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By Christine Calo | Articles generally about Technology and Innovation.

Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI

Elon Musk has a new plan to protect humanity from artificial intelligence -- if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.<p>In October 2014, Musk ignited a global discussion on the perils of artificial intelligence. Humans might be doomed if we make machines that are smarter than us, Musk warned. He called …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Cloud Boss Diane Greene Wants To Be Ahead Of Amazon By 2022

In a wide-ranging conversation touching upon security, artificial intelligence and open source technology, Google’s top cloud boss reasserted her confidence that Google can catch Amazon as the cloud leader.<p>“I think we have a pretty good shot at being #1 in five years,” senior vice president Diane …

Cloud Computing

Making people feel excluded: that's not an Australian value

Moving house is a pain — packing, unpacking, things lost and broken, connecting electricity and phone and internet and so on.<p>It's no wonder it's up …

Australia

Is Google is tracking you? Find out here

With location reporting, Google can track your whereabouts, which you may find useful, interesting or invasive. Learn how to check if Google is tracking you and how to stop it if it is.<p>I had location history enabled for Google Maps and didn't know it. I found it interesting to see which spots …

iOS

Tesla is recalling 53,000 cars over faulty parking brakes

Tesla might have a huge problem on its hands as the company has issued a voluntary global recall for 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles to repair a malfunction in the parking brakes.<p>While the automaker claims the issue seems to affect merely two percent of the 53,000 units, the company has opted …

Tesla

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down for 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Genetics

Tesla's app now reflects the company's move beyond cars

By merging Tesla and Solarcity, Elon Musk has sought about creating an "end-to-end clean energy" solution that starts in the home and extends onto the road. The idea is simple: harness solar energy via photovoltaic cell-embedded rooftop panels, store it in giant batteries and then pipe it into the …

Tesla

Will Blockchain Technology be the Ultimate Disruptor? Harvard Says Yes!

Say goodbye to the middle-man for your financial transactions. Blockchain technology will change the way you do everything.<p><i>"Imagine a technology that could preserve our freedom to choose for ourselves and our families, to express these choices in the world, and to control our own destiny, no matter</i> …

Bitcoin

Tesla cuts the price on its entry-level Model S by $5,000

Just because Tesla is ditching the Model S 60 and 60D doesn't mean that you'll be paying dramatically more to own the luxury electric sedan. Tesla has cut the price on its current entry-level models, the 75 and 75D, by $5,000. It's still $1,500 more expensive than the outgoing model at $69,500, but …

Tesla
Energy

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

Machine Learning

'Rent, don't buy' is this economist's advice to young Aussies

Young Australians would be better of renting than trying to purchase a property given record prices in capital cities, according to one of …

Australia

A Chinese company hired an army of robots to cut worker costs

A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland.<p>The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of …

Robots

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

'Shadow Brokers' give away more NSA hacking tools

The elusive Shadow Brokers didn't have much luck selling the NSA's hacking tools, so they're giving more of the software away -- to everyone. In a Medium post, the mysterious team supplied the password for an encrypted file containing many of the Equation Group surveillance tools swiped back in …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Google AI Just Beat Human Pathologists at Detecting Cancer

Artificial intelligence is tailor-made for sifting through massive amounts of data to find patterns. GoogLeNet AI just used image recognition and …

Artificial Intelligence

Over 8,000 Uber, Lyft drivers fail new Massachusetts background check

More than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers have been denied licenses to operate in Massachusetts under a new, stricter state background check law, according to the <i>Boston Globe</i>. The most common reason? Issues with the driver's license status, including suspensions.<p>Under the new law, which went into …

Uber

Disqus wants to help rid the web of toxic commenters

In recent years, commenting services have come and go, but one has maintained a consistent presence on some of the world's biggest websites: Disqus. It's spent the past ten years helping brands and news media develop their own communities, while simultaneously amassing hundreds of millions of users …

App Store

Driverless pods begin ferrying the public around Greenwich

It's been almost a year since the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) opened sign-ups for a driverless pod trial in Greenwich. The original plan was to start before Christmas, but given today's date that obviously didn't happen. Still, better late than never, eh? Over the next three weeks, …

Driverless Cars

Detroit Is Stomping Silicon Valley in the Race to Build Self-Driving Cars

If you’re betting on Silicon Valley stars like Google, Tesla, and Uber to free you from your horrorshow commute with autonomous driving technology, …

Driverless Cars

The newest ad for the Apple Watch is all about fitness

Apple's latest ad for the Apple Watch, which comes in time for spring, wants to show how technology can be used to lead an active lifestyle.<p>The ad (watch it in full below), called "Live Bright," starts with the notification "time to stand" and then moves into a fast-paced rhythm set to Beyoncé's …

Smartwatches

The Sun's Got Waves — Like Earth's Atmosphere

Most of the time, the sun and the Earth couldn't be more different: One is a star, the other a planet; the sun is made of plasma and fuses hydrogen …

Astronomy

Is consciousness just an illusion?

<b>The cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett believes our brains are machines, made of billions of tiny "robots" - our neurons, or brain cells. Is the human mind really that special?</b><p>In an infamous memo written in 1965, the philosopher Hubert Dreyfus stated that humans would always beat computers at chess …

Artificial Intelligence
Nintendo
Cybersecurity

It’s official (probably), the iPhone 8 is going OLED

Put the rumors to rest; the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen, <i>we think</i>. It’s still not something Apple is confirming at this point, but it seems unlikely the company ordered 70-million OLED screens from Samsung for anything other than the new iPhone.<p>While the order is less than half of the size …

iPhone
Machine Learning

Discussing the limits of artificial intelligence

It’s hard to visit a tech site these days without seeing a headline about deep learning for X, and that AI is on the verge of solving all our problems. Gary Marcus remains skeptical.<p>Marcus, a best-selling author, entrepreneur and professor of psychology at NYU, has spent decades studying how …

Artificial Intelligence