21 Feb 2019

What alchemy and astrology can teach artificial intelligence researchers

Artificial intelligence (AI) research is rapidly bringing us closer to a new technological revolution. However, Computer Science professor Ben Shneiderman of the University of Maryland believes that in order to get the best out of this technology, researchers and engineers should be careful not to repeat the mistakes of legitimate scientists who got sidetracked

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21 Feb 2019

Israel to launch first privately funded moon mission

Israel is poised to become the fourth country to reach the moon, a feat that only the US, Russia, and China have pulled off so far. The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is partner in a mission that aims to land Beresheet, a robotic lander, on the lunar surface in order to

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20 Feb 2019

The race to 5G wireless tech is on. A report finds Americans have an early lead

According to a new report by Cisco, the US has taken the lead in its race with China to become the global leader in 5G wireless networking. Cisco projects that 5G networking will account for 9% of North American mobile data connections by 2022, while 5G will only cover 4% of

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19 Feb 2019

The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground

The US and China are fiercely competing to become the global champion of 5G, the new generation of incredibly fast mobile technology. This battle is bound to have major repercussions for the future of the Internet. Right now, it is already difficult to speak of one uniform Internet, due to

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19 Feb 2019

China Plans to Turn Hong Kong and Macau Into a Silicon Valley Rival

China seems to have added yet another dimension in the US-China battle for tech dominance by presenting a plan to create a global innovation hub to rival Silicon Valley. According to the plan, Hong Kong and Macau will be connected to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, two cities in southern China, in order

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19 Feb 2019

Splunk pulls out of Russia

American analytics company Splunk has released a statement mentioning that it “will no longer be selling software and services to organizations in Russia – either directly or through partners*.” The firm did not really elaborate on the decision, mentioning only that it will “continue to evaluate our global investments […] to

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19 Feb 2019

The Pentagon Thinks AI Could Help Troops Telepathically Control Machines

The research agency of the US Department of Defense, officially called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA for short, has started to investigate how AI solutions could enable people to control machines with their mind, through “next-generation neurotechnology.” Neurotechnology can already enable people to control drones and prosthetic

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18 Feb 2019

How realistic are China’s plans to colonize the moon?

After China’s recent success in landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the country is planning three additional lunar missions that could lay the groundwork for China’s long term goal of establishing a lunar base. While this goal may strike some as a naive dream inspired by science-fiction

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18 Feb 2019

Call to ban killer robots in wars

At a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC, scientists advocated a ban on weaponized artificial intelligence (AI), arguing that malfunctioning AI weapons systems could result in civilian casualties and other disaster scenarios. The statements echo the goal of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots,

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18 Feb 2019

AI text generator too dangerous to release, say creators

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by Elon Musk, has created AI software that is not only capable of writing coherent articles and texts, but can actually mimic the writing style of specific individuals, including professional journalists if it is fed articles written by them. While the OpenAI team has

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