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Can Google’s AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms?

When the game-playing system AlphaGo defeated a master of the Chinese game go five games to nil, its creators could not explain why. Is this a sign of intuitive AI?<p>Last week, researchers at the artificial intelligence company DeepMind, which is now owned by Google, announced an extraordinary …

Artificial Intelligence

Dirichlet process

In probability theory, <b>Dirichlet processes</b> (after Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet) are a family of stochastic processes whose realizations are …

Oracle To Provide Early Warning For Euro Impact On Big Tech Earnings

Share prices for many large, multinational technology companies have struggled against the headwinds of a rapidly declining euro, but the good news is that languishing share prices may have created worthwhile opportunities in stocks such as Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), Oracle (ORCL) and …

Investing

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist at the centre of our Milky Way, astrophysicist claims

A giant wormhole could be sitting somewhere within our Milky Way galaxy – a cosmic doorway waiting to take us to distant places in the Universe.<p>Just …

Wormholes

Watch SpaceX try to land a rocket on a floating platform Saturday

SpaceX has rescheduled its attempt to land a rocket on a floating platform for early Saturday, Jan. 10., the company has announced.<p>The mission was …

Space Travel

Computers Conquer Texas Hold'em Poker for First Time

All your poker chips may soon belong to the computers. A new algorithm has taken the first big step in figuring out poker, the globally popular card …

Stunning 3-D Models Reveal Bizarre Double Star Acting Up

The star system Eta Carinae sends out the brightest flares yet recorded.<p>SEATTLE—Armed with a 3-D printer, a supercomputer, and several space telescopes, astronomers have gotten their best look yet at one of the galaxy's biggest, weirdest double star systems.<p>Surprising new observations of the …

Space Travel

Linkedin Advice for Men in Business (Written in 1857)

Digging around a rare book shop today, I discovered this amazing first edition, "Handbooks for Home Improvement: <i>How to Talk. How to Write. How to Do</i> …

How to Check if Your Universe Should Exist

Author: Natalie Wolchover and Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover and Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: …

Book Talk: E. O. Wilson's Bold Vision for Saving the World

When we see how badly we're destabilizing the world, Wilson says, we'll turn to reason.<p>Edward O. Wilson has been called the heir of Darwin. His relationship to <i>National Geographic</i> stretches back to 1939, when, as a ten-year-old boy, he read about insects in the magazine and made up his mind to be an …

Here's How Even A Young Kid Can Hack An Apple Account With A Prepackaged Phishing Kit

During the so-called Celebgate, or “Fappening”, after that the privacy of dozen international celebrities and Apple clients was violated, and hundreds of intimate pictures were made public, media analysts were quick to point out supposed vulnerabilities of Apple products. From Cupertino came a …

Light Forms Crystal-Like Structure On Computer Chip

Light that's truly crystal clear<p>Princeton researchers have managed to cause light to behave like a crystal within a specialized computer chip, according to a recent paper. This is the first time anyone has accomplished this effect in a lab.<p>Here's why it's so hard: Atoms can easily form solids, …

Photons

This face-tracking projection is the craziest thing you'll see today

We've seen a whole bunch of projection-mapping videos, but this demo raises the bar, training the projection to recognize a model's face and follow her as she moves it. The result is basically real-life CGI — a real-time layer of animated light that's inseparable from the object itself. People say …

How to Get the Job When You Don't Have the Experience

"The Permission Paradox" - <b>You can’t get the job without the experience but you can’t get the experience without the job</b> - is one of the great career …

Entrepreneur Dysfunctions in Cartoons: Concept vs. Business Funding

By now, I think I have got through to you: Investors fund businesses, not concepts.<p>So how do you actually build a business without funding?<p>Let me …

Entrepreneurship

The Most Innovative Employees at Google Aren’t Stanford Grads with Perfect SATs

Google has long had a reputation for being a place that’s near impossible to get a job if you aren’t a Stanford or MIT grad. They not only asked you …

Europe Declares War on Facebook

Throughout history, Europe has shown an inclination to declare war on itself. Now in the 21st Century, Europe has found a new enemy to rally against: Facebook.<p>Recently, Europe brought the gauntlet down on Google over the right to be forgotten. Now, with the blood not even dry from that battle and …

Researcher Details USB-Based Attack That Circumvents All Known Protective Security Measures

Security research Karsten Nohl of Berlin's SR Labs has revealed a flaw in USB devices that potentially allows hackers to evade all known security measures used by a computer. In a report by <i>Wired</i>, Nohl says his BadUSB exploit is "almost like a magic trick" because "you cannot tell where the virus …

Stock trader who called three crashes sees 20% collapse

MIAMI (MarketWatch) — Mark Cook, a veteran investor included in Jack Schwager’s best-selling book, “Stock Market Wizards,” and the winner of the 1992 …

Dow 17,000 is on the wrong side of history

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Today’s bull market is the fourth biggest since the 1929 crash after stocks have nearly tripled since the …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

The 11 Hottest Pre-IPO Enterprise Startups

Here are the companies in the enterprise tech space that have investors excited for their initial public offerings.<p>If you asked your average techies what they think of enterprise tech, you're likely to get a dismissive yawn.<p>The same can't be said for investors.<p>Venture capitalists and Wall Street …

Net neutrality petition gets a million signatures

The advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has delivered the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a petition with a million signatures asking to restore the federal protections for net neutrality that were struck down in court two weeks ago.<p>The petition shows …

Mavericks surf contest draws thousands to experience thrills

The thrill of riding Mavericks is known to only a few: the very best in big-wave surfing. But the excitement, the danger, the natural beauty - these are things that call out to just about everyone.<p>Thousands descended upon the San Mateo County coast on Friday to be part of the Mavericks …

UK Regulator Approves ‘Earth Stations’ for Faster Internet on Planes, Trains

The UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has today cleared plans for airlines and other transport operators to use satellite-based ‘earth stations’ to deliver broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than is currently available, the organisation said.<p>While accessing the Internet from a plane, ship, train or …

Pocket Drones Gets $50,000 In Pledges Overnight

Hardware Battlefield entrant Pocket Drones blew past their initial goal of $30,000 last night after launching on our stage at CES 2014. The company, run by long-time friends and moderators of the Drone User’s Group, Tim Reuter, TJ Johnson, and Chance Roth, built their drones as an alternative to …

Meet ChoiceMap, A New App That Helps You Make Better Decisions

Making complicated decisions is an emotionally fraught process and (if you are like me) the whole thing can leave you feeling paralyzed. ChoiceMap is a new free iPhone app that helps you break down complex dilemmas into a list of priorities, rate them by how they will affect your life, and then …

Associated Press News

Why 2014 will be Apple’s year of big reveals

2013 was a very Apple-y year, in that incremental improvements were pretty much all Apple rolled out. This kind of refinement and polish is one of the things the company does best. It’s easy to forget, for example, that Steve Jobs once unveiled a version of the Mac OS in which the only major …

Tim Cook