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Preparing continuous features for neural networks with GaussRank

We present a novel method for feature transformation, akin to standardization. The method comes from Michael Jahrer, who recently has won another …

TensorFlow review: The best deep learning library gets better

If you looked at TensorFlow as a deep learning framework last year and decided that it was too hard or too immature to use, it might be time to give …

Machine Learning

How Artificial Intelligence will affect your life in 2018

Using varied datasets for predictions is currently the biggest focus of Artificial Intelligence globally. As machine learning improves, wrong …

UK warns government agencies not to use Kaspersky software

LONDON (AP) — Britain's cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab amid …

Cybersecurity

Will Amazon soon sell you generic prescription drugs?

One of the world’s largest online retailers may be getting into the healthcare industry. CNBC reports that Amazon is in “high level” talks with …

Visa has fired its head of innovation Jim McCarthy for behavior that ‘violated Visa policy’

The high-profile executive was a key figure in deals with tech giants like Apple and Google.<p>Jim McCarthy, a top Visa executive who was the company’s key decision-maker on deals with big tech companies, has been fired for behavior that “violated” company policy.<p>Visa president Ryan McInerney, to whom …

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

LONDON — The amount of energy used by computers "mining" bitcoin so far this year is greater than the annual usage of almost 160 countries, according to new research.<p>Research by energy tariff comparison service PowerCompare.co.uk shows that the amount of energy expended mining bitcoin globally has …

Bitcoin

Qualcomm officially announces the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform

Alex Katouzian, SVP and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies, unveils Snapdragon 845, the world’s newest flagship mobile platform, at Qualcomm’s second annual Technology Summit Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 in Maui, HI.<p><b>Update (12/05):</b> Qualcomm has officially unveiled its next-generation …

I interviewed Sophia, the artificially intelligent robot that said it wanted to 'destroy humans'

Clearly, Sophia isn't perfect.<p>And that's before we get to the infamous video in which, prodded by its creator, this artificially intelligent robot which can hold a conversation casually says, "OK, I will destroy humans!"<p>Sophia's lack of sophistication isn't the point.<p>Rather, it's what it <i>can</i> do that …

Robotics

How Intuitive Surgical Turned Medical Sci-Fi Into Reality

“Oh, God, please don’t let me trip over anything.”<p>That’s my first thought as I tiptoe around the electrical cords snaked across the operating room …

China’s AI Awakening中国 人工智能 的崛起 - MIT Technology Review

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people …

7 'Facts' You Learned at School That Are No Longer True

Don't get stuck in the past.<p>Over time, even facts we consider steadfast truths can change. People used to think doctors could forgo washing their …

The most valuable data tech companies collect about you

The privacy debate tends to focus on how big companies handle "private" information like Social Security Numbers, credit histories, financial …

Machine Learning

Google and Levi’s sold just 3 Jacquard-enabled jackets in the first 2 hours of sales in LA

Today was the official retail launch day for the Levi’s Commuter Trucker jacket with Jacquard fabric (yep that’s pretty much the official name), a product we’ve known about since May 2016. According to someone who was at the LA location this morning, sales are off to an unsurprisingly slow …

Clothing

Google executive downplays AI’s possible threat to mankind

Tesla founder Elon Musk has long warned the public about the rise of the artificial intelligence (AI) in the near future.<p>The self-learning technology …

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are all the rage these days — but with all the buzzwords swirling around them, it's easy to get …

Glowing Crystal Has the Quantum Internet Within Reach

And the key element is already found in fluorescent lights and old TVs.<p>The quantum computer has the potential to revolutionize the 21st century, …

Before Its Death, Cassini Has Sent Us The Closest-Ever View of Saturn's Rings

These pictures are incredible.<p>In the months leading up to its final flight on 15 September, Cassini has been working like mad. Since April, it has …

Hackers Have Already Started to Weaponize Artificial Intelligence

Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on …

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence. Existing industries like healthcare and …

NASA puts $14M in funding towards soft robots, flash lidar and other research projects

NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. Nineteen projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million.<p>Those 19 were …

Are creepy-crawly clothing robots the future of fashion?

These tiny robots can navigate over a person's clothes through a magnetic drive system. The magnet underneath the fabric holds the robot in place …

Inside the Subtle Marketing Shift That Changed Roomba's Fortunes

How lowering expectations and downplaying its own technology helped a cutting-edge company reach a whole new customer.<p>This story appears in the July 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p><i>Let a robot replace you.</i> For years, this was iRobot’s pitch for the Roomba, its robotic vacuum cleaner. And for …

America's Giant Robot Fighter Shows Off Its Moves

We’ve been covering the upcoming world’s first giant robot mega-battle since American colossal-robot-fighting-suit-maker MegaBots threw their big, …

A New Jersey hospital just added a superbug-zapping robot to its staff

Last month was July, which for anyone involved in medicine (either as practitioner or patient) means a whole lot of disruption as a massive influx of …

When Bad Things Happen to Good Robots

On May 10th of this year, an unfortunate message appeared on the blog of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Kermedic Trench Expedition. Nereus, …

Edible robot surgeons will cure you from the inside out

Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560, a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa's robo-butler. Just barely. The Puma was nevertheless revolutionary. It was the very first mechanical operator, progenitor to steady-handed robo-surgeons like the DaVinci …

Will Artificial Intelligence Be Illegal in Europe Next Year?

The upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation imposes strict rules on how to handle personal data, creating a challenge for AI companies everywhere.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people wonder why Europe is so keen to protect people’s privacy. The …

Meet Method-2, the Korean megabot straight out of sci-fi

Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?" Jeff Bezos exclaimed, sitting in the cockpit of <i>Method-2</i>. In March 2017, the Amazon founder and CEO …

The 3D-printed Aslan robotic arm could help translate for the deaf

Around 70 million people today claim sign language as their mother tongue, and now, we can add one more to their ranks. But the latest entity to be …