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Don't call me a prodigy: the rising stars of European mathematics

Scientists from 80 countries flocked to Berlin this week to attend the European Congress of Mathematics. One main takeaway: some of the continent's …

The truth behind AI, machine learning, and bots

Artificial intelligence -- in the guises of personal assistants, bots, self-driving cars, and machine learning -- is hot again, dominating Silicon …

Cryptographers Seek to Protect Today’s Internet From Cyber-Attacks Decades Away

Forget Terminators. Quantum computers in the future really could attack us in the past.<p>Tomorrow’s super-fast quantum computers present somewhat of a …

The 'Robots Replacing Foxconn Workers' Story Is Less Sexy Than You Think

A former Foxconn executive explains why media reports heralding a robot takeover are overblown.<p>On Sunday, the <i>South China Morning Post</i> reported that Foxconn is "culling" 60,000 workers from its factory in Kunshan, with robots taking over much of the workload. Other outlets, like <i>The Stack</i>, …

Watch These DJs Troll the Heck Out of a Crowd By Screwing with the Drop

DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher (get it?) are known pranksters, so it’s no surprise that they always have fun playing around with their fans. Here’s a good …

Pizza

Optical illusion: The blue and the green.

Via my evil twin Richard Wiseman comes one of the best color optical illusions I have ever seen. The original was apparently posted …

Sometimes a cigar isn't just a cigar.

I love optical illusions, especially ones that really twist your brain around. I saw one recently that really had me going for a minute. And it’s not …

This AI platform for TV beats Apple TV and Amazon Echo head-to-head

MindMeld, a pioneer in conversational AI technology, is today releasing the MindMeld for TV platform, which the company bills as the first solution designed for television and over-the-top content providers — like Netflix and Hulu — to deliver best in class discovery through a conversational …

Amazon Echo

Real-life Javascript Generators

How generators in javascript help us write more robust and clean code.<p>With ES6 we have generators, different kind of functions that may be <i>paused</i> at …

JavaScript

AI researchers get ready for a deathmatch with Doom gaming challenge

Artificial intelligence made short work of Go, a 3,000-year-old Chinese board game with more possible moves than atoms in the observable universe, so how it will fare taking on a video game classic like <i>Doom</i>? AI researchers are going to find out, and have announced a new challenge looking for …

Semi-supervised, unsupervised, and adaptive algorithms for large-scale time series

In this episode of the O’Reilly Data Show, I spoke with Ira Cohen, co-founder and chief data scientist at Anodot (full disclosure: I’m an advisor to …

Self-driving robots will soon be running your delivery errands in the US

In the near future, if you need a few things from Amazon, or perhaps you forgot to pick up the dry cleaning, there’s a chance a small robot will deliver your goods right to your front door.<p>No, this won’t be a drone dropping something from the skies. A six-wheeled robot from Starship Technologies, …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …

A clever algorithm generating millions of random ideas is turning the tables on patent trolls

Sometimes the only way to beat a troll is to troll even harder.<p>Artist and engineer Alexander Reben has written an algorithm that exploits the convoluted US patent system in order to mess with patent trolls—people and organizations who file for patents on trivial concepts without any intention of …

Patent Law

How to Talk in Meetings When You Hate Talking in Meetings

Nobody loves meetings. But they can be especially taxing for people who crave a quieter setting for brainstorming or thinking through issues, or who struggle to have their voices heard in a room full of loud-talkers. How can these folks make sure their ideas are well-represented in team meetings? …

AI is not a threat to humanity, but an Internet of ‘Smart’ Things may be!

Abdalla Kablan Contributor<p>Abdalla Kablan is the founder of Scheduit and an academic specializing in machine intelligence, big data and computational finance.<p>After more than 60 years since its conceptual inception — and after too many hype-generating moments — AI is yet again making its presence …

What an Anti-Memory Is and How It Frees Your Mind

Neuroscientists at Oxford just discovered how your brain moves memories into long-term storage. It’s called an anti-memory, and it’s more helpful …

The 7 Drivers of Old Habits of Thinking

Our patterns of negative thinking are often based on old, well-practiced, automatic cognitive routines (often repetitive). They are motivated …

Brain Stimulation Enhances Creativity

<b>Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study by Georgetown …

Magic Pony’s neural network dreams up new imagery to expand an existing picture

The source image on the left was used to generate the one on the right.<p>A British startup is using the unique abilities of convolutional neural networks to do a sort of scaled-up version of Adobe’s content-aware fill — but instead of filling in the gaps in a picture, it’s imagining a whole new …

‘My brain is ninja level’: New ‘smart drug’ actually makes you cleverer

Imagine a drug which could actually make you cleverer – without turning you into a slavering junkie, or making your heart explode.<p>That drug already …

The Brain

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …