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Big Data And AI: 30 Amazing (And Free) Public Data Sources For 2018

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchains, predictive analytics – all amazing technologies which have promised to revolutionize business and society.<p>They are useless, however, without data. Fortunately for businesses and organizations which don’t have the resources to methodically …

Machine Learning

Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON (AP) — One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead.<p>And in what could be a new …

Transportation

New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors

Science fiction no more — in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.<p>These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs …

Cancer

The Falcon Heavy backlash and the public trust

I watched the Falcon Heavy launch this week. Not as an accredited journalist, from an observation tower, but as one of the masses on Alan Shepard Beach twelve miles south. Watched it arc across the sky; watched the two boosters return safely to the landing pads like a video game; heard the sonic …

Falcon Heavy

California science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science fair, where it drew outrage from some students, parents and staff.<p>The project by a Sacramento high school student …

Education

'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom

In a Bedfordshire nightclub, white couples queue to have sex with black men. Meanwhile, black women are routinely snubbed on dating sites. Why do racial stereotypes persist when it comes to sex?<p>It’s past midnight, November 2016, in Dunstable, a small town in Bedfordshire. My friend Miranda has …

Black Culture

The past year of research has made it very clear: Trump won because of racial resentment

Another study produces the same findings we’ve seen over and over again.<p>More than a year after President Donald Trump won the election, there are still some questions about what drove him to victory: Was it genuine anxiety about the state of the economy? Or was it racism and racial resentment?<p>Over …

China inches toward AI supremacy as US continues to ignore science

A think-tank focused on security and defense yesterday released a report indicating China is no longer a distant second in the AI arms race, but quickly catching up. According to the analysis, the US can expect its current lead to continue for another five years before vanishing.<p>The Center for a …

Scientists have used cells as a recording device for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used a cell to record what happens in the world around it. They were able to retrieve the information and read it …

Immune System

`Warren in a Box' to Pick Stocks for First Nordic AI Fund

Finnish fund manager FIM is introducing the first investment fund in the Nordic region, where a self-learning algorithm gets to pick all the …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence: It's about to cause a major upheaval in jobs

Advances in computer vision, speech, analytics, and mobile robotics promise to affect any jobs related to these skills.<p><i>Video: Capgemini: AI is</i> …

Sean Parker unloads on Facebook: “God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains”

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our …

Social Media

Grad Students Are Freaking Out About the GOP Tax Plan. They Should Be

<i>Update: On December 20, 2017 the House approved the GOP's overhaul to the nation’s tax code. A provision in the plan had originally proposed taxing</i> …

Put Humans at the Center of AI - MIT Technology Review

As the director of Stanford’s AI Lab and now as a chief scientist of Google Cloud, Fei-Fei Li is helping to spur the AI revolution. But it’s a …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft joins Facebook in sharing AI research with everyone

Facebook and Microsoft today announced they were joining forces to provide an open source AI resource repository. Called the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), the algorithm sharing platform will allow developers to switch between AI engines at various stages of development.<p>The result of this …

Artificial Intelligence

Intel’s new chip helps devices see and interact with their environments in real time

Movidius Myriad X<p>On August 28, Intel introduced its new Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU), the world’s first VPU with a dedicated Neural …

Internet of Things

Google explains how artificial intelligence becomes biased against women and minorities

Time and again, research has shown that the machines we build reflect how we see the world, whether consciously or not. For artificial intelligence that reads text, that might mean associating the word “doctor” with men more than women, or image-recognition algorithms that misclassify black people …

Microsoft built a hardware platform for real-time AI

In many cases, you want AI to work with info as it happens. That virtual assistant needs to respond within a few seconds at most, and a smart security camera needs to send an alert while intruders are still within sight. Microsoft knows this very well. It just unveiled its own hardware acceleration …

Machine Learning

He Faked Being Black to Get Into Med School and Wants Trump to Get Rid of 'Racist' Affirmative Action

When Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam — author, career counselor and brother of actress Mindy Kaling — was applying to medical school, he knew his chances of …

Affirmative Action

Harvard's Incoming Class Is Majority Nonwhite For the First Time

The majority of Harvard University’s incoming class is nonwhite for the first time in the university’s 380 years, officials say.<p>The Boston <i>Globe</i> …

College & University

Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color

A new study finds that believing society is fair can lead disadvantaged adolescents to act out and engage in risky behavior.<p>Brighton Park is a predominantly Latino community on the southwest side of Chicago. It’s a neighborhood threatened by poverty, gang violence, ICE raids, and isolation—in a …

1800 MPH: EV Charging Technology Moving Faster Than Expected

Many who reject the option of an electric vehicle say that they’ll consider one only when EVs have the range for occasional long-distance drives and can recharge about as quickly as you can refill a car’s tank with gasoline. Well, that time is nearly here—a lot sooner than even many experts in …

Electric Vehicles

How to use a password manager (and why you really should)

If for some cruel reason I was forced to rewrite that mid-‘90s viral essay / hit single “Wear Sunscreen,” I would replace the titular advice with a simple plea: use a password manager. Like sunscreen, it can be a hassle to apply, but it’s an easy way to stop yourself from getting burned.<p>The reasons …

Information Systems

China is using AI to predict who will commit crime next

This sounds a little like <i>Minority Report</i> to us. China is looking into predictive analytics to help authorities stop suspects <i>before</i> a crime is …

This Dutch startup turns plants into batteries

Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it.<p>Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants – whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lights run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil.<p>Here’s how it …

Particle Physics

Elon Musk just told a group of America’s governors that we need to regulate AI before it’s too late

Musk is terrified of an AI takeover.<p>Elon Musk doesn’t scare easily — he wants to send people to Mars and believes that all cars will be driving themselves in the next 10 years. He’s excited about it!<p>But there <i>is</i> something that really scares Musk: Artificial Intelligence, and the idea of software and …

Artificial Intelligence

New lip-sync tech generates scary-accurate video using audio clips

I’m not saying you should be afraid of the future, but… okay, that’s exactly what I’m saying. A group of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a method to take an audio clip of someone speaking and generate a frighteningly realistic lip-synced video with it.<p>I’m afraid, very …

Computer Science

How We Are Ruining America

Over the past generation, members of the college-educated class have become amazingly good at making sure their children retain their privileged status. They have also become devastatingly good at making sure the children of other classes have limited chances to join their ranks.<p>How they’ve managed …

Income Inequality

Brain-training games don’t really train brains, a new study suggests

The first large study to rigorously examine brain-training games using cognitive tests and brain imaging adds to evidence that they are not particularly good at training brains and appear to have no more effect on healthy brains than video games. The study is another blow to companies such as …

The Brain

California Democrats plunge into 'civil war'

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, progressives are demanding the party move more aggressively on a variety of issues.<p>LOS ANGELES — Long-standing tensions between the Democratic Party’s moderate and liberal wings have ignited in California, where progressive activists are redirecting their …

Middle-class