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Goldman Sachs leads a $30 million round for Persado’s AI-based, automated copywriting service

Sometime today you’re going to read a marketing message that was probably written by Persado‘s software — and if you haven’t, Goldman Sachs has led a $30 million investment into the company to make sure you will soon.<p>Persado has developed software that can write what co-founder Assaf Baciu calls …

Goldman Sachs

‘There’s nothing wrong with a bit of mould’: chefs on food waste and using leftovers

How important are best-before and use-by dates? Angela Hartnett, Tamal Ray, Ruby Tandoh and Thomasina Miers explain what they bin and what they keep • Buying out-of-date food online: is it worth it? • Out-of-date food: tell us your stories<p>It’s a wonder the human race managed to survive before the …

Processed Food

We're Already Violating Virtual Reality's First Code of Ethics

Two German philosophers developed the first virtual reality code of ethics to help stave off our descent into a Matrix-esque hell, but we're already violating that code.<p>It seems as though the advent of any radically new technology is inevitably accompanied by a mad scramble to legislate its proper …

Virtual Reality

Uhh Alphabet's Eric Schmidt is joining the Pentagon's new innovation board

The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, now executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet, is about to start helping the military improve what it does by borrowing concepts and ideas straight from Silicon Valley.<p>Schmidt will chair the new 12-person Defense Innovation Advisory Board, which is …

I dared two expert hackers to destroy my life. Here's what happened.

<b>This is Episode 8 of Real Future, Fusion’s documentary series about technology and society. More episodes available at realfuture.tv.</b><p>Several months …

This image of Mark Zuckerberg says so much about our future

The image above looks like concept art for a new dystopian sci-fi film. A billionaire superman with a rictus grin, striding straight past human drones, tethered to machines and blinded to reality by blinking plastic masks. Golden light shines down on the man as he strides past his subjects, cast in …

Mark Zuckerberg

Dang, DARPA's new drone is super fast

The long-term goal of DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program is to “explore non-traditional perception and autonomy methods that could enable a new class of algorithms for minimalistic high-speed navigation in cluttered environments.” In tests with its latest drone, it seems like the …

Artificial Intelligence Finally Entered Our Everyday World

Andrew Ng hands me a tiny device that wraps around my ear and connects to a smartphone via a small cable. It looks like a throwback—a smartphone …

That Time the Super Bowl Secretly Used Facial Recognition Software on Fans

In pre-9/11, pre-Snowden America it was still a far-fetched idea.<p>Fifteen years ago, 100,000 football fans streamed into the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for Super Bowl XXXV. They would witness the wild card Ravens handily defeat the Giants, take in a halftime show that featured N'Sync and …

Surveillance

If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard

Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way. A hundred million people will watch the game on TV. Over the next ten days, 1 million people are expected to …

How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last | Ars Technica

"Equation Group" ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.<p>CANCUN, Mexico — In 2009, one or more prestigious researchers received a CD …

Kaspersky Lab

2015 food trends we're done with and 2016 ones we can’t wait for

A lot of great things happened this year in the food world.<p>We saw the growth of craft breweries, the comeback of McDonald’s with its all-day breakfast, and countless food companies promising to drop preservatives and artificial additives in coming years.<p>But there are some food trends we’re ready to …

FDA

Obama cracks jokes with Jerry Seinfeld on 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Apparently President Barack Obama had a hidden aspiration no one knew about.<p>"I always wanted to be on a show about nothing," Obama joked in the …

Privacy advocates protest Microsoft’s backup of user encryption keys

In the climate of government spying, and the ever present threat from nefarious hackers, encryption is a hot topic. Politicians don’t like it, …

Privacy

Why the 'Stoner Sloth' Ads Are the Worst Possible Way to Stop Kids from Getting High

Australia's viral Stoner Sloth antidrug PSAs show why stigmatizing and mocking addicts never helps them.<p>As 2015 comes to a close, the internet is having a good laugh at "Stoner Sloth," the series of anti-weed TV spots produced by an Australian government agency. The ads have been mercilessly mocked …

Mental Health

Forget 4K, Lose Yourself in a Stunning 10K Timelapse of Brazil

Zoom into a Rio favela in super-high definition in this glorious video by Joe Capra.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Creators.</i><p>To showcase the awesome power of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera, timelapser and photographer Joe Capra, a.k.a. Scientifantastic, had to become a surgeon of sorts. <i>10328x7760 -</i> …

Time-lapse Photography

EUA estariam espionando smartphones de cidadãos comuns

Um documento vazado na última semana sugere que o governo dos Estados Unidos estaria espionando os smartphones de diversos cidadãos. De acordo com o …

Why Google is reminding us all it's a data vacuum

While you were stalking around the Web today, you may have noticed that Google has popped a small note above your search results.<p>Having no doubt been closely watching data protection regulations being discussed and the text finally agreed yesterday, Google is now taking swift action to ensure we’re …

O suicídio da jovem estagiária e o silêncio que incomoda

Redação Pragmatismo Editor(a)<p>A vítima morreu três vezes: no ato da agressão, na impossibilidade de obter justiça e na destruição de sua imagem pública<p>…

German police say they'd be outgunned if there's a Paris-style attack in Berlin

Germany announced the creation of a new police counterterrorism unit this week. Officers with the special force are armed and trained to respond to terrorist attacks anywhere in the country.<p>But some still worry that the German police are not prepared for the threat.<p>The Charlie Hebdo killings early …

Terrorism

Obama to foreign visitors: We're monitoring your social media accounts

At a press conference earlier today, President Obama was asked by Reuters whether the government monitors the social media posts of foreign nationals traveling to — or seeking residence in — the United States.<p>The answer was definitive: yes.<p>According to Obama:<p>It’s important to distinguish between …

Estações de trem francesas testam softwares que detectam gestos suspeitos

Diante da ameaça terrorista, as estradas de ferro francesas estão experimentando novas tecnologias para detectar comportamentos ou bagagens …

Surveillance

Artificial intelligence: Elon Musk backs open project 'to benefit humanity'

Non-profit research company OpenAI to seek ‘a good outcome for all over its own self-interest’, say Tesla boss and others donating a combined $1bn<p>Some of the most prominent executives in the technology industry including the Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk are backing a non-profit artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Congress snuck a surveillance bill into the federal budget last night

After more than a year of stalemate, Congress has used an unconventional procedural measure to bring a controversial cybersurveillance bill to the floor. Late last night, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a 2,000-page omnibus budget bill, a last-minute compromise necessary to prevent …

Surveillance

Microsoft is developing an app that can predict crimes of the future

Conjuring images of the dystopian short story <i>Minority Report</i>, Microsoft is developing a new program it says can accurately predict which inmates will …

Rio vai implementar reconhecimento facial em ônibus

O governo do estado do Rio de Janeiro quer impedir que usuários das linhas de ônibus usem cartões de bilhete único que não são realmente seus. Para …

How to grocery shop for one person

<i>Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the source for how much Americans spend on uneaten food. The version below has been corrected.</i><p>A few months ago, my friend Lev asked me for a basic grocery list he could refer to when he made his weekly or biweekly trip to his …

Food

The quantum computing era is coming… fast

Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be?<p>‘The world is not only queerer than we suppose,” said JBS Haldane. “It is queerer than we <i>can</i> suppose.” Haldane was a …

Quantum Mechanics