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The Key to Smarter AI: Copy the Brain

Justin Sanchez of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing brain-computer interfaces to teach machines to think like us.<p>Everyday life is incredibly complex—filled with unexpected events, nuanced problems and new skills to be mastered. Fortunately for us, the brain is very good at …

Artificial Intelligence

What Exactly Is Artificial Intelligence, Anyway?

Everybody’s talking about AI these days. Here’s what all the fuss is about. And the fears.<p>Once the stuff of sci-fi fantasies, artificial intelligence is taking over the world.<p>It completes half-written words in your texts. It answers questions through your smartphone or smart speaker. It plots the …

Artificial Intelligence

Brain-Computer Interfaces: ‘The Last Frontier of Human Privacy’

Bryan Johnson, the founder and CEO of neurotech company Kernel, on the issues surrounding direct access to our most valuable data<p>What’s the most pressing issue surrounding the development of neural interfaces?<p>When we contemplate the role of neural interfaces in our future lives, a lot of people …

Paranormal

We Were Promised Mind-Blowing Personal Tech. What’s the Hold-Up?

The next big leap will free us from the computers in our pockets. But according to Joanna Stern, it won’t be here anytime soon<p>By<p>Joanna Stern<p>Joanna Stern<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JoannaStern<p>JoannaStern<p>joanna.stern@wsj.com<p>A few weeks ago, I attempted to sit through Samsung’s live-streamed …

Augmented Reality

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference on Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. …

Artificial Intelligence

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes us up on its shore while it continues, unstoppable. Time flows. It moves ever forwards. Or does it? Poets also tell us that time stumbles or creeps or …

Northern Italy

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically.<p>It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still who repeatedly calls a prison to do so. But after more than a year of meetings and negotiation, …

Twisted light could make wireless data faster than fiber

As fast as fiber optic lines have become, they're still hamstrung by one key limitation: you still need to transmit that data over wires, which limits where you can transmit and the affordability of the fastest connections. Scientists may have a way to eliminate those cables while offering even …

I just coded my first AI algorithm, and oh boy, it felt good

I am no programmer, coder, or mathematician. I was required to take one computer-science class in college, and I barely passed—and that was over 20 years ago. Yet here I found myself, in my forties, sitting on my porch with my new best friends Python and Numpy, voluntarily trying to build my first …

Deep Learning

Carrie Fisher gave predatory producer a cow's tongue in a box

Screenwriter Heather Robinson says that after telling Fisher she’d had to fight off a Hollywood executive, the Star Wars actor hand-delivered him the gift with a threatening note<p>Carrie Fisher once hand-delivered a cow’s tongue wrapped in a Tiffany box to a predatory Hollywood producer, a friend of …

Harvey Weinstein

The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017

Every year for the past three, Forbes has gone looking for 25 young U.S. companies with a strong shot at reaching a valuation of $1 billion or more. Last year’s list included hot companies like the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, online retailer Boxed and innovative home seller OpenDoor. This year, …

Startups

Earth undergoing sixth 'mass extinction' as humans spur 'biological annihilation' of wildlife

The Earth is undergoing a sixth mass extinction, with scientists warning that the “biological annihilation” of wildlife is "more severe than perceived".<p>Blaming the overpopulation and over-consumption of humans, the researchers said the world had a window of about 20-30 years at most to tackle the …

Extinction

North Koreans are literally worshipping Kim Jong-un

"North Korea is a perfect tyranny," explains Bhandari. "They have organized this tyranny in ways that were unimaginable to me, and people have been completely brainwashed. If this country goes through a real election today, I'm absolutely sure Kim Jong-un would win more than 99% of the votes …

Woebot uses conversational AI to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy

A new chatbot launched on Tuesday delivers personalised cognitive behavioural therapy to people with mood disorders via Facebook.<p>A new …

Oregon Project Uses Holograms To Transform The Classroom

Last fall, Microsoft announced grants to five institutions nationwide, including Clackamas Community College. Since January, students have been …

Mark Cuban's Best Personal Finance Advice, in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Toni Ko thought she was on top of her company's finances. Then she woke up one morning in 2016 to find half a million pairs of extra sunglasses staring her in the face.<p>The founder and CEO of Los Angeles sunglasses company Perverse was by then an experienced--and successful--entrepreneur, having …

Startups

A Narcissist at Work Can Kill Your Confidence. Here Are 8 Ways to Save Your Career | Inc.com

Gaslighting is a manipulation tactic narcissists, abusers, and other aggressive people use to control others. It's devastating in that, slowly, it makes you doubt your ability to think and judge for yourself, stealing away your confidence. That low self-esteem directly affects your career, making …

Self-help

This Unsuspecting European City Could Become Silicon Valley's Biggest Rival | Inc.com

There's no denying, Silicon Valley is the Mecca of all things start-up. It is, after all, the birthplace of venture capital, billion dollar unicorns, and sweatshirt-and-jeans-wearing millennial masterminds. In 2015 alone, over $27 billion in venture capital funding was pumped into the region, a …

Silicon Valley

Science: This Super-Simple Learning Hack Can Help You Master Any Subject | Inc.com

We all spend well over a decade in school, and while you might quickly forget the date of the battle of Gettysburg or the formula for the area of a trapezoid, you'd hope that you'd at least graduate with a good grasp of <i>how</i> to learn. You can always look up facts, but knowing how to study effectively …

Columbia University

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

New Artificial Synapse Bridges the Gap to Brain-Like Computers

From AlphaGo’s historic victory against world champion Lee Sedol to DeepStack’s sweeping win against professional poker players, artificial …

Intel, Mobileye, and Smiling Curves

There is a fascinating paragraph in this Wall Street Journal article about Intel’s purchase of Mobileye NV,1 an Advanced Driver Assistance System …

DeepMind AI learns to 'remember' previous knowledge

For all the talk of artificial intelligence becoming increasingly brain-like, there's one area where it frequently falls short: memory. Neural networks usually have to learn everything they need to know about their duties, rather than building on top of existing experiences like real brains do. …

What is Object Oriented Programming?

Java is the primary language used to create Android apps. Java, you may have heard, is an ‘object oriented’ programming language. But what precisely does that mean?<p>Before Object Oriented Programming<p>One of the easiest ways to understand what is meant by ‘object oriented’, is to define what it is <i>not</i>. …

Programming

The future of AI is neuromorphic. Meet the scientists building digital 'brains' for your phone

AI services like Apple’s Siri and others operate by sending your queries to faraway data centers, which send back responses. The reason they rely on …

Artificial Intelligence

What this new A.I. feature in Microsoft Word teaches us about ourselves

Microsoft Word is slowly becoming an A.I. powerhouse.<p>The app, which has existed in one form or another since 1983, can now look for word choice …

Photoshop

10 Mistakes the Worst Leaders Always Make | Inc.com

The horrible leadership behaviors I'm about to expound on are not mere platitudes or hackneyed clichés.<p>They remain, unfortunately, characteristics of well-meaning people on high perches who have blind spots that keep them from growing into true leaders.<p>In the list below, you'll note the first item …

Leadership

Really hot stuff: AR and VR spending to double in 2017

It seems we're all especially keen on trying out games and entertainment in virtual reality.<p>Strap on a headset and you'll fuel a growing piece of the economy.<p>Worldwide spending on virtual reality and its cousin augmented reality could reach $13.9 billion in 2017, nearly half of that driven by …

Virtual Reality

If I Only Had a Brain: How AI ‘Thinks’

AI can beat humans in chess, Go, poker and Jeopardy. But what about emotional intelligence or street smarts?<p>Artificial intelligence has gotten pretty …

Artificial Intelligence