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By Christine Calo | Articles generally about Technology and Innovation.

Who Gets Speeding Tickets and Why?

While we can't guarantee you won't get a ticket, here's what you can do to try to avoid getting pulled over.<p>As an attorney, I get asked all the time about what will and will not get you ticketed when driving. Are you safe driving 10 MPH over the speed limit? What about age? Who is most likely to …

Microsoft's new record: Speech recognition AI now transcribes as well as a human | ZDNet

Microsoft speech-recognition systems now match professional human transcribers but understand nothing.<p>A speech-recognition system developed by …

Artificial Intelligence

The NBN rollout has failed. Here's how we fix it

The National Broadband Network has been reduced to an engineering project mired in politics, but a first generation of "telecommunication planners" …

Cities

MIT researchers use machine learning to kill video buffering

Don’t you just hate it when the YouTube clip you’re trying to watch pauses midway to buffer, or drastically lowers the resolution to a pixelated mess? A group of MIT researchers believe they’ve figured out a solution to those annoyances plaguing millions of people a day.<p>Using machine learning, the …

Machine Learning

How to Tell If Someone is Lying, According to Behavioral Experts

Nonverbal clues that someone isn’t telling the truth.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>If you claim that you never lie, well, you’re a liar.<p>Those little white lies are slipping out more often than you realize: One study found that Americans, on average, tell about 11 lies per week. Other …

Psychology

A $1.6 billion startup that's aiming to take business from Oracle just filed to go public

MongoDB, a database startup with over $300 million in venture capital financing, has confidentially filed to go public, reports TechCrunch.<p>At the time of its last private valuation in 2015, MongoDB was reportedly a $1.6 billion company. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that MongoDB had hired …

Startups

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?

A year ago this week, Chinese physicists launched the world’s first quantum satellite. Unlike the dishes that deliver your Howard Stern and cricket …

Quantum Mechanics

Gates Makes Largest Donation Since 2000 With $4.6 Billion Pledge

Bill Gates made his largest single gift since the turn of the century, giving away Microsoft Corp. shares that accounted for 5 percent of his …

Philanthropy

Elon Musk Is Very Freaked Out by This Artificial Intelligence System's Victory Over Humans

The Tesla CEO says A.I. is a bigger threat than North Korea.<p>With all that's happening in the world, Elon Musk wants to make sure you don't forget about what he thinks is the biggest danger to humanity.<p>Over the weekend, Musk returned to tweeting about one of his favorite topics of discussion: …

Elon Musk

European regulators are about to kill the digital media industry

When we imagine an assault on free media, we often picture a despotic ruler seeking to consolidate power by silencing voices of opposition. Bangladesh, Egypt and Zimbabwe are but a few arenas where battles for media dominance by the ruling class have left news outlets censored, journalists in jail, …

Randall Rothenberg

Google hires a legendary Apple engineer to tackle AI

Legendary programmer Chris Lattner has had a roller coaster of a year. He left Apple (where he developed the Swift programming language) to help build Tesla's Autopilot technology, only to leave months later after realizing that he wasn't a good fit. However, Lattner might be settling down. He just …

Programming

Former Microsoft exec reveals why Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant beat Cortana

Microsoft’s former AI expert, Qi Lu, moved to Chinese search giant Baidu earlier this year. Lu spent time working on Cortana and Microsoft’s bot platform whilst he was at the software giant, along with heading up the company’s Bing search and Office teams. In an interview with <i>Wired</i>, Lu has provided …

Microsoft

Twitter users are calling out participants in the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies

As the nation recovers from yesterday’s tragic violence caused by pro-nazi and white supremacist rallies that took place in Charlottesville, Va., Twitter users have been mobilizing to identify the participants in the weekend’s events.<p>Since early Sunday morning, the @YesYoureRacist account has been …

Racism

North Korea closer to launching missiles into Guam waters after report delivered to Kim

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received a report from the country's army about a plan to launch missiles towards Guam, according to the state …

North Korea

10 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies that will rule 2018

Share202<p>Tweet<p>Share2K<p>+122<p>Shares 2K<p>Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we think of technology. It is radically changing the various aspects of …

Machine Learning

How data analytics can revolutionise healthcare

Investing in analytics software to contextualise raw data is crucial for businesses in today’s open economy, especially those in healthcare<p>The numbers are truly mind-boggling. According to various sources, we are now producing 2.5 exabytes of data every day, equivalent to 90 years of HD video; and …

NHS

A top UK hospital has proved that technology and treatment go hand-in-hand

One of the UK’s leading hospitals for treating rare and complex conditions will start using <b>Microsoft</b> technology to ensure staff continue to give …

Medical Technology

How Machine Learning in Healthcare Is Boosting Hospital Productivity

Automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence are changing the world of work. As with all previous industrial revolutions while the …

Medical Technology

Google's latest acquisition could reduce your trips to the clinic

GeekWire reports that Google has acquired Senosis, a Seattle-based startup that’s been making mobile apps to identify and monitor health conditions without the need for additional hardware.<p>Fronted by Shwetak Patel, a computer science and electrical engineering professor at the University of …

Google

Solar thermal power plant announced for Port Augusta 'biggest of its kind in the world'

A 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant described as the "biggest of its kind in the world" by the SA Premier will be built just over 130 kilometres …

Energy

If you upload your mind to a computer, are you immortal or just a bot?

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment—both intellectual and financial—by philosophers, scientists, and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be “cryopreserved” in preference to simply …

Singularity

Amazing images of San Francisco before it was a city

Before San Francisco was a bustling tech hub, before it was the center of the hippie universe, and before it became known for its lush hills, much of the area was covered in sand dunes.<p>Golden Gate Park, the 1,000-acre green space south of the famous bridge that turns 80 years old this year, is …

San Francisco

Fired engineer James Damore: Google is 'almost like a cult'

James Damore, the software engineer fired by Google for circulating a 10-page manifesto inside the company that suggested women might be under-represented in tech generally and "leadership" inside the company because of their biology, has described the company as "almost like a cult" in an opinion …

Noam Chomsky

Technology to detect disease in human breath could be coming to your smartphone

In just a few years we might be able to blow on a disk inserted in our phones and find out what disease is brewing inside us, according to a …

Australian Universities

Super-thin semiconductors delay the 'death' of silicon

Silicon has been the backbone of processors for decades, but it's rapidly approaching its physical limits: making a chip on a process smaller than 5 nanometers is usually impossible without introducing problems. How is Moore's Law for chip complexity going to survive? Stanford researchers have a …

Engineering

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Vinyl Records

Android O likely scheduled to begin rolling out to Google Pixel on August 21st

Just like last year, Google released the first developer preview for its forthcoming major software update in the middle of spring — March, to be exact. Now, just about 5 months later, Android 8.0 (Oreo?) is finally nearing public release. According to some tweets from a pair of well-connected …

Android O

Alexa finally makes Fire TV truly hands-free

Amazon is always improving its popular digital voice assistant, Alexa. The latest update: You can now control your Amazon Fire TV using Alexa and the Echo, totally hands-free.<p>Even if you don’t own one of the devices, you’ve probably heard of Alexa, the digital assistant that powers Amazon’s Echo …

Amazon

The evolution of machine learning

Major tech companies have actively reoriented themselves around AI and machine learning: Google is now “AI-first,” Uber has ML running through its veins and internal AI research labs keep popping up.<p>They’re pouring resources and attention into convincing the world that the machine intelligence …

Machine Learning