Lauren Mock

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The First Women in Tech Didn’t Leave—Men Pushed Them Out

In computing’s early years, when it was considered women’s work, all six programmers of America’s first digital computer, Eniac, were women<p>By<p>Christopher Mims<p>Christopher Mims<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mims<p>christophermims<p>christopher.mims@wsj.com<p>Sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech …

Tech Industry

IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?

We’ve seen IBM’s Watson politely annihilate humans in Jeopardy, make a movie trailer for Morgan, create never-before-eaten recipes and even understand nuance and tone… to say the least. Now it’s moving on to music.<p>Watson Beat is IBM’s music arm of Watson; an AI-driven music composing app that’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Millennial cyber crime victims losing £612 each as they fall for 'family and friends' fraud

Young people are losing three times as much money to online scams as their parents' generation because they are more easily tricked by "family and friends" fraud, a study has found.<p>A survey of fraud victims by Get Safe Online found under 25s typically lose £613 per scam, compared to over 55s who …

Identity Theft

Natural language processing will help humans and machines have more empathy

With the current breakneck pace of innovation, it may seem like technology is on an aggressive mission to solve all of humanity’s most pressing problems.<p>And in some respects, we’re making great progress. We’ve broken tremendous ground in such areas as renewable energy, disease prevention, and …

Artificial Intelligence

This video shows how valuable your personal data really are

Every time we search the web, part of us is traded. Or more specifically, our personal data are traded. Most of us agree this is a fair trade because we get so much for free in return for allowing advertisers target us. We might still feel that we have control because we adjust privacy settings on …

Personal Data

Expanding computer science in schools is a bipartisan opportunity

A bipartisan idea is a rare creature in Washington these days, but there is one issue that brings the parties together: the need to expand computer …

Google’s DeepMind achieves machine learning breakthroughs at a terrifying pace

It’s time to add “AI research” to the list of things that machines can do better than humans. Google’s Alpha Go, the computer that beat the world’s greatest human go player, just lost to a version of itself that’s never had a single human lesson.<p>Google is making progress in the field of machine …

Artificial Intelligence

One of the world's largest hedge funds is now letting computers trade completely on their own

It's almost 11 p.m. in Man Group's offices in London. The humans have all gone home.<p>But the computers are just waking up.<p>Man runs about $43 billion …

Machine Learning

Want to write a bestselling novel? Use an algorithm

In the first of a four-part series on earning money, we look at the fast-track route to a chartbusting book – with a little help from a computer<p>It’s the multimillion pound question that publishers and writers have been pondering for decades: what makes a bestseller? Attempting to write one could …

Writing

Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages

Today’s hi-tech wages threaten Silicon Valley’s bottom line. What better way to drive down coders’ pay than by investing in a new generation of cheap labor?<p>This month, millions of children returned to school. This year, an unprecedented number of them will learn to code.<p>Computer science courses for …

Economics

I looked at a map of every connection my computer was making — and it wasn’t pretty

Admitting there’s a problem is the first step to recovery<p>Last week I finally installed Little Snitch, a long-running Mac utility that lets you track every connection in and out of your computer. The latest version, released in July, comes with a map of where each connection is headed …

Cybersecurity

The Age of the Algorithm [EPISODE]

On April 9, 2017, United Airlines flight 3411 was preparing to take off from Chicago when flight attendants discovered the plane was overbooked. They …

New Jersey

Hacking risk leads to recall of 500,000 pacemakers due to patient death fears

Almost half a million pacemakers have been recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to fears that their lax cybersecurity could be hacked to run the batteries down or even alter the patient’s heartbeat.<p>The recall won’t see the pacemakers removed, which would be an invasive and …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book

One sunny summer morning this month, a group of 20 teenage girls gathered in a conference room in the sleek offices of a tech company in Manhattan. It was their fifth week of coding camp, and they were huddled around laptops, brainstorming designs for their final projects. One group was building a …

Books

Reprogramming the piano

Dan Tepfer is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who has played venues from Tokyo's Sumida Triphony Hall to New York's Village Vanguard. He also has a degree in astrophysics and writes computer programs.<p>Born to a mother who sang in the Paris Opera and a plant-geneticist father who brought a …

a16z Podcast: The Taxonomy of Collective Knowledge

What do disease diagnostics, language learning, and image recognition have in common? All depend on the organization of collective intelligence: data …

Ben Horowitz

Supermarkets are now using blockchain to keep food fresh

Tracking down contaminated food has historically been a messy affair, sometimes taking retailers and food companies weeks to learn exactly what products they need to pull from store shelves.<p>“Imagine if we could pinpoint with certainty within minutes, not days,” mused Frank Yiannas, one of Walmart’s …

Agriculture

The company that invented Post-It notes is hiding invisible messages in signs to help self-driving cars see the world (MMM) - SFGate

3M is the company behind well-known inventions like Post-It notes and Scotch tape. 3M is now helping automakers by tucking hidden messages in traffic signs that only self-driving cars can read. General Motors and Ford are working with 3M to use infrastructure to get autonomous cars on the road …

Researchers Hijack a Computer Using DNA Malware

Malicious code written with nucleic acids could one day threaten sequencing facilities, the team warns.

DNA

a16z Podcast: The Cloud Atlas to Real Quantum Computing

A funny thing happened on the way to quantum computing: Unlike other major shifts in classic computing before it, it begins — not ends — with The …

Quantum Computing

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the …

Computer Science

3 ways AI is already impacting ecommerce

Advances in artificial intelligence and deep learning have changed our lives. We are already using it even without realizing it: AI helps to power Google’s search engine, Tesla’s self-driving cars, Apple’s voice assistant, and Amazon’s shopping recommendations.<p>The impact of artificial intelligence …

eCommerce

Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a hoard of papers that underscore a deep interest in dialog systems. As has become clear with Siri, Cortana and Alexa, dialog is hard — it requires more than …

Artificial Intelligence

Patient mortality could be predicted through computer analysis of organs

Using a computer to analyze CT images of patients' organs, researchers were able to predict their 5-year mortality with almost 70 percent accuracy. …

How AI Can Keep Accelerating After Moore’s Law - MIT Technology Review

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was obviously excited when he spoke to developers about a blockbuster result from his machine-learning lab earlier this …

After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring

Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week.<p>The AI, developed …

Episode 773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

A few years ago, a rumor started going around the casino world. There was a crew of Russians hitting up casinos across the U.S. They'd roll up, find their favorite slot machine, play for a couple hours, and walk out with thousands of dollars. They didn't lose.<p>All of it was caught on camera, but …

Video games: Not just for fun anymore | Silver City Daily Press

Every Thursday when school lets out at Hurley Elementary School, more than a dozen students anxiously await while Librarian Elizabeth Nations opens …

Computer Science

A 2,000-year-old computer called the Antikythera Mechanism helped the ancient Greeks understand their universe

The world’s oldest known computer lay submerged for more than 2,000 years off the treacherous coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. Beneath the weight of the water, the sand, and the wrecked ship that once carried it, the ancient astronomical computer’s bronze gears and mechanical parts slowly …

Talking to Yourself (Out Loud) Can Help You Learn

When University of Illinois psychologist Brian Ross enrolled in a computer science course, it had been a long time since he’d even taken a class. With his beard and balding dome, he stood out. A decade older than his classmates, Ross was, to all the other students, <i>that guy.</i> He was nervous.<p>But he …