Every week, I get literally hundreds of emails come into my inbox. This is not, you may be surprised to know, because I am so devastatingly popular (though I am, of course). It’s because I am subscribed to pretty much every tech email newsletter under the sun. So, on Fridays, I tend to spend an hour having a good sort through them all to find the best ones and to single out a few for my weekend reading frenzy. Yes, I am literally that cool.
I copy all the links to a #technologynews thread in the TDMB team Slack, which I am certain they definitely appreciate. Definitely. I was doing exactly that today when it occurred to me that our readers would probably like a chunk of the latest news, too.
On Sundays, as you may already be aware, I send out my own newsletter, which focusses on the biggest news from AI over the preceding week. However, this exercise gives me a chance to share a broader swathe of news from tech in general – a big topic – and, equally, to up my own knowledge across the board. So, with little further ado, here are the articles that piqued my interest this week.
Somehow, this plan isn’t quite as insane as it sounds.
Wall Street has long been the industry people love to hate. But as big tech’s reputation plummets, suddenly a job at Facebook doesn’t seem so cool.
Last week, the podcast Reply All investigated the persistent rumour that Facebook records users’ conversations and uses them to target ads. Facebook denied it, and co-host Alex Goldman was convinced. But for the second half of the episode, Goldman talked to people who have talked about a product, then seen it pop up in Facebook ads. He presented alternate explanations for their experience. He couldn’t change a single person’s mind.
Sixty years ago, for the first time in history, an animal was launched into orbit. What is her legacy?
A new report argues robots will kill fewer people than human drivers, even if the technology isn’t foolproof yet.
Heads up, iPhone owners. iOS 11 comes with a batch of security features that merit your attention.
Two-thirds of the world’s population doesn’t have access to medical imaging. A company called Butterfly Network is trying to change that.
Thanks to a string of screw-ups and bugs, an unsuspecting developer recently took possession of an estimated $300 million worth of the Ethereum cryptocurrency by accident. In an attempt to give back the money, however, the poor guy ended up locking up the funds permanently. In effect, that money is just gone.
The company hopes for more engagement, but the change will have further reaching consequences.
In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from Sarasota,” and they say, “Oh, I have a grandparent in Sarasota,” and they tell you where they live and their name, and you may or may not recognize them.
Opinion: The world is no longer dominated by nations. We’re in a non-state, net-state era.
Why type when you can just think?
Unless policymakers take action, it could decimate smaller cities, too.
Uber’s artificial-intelligence lab is less than a year old, but researchers there have already built their own programming language for AI applications—and now they’re releasing it for anyone to use.
Twitter’s media science chief says machine learning will help journalists understand a world fragmented by digital technologies and political polarization.
Cryptographers have researched zero-knowledge proofs for two decades, but the technique is only just now poised to redefine the concept of online privacy.
The LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist explains how he’s trying to combat sexual harassment and economic inequality in the tech industry and beyond.
Researchers have built the most sophisticated quantum computer yet, signalling progress toward a powerful new way of processing information.
This robot roommate holds a lot of promise but still has a long way to go.
Blockchain Start-Up EtherSport to Develop Ground-Breaking Sports Betting Platform, Announces ICO Commencing November 13th (CryptoCoinsNews)
The government’s Data Protection Bill will legally enshrine the age at which children will be allowed to create accounts on social media platforms.
A Q&A to the coming crisis
Veteran tech journalist Mark Frauenfelder tries everything, including hypnosis, to recover a small fortune from a locked bitcoin device.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have exploded in value—making them an ever-more attractive target for scammers and hackers. Here’s how to protect your investment.
As we automate more and more decisions, being able to understand how an AI thinks is increasingly important.
How a small band of Silicon Valley engineers started a global robotics revolution
Apple Inc., seeking a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone, aims to have technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020.
Fake videos could become so convincing that we may have to get used to getting our news without them.
It once took online grocer Ocado two hours to put together a box of 50 food items. Now machines can do it in five minutes.
The cryptocurrency’s price is soaring, but the fervour is about more than just an investment opportunity.
The mind can play tricks on your body. Luckily, VR can play tricks right back.
Courtesy: Kailash Ahirwar (Co-Founder & CTO, Mate Labs)
Once Alphabet’s artificial intelligence company DeepMind had masted the ability to defeat the best human Go players in the world, it tried to beat its own best attempts using an approach based strictly on a virtual Go player that was totally self-taught.
That Go-playing virtual intelligence was called AlphaGo Zero, and it managed to rediscover over 3,000 years of human knowledge around the game in just 72 hours. It then beat the version of the original AlphaGo that beat champion Lee Sedol.
As robots get good at mimicking human behaviour, people can be deceived into thinking they have human intelligence. So let’s put them to the test.
Neuroscientist Christof Koch calls for a crash program in brain technologies to make us smarter
Paul Logothetis: Japanese IT giant Fujitsu is developing a 3D sensory system that will make scoring easier. But will computers ever fully replace human judges?
Machine learning algorithms accept inputs as numeric vectors. Designing an input in a specific way to get the wrong result from the model is called an adversarial attack. In this article, we will show practical examples of the main types of attacks, and explain why is it so easy to perform them
As humans, we’re pretty good at knowing what we’re looking at. We might be fleshy and weak compared to computers, but we string context and previous experience together effectively to understand what we see.
Artificial intelligence today doesn’t have that capability. The brain-inspired artificial neural networks that computer scientists have built for companies like Facebook and Google simply learn to recognize complex patterns in images. If it identifies the pattern, say the shape Show more…
Designing our Complex Future with Machines.
I often get asked how AI will affect jobs. Everyone who drives for a living knows their job is going to vanish eventually.
While the scientific community continues looking for new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, Andrew Ng believes the tech we need is…
Sergi Santos has a big plan for the future… and it starts with sex robots.
They really want humans and autonomous vehicles to be friends.
We trust in science because we can verify the accuracy of its claims. We test and verify that accuracy by repeating the scientist’s original experiments.
What happens when those tests fail, particularly in a field that has the potential to create billions of dollars of revenue?
In 2016, Nature surveyed more than 1,500 scientists and found that more than 70% of them had tried and failed to reproduce experiments by other scientists published in scientific journals.
Hundreds of feet underground, scientists are experimenting with a technology that could transform how mining companies dig out rocks in dangerous, pitch-black caves: fully autonomous drones.
Covering your eyes with a virtual-reality headset has its downsides—chief among them, perhaps, inability to see the real world.
Replika, an app that creates an artificially intelligent doppelgänger, offers a glimpse into the future of human-bot interaction.
The California-based startup has big plans for the future.
Autonomous vehicles promise safety and efficiency. But nobody knows what it will be like to live with them.
In our efforts to understand the Universe, we’re getting greedy, making more observations than we know what to do with. Satellites beam down hundreds of terabytes of information each year, and one…
The earbuds are a swift translator when paired with a Pixel smartphone, but they’re uncomfortable and chunky.
A new kind of AI system could create personalized clothing based on a shopper’s taste.
A photo of a stunningly lifelike android wins a top prize in an international portrait competition.
How AI Can Deliver the ‘Magical Difference’ in Customer Experience: An AI Discussion with Peter Norvig (Salesforce)
Peter Norvig is Director of Research for Google, and an expert in both artificial intelligence (AI) and online search. Prior to his work at Google, he worked at NASA, becoming the organization’s senior computer scientist. He is a true AI Trailblazer, having literally written the textbook for AI.
Bryan Johnson’s insanely ambitious dream to create a “neuroprosthesis,” or a brain-computer interface, would allow humans to “coevolve” with artificial intelligence and even unlock the secrets of telepathy.
Study says US jobs increasingly require basic tech skills, but workers are not keeping pace.
Demographic data may contribute to algorithms’ accuracy, but it also complicates their use.
Amazon Employees Use Pikachu to Test Automated Grocery Store, Which Is a Weird Thing to Do (Gizmodo)
Amazon is still struggling to get its automated grocery store, Amazon Go, to function right. Who knew it would be so hard to build a brick-and-mortar store with sensors and gadgets instead of cashiers? But in a recent test of the company’s experimental Seattle store, some of Jeff Bezos’ employees got a little weird. They dressed up in Pikachu costumes to go shopping.
In recent decades, the diffusion of digital technology into nearly every business and workplace, also known as “digitalization,” has been remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work.
News and insights on Google platforms, tools, and events.
The fight for Bitcoin’s soul rages on.
If you want to crunch the world’s biggest problems, head east.
Robert Schoelkopf helped create technology that promises to deliver the machines of tomorrow at Google and IBM. Now, he is giving them some competition.
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