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AI interns: Software already taking jobs from humans

FORGET Skynet. Hypothetical world-ending artificial intelligence makes headlines, but the hype ignores what’s happening right under our noses. Cheap, …

Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do

And it’s a foundational step in the next wave of interaction.<p>It’s not the most gorgeous photography you’ve ever seen. ImageNet features 1.2 million pictures of mundane items–a photocopier shoved in the corner of an office, a bowl of oatmeal on a table, a pile of logs, a giant sign shaped like an …

Training computers to understand sentiments conveyed by images | Kurzweil

Images in the top and bottom rows convey opposite sentiments towards the two political candidates in the 2012 U.S. presidential election (credit: …

Why automation means we need a new economic model

It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it.<p>At its …

Technology and Persuasion

Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why?<p>GSN Games, which designs mobile games like …

Predictions

Clickhole or Die: The Fight Over 'Sponsored Content' Is 150 Years Old

Sponsored content, native advertising, advertorials. Maybe better to call it what it is: media content, paid for by advertisers, produced to look …

ClickHole

Who’s putting the most money against net neutrality?

<b>BY LEE DRUTMAN and ZANDER FURNAS</b><p>With the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to move forward with a controversial proposal that …

Net Neutrality

This Interactive Map Shows Global Cyberattacks As They Happen In Real Time

The map displays a 3D globe of the world, showing attacks in different colors as they travel from their point of origin to their destination. Each color represents a threat detected by a particular Kaspersky defense, such as Web anti-virus detection.<p>It also ranks countries by how many attacks are …

Cyber-attacks

32 Billion Devices Plugged In And Generating Data By 2020

The EMC Digital Universe study today launched its seventh edition. This highly anticipated study always makes a big splash because it focuses industry attention on the incredible growth rates of data. By 2020, the amount of data in our digital universe is expected to grow from 4.4 trillion GB in …

10 Tech Trends That Will Transform Your Industry

I have bad news for companies that are struggling to improve their customer engagement—it’s only going to get more difficult. Social-savvy, smartphone-carrying consumers will switch allegiances faster than you can say “customer relationship management.”<p>“Customers are going to get harder to deal …

The Unread: The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript

Stored away in the rare-book library at Yale University is a late-medieval manuscript written in a cramped but punctilious script and illustrated with lively line drawings that have been painted over, at times crudely, with washes of color. These illustrations range from the fanciful (legions of …