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An AI That Makes Fake Videos May Facilitate The End of 'Reality' as We Know It

What are we going to trust?<p>Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia's …

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by …

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

Is IBM Watson A 'Joke'?

On the May 8th edition of <i>Closing Bell</i> on CNBC, venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of Social Capital, created quite a stir in enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) circles, when he took on IBM Watson, Big Blue’s AI platform.<p>“Watson is a joke, just to be completely honest,” …

Cognitive Computing

‘Google 11 Minutes Later’ meme makes fun of disastrous Google searches

The summer’s latest meme trend is “Google, 11 Minutes Later,” which takes a screenshot of a Google search, then follows it up with whatever that same …

Depression

Trump’s travel ban is built on a law meant to ‘protect’ the U.S. from Jews and communists

<i>In response to the Supreme Court decision on June 26th to allow a limited version</i> <i>Trump’s travel ban to take effect, we are re-posting this piece from June 22, 2017.</i><p>Last week, the 9th Circuit became the latest court to rule against the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from six …

Immigration

Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video

Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. It’s called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google’s Daydream VR division. And it’ll be produced with a new line of cameras from Yi, Lenovo, and LG, as well …

Virtual Reality

A Visual Tour Of The World’s Best Street Art

The best street art makes you pause. You’re walking down the street — a coffee in one hand, your cell in the other — and then BAM: you’re hit with an array of shapes and colors so attention-grabbing that all you can do is stop. And then take an Instagram picture. And then, after you’ve received …

Street Art

NSA's use of 'traffic shaping' allows unrestrained spying on Americans

By using a "traffic shaping" technique, the National Security Agency sidestepped legal restrictions imposed by lawmakers and the surveillance …

Surveillance

How chatbots are pumping up customer service

It’s no secret that in this instant gratification economy, customers demand immediate responsiveness from brands and expect fast and reliable customer service across all channels.<p>Customer care is moving quickly to keep up with evolving technological opportunities and companies are under constant …

World's best Go player flummoxed by Google’s ‘godlike’ AlphaGo AI

Ke Jie, who once boasted he would never be beaten by a computer at the ancient Chinese game, said he had ‘horrible experience’<p>A Google algorithm has narrowly beaten the world’s best player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers say is a …

Artificial Intelligence

Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution

On the seventh move of the crucial deciding game, black made what some now consider to have been a critical error. When black mixed up the moves for …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Communication without particle transmission.<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called …

Quantum Mechanics

Download 200+ Free Modern Art Books from the Guggenheim Museum

For at least half a decade now, New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has been digitizing its exhibition catalogs and other art books. Now you can …

Art

Stream 72 Hours of Ambient Sounds from Blade Runner: Relax, Go to Sleep in a Dystopian Future

As reflexively as we may now describe the 2019 Los Angeles of <i>Blade Runner</i> as "dystopian" — and indeed, as vivid a modern dystopia as cinema has yet …

Artificial Neural Network Reveals What It Would Look Like to Watch Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting on LSD

Anyone who watched Bob Ross' <i>The Joy of Painting</i> from 1983 to 1994 knows the show had a bit of a surreal quality to it. With that soft voice, reduced …

Discover “Unpaywall,” a New (and Legal) Browser Extension That Lets You Read Millions of Science Articles Normally Locked Up Behind Paywalls

Earlier this month, Impactstory, a nonprofit supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, launched, …

5 Animations Introduce the Media Theory of Noam Chomsky, Roland Barthes, Marshall McLuhan, Edward Said & Stuart Hall

We watch it happen in real time, aghast as the media cannibalizes itself, turning reality into a parody of the kind we laughed at in goofy dystopian …

Noam Chomsky

Twitter to U.S. government: No, you can't see who's behind that anti-Trump account

So remember how President Donald Trump (a.k.a. @realDonaldTrump) loves Twitter and credits it with helping him win the election?<p>Well, Twitter is …

Donald Trump

Boston Dynamics Officially Unveils Its Wheel-Leg Robot: "Best of Both Worlds"

Handle is a humanoid robot on wheels, and it's amazing Image: Boston Dynamics via YouTubeBoston Dynamics' Handle is a humanoid robot on wheels, and …

Robotics

TRON Identity Disc Frisbee: Have a Fling in Flynn's Arcade - Technabob

Fans of TRON will immediately recognize this as the identity disc from the original 1982 sci-fi flick. Programs (also known as actors in goofy …

These Arcade Game Shadow Boxes are Simply Awesome - Technabob

Do you love classic arcade games, but don’t have the room (or the cash) for an arcade cabinet in your living room? These fantastic pieces of …

Retrogaming

Tor Users Expotential Rise in UAE Suggests Increased Global Lack of Privacy

As the world population seeks personal freedom and protection of privacy, the desire for information security keeps increasing day by day. An example …

Privacy

How to encrypt all your data

Whether you’re an activist living under an autocratic regime, or a law-abiding citizen in the world’s biggest democracy, you have many reasons to …

Information Systems

Encryption explained: how apps and sites keep your private data safe (and why that's important)

With an escalation in hackings over the past decade, breaches in our private data are ubiquitous meaning now, more than ever, encryption is key. Home …

Information Systems

Trump’s national security adviser says he’s gaslighting Russian hack: He’s “an expert at this sort of weaving around”

“It’s exactly what he did with the campaign,” added former CIA Director James Woolsey<p>Former CIA Director James Woolsey — appearing on CNN's "The Lead" on Monday — suggested "there's a possibility" that Donald Trump is playing the American people with regards to the Russian hacking scandal.<p>"Hacking …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's Incoming Press Secretary Suggests Russia's Role In Hacking Is Irrelevant

President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, wants Americans to focus more on the DNC’s cybersecurity efforts than Russia’s role in a recent cyberattack against U.S. government servers.<p>Spicer chose to dance around questions regarding Kremlin involvement in the attack on a …

State Department '100 percent certain' about Russian hacking

A State Department spokesman says the Obama administration has no doubt Russia tried to influence the 2016 election through hacking.<p>“President Obama …

Donald Trump

CNN explains Russian election hacking with ‘Fallout 4’ screengrabs

Outside of people who are well-versed in computer code, hacking is a completely nebulous concept. Even the president-elect professed ignorance about …

U.S. Elections

Donald Trump’s Team Now Says He Won’t Reveal Anything About Hacking

Which he knows “a lot” about, apparently!<p>During the presidential campaign, a pattern emerged around Donald Trump and his team. It went a little something like this: Donald Trump would say something outrageous or incorrect or absolutely terrifying, and then someone from his team or even Trump …