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​Don't laugh: Google's Parsey McParseface is a serious IQ boost for computers

Google offers free use of SyntaxNet technology, a boon to anyone trying to get computers to understand natural human language.<p>Google has a big gift for anyone trying to fulfill the promise of artificial intelligence: software that helps computers understand human speech and text.<p>The parser …

Artificial Intelligence

With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of …

Forests

Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6 billion Powerball pot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly announced that he would take his money now, giving up hundreds of millions of dollars in the future.<p>But John Robinson and his …

Trespassing

Our Favorite VICE Photos of 2015

These are some of the photographs that changed our world in 2015.<p>Hi there, we're Elizabeth and Matthew, VICE's resident photography experts. Last year, we did a roundup of our favorite photos featured by VICE in 2014. We thought it was cool, and who doesn't like looking at pictures, so we made …

Columbia University

Apple Opposes UK Surveillance Bill Over Encryption Concerns

Apple has submitted a formal statement to the bill committee working on a new complex and controversial surveillance law in the U.K., The Guardian reports. The submission was just released, and Apple is staying on course when it comes to privacy, saying that government backdoors could be used by …

Privacy