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Patagonia vs. Donald Trump

We all knew the legendary outerwear company Patagonia lived and breathed the adventurous life. We knew they cared about the environment. But it wasn’t till Trump came along that we realized they were ready to fight.<p><b>Patagonia was built</b> in the image of its founder, Yvon Chouinard. In late January, …

Black Lives Matter
Ubiquitous Computing

Understanding the real capabilities of unsupervised machine learning

“Hey, Siri. What is the capital of New York?” We all know what happens next — Siri provides the answer. How Siri knows the correct answer is not a mystery (we have the internet to thank for that), but what is more interesting is the fact that Siri is able to understand the question at all.<p>Siri can …

Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I’m not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.<p>Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-Amazon world.<p>When Amazon first floated the idea …

Smart Homes

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

15 Top Open Source Artificial Intelligence Tools

These open source AI applications are on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence research.

Artificial Intelligence

Oracle and Salesforce and IBM? Oh my! Here comes AI sprawl

Oracle has Adaptive Intelligent Applications. Salesforce has Einstein. Toss in more machine learning and AI mentions along with IBM Watson, …

Cognitive Computing

Gamers beat scientists to making a protein discovery

It's no great shock to see citizen scientists make discoveries that professionals miss, but making it through a video game? That's different. Gamers playing <i>Foldit</i>, a puzzle title that has teams trying to fold the best protein, have identified the shape of a protein before scientists (including two …

Bayesian Regularization for #NeuralNetworks

If you are a science or math nerd, there is no way in hell you would have not heard of Bayes’s Theorem. It’s pervasive and quite a powerful inference …

Adversarial machine learning

I just got back from a very good conference organized by startup.ml: Adversarial Machine Learning. Please read on for my to comments on part of one …

Machine Learning

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claim of opposing the Iraq War

NEW YORK (AP) — Over and over again, Donald Trump says he opposed the Iraq War before it started. But no matter how many times the Republican candidate for president says it, the facts are clear: He did not.<p>There is no evidence Trump expressed public opposition to the war before the U.S. invaded. …

Donald Trump

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Quantum Mechanics

Apollo 11's Source Code Is A Surprisingly Hilarious Artifact Now Online

One of the most surprising things about the Apollo 11 guidance computer source code isn’t just the sheer size of it, but rather the amount of …

How artificial intelligence could help warn us of another Dallas

As the country reels from the spasm of gun violence that killed two black men and five police officers this week, a prominent digital vigilante is using an online tool he hacked together to keep an eye on hot spots that seem at risk of boiling over into bloodshed.<p>The Web app, which is powered …

Artificial Intelligence

Top JavaScript Libraries for February 2016

JavaScript Libraries help developers in many ways by which they are able create interactive websites, web applications and many other useful …

JavaScript

PBS Doc “Memory Hackers” Shows The Future Of Memory Manipulation

Your memories are not what you think they are. The Nova doc Memory Hackers examines the latest efforts to understand the human mind.<p><i>Total Recall</i>, <i>Inception</i>, <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>.<p>Once the realm of science fiction, advances in technology, neurochemistry, and cognitive science are …

The Brain

How To Stop Worrying And Love Artificial Intelligence

Are you in charge of your own future? Maybe not, a new book argues, but there's still an opportunity to change that.<p>In <i>Heartificial Intelligence,</i> author John C. Havens introduces a realm of algorithms and smart machines well beyond anything you might know about. How do we navigate a world in which …

Artificial Intelligence

States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness review – walking in a waking dream

What does thought look like? In the early days of photography a French army officer called Louis Darget believed “nervous fluid” passed out of the brain and the fingertips and that the new medium could capture the ghost of that fluid in pictures. To this end, Darget spent most of a long secondary …

Consciousness
Clean Energy

Join us or die: the birth of Boko Haram

How the tattered remnants of an Islamist sect transformed into a relentless terrorist army that Nigeria cannot defeat<p>In February 2009, I was at a motor park in Maraba, a satellite of the Nigerian capital Abuja, looking for motorcyclists wearing dried vegetables on their heads. The Nigerian Police …

Africa

Frustrated Comcast customer sets up bot to tweet complaints every time internet speed drops

A Reddit user became so frustrated with paying Comcast for 150 mbps internet but not receiving the prescribed speed, so set up a bot using a Raspberry Pi to tweets complaints at the ISP.<p>The bot constantly performs speed tests to check if the internet is up to scratch, and if it drops below 50mbps …

Welcome to the Swift Algorithm Club!

Here you'll find implementations of popular algorithms and data structures in everyone's favorite new language Swift, with detailed explanations of …

Code Like a God in Virtual Reality Video Game ‘Loop’

Learn to code while playing Stefan Wagner's ‘Loop,’ and build your own game in the process.<p>Our increasingly digital lives, full of social media, games, films, and other web products, are mostly designed and controlled by others. But what if we could wrest some of that control back, giving users …

Virtual Reality

Games of the future will be developed by algorithms, not humans

<i>This article was taken from The WIRED World in 2016 -- our fourth annual trends report, a standalone magazine in which our network of expert writers</i> …

The IBM engineer that controlled a 'Star Wars' toy with his mind thinks brain readers could be the next big thing

That programmer was Joshua Carr, a lead engineer at IBM, who happens to have an interest in the internet of things (IoT) — connecting everyday items to the internet.<p>Carr claims that brain readers could be used for a number of other tasks in future if programmers put their minds to it.<p>To move the …

Internet of Things

9 mobile apps that can earn you real money

Times are rough and everyone can use a couple of extra bucks for the holidays.<p>Fear not though, tech has come to save you (sort of, provided you don’t need any <i>serious</i> cash) with apps that let you earn real money from an Android or iOS device.<p>There’s certainly no shortage to choose from, but many …

As Facebook bats for Free Basics, four young engineers bring free Wi-Fi in Indian villages

Even as Facebook's Free Basics platform claims to connect India's villages by giving them free but limited Internet, a grassroots initiative aims to …

James Long: the Top Secret developer on how video games can change the world

Midway through a university course in theoretical physics, James Long decided that he wanted to make video games for a living. “Video games are just more communicable than theoretical physics,” he says. “They’re more primal, more political.” Long’s realisation came at a key moment, not only in his …

Surveillance

The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code?

Should autonomous vehicles be programmed to choose who they kill when they crash? And who gets access to the code that determines those decisions?<p>The Trolley Problem is an ethical brainteaser that’s been entertaining philosophers since it was posed by Philippa Foot in 1967:<p>A runaway train will …

Autonomous Cars

6 Ideas From 2015 That Will Change the World | Inc.com

Advances in science and technology move at an insane pace these days--and luckily, many of the great minds leading the charge are using their innovations for good.<p>Here are six ideas that wowed us in 2015.<p>1. Beaming the internet to the entire world.<p>Most people laugh nostalgically at the sound of a …

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