data mining giant got me wrong

LONDON (Reuters) - I'm 57, with a 30-year-old wife, a fairly new hot water boiler, an old-style television, a petrol car and no kids.<p>Actually, none of that is true. But that is what you might believe if you purchased access to my data from the world's largest information broker by market value.<p>The …

You Might Be Interested in Technologies of 2017

There are a lot of tech predictions at the beginning of each year. Scientists, engineers, and industrialists trying to sum up results of the past …

The Reasons for Upcoming Metamorphosis of Facebook

Facebook has shed about <b>$25 billion</b> of market capitalization after Mark Zuckerberg’s decision of adjusting its primary newsfeed to focus more on …

Netflix: What Happens When You Press Play?

This article is a chapter from my new book Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10. The first release was written specifically for cloud newbies. I've made …

Scalability

How The US Pushed Sweden to Take Down The Pirate Bay

It’s well known that the US Government is actively involved in copyright enforcement efforts around the globe.In some countries they’ve actively …

Freedom of Information

The Antinomy of Bitcoin

There are a huge number of articles about cryptocurrencies. Earlier, geeks and people associated with the technology spoke about it. But now, …

Scope the Future of Driving With 7 Electric Concepts

In the two years since the world’s biggest automakers last gathered in Frankfurt for the biannual International Motor Show, the future of their …

We’re rewiring the Internet for freedom.

For the last two years, a team of engineers and researchers has quietly been working to develop new technology for Internet freedom. Today, we are …

An early investor in Facebook and Google has slammed them for 'aggressive brain hacking'

<b>*Roger McNamee, a famous early investor in Google and Facebook, says he regrets helping to create today's internet giants because they are hacking our brains to sell more ads.</b><p><b>*He's not the only one condemning brain hacking.</b><p><b>*McNamee warns that "there are no watchdogs" and consumers must start</b> …

Mark Zuckerberg

Automatic image retouching on your phone

The data captured by today’s digital cameras is often treated as the raw material of a final image. Before uploading pictures to social networking …

Machine Learning

32-year-old investor with ties to Elon Musk wants to upend America with a crazy utopian plan for the future

In a not-too-distant future city, superintelligent robots will carry out the majority of vital tasks. Driverless cars will ferry passengers to and from points of interest. Housing and healthcare will be affordable, if not free to all. Political leaders and technologists will speak the same …

Cities

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

<b>The first voice</b> you hear on the recording is mine. “Here we are,” I say. My tone is cheerful, but a catch in my throat betrays how nervous I am.<p>Then, …

Microsoft's AI chatbot says Windows is 'spyware'

A chatbot built by the American software giant has gone off-script, insulting Microsoft's Windows and calling the operating system "spyware."<p>Launched in December 2016, Zo is an AI-powered chatbot that mimics a millennial's speech patterns — but alongside the jokes and emojis it has fired off some …

Windows 10

Microsoft is working on an AI-powered chip for the next version of HoloLens

The company decided to design (but not manufacture) its own chip — which follows the current Holographic Processing Unit — because it realised off-the-shelf components are just not powerful enough (or can't offer enough optimisation) for the kind of tasks a device like HoloLens is built for.<p>The …

Mobile Devices

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home

(This July 24 story corrects paragraph 6 to read “share maps for free with customer consent” instead of “sell maps”)<p>iRobot CEO Colin Angle is pictured at iRobot Shanghai office in Shanghai, China, May 16, 2017. Picture taken on May 16, 2017. Courtesy iRobot/Handout via REUTERS<p>By Jan Wolfe<p>(Reuters) …

Artificial intelligence should be ‘everywhere, every moment’

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic on China’s agenda. It has been endorsed by Premier Li Keqiang several times, and added to the Government Work …

Y Combinator raising $1 billion for new fund

Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator is raising up to $1 billion for a new venture capital fund, Axios has learned from multiple sources. …

In Urban China, Cash Is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete

SHANGHAI — There is an audacious economic phenomenon happening in China.<p>It has nothing to do with debt, infrastructure spending or the other major economic topics du jour. It has to do with cash — specifically, how China is systematically and rapidly doing away with paper money and coins.<p>Almost …

Mobile Payments

The world’s first crewless cargo ship will launch next year

The $25 million vessel will be fully autonomous by 2020<p>The world’s first crewless, automated cargo ship will launch in 2018, reports the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, and is expected to be fully autonomous by 2020. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland will use GPS, radar, cameras, and sensors to navigate …

Nexar releases 55K street pics from 80 countries to spur autonomous driving

Nexar has released a dataset that it says is the world’s largest photo set featuring geographically diverse images for automotive tech development, for an open competition. There are 55,000 tagged photos in the set, taking from over 80 countries, in a variety of lighting and weather conditions. …

Inside Microsoft's Plan to Bring AI to its HoloLens Goggles

Tech companies are keen to bring cool artificial intelligence features to phones and augmented reality goggles—the ability to show mechanics how to …

Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up?

As a former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, Jonathan Taplin isn’t your typical academic. Lately, though, he’s been busy writing somber tomes …

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …

Facebook AI Director Yann LeCun on His Quest to Unleash Deep Learning and Make Machines Smarter

Explaining Deep Learning . . . in Eight Words<p><b>IEEE Spectrum:</b> <b>We read about Deep Learning in the news a lot these days. What’s your least favorite</b> …

Inmates built computers hidden in ceiling, connected them to prison network

Ohio prison's lax supervision was akin to "an episode from Hogan's Heroes."<p>Inmates at a medium-security Ohio prison secretly assembled two …

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Apple

Apple Watch

California is changing its roads for self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are a lot closer to reality than most people think. Auto makers are promising cars that won't need a human driver behind the wheel …

FBI warns parents about the risks of using internet-connected toys

Taking a cautious approach to the upcoming deluge of smart toys hitting store shelves for the holiday shopping season, the FBI has issued a public …

China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the …