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An AI speed test shows clever coders can still beat tech giants like Google and Intel

There is a common narrative in the world of AI that bigger is better. To train the fastest algorithms, they say, you need the most expansive datasets and the beefiest processors. Just look at Facebook’s announcement last week that it created one of the most accurate object recognition systems in …

Artificial Intelligence

No death and an enhanced life: Is the future transhuman?

The aims of the transhumanist movement are summed up by Mark O’Connell in his book <i>To Be a Machine,</i> which last week won the Wellcome Book prize. “It is their belief that we can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death; that we can and should use technology to augment our bodies and our minds; …

Singularity

Facebook is exploring a subscription fee

Facebook is weighing the possibility of offering an ad-free version of the social network, whose users would pay a subscription fee, according to a report in Bloomberg today (May 4).<p>The company has looked into offering a service like this before, Bloomberg reports, but its soul-searching became …

Targeted Advertising

Cryptocurrency firm Ripple sued for allegedly selling coins produced 'out of thin air'

The company sold its XRP tokens to the public in what was "essentially a never-ending initial coin offering," a lawsuit alleges, according to Bloomberg.<p>An investor has filed a lawsuit against financial tech startup Ripple alleging that the company violated state and federal laws by offering …

Cryptocurrency

Google says political-leaning advertisers will require an ID to verify their identity

The company will also produce a transparency report and a searchable database<p>Google will implement new transparency rules concerning US election ads this week. In a blog post, Google Senior Vice President Kent Walker says that anyone who wants to purchase election ads in the US will now be required …

Transparency

NSA tripled its phone record collection in 2017

The NSA retired its old surveillance program that indiscriminately inhaled billions of phone logs a day back in 2015, but that doesn't meant it's no longer collecting call data. According to a transparency report (PDF) released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the agency got …

Surveillance

AI will spell the end of capitalism

<i>Feng Xiang, a professor of law at Tsinghua University, is one of China’s most prominent legal scholars. He spoke at the Berggruen Institute’s China Center workshop on artificial intelligence in March in Beijing.</i><p>BEIJING — The most momentous challenge facing socio-economic systems today is the …

Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon bans Huawei and ZTE phones from stores on military bases

The Pentagon is ordering retail outlets on US military bases to stop selling Huawei and ZTE products due to unacceptable security risk they …

Stock photos of scientists reveal that science is mostly about staring

Sometimes at chickens<p>Science is mostly about white people staring, usually at colored liquids, but also sometimes at chickens and grass — at least, according to stock photos. So <i>real</i> scientists on Twitter are posting their favorite representation fails with the hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob.<p>The …

San Francisco

What the Golden State Killer case means for your genetic privacy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fears about the privacy of our data have become commonplace amid credit monitoring hacks and a political firm accessing Facebook users' information. A recent arrest takes it one step further, raising questions about how our genetic information is being used and who has access to it.<p>Nearly …

Genetics

Google Cofounder Sergey Brin Warns of AI's Dark Side

Artificial intelligence is a recurring theme in recent remarks by top executives at Alphabet. The company’s latest Founders’ Letter, penned by Sergey …

Artificial Intelligence

Here Comes the Connected Cow

IDA uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow's neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by AI.<p>Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence?<p>No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two technologies — …

Cool, but scary: New Google AI tech can isolate a single voice in a crowd

• Update 1: 2018/04/12 3:23pm PDT Google took down the video of Sundar talking over himself (which was the best example out of all the demonstrations), …

Google loses landmark 'right to be forgotten' case

A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.<p>Google cases are a battle between right to privacy and right to know<p>Read more<p>The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in …

Privacy

Russia orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

Ban could take effect immediately<p>A Russian court has ruled that messaging app Telegram must be blocked in the country. The ruling follows months of battles between Telegram and Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications watchdog. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) wants to access user data from …

Chinese authorities nab fugitive in a crowd of 50k thanks to facial recognition AI

A Chinese fugitive was arrested after an AI-powered facial recognition system alerted authorities to his presence in a crowd of 60,000 people attending a pop concert. Welcome to the age of robot snitches.<p>Wanted for “economic crimes,” the 31 year-old man was reportedly surprised when police …

Oregon governor signs net neutrality bill into law

It's getting increasingly difficult for internet providers to take advantage of the FCC's looming net neutrality repeal. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed the state's recently passed net neutrality bill (HB 4155) into law, forcing ISPs to honor net neutrality if they want to secure government …

Tencent rolls out credit system for online gamers

Tencent just launched a credit rating system for online game players, according to an announcement made on its Weibo.

Game Development

How Your iPhone is Heating Up the Planet

How will buying that new iPhone damage the world of tomorrow?<p>When we think about climate change, the main sources of carbon emissions that come to …

US soccer stars to play with GPS performance trackers

FIFA has been vocal about its ideas for the future of wearable tech in soccer, and now its vision is coming to life. Statsports is set to become the official on-field performance monitoring device of US soccer, and in the biggest partnership of its kind, will distribute 6,500 Apex GPS devices to …

Facebook faces lawsuit over discriminatory housing ads

In 2016, the Congressional Black Caucus said that Facebook had violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by allowing advertisers to exclude racial and ethnic groups when buying ads for housing, employment or even credit. Last year, <i>ProPublica</i> said that the social media company was still approving …

Hackers are holding the city of Atlanta hostage

The city of Atlanta has been hacked.<p>On the morning of March 22, a remote ransomware attack trapped the city’s data behind an encrypted wall that will …

What Is Proxi? The New Game From 'The Sims' Creator Will Wright Uses Your Memories & It’s SO Creepy

For years, <i>The Sims</i> has allowed us to create, cultivate, and observe the everyday lives of our very own digital people. It's also the game that comes …

There's an algorithm to simulate our brains. Too bad no computer can run it

Scientists just created an algorithm capable of performing a complete human brain simulation. Now we just have to wait for someone to build a computer powerful enough to run it.<p>The team, comprised of researchers from Germany, Japan, Norway, and Sweden, recently published a white paper detailing the …

This Is The A-Bomb Moment For Computer Science

Physics made the atomic bomb and chemistry created nerve gas. Today, computer scientists need to confront the weaponization of their work.<p>“Computer science is a field which hasn't yet encountered consequences,” ex-Googler Yonatan Zunger wrote on Sunday. Physics made the atomic bomb, chemistry …

Artificial Intelligence

These Men Helped Create Cambridge Analytica. Here Is Their New, Very Similar Startup.

Chris Wylie, a data scientist whose work was at the center of a massive Facebook controversy, said publicly that he helped create “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool.” Two of his associates who also helped build that tool have been quietly building another company to analyze and influence …

Cambridge Analytica

AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Yup, boffins have only gone and done it

Talk about telling your code to go screw itselfA pair of computer scientists have created a neural network that can self-replicate.

Deep Learning

Google Assistant now has the power to send and request money

Google is making it easy to pay Bob and Kate for last weekend's barbecue by connecting its voice assistant to its mobile payment platform. You can now ask Assistant to pay your contacts -- or to ask for payment from that one friend who keeps avoiding your calls -- by saying "Hey Google, request $10 …

China's hospitals turn to AI to make up for doctor shortage

We already use AI in medicine to examine medical scans and spot signs of diabetes, among other applications. In China, though, artificial intelligence can do more than just assist medical professionals: it can help alleviate the country's doctor shortage. A hospital in Beijing, for instance, will …

By Focusing on Cars Over Public Transportation, Cities Continue to Foster Inequality

Cities with bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure can break not only our addiction to cars. They also might break the cycle of poverty.<p>A …