David Simerly

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Man 1, machine 1: landmark debate between AI and humans ends in draw

It was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two human debaters.<p>The AI, called Project Debater, appeared on stage in a packed conference room at IBM’s San Francisco office embodied in a 6ft tall black panel with a blue, …

Artificial Intelligence

Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline

A Harvard professor says his company should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021.<p>A team of scientists from Harvard University and the company Carbon Engineering announced on Thursday that they have found a method to cheaply and directly pull …

Carbon Dioxide

7 Alexa commands you're not using but should

With Alexa and the the Echo, Amazon has built a robust service that can deliver seemingly endless information and control your home. But, are you taking advantage of all it can do?<p>If you haven't yet unlocked the full potential of Alexa, these seven voice commands will get you closer. These are the …

Smart Homes

Finding the Balance Between Stability and Neuroplasticity

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, I had the pleasure of attending a talk at the 2018 World Science Festival in New York, “The Nuts and Bolts of Better …

12 iOS 12 features Apple didn't mention at WWDC

Apple's annual iOS update, iOS 12, will be hitting devices later this year. It'll bring things like your standard performance improvements, new Animoji features, Memoji -- since everyone has always wanted to turn themselves into an Animoji -- group FaceTime, camera effects, ways to limit your …

iOS

Companies Grapple With AI’s Opaque Decision-Making Process

Uber, Xerox’s PARC, Capital One among organizations investigating how AI solves problems<p>NEW YORK — Artificial intelligence is becoming more pervasive as companies look to drive innovation and competitive advantage, but some executives say they are coming up against a big challenge: advanced AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Will This “Neural Lace” Brain Implant Help Us Compete with AI? - Facts So Romantic

<i>Smarter artificial intelligence is certainly being developed, but how far along are we on producing a neural lace?</i>Photograph by Ars Electronica / …

Quantum Radar Could Make Stealth Technology Obsolete

The frigid Canadian arctic is a rough place to try and catch a spy.<p>For one, the region is smack dab on top of the world's magnetic North Pole, where …

Physicists Just Broke a Quantum Record, Taking Entanglement to a Spooky New Level

Quantum computers, here we come.<p>If we want quantum computers, we're going to need a complex system of quantum entangled particles - particles that …

MIT's wearable device can 'hear' the words you say in your head

If you've read any sort of science fiction, it's likely you've heard about subvocalization, the practice of silently saying words in your head. It's common when we read (though it does slow you down), but it's only recently begun to be used as a way to interact with our computers and mobile …

Robotic labs for high-speed genetic research are on the rise

IN THE basement of Imperial College sits the London DNA Foundry. The word “foundry” calls forth images of liquid metal being poured into moulds—of …

Apple just released iOS 11.3, which lets users control iPhone battery settings

Apple released iOS 11.3 for iPhones and iPads on Thursday, which adds new features to both products.<p>IOS 11.3 was announced earlier this year, …

Batteries

Research shows AI is the key to understanding quantum systems

When researchers conduct experiments with quantum computers they’re essentially working in the dark. Our current computers are just too slow to verify the results of any quantum experiments beyond the most basic. But one research team believes AI can bridge that gap, and they’ve done the …

Quantum Computing

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to interpret contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted by …

Artificial Intelligence

Intel just put a quantum computer on a silicon chip

Dutch quantum computing company QuTech, in conjunction with chip-maker Intel, yesterday unveiled a programmable two-qubit quantum computer running on a silicon chip.<p>Quantum computers are supposed to be capable of doing things no “classical” computer could possibly accomplish, such as complex …

Quantum Computing

The Shallowness of Google Translate

The program uses state-of-the-art AI techniques, but simple tests show that it's a long way from real understanding.<p>One Sunday, at one of our weekly salsa sessions, my friend Frank brought along a Danish guest. I knew Frank spoke Danish well, since his mother was Danish, and he, as a child, had …

Language

The case against understanding why AI makes decisions

As deep-learning algorithms begin to set our life insurance rates and predict when we’ll die, many AI experts are calling for more accountability around why those algorithms make the decisions they do. After all, if a self-driving car kills someone, we’d want to know what happened.<p>But not everyone …

No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X

When the iPhone X launched, a lot of designers were put off about the screen shape. Those complaints have mostly died down, but I haven’t seen much …

Mockups

Mission-Driven Artificial Intelligence and the Common Good

Reading Time: 6 minutesMission-driven AI is just starting to take off. It represents our best bet for addressing our most challenging ecological and …

Microsoft has a master plan to change the world with a new line of super-thin, super-light PCs with cell service

When Microsoft released a new version of the Surface Pro with an LTE cellular modem late last year, it seemed like a routine, if much-anticipated, upgrade to Microsoft's flagship PC.<p>But at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, Microsoft executives tell me that …

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

Critical perspectives on the Singularity from eminent computer scientist Ed Felten

Princeton's Ed Felten (previously) is one of America's preeminent computer scientists, having done turns as CTO of the FTC and deputy CTO of the …

What You Need to Know About The Intel Flaw Everyone's Freaking Out About

Practically every PC, laptop, tablet, and smartphone is affected.<p>Silicon Valley is abuzz about 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' – new ways for hackers to …

These stickers make computer vision software hallucinate things that aren’t there

If you’re trying to fool an AI vision system in the future, then stickers like these might help.<p>For a long time, computer scientists have been developing special types of images that bamboozle AI eyes. These pictures and patterns are known as “adversarial images,” and they exploit weaknesses in the …

34 tools that let you make the most of your MacOS

A few months ago, Ask Product Hunt launched, a community-powered product search engine. The idea was simple: Ask your product discovery questions on Product Hunt, and the community chimes in with their recommendations.<p>To date, more than 2,300 questions have been submitted, with one of the most …

18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead - MIT Technology Review

<i>Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur, and analyst living in London. He is the curator of the weekly newsletter</i> Exponential View<i>, from</i> …

Innovation

New Technique Could Put Millions of Qubits on a Chip

Australian researchers say their take on quantum computing could be manufactured in traditional CMOS facilities Illustration: Tony …

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match.<p>It’s not …

Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

We asked a group of writers to consider the forces that have shaped our lives in 2017. Here, science fiction writer Ted Chiang looks at capitalism, Silicon Valley, and its fear of superintelligent AI.<p><b>This summer,</b> <b>Elon Musk spoke</b> to the National Governors Association and told them that “AI is a …

A Quantum Experiment Just Reversed The Thermodynamic Arrow Of Time

An international team of scientists was able to create a nifty quantum experiment that at first might appear to have broken thermodynamics: They were …

Physics