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NASA Program Deploys Deep Learning to Ward Off Asteroid Attack

NASA’s efforts to find life in the far reaches of the universe draw significant attention. Less known is a recent agency program to prevent asteroids …

Machine Learning

Don’t Let Bots Be Your Best Writers

Sixty percent of people think chatbots will make companies feel less human. But industry insiders disagree. Back in January 2016, Chris Messina (tech …

Chatbots

A Rare Journey Into the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a Super-Bunker That Can Survive Anything

In the background of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak dominates the sky. But just to that mountain’s southeast looms another geological ripple. Cheyenne …

The global art scene—visualized—on a crafty, updating map

Som Vilaysack is an artsy engineer who has perhaps accidentally stumbled upon his greatest creation yet. He made an updatable map of the art world that shows the global scene at a glance.<p>Vilaysack’s map—Hello Art World—scrapes Facebook for dates everywhere, and changes based on event postings…and …

Algorithms

235 apps attempt to secretly track users with ultrasonic audio

Ultrasonic beacons (previously, previously) let advertisers build an idea of when and where you use your devices: the sound plays in an ad on one device, and is heard by other devices. This way, they can associate two gadgets with a single user, precisely geolocate devices without aGPS, or even build graphs of real-world social networks. The threat was considered more academic than some, but more than 200 Android apps were found in the wild using the technique.

Mesmerized by the rotating crosses

Fire in the Hole

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Apple’s Cash Coffers to Swell to $250 Billion

Apple’s cash coffers continue to grow and could reach new heights when the company announces its earnings on Tuesday.<p>The iPhone maker on Tuesday is …

COMPUTATIONAL CREATIVITY: AI and the Art of Ingenuity

Sougwen Chung (愫君) is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist based in New York. Her work explores transitional edges — the mark-made-by-hand and the …

Artificial Intelligence

Can Blockchain Technology Secure Your Vote?

Government Technology

Massive Tinder Photo Grab Is Latest Scary Warning To Be Careful What You Post

Stealth sweeper says he'll use 40,000 photos for female and male facial recognition training for artificial intelligence.<p>Images of Tinder users posting their sexiest selfies were swept up in a massive grab of some 40,000 photos from the dating app.<p>The photos were sucked up days ago by a dataset …

Machine Learning

Nasty New Mac Malware Can Eavesdrop On Your Secure Browsing

Look sharp, Mac users. There’s another emerging threat headed your way, and it’s capable of eavesdropping on all of your web browsing… Even if you browse sites using an HTTPS connection and the lock icon in your browser’s address bar is green.<p>Researchers at Checkpoint have observed a new phishing …

IT security

Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains

Elon Musk has been working on a Neuralink, a human-computer brain interface company, in whatever spare moments he has between running Tesla and also running SpaceX. Neuralink’s ultimate aim may actually be the most ambitious of all three of his companies, surprisingly, and a new exploration of the …

I can't be the only person who loves water fleas. Look at those hexagons! [photo: Rogelio Moreno] http://t.co/TzLe5Yqwhq

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Facebook Announces Plans to Read Your Mind, the Next Level of Platform Connection

Here's one that should spark no response at all from privacy advocates - at their annual F8 conference, Facebook has revealed that it has a 60 person …

Social Media

Facebook Wants To Build Direct Brain Interfaces For Virtual Reality

It’s day two of Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose. As part of this morning’s keynote address, Facebook CTO, Mike Schroepfer took the …

Steve Ballmer Spends Millions To Redesign Government Information

The former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner wants to give back through a powerful data visualization tool.<p>What does the average teacher make? How much does the U.S. spend on defense? Is crime going up or down–and how does that correlate with the police we employ and criminals we incarcerate?<p>…

Cognitive Bias, that is,…

Cognitive Bias, that is, unconscious—and irrational—brain processes that literally distort the way we see the world. Kahneman and Tversky discovered more than 150 of them. There’s the Framing Effect, which demonstrates that people respond differently to the same choice depending on how it is framed (people place greater value on moving from 90 percent to 100 percent—high probability to certainty—than from 45 percent to 55 percent, even though they’re both ten percentage points). Prospect Theory …

The Gimmick Economy: how central banks pretend software isn't eating the world #1yrago

Mathematician/economist Eric R Weinstein is managing director of Thiel Capital, but that doesn’t mean that he thinks capitalism has a future.<p>In a short, but wide-ranging essay in Edge’s Annual Question series (this year’s question is “What do you consider the most interesting recent [scientific] news? What makes it important?”), Weinstein talks about the fundamentally transformative nature of software-based societies and the challenges they put to the nature of work and economics.<p>First, …

Berkeley, California Man Demonstrates the Method He Used to Train His Cat to Walk on a Leash

Reading all the privacy policies you "agree" to would take a month per year #5yrsago

In The Cost of Reading Privacy Policies (PDF), by Aleecia M. McDonald and Lorrie Faith Cranor, the authors calculate that the average Internet user would have to spend one full working month per year in order to skim all the Internet privacy policies she encounters in a year. Mike Masnick reports on Techdirt:<p>In fact, a new report notes that if you actually bothered to read all the privacy policies you encounter on a daily basis, it would take you 250 working hours per year – or about 30 …

Mobi is Killer App for Bitcoin: Bobby Lee of BTCC

BTCC, the company behind the oldest Bitcoin exchange in China, is once again expanding its footprint globally. This time with a multi-currency …

What creepy stuff will your ISP do once the FCC allows them to spy on your internet usage?

Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to ensure that the FCC won’t be able to prevent your ISP from spying on your internet usage and selling your private information. What does that mean in practice?<p>We don’t need to guess: we just need to look at what America’s ISPs did before they were banned from spying on their customers and selling their data, namely: selling data to marketers; hijacking search-results; snooping through your web-traffic and inserting ads; pre-installing spyware on your …

Savvy sci-fi futurists: 21 science fiction writers who predicted inventions way ahead of their time - Ross Dawson

It is good to be reminded about the values of science fiction when it comes to imagine the future…

Space tourism companies are going to write their own safety rules because the US government can’t

Within a year, says Blue Origin, it will begin flying humans to the edge of space. That would grant the company, founded by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, a symbolic victory over competitors like SpaceX, Boeing and Virgin Galactic, who are also pursuing plans to fly paying passengers beyond earth’s …

Space Travel