28 Sep 2016

Moscow will replace Microsoft’s products with local offerings

“Microsoft might lose a whole city of customers in Russia. According to Bloomberg, Moscow will begin replacing Redmond’s products with homegrown software as a result of Vladimir Putin’s urging to stop depending on foreign tech. Artem Yermolaev, the city’s head of information technology, told reporters that Moscow will begin by

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20 Sep 2016

Microsoft announces new AI-powered healthcare initiatives targeting cancer

“Microsoft has announced a quartet of new initiatives focusing on using artificial intelligence in healthcare. The company says its researchers are effectively working to ‘solve’ cancer, deploying machine learning techniques for tasks like analyzing tumors and designing new medication regimes. Another projects wants to construct detailed simulations of how cancer develops

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20 Sep 2016

China Confirms Its Space Station Is Falling Back to Earth

“In a press conference on Wednesday, Chinese officials appear to have confirmed what many observers have long suspected: that China is no longer in control of its space station. China’s Tiangong-1 space station has been orbiting the planet for about 5 years now, but recently it was decommissioned and the

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20 Sep 2016

Accenture to unveil blockchain editing technique

“Accenture is courting controversy in the blockchain community by patenting a technique for editing information stored using the nascent technology in a move designed to make it more commercially viable. By allowing a central administrator to amend or delete information stored on a blockchain, the consultancy says that its prototype

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19 Sep 2016

Inside Google’s Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

“All this abuse, in other words, has evolved into a form of censorship, driving people offline, silencing their voices. For years, victims have been calling on—clamoring for—the companies that created these platforms to help slay the monster they brought to life. But their solutions generally have amounted to a Sisyphean

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19 Sep 2016

At BlackRock, a Wall Street Rock Star’s $5 Trillion Comeback

“And through its big data-mining risk platform, Aladdin, or Asset Liability and Debt and Derivatives Investment Network, BlackRock says it has developed the market’s most highly evolved framework for stress-testing how securities will respond to certain situations — such as a sudden rise in interest rates or what happens in

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07 Sep 2016

Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

“GOOGLE HAS BUILT a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, it’s stumbled on a powerful tool for getting inside the minds of some of the least understood and most dangerous people on the Internet:

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05 Sep 2016

The Man Who Lit The Dark Web

“White’s Memex project would be a portfolio approach. Some tools would dive into the dark Web and present all the hidden onion sites to be found there as a list, something previously considered too difficult to bother with. Others would index and sort the enormous flows of deep and dark

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25 Aug 2016

CIA training artificial intelligence to spy on Earth from SPACE

“A CIA-linked firm has joined forces with Amazon in a bid to use ‘computer vision’ to snoop on the Earth in unprecedented detail. CosmiQ Works, a firm closely associated with the US intelligence agency, is working with the online retail giant and the satellite mapping firm DigitalGlobe to train algorithms to work out

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20 Aug 2016

China’s Master Plan for IT Dominance

“The Strategy reinforces official sloganeering that China must control foreign-owned ‘core technologies’ in integrated circuits, large-scale software, and core hardware components. China’s backwardness in these technology building blocks is listed among China’s most ‘prominent challenges.’ Beijing previously sought to adopt ‘core technologies’ through joint ventures and partnerships with leading foreign

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