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Facebook Didn’t Seem To Care I Was Being Sexually Harassed Until I Decided To Write About It

Two months ago, a pro-Trump Facebook group posted my photo and asked its 72,000 members if they would "smash or pass."<p>While his genius may be largely uncontested, Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of Facebook is badly adrift from reality. He paints the social media behemoth he founded in 2004 as a tool “to …

Internet

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

Republicans are coming out with a 'net neutrality' plan that will only please internet providers

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

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 …

Quantum Mechanics

How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos

One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled. …

Computer Science

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

Twitter doubles character limit to 280

Most Twitter users will now be able to send a 280-character Tweet.

‘World’s smallest’ zinc bromine residential flow batteries coming for lithium

Redflow of Australia makes ‘the world’s smallest’ zinc bromine flow batteries at 10kWh each for residential applications. The group recently installed their largest residential system – a 60kWh off grid battery system to combine with 18.7kW of solar power.<p>The installation cost a similar amount as …

Astronomers just spotted a planet so huge they aren’t even sure it’s really a planet

Even if you have only cursory knowledge of the planets in our Solar System, you know that Earth is on the smaller end of the spectrum in terms of …

WHO Urges End To Routine Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals To Stem Rise Of Superbugs

The WHO director-general called the declining efficacy of antibiotics a "security threat."<p>Farmers should severely limit their use of antibiotics in animals, the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday, in order to stop the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to the human …

Public Health

It's almost impossible to understand how unfathomably massive our universe truly is

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Quark fusion makes ten times as much energy as nuclear fusion

Scientists have overcome huge barriers in the past year to get us even closer to nuclear fusion, and with it a near-limitless supply of clean energy. But, what if there's something far more powerful out there? According to researchers at Tel Aviv University and the University of Chicago, there is, …

What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures …

UPDATED: Scientists Discover a Giant Void Hidden in The Great Pyramid of Giza

A secret kept for 4,500 years.<p>For millennia, a towering wonder – the Great Pyramid of Giza – was the tallest human-made structure on Earth, and as …

Ancient History

Googler proves any iPhone app with camera permission can spy on you

This is pretty disturbing. Google engineer Felix Krause has detailed an alarming privacy setting in Apple’s iOS that enables iPhone apps with camera permission to surreptitiously take photos and videos of you – without your knowledge.<p><i>Clarification: Krause has since contacted TNW to clarify that he</i> …

SA identified by World Health Organisation as priority country for plague

Nation Nyoka<p>Johannesburg - South Africa is one of nine countries which have been prioritised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prepare itself …

WyzeCam brings a motion sensing 1080P security camera for just $26

Security is on everyone’s minds lately, and most would love to add security cameras around their house. The one drawback to adding these security cameras is either price for wireless or experience for wired. Most wireless cameras are quite expensive, like Nest Cam, Netgear’s Arlo, and others. …

Smart Homes

Scientists Have Concluded That The Universe Shouldn't Really Exist

And yet here we are.<p>Scientists just confirmed the problem at the centre of the Universe: it shouldn't really exist at all.<p>That's because at the very …

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach …

The next revolution will be reclaiming your digital identity

Nik Milanovic Contributor<p>Nik Milanovic is a fintech enthusiast and COO at Petal. He was previously at Funding Circle and Stanford.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Third Age of credit<br>• China’s ICO ban makes more sense in light of its history with fintech<p>An identity is a difficult thing to lose.<p>I …

Wi-Fi security has been breached, say researchers

This is your Wi-Fi on KRACK<p>At about 7AM ET this morning, researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security to let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points. The exploit, as first reported by <i>Ars</i> …

Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. In an interesting twist, the Deeplearning.ai domain name appears to be registered to Baidu’s Sunnyvale AI research campus — …

The Rise of the Machines

AMONG THE MANY EMERGING TRENDS IN THE technology sector, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to be one of the most significant over the coming years. AI refers to the ability of machines to perform tasks that would typically be associated with human cognition such as responding to …

Weaponized AI ushers in the Terminator era

We knew one day we would have to face the prospect of weaponized AI, but now Kalashnikov has made a lot of people nervous with its line of robot soldiers.<p>The Terminator is already here.<p>This was science fiction just a few years ago. It was the stuff of Hollywood fantasy. Now, suddenly, we are faced …

iPhone X: Forget the experts, here’s what real people think

Commentary: Tim Cook says Apple doesn't make phones just for the rich. So I roamed around California and asked real, non-rich people whether the iPhone X excited them.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>The tech world often behaves as if …

Mobile Technology

210 Freeway reopened, all evacuation orders lifted as firefighters gain upper hand on Verdugo Mountains fire

The 210 Freeway was reopened and all evacuation orders were lifted Sunday evening as firefighters were assisted by cooler temperatures and brief showers in their battle against the 7,003-acre brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles.<p>All but one lane of the freeway, which …

California

A medical breakthrough that hacks genes to fight cancer just got approved, and it's the beginning of 'a big new field of medicine'

The drug, called Kymriah, is a highly personalized cancer treatment called CAR T-cell therapy (CAR is short for chimeric antigen receptor).<p>It's a type of cancer immunotherapy, which harnesses the body's immune system to take on cancer cells. In this case, the therapy removes a person's cells, …

Immunotherapy

Researchers developing computer program to read people's minds

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they are one step closer to reading people’s thoughts. Their computer program was able to successfully decipher sentences participants read in their minds.<p>The study, conducted by Dr. Marcel Just, uses a computer learning program that interprets how the …

The Brain

Can a society work for us all?

As life becomes more and more complex, how can we make sure employment, our pension systems and the environment work for everyone? We asked some of …

Suicide Rates For Teen Boys And Girls Are Climbing

The rate for girls has doubled since 2007, according to the CDC.<p>The suicide rates for adolescent boys and girls have been steadily rising since 2007, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from 2007 to …