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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

What if your thoughts and everything you perceive are nothing but bits in a computer simulation designed to satisfy the curiosity of scientists with …

Transhumanism: there are [at least] ten different philosophical categories; which one(s) are you?

In Nick Bostrom’s essay, Transhumanist Values, he states in the first sentence that transhumanism is “a loosely defined movement.” Further into the …

'Self/less' Review: The trouble with transhumans

High tech collides with transhumanist fantasies of the rich and privileged in Self/less, a new film starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Ryan …

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Thrice failed entrepreneur strikes gold with image search AI - SnapShopr

Online shopping is the new buzzword for Indians. We love to buy dresses, shoes, books, electronic good and other products by clicking the mouse. …

The Strange Future of Hybrid Thinking, According to Google’s Director of Engineering

Will human brains and technology merge within the next 30 years? One prominent thinker says so.<p>Ray Kurzweil is a fascinating man. He's an author, a computer scientist, an inventor, and he's currently serving as a Director of Engineering at Google. That's a big position for anyone to fill, seeing …

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Robots May Write Wall Street Analyst Notes One Day

Wall Street analyst notes may one day be written by robots — that’s if companies that make the artificial intelligence programs have anything to do …

Computer program fixes old code faster than expert engineers

Last year, MIT computer scientists and Adobe engineers came together to try to solve a major problem that many companies face: bit-rot.<p>A good example …

Intelligent machines part 3: Big data, machine learning – where’s it all heading?

For decades we’ve been teaching machines how to classify and determine things in the world, giving them many examples to draw from. But what if they …

Measuring the artificial intelligence quotient

If we’re going to do the Turing Test right, we might as well use the same intelligence tests we apply to humans. Only by doing so will we ever have a …

Google now uses an artificial neural network to fight spam, debuts Gmail Postmaster Tools to cut false positives

Google today announced it is now using the same artificial intelligence developed for Google Search and Google Now to fight spam. This is on top of the machine learning the company already uses to train Gmail’s filters (every time you click the “Report spam” and “Not spam” buttons, you’re teaching …

Machine Learning

Here's what the nightmarish images from Google's AI can actually teach us about the brain

Here we have freakish fusions of dogs and knights (as in the image above), dumbbells with arms attached (see below) and a menagerie of Hieronymus Bosch-ian creatures:<p>Digging deep<p>Artificial neural networks, or "deep learning", have enabled terrific progress in the field of machine learning, …

Computation is a lens

“Face It,” says psychologist Gary Marcus in <i>The New York Times</i>, “Your Brain is a Computer”. The op-ed argues for understanding the brain in terms of …

Could Travelling Waves Upset Cognitive Neuroscience? - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | July 9, 2015 8:53 am<p>A <b>new paper published in Cognitive Processes</b> argues that neuroscientists may need to look at brain activity from …

Neuroscience

Neuroscience-based algorithms make for better networks

When it comes to developing efficient, robust networks, the brain may often know best. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the Salk …

When hackers get hacked: Secretive spy software team falls victim to attack

It seems no one is safe on the Internet.<p>The latest example: hackers claimed to breach the files of Italian spy software company Hacking Team and then used the company's own Twitter account to broadcast the information publicly Sunday.<p>The 400GB of files released on the Internet -- the equivalent of …

Future iPhones could be unlocked with a selfie

Apple may have banned selfie sticks at WWDC, but the company was today granted a patent revealing how future iPhones could be unlocked by snapping a quick photo of yourself.<p>Entitled “Low threshold face recognition,” the patent describes a means of “reducing the impact of lighting conditions and …

Machine Perception

Facebook questions use of 'right to be forgotten' ruling

Facebook,Right to be forgotten,Social media,Social networking,Internet,Technology,Media,Europe,European commission,European Union,World news,Data protection<p>Social network criticises application of privacy ruling while backing Irish watchdog and EU data protection reforms<p>Facebook has criticised …

'Hands-Free Tinder' concept app selects dates who get your heart racing

When it comes to matters of the heart, can the brain really provide the right answer? A new take on matchmaking app Tinder, as imagined by a design …

Apps

Facebook to build new, wind-powered data center

Facebook's newest data center will be built in Fort Worth, completely powered by renewable energy.<p>Facebook worked with local energy companies to bring 200-megawatts of renewable wind power to the Texas grid, the company said Tuesday.<p>Producing about half the power of a typical coal plant, the wind …

This is the tiny computer the BBC is giving to a million kids

Earlier this year the BBC announced that it planned to give one million students across the UK a programmable microcomputer, called the BBC Micro Bit, to help them learn the basics of coding. Now four months later, the design of the device has been finalized, ahead of its scheduled rollout date in …

Ambitious new tech aims to revolutionize touchscreens

The ambitious GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces) research project is building technology that will let consumers use their fingertips to literally drag data out of touchscreen displays, bringing it into the 3D world.<p>GHOST is the brainchild of four universities in the U.K., …

Switzerland trials postal deliveries by drone

The Swiss postal service has started testing the use of drones to make deliveries, a move it says will help in emergencies and allow items to reach isolated areas.<p>Footage released by Swiss Post and its partners on Tuesday showed an unmanned drone, about the size of commercial devices used by …

Using the gravity of the universe to peer into a black hole

The inner regions of a black hole have been observed by a team of scientists, but not through the power of telescopes alone. Researchers at the European Space Agency have tapped into gravitational lensing to learn more about these mysterious objects -- in particular, a supermassive black hole by …

Cloud-based Physical Security Startup Octopus Raises $2.5M From Singulariteam

Octopus, a Tel Aviv startup that makes cloud-based physical security systems for large facilities, has raised $2.5 million from Singulariteam.<p>The company will use the funds to expand in the U.S. and Asia. In China, its growth plans will be helped along by the fact that two of China’s biggest …

Finnish teen convicted for 50,000 computer hacks

A Finnish 17-year-old previously linked to the Lizard Squad hacker group has been convicted of over 50,000 "aggravated computer break-ins."<p>Julius …

Hacking

Hacked surveillance firm says its tool could be used by terrorists

Following a massive data breach on Sunday that exposed 400GB of its internal documents, product source code and correspondence, Italian security firm Hacking Team has issued a statement on its site, saying that its digital surveillance and intrusion tools could potentially be used by terrorists and …

Google Is Outfitting Carnegie Mellon With Smart Tech To Create A “Living Lab”

The experiment may eventually introduce Internet of Things technologies to all of Pittsburgh.<p>Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has long been considered one of the world’s leading robotics research institutions–so much so, that ride-hailing company Uber recently poached 40 of its scientists …