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Facebook and Google make lies as pretty as truth

How AMP and Instant Articles camouflage fake news<p>If you asked Google who won the popular vote just after the election, there’s a chance you would have been sent to a conspiracy blog with bogus results. And the site is likely to have looked as legitimate as any other.<p>The fake news problem we’re …

AI Winter Isn’t Coming - MIT Technology Review

Artificial intelligence is all the rage, with headline-grabbing advances being announced at a dizzying pace, and companies building dedicated AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Chipmakers Are Racing To Build Hardware For Artificial Intelligence

Intel, Nvidia, and a host of startups are rolling out new chips to make machine learning faster and more powerful.<p>In recent years, advanced machine learning techniques have enabled computers to recognize objects in images, understand commands from spoken sentences, and translate written …

Machine Learning

Stephen Hawking and other experts weigh in on limits of artificial intelligence at the Vatican

Vatican City, Dec 4, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week the Vatican hosted a high-level discussion in the world of science, gathering …

Artificial Intelligence

THE BEADY EYE ASKS: WHERE DOES IT END? – GOOGLE.

( A seven minute read)<p>Our worldviews are formed by who is shouting louder and more persistently into our ears.<p>While our Technologic vision is to …

The EU is demanding that American tech giants crack down on hate speech

Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft must act faster to tackle online hate speech or they will face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.<p>The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of …

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president<p>Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s …

Fake News

A Mike Lynch-backed startup that uses machine-learning to detect hackers valued at $100 million in new funding

The investment comes just four months after the company raised $18 million to expand in Asia-Pacific, and Lynch said the additional funds were needed to fuel growth.<p>The company was one of Lynch's first investments after he left Hewlett-Packard Co in 2012 in an acrimonious split over the $11 billion …

First Click: Don't fear Gmail's Priority Inbox, it could change your life

Wielding my thumb of approval like Caesar<p>At first Google’s machine learning algorithms did a reasonable job at figuring out what was important. It was far from perfect but I wasn’t expecting much. So I kept at it, diligently following Google’s advice to mark messages as either "important" or "not …

Machine Learning

Activists: Islamic State seizes more than half of Syria

The Islamic State has seized more than half of Syria after taking full control of the town of Palmyra and its ancient ruins, activists said Thursday.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the extremists had seized more than 36,000 square miles of the country and had also taken …

Palmyra

New Telepresence Robot Mimics Your Every Move Using the Oculus Rift

Telecommute in 3D.<p>A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a physical-virtual interface (PVI) by combining the Oculus …

Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …

Robotics

PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain

"Natural body identification" could one day replace passwords and other modern methods of identification, claims PayPal developer chief<p>PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.<p>Jonathan LeBlanc, …

Widerun turns your bike into a virtual reality machine

Some people need extra motivation to exercise, and the creators of this bike trainer called Widerun hope to provide that in the form of virtual reality. Widerun is a system comprised of a steering component and a base station that attaches to ordinary bikes. It works with both Oculus Rift and …

London Security Incubator, CyLon, Selects First Cohort

The CyLon London incubator was announced back in January, billing itself as Europe’s first dedicated cyber-security accelerator. At the time it said it was expecting to select about 10 startups in its first intake. In the event it’s gone for six for its first 12-week program, announcing the team …

Cybersecurity

Google Now Lets You Install Apps from Search on Android

Google is adding a new feature to its search engine that will likely please Android developers – Google will now recommend that you install apps straight from search.<p>Google introduced App Indexing in 2013, which allowed developers to list content from their apps right on the search engine. It …

Slack valued at $2.8 billion barely a year after launching publicly

Slack just blazed its way to a multi-billion valuation.<p>The workplace communication and collaboration service confirmed on Thursday that it has raised …

Phantom Cyber Lands $2.7M Seed Round To Automate Cybersecurity

Phantom Cyber, a cybersecurity startup with an ambitious idea, announced a $2.7M seed round with backing from some of the biggest names in computer security.<p>Investors include John W. Thompson, former CEO of Symantec, Thomas E. Noonan, former CEO of Internet Security Systems (ISS) and John C. …

This Is The Demo That Magic Leap Was Going To Show At TED Before It Backed Out

Virtual reality company Magic Leap has been eerily quiet since it announced its $542 million fundraising round last October, with heavyweights like Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and Google all participating. Now, for the first time in months, we finally have another glimpse of what the …

Magic Leap

A Google Now open API is in the works… and support for theme park ride queue times

Google Now will one day be able to work with information from all of the apps you use. Expanding on the current pilot program that works with 40 third-party services, the plan is to offer an open API in the future, that anyone can build into their apps.<p>Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product …

Soft Bionic Power Trousers Could Help Us Walk Up Stairs

Exoskeletons that are actually comfortable<p>The word “bionic” conjures up images of science fiction fantasies. But in fact bionic systems – the joining of engineering and robotics with biology (the human body) – are becoming a reality here and now.<p>Getting older and less steady on your feet? You need …

Researchers just built a free, open-source version of Siri

Major tech companies like Apple and Microsoft have been able to provide millions of people with personal digital assistants on mobile devices, allowing people to do things like set alarms or get answers to questions simply by speaking. Now, other companies can implement their own versions, using …

Snowden Leaks Have Changed How Americans See Their Privacy

A new Pew Research survey spells out how the some Americans have changed what they do online after Snowden.<p>The revelations about National Security Agency surveillance programs by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have started to affect how Americans view their right to privacy and the actions …

Surveillance

Facebook: Governments still clamoring for user data

Facebook continues to keep busy fielding requests by governments for user data, a new report from the world's largest social network shows.<p>During the second half of 2014, Facebook received 35,051 requests from international governments for user data, up slightly from 34,946 requests made to the …

Surveillance

US at odds with Google on computer search-warrant proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department proposal that could make it easier to locate and hack into computers that are part of criminal investigations …

German government backs end-to-end encryption for email

BERLIN — Users of an email service backed by the German government will soon be able to rely on strong encryption of the kind that used to be the …