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How the nature of cause and effect will determine the future of quantum technology - MIT Technology Review

Here’s a curious question: Do certain physical events have no cause, or is there a reason behind every action?<p>This conundrum lies at the heart of one …

Quantum Physics

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

One-third of Americans have less than $5,000 set aside in retirement savings

It's an alarmingly small number.<p>We're told of the importance of saving for retirement, especially given the way healthcare and other senior living costs continue to rise. But apparently, a large number of workers aren't listening. In fact, one-third of Americans have less than $5,000 set aside for …

Retirement

Wikipedia’s top-cited scholarly articles — revealed

NEWS<p>Gene collections and astronomy studies dominate the list of the most-cited publications with DOIs on the popular online encyclopaedia.<p>Giorgia …

Humanities

What is machine learning? Everything you need to know

This guide explains what machine learning is, how it is related to artificial intelligence, how it works and why it matters.<p>Machine learning is …

Machine Learning

A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern

When a crystallographer treated prime numbers as a system of particles, the resulting diffraction pattern created a new view of existing conjectures …

Mathematics

Google Duplex: A.I. Assistant Calls Local Businesses To Make Appointments

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Inference Attacks Against Collaborative Learning. (arXiv:1805.04049v1 [cs.CR])

Authors: Luca Melis, Congzheng Song, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Vitaly ShmatikovCollaborative machine learning and related techniques such as …

Machine Learning

The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the Universe - MIT Technology Review

In the last couple of years, deep learning techniques have transformed the world of artificial intelligence. One by one, the abilities and techniques …

Deep Learning

What it takes to be racially literate

Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now …

APIs

A playful solution to the housing crisis

Frustrated by her lack of self-determination in the housing market, Sarah Murray created a computer game that allows home buyers to design a house …

Housing

Breakthrough in brain health thanks to UVic researchers

Scientists have known for years that blood vessel loss in the brain is a factor in cognitive decline, but there was mystery around why we lose them. …

Victoria, BC

Chinese law professor: AI will end capitalism

Feng Xiang is a prominent Chinese legal scholar with an appointment at Tsinghua University; in a new Washington Post editorial adapted from his …

Artificial Intelligence

Donald Trump is not American democracy’s worst threat - Vox

The golden age of American politics was illiberal, undemocratic, and bloody.<p>A university recently invited me to participate in a forum considering this question: Has American politics ever been this bad? The answer, clearly, is that it has been much worse. We had a Civil War, after all. Congress …

Political Science

Four Insights from the Most Successful NZE Home Builders - Rocky Mountain Institute

April 11, 2018 | By<p>The number of net-zero energy (NZE) homes in the US is growing at an exciting rate (it has grown by 33 percent from 2015 to 2016), …

Housing

China Is Quietly Setting Global Standards

A little-noticed effort could be a very big deal.<p>High-level trade talks last week between the U.S. and China grabbed headlines around the world, but in many ways they were beside the point. In the years ahead, tariffs and industrial policy — the main focus of the talks — will probably matter less …

China

What Is Spacetime?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?<p>George …

Quantum Mechanics

This Is the Worst Use of Artificial Intelligence You Will Read About All Day. Thank You So Much, Google

Google Duplex is in development, but it's easily one of the worst examples of A.I. "advancement," causing more problems than it's worth. It could make phone calls even more annoying.<p>I had a reflex reaction to Google Duplex.<p>It was not to give anyone a high-five or lean back in my chair and think …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook co-founder Hughes: The digital economy is 'going to continue to destroy' jobs in America

Chris Hughes, who made a fortune as a co-founder of Facebook, told CNBC on Tuesday American workers who make less than $50,000 per year should get a …

Income Inequality

Capitalism is unfolding exactly as Karl Marx predicted

One hundred and sixty years ago, at a time when the light bulb was not yet invented, Karl Marx predicted that robots would replace humans in the workplace.<p>“[O]nce adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labor passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the …

Karl Marx

The Rise of the Rural Creative Class

A growing body of research shows that innovative businesses are common in rural areas, and rural innovation gets a boost from the arts.<p>One of the most persistent myths in America today is that urban areas are innovative and rural areas are not. While it is overwhelmingly clear that innovation and …

Urbanization

Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses

Live viruses may seem completely different from the message-carrying vesicles that cells release. But a vast population of particles intermediate …

Biology

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About Our Universe Has Just Been Published, And It Will Melt Your Brain

His final word on whether multiverses exist.<p>Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking left us one last shimmering piece of brilliance before he died: …

Physics

C.E.O.s Should Lead on Addressing Social Issues, Poll Finds

Chief executives across the business world are increasingly wading into political issues that were once considered off limits — like gun control and climate change — but they might not be moving fast enough.<p>A new poll shows consumers expect chief executives to proactively take steps on social …

Social Issues

Rural Kansas is dying. I drove 1,800 miles to find out why

Most Americans experience Kansas from inside their cars, eight hours of cruise-controlled tedium on their way to someplace else. Even residents of …

Agriculture

Up Next: A Better Recommendation System

I’ve been a Pinterest user for a long time. I have boards going back years, spanning past interests (art deco weddings) and more recent ones (rubber …

Internet

IBM outlines the 5 attributes of useful AI

A few weeks ago, a dejected CTO told me it took his team three weeks to build a machine learning model. I told him a model in just three weeks sounded great, and he agreed. So why the long face? Because 11 months later, the model was still sitting on a shelf.<p>That gap between great AI prototypes and …

Machine Learning

The economics of artificial intelligence

Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business.<p><b>With so many</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Alta. well site reclamation gets bad grade

BANFF, ALTA. — Alberta’s conservation and reclamation program on former energy sites is not working properly, said a government land scientist.Once a …

Saskatoon

Experiment shows Einstein's quantum 'spooky action' approaches the human scale

Quantum physics is often defined as the physics of the very small – think atoms, electrons and photons.<p>But we have managed to demonstrate one of the …

Quantum Mechanics