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Interstellar Comet ‘Oumuamua Has a Built-In 'Propulsion' System

Remember that cigar-shaped interstellar object that whizzed through our Solar System last year? It was pretty weird, right? Well, new research shows …

MIT just invented X-ray vision—sort of

What walls?<p>In the scope of enviable superpowers, X-ray vision has always seemed like the most practical and plausible of the bunch. Now plausibility has turned into reality, thanks to new technology coming out of MIT.<p>A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed …

Google’s DeepMind develops AI that can render 3D objects from 2D pictures

Google subsidiary DeepMind today unveiled a new type of computer vision algorithm that can generate 3D models of a scene from 2D snapshots: the Generative Query Network (GQN).<p>The GQN, details of which were published in Science, can “imagine” and render scenes from any angle without any human …

ARM Reveals Cortex-A76 CPU, Boasts 'Laptop-Class Performance'

Image: ARM<p>The ARM name is synonymous with mobile hardware, with Apple's latest and greatest gadgets featuring processors based on the chipmaker's …

This Strange Species That Lives Off Nuclear Energy Is Like Alien Life on Earth

Whoa.<p>When you're trying to figure out what alien life might look like, it makes sense to be looking in the most extreme environments Earth has …

The GANfather: The man who’s given machines the gift of imagination - MIT Technology Review

One night in 2014, Ian Goodfellow went drinking to celebrate with a fellow doctoral student who had just graduated. At Les 3 Brasseurs (The Three …

Deep Learning

Growth of AI could boost cybercrime and security threats, report warns

Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned.<p>In a new report, the academic, industry and the charitable sector experts, …

How To: Use Remote Port Forwarding to Slip Past Firewall Restrictions Unnoticed

Local port forwarding is good when you want to use SSH to pivot into a non-routable network. But if you want to access services on a network when you …

Linux

Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in …

Blockchain

Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers

Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce<p>Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.<p>With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants …

Japan

The 5 Clustering Algorithms Data Scientists Need to Know

Clustering is a Machine Learning technique that involves the grouping of data points. Given a set of data points, we can use a clustering algorithm …

Google Chrome: Beware these malicious extensions that record everything you do

Developers of malicious extensions are testing new session-replay technique to record and replay victims' online sessions.<p>Google has removed 89 …

Chrome Web Store

Why is random testing effective for partition tolerance bugs?

Why is random testing effective for partition tolerance bugs? Majumdar & Niksic, <i>POPL 18</i>A little randomness is a powerful thing! It can make the …

Distributed Systems

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust

Last year Apple managed to shrink photo file sizes dramatically so you could cram twice as many photos onto your iPhone. But hold on, because that might not be the only game in town.<p>Google, Mozilla and others in a group called the Alliance for Open Media are working on a rival photo technology. In …

Welcoming the Era of Deep Neuroevolution

By leveraging neuroevolution to train deep neural networks, Uber AI Labs is developing solutions to solve reinforcement learning problems.The post …

The Most Impressive Things A.I. Accomplished This Year

2017 has been a booming year for the field of artificial intelligence. While A.I. and data-focused machine learning have been around for decades, the …

Tesla's giant battery bailed out a coal power station nearly 620 miles away

Tesla's giant battery is already proving its worth, bailing out a coal power station nearly 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) away.<p>The world's largest …

How can mathematics help create a better world?

They say a truly talented individual is gifted in more ways than one. And, when you’re listening to the gentle sound of the clarinet, played by Eric …

How will robots change the labor market?

Growing up in the conservative UK city of Bath, Nobel Laureate James Meade made his move into economics at the end of his second year at Cambridge, …

Economics

7 ways to write better code

I know bad code.<p>Trust me. My code is still not great, but it used to be <i>very</i> bad.<p>I don’t just mean it wasn’t technically perfect; I mean I wouldn’t even do the basic stuff. I built apps as a hobby and I flew solo. So, I had no reason to add comments. And to my mind, there was no reason <i>not</i> to create …

What is a blockchain? GeekWire’s guide to this game-changing technology and its vast potential

Most technologies touted as “game-changing” are just somewhat modified versions of something already in use. Blockchains are different, and while it …

Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B

Tencent has become the first Chinese company to be valued at more than $500 billion.<p>Shares of the 19-year-old company, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, rallied to reach HK$418.80 to give it a market cap of HK$3.99 trillion which takes past the $500 billion mark. Close rival Alibaba …

China

A fast-growing cannabis tech company just raised $10 million in a bid to dominate the market

LeafLink, an online commerce platform for cannabis dispensaries, raised $10 million from venture capital firms to expand its business in California as the state prepares to allow sales of recreational marijuana, according to CEO Ryan Smith.<p>The oversubscribed round comes on the heels of a $3 million …

Cannabis

Brexit minister apologises to peers for saying article 50 cannot be revoked - Politics live

In Brussels, arriving for a meeting of EU minister, the German foreign minister <b>Michael Roth</b> said Britain had to “move” on its financial settlement if it wants the EU to agree to open talks on the future trade relationship. Roth said:<p>It is about the money. In the end, it’s about the rights of the …

Trump’s recklessness is magnifying the military’s political power — and independence

“The military is restraining the civilian leadership rather than the other way around.”<p>“This should calm some nerves,” wrote Peter Daou, the former Hillary Clinton staffer and founder of Verrit. Daou was referring to a CNN report in which Gen. John Hyten, head of the US Strategic Command, warned …

Flo Technologies brings water management to the smart home

Flo Technologies has a smart water monitoring kit that watches for leaks and shuts water off if it detects a problem.<p>The Flo water security and management system is a new Wi-Fi connected device professionally installed on your main water supply line, Flo Technologies announced Monday.<p>The system …

The Last of the Iron Lungs

Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out …

Key Windows 10 defense is 'worthless' and bug dates back to Windows 8

Microsoft's anti-exploitation technology has a flaw that makes it "worthless" in some cases.<p><i>Video: A bulletproof Windows 10 device? Microsoft sets</i> …

Windows 10

This rocky ‘super-Earth’ planet may be in just the right spot for hosting life

And astronomers are going to be able to study it in more detail<p>In a rare find, a rocky “super-Earth” planet has been located orbiting around a cool dwarf star — and it’s just a mere 39 light years away. The world gets its “super” nickname because it’s a bit bigger and slightly more massive than our …

Universe