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Uh, Did Google Fake Its Big A.I. Demo?

The tech press has questions, and Google isn’t providing any answers.<p>Google C.E.O. <b>Sundar Pichai’s</b> demonstration of the company’s new virtual-assistant technology, unveiled at the company’s annual developer conference last week, was more unnerving than Pichai presumably intended it to be. Google …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's top AI scientists: We're entering phase two

Some of Google’s top scientists today discussed the future of artificial intelligence and the message was one of tempered expectations – something we hadn’t seen much of at the Google I/O event.<p>The field of artificial intelligence exists in two states which, upon first glance, appear diametrically …

Google to remove "secure" indicator from HTTPS pages on Chrome

Users should expect the web to be safe by default, Google explained.<p>As part of its push to make the web safer, Google on Thursday said it will stop …

Google

This Is America’s Hottest Job

Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to …

Big Data

How GDPR Will Impact the AI Industry

In what can be described as a kind of arms race, tech companies have been amassing large volumes of user data to hone the artificial intelligence algorithms that power their applications and platforms. Thus far, they've mostly been able to evade accountability when their practices have pushed them …

You’ll never read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>With privacy-centric European Union legislation set to …

Social Media

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact the Future of Work

We are rapidly moving toward a workplace where people interact with machines on a routine basis. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), and …

Artificial Intelligence

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

Say hello to Google One

Google is revamping its consumer storage plans today by adding a new $2.99/month tier for 200 GB of storage and dropping the price of its 2 TB plan from $19.99/month to $9.99/month (and dropping the $9.99/month 1 TB plan). It’s also rebranding these storage plans (but not Google Drive itself) as …

Android News

This startup wants to help traditional businesses effectively adopt blockchain

Blockchain’s moment in the sun is finally here.<p>It’s remarkable. Databases are a fairly unsexy technology, but blockchain has made the distributed database idea both mainstream and cool. The rush on cryptocurrency, highlighted by Bitcoin topping out at $20,000, has brought blockchain technology into …

Blockchain

Solar energy is at risk

<i>Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of</i> <i>Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet</i><i>.</i><p>For decades, solar power has been a bit player in the energy industry, overshadowed by fossil fuel …

Solar Power

It's Time to Start Asking Some Tough Questions About Elon Musk and Tesla

With Tesla's troubles mounting, it's time to stop idolizing Elon Musk and start asking tough questions.<p>It is nearly sacrilegious to criticize Elon Musk, especially in a media ecosystem that hangs on his every word as though it came from a burning bush, rather than from the former co-founder of …

Thanks to A.I., there is finally a way to spot ‘deepfake’ face swaps online

The ability to use deep learning artificial intelligence to realistically superimpose one person’s face onto another person’s body sounds like good, …

Machine Learning

The Pentagon is getting serious about AI weapons

‘We must see to it that we cannot be surprised,’ says the Pentagon’s top scientist<p>Aerospace engineer Mike Griffin says he is taking the threat of drone swarms — including those that could be driven by artificial intelligence — seriously. So is his employer, the US Department of Defense, as are top …

Google Keeps a Record of Your ENTIRE Search History. Here’s How to Delete It in 4 Easy Steps

You can also download a file of your entire search history.<p>YouTube. Panera. Facebook. Equifax. Every week, it seems, there’s a new hack to worry …

Adjust these Facebook privacy settings to protect your personal data | ZDNet

​Facebook knows a lot about you<p>Facebook knows a lot about you. And so do the third-party app makers and partners in the social network's …

Augmented reality-powered home services startup Streem raises another $2M

Streem is catching steam with its augmented reality technology for home service professionals.<p>The Portland startup has reeled in another $2 million …

What does Google know about you? Here’s how to find out

Much like Facebook, Google has probably amassed a vast storehouse of data on you.<p>How vast? I downloaded my files from the platform just now (here’s …

Do Just 1 Thing Differently to Learn Faster and Remember Longer: No Extra Time, Effort, or Technology Required

You don't even have to change the manner in which you study or practice. You only have to do this.<p>Even though many people feel that success is all about whom you know, success is almost always based on <i>what</i> you know. That's why so many people want to learn faster, retain more information, and …

Facebook Has Been Keeping Records of Some of Its Users' Calls and Texts

by Eli SandersRemember: on Facebook, you are the product. Eli SandersVia Ars Technica:This past week, a New Zealand man was looking through the data …

What Do Facebook Permissions Really Mean?

Over the weekend, as a particularly vivid panic about Facebook data-harvesting continued to sweep the globe, users began to pick through what records …

People are downloading their Facebook data and posting it to Twitter, and the results will terrify you

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.<p>One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been …

Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings

Facebook said it would roll out a centralized system for its users to control their privacy and security settings in response to an outcry over the way it has handled personal data.<p>The system, which will be introduced to Facebook users globally over the coming weeks, will allow people to change …

Privacy

Data shows you didn’t #DeleteFacebook, so make sure to change these settings

Facebook is designed for sharing, whether that’s you posting photos of your lunch, or Facebook sharing targeting data with advertisers and behavioral data with app developers.<p>Most of this data sharing is integral to the core Facebook experience, but there are a few aspects of Facebook’s sharing …

Apps

Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Google knows where you’ve been<p>Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You …

Time I

Model How Light Reflects Off a Mirror With Python

Ever wonder how a mirror works? If you want to find the path that light takes when reflecting off a surface, you could use Fermat's Principle. This …

Google co-founder’s Kitty Hawk unveils its electric autonomous flying taxi

Kitty Hawk, the company led by the ‘godfather of self-driving cars’ Sebastian Thrun and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has revealed its Cora aircraft, which is a hybrid vertical take-off and landing design that can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane.<p>The vehicle can travel at …

Our Best Baked Potato Recipes

When it comes to baked potatoes, there's plenty of ways to dress them up or keep them simple for a hearty, starchy side. Whether you're looking to …

8 Lean Proteins You Should Start Eating To Get Rid Of Belly Fat, According To Nutritionists

The saying “abs are made in the kitchen” couldn’t be more true. You can do crunches for hours, hop on a stationary bike and spin for miles, or as …

Ehang proves its passenger drones are the real deal in new flight footage

Chinese drone maker Ehang wowed visitors at CES 2016 when it brought along a prototype of its passenger drone; however, it didn’t have much else to show at the time. Now, it’s released footage of the 184 in flight with a passenger for the first time, with the company’s CEO on board.<p>Following ‘1000 …

Drones