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Google DeepMind AI Declares Galactic War on StarCraft

Tic-tac-toe, checkers, chess, Go, poker. Artificial intelligence rolled over each of these games like a relentless tide. Now Google’s DeepMind is …

Artificial Intelligence

World's Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are "Tools of Destruction, Not Creation"

Weapon of Mass Disruption<p>Quantum Computers are heralded as the next step in the evolution of data processing. The future of this technology promises …

Quantum Mechanics

With a Single Touch, This Chip Can Heal Organs

It works by changing DNA.<p>Researchers have developed a tiny chip that, when applied to an affected area, can regenerate and repair failing body …

Immortality

"Adversarial perturbations" reliably trick AIs about what kind of road-sign they're seeing

An "adversarial perturbation" is a change to a physical object that is deliberately designed to fool a machine-learning system into mistaking it for …

Machine Learning

The Entire Universe As We Know It In One Spectacular Photograph

There’s a tremendous amount of information available about the universe, so much so that it’s a feat to even comprehend how much scientists have documented. In 1946, we saw the very first photograph from outer space; 70 years later, we have images of over 5,500 different galaxies courtesy of the …

Universe

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National Geographic's Photo Winners Will Put Your Snaps To Shame

The photography contest for the world’s most famous nature publication has once again come to a close. With that of course comes stunning imagery …

Photography

The iPhone only exists because Steve Jobs 'hated this guy at Microsoft'

Former head of iOS, Scott Forstall, opens up about how Apple’s iconic device came from late CEO’s dislike for the husband of one of his wife’s friends<p>If it wasn’t for one particular executive at Microsoft, whom Steve Jobs seemingly hated with a passion, Apple may never have created the iPhone or …

The Sci-Fi Guru Who Predicted Google Earth Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.<p>Way back in 1992, author <b>Neal Stephenson</b> published his breakthrough novel, <i>Snow Crash,</i> a cyberpunk …

Virtual Reality

Solar Pumping: A Cheaper and Cleaner Way to Access Groundwater

Many communities around the world have limited access to water. To reach deep groundwater reserves, diesel generated electricity is used in rural …

Water

Improve Your Astrophotography Focus With a Bahtinov Mask

Finding razor-sharp focus when shooting astrophotography can be hard – stars appear as point light sources, and there are no detailed surfaces to aid …

Tutorials

Netflix launches new 'interactive shows' that let viewers dictate the story

Netflix is putting a new spin on the old Gamebook genre.<p>Today the company announced that it’s launching an all-new interactive format that ultimately turns viewers into legitimate storytellers. In comparison to standard television, these so-called interactive shows put the viewers in charge, …

Netflix

Look Inside Spain’s Bizarre Baby Jumping Festival

This unorthodox baptism dates back to the 17th century and has roots in paganism.<p>Once a year in mid-June, devils run wild in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia.<p>A blend of Catholic and pagan rituals meant to represent the triumph of good over evil, the festival of El Colacho dates back to …

This Infinite Loop Timelapse Spins the Earth While the Stars Stay Still

If you point your camera at the sky and film, the stars will arc overhead. That’s because your camera is attached to a giant spinning orb called …

Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning | Mental Floss

Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. …

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence can now use a person's image and audio to create fake videos

<b>London</b>: Oxford scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can create fake videos of a person by using their still image and …

Artificial Intelligence

This designer uses Pantone swatches in the coolest way

If you've only gathered Pantone swatches to test out paints, you might want to take things up a notch and learn a thing or two about the versatility of the swatch from Andrea Antoni.<p>The Italian designer's Instagram is filled with beautiful photographs in which he cleverly uses Pantone swatches to …

Italy

Google's speech recognition error rate is now under 5% for US English

It's no secret that one of Google's strengths in recent years has been voice recognition. In my own experience, my Google Home picks up what I am …

Machine Learning

Silicon Valley billionaires are appalled by normal schools — so they created this new one

Silicon Valley is working on ways to change the way that we drive, eat, live, and now thanks to a new type of school, the way our children learn. The school is called AltSchool, and it's the brainchild of a former Google executive, Max Ventilla. The school merges traditional education with the type …

Education

The Best Photography Advice You Never Got: 500px Twitter Edition

cover photo: “Vintage Photo Camera and camera film roll” by Bogdan Dreava.<b>If you’re anything like me, then you tend to learn things the hard</b> …

Photography

To Lead a More Fulfilling Life, Minimize Choice

Simplify your work and life for maximum mental well-being<p>In these complex days of sensory and information overload, I have become increasingly interested in how to simplify our work and life.<p>One way to simplify anything is to minimize choice (a la Barry Schwartz's Paradox of Choice). Designers …

Google’s New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

John Martinis has given himself just a few months to reach a milestone in the history of computing.<p>He’s leader of the Google research group working …

Today will be the first day the UK was powered without coal since the industrial revolution

The seismic shift in global energy production was powerfully in evidence today (April 21), when all electricity in the UK was produced for a 24-hour period without burning a single shovelful of coal—for the first time since the industrial revolution.<p>Britain led the world into industrialization in …

Energy

Creating Simple Rules for Complex Decisions

Machines can now beat humans at complex tasks that seem tailored to the strengths of the human mind, including poker, the game of Go, and visual recognition. Yet for many high-stakes decisions that are natural candidates for automated reasoning, like doctors diagnosing patients and judges setting …

Machine Learning

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.“I …

Agile Development

AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

An estimated 20 million people die each year due to cardiovascular disease. Luckily, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor.<p>The American …

Medicine

The leadership principle my grandfather shared with me as a child is the same one I now teach Fortune 500 execs

When I was a child, my grandfather asked me, “Subir, between zero and nine, which number is the most powerful?”<p>Without hesitation, I responded, “Nine, of course — it’s much larger. Zero is nothing.”<p>“You are mistaken,” he told me. “It is true that zero does not have any value on its own. But when …

Leadership

When Pixels Collide

Last weekend, a fascinating act in the history of humanity played out on Reddit.<p>For April Fool's Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave …

April Fools' Day

The hoverbikes are coming

Autonomous passenger drones might be coming to Dubai this summer, but in Russia I had the chance to check out this startup which literally wants to build a hoverbike.<p>Emerging from the Skolkovo “startups and science park” just outside of Moscow, human-carrying drone maker Hoversurf has created a …