07 Apr 2017

Facebook AI Chief Yann LeCun Says Machines Are Decades Away From Matching the Human Brain

“Despite AI’s seeming pervasiveness in almost every industry, Dr. LeCun says researchers are still decades away from building machines that can match the intelligence of humans. Even less probable is the Hollywood-like idea that nefarious robots will be unleashed on humanity. ‘We’re still quite far from building artificial general intelligence,

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07 Apr 2017

DARPA Wades into Murky Multimedia Information Streams to Catch Big Meaning

“The goal of AIDA is to develop a multi-hypothesis ‘semantic engine’ that generates explicit alternative interpretations or meaning of real-world events, situations, and trends based on data obtained from an expansive range of outlets. The program aims to create technology capable of aggregating and mapping pieces of information automatically derived

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09 Mar 2017

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Countries will fight over big data

“If big data really is the ‘new oil,’ does this mean that countries will fight over it? This is what Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, suggested in a speech at the company’s Google Cloud Next conference on Wednesday. ‘I think big data is so powerful that nation

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04 Mar 2017

Researchers can predict terrorist behaviors with more than 90 percent accuracy

“Researchers at Binghamton have proposed a comprehensive new framework, the Networked Pattern Recognition (NEPAR) Framework, by defining the useful patterns of attacks to understand behaviors, to analyze patterns and connections in terrorist activity, to predict terrorists’ future moves, and finally, to prevent and detect potential terrorist behaviors. Using data on

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04 Mar 2017

Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things

“Innovation has become a defining ideology of our time. Be disruptive, move fast, break things! And everyone knows – right? – what innovation looks like. Just Google the word. You’ll see lots of lightbulbs. Lightbulbs represent a sudden flash of inventiveness experienced by Thomas Edison or other mythic geniuses. Innovation,

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04 Mar 2017

Facebook still reigns as outlet for news consumption

“In that context, a national survey of 1,520 adults conducted March 7-April 4, 2016, finds that Facebook continues to be America’s most popular social networking platform by a substantial margin: Nearly eight-in-ten online Americans 1 (79%) now use Facebook, more than double the share that uses Twitter (24%), Pinterest (31%), Instagram

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04 Mar 2017

The Government’s Secret Wiki for Intelligence

“In another age, the paper trail may have taken the form of notes stuffed into a box in a forgotten archive. But this being the 21st century, some of the breadcrumbs were submitted to an online wiki. According to the Times, intelligence officers in various agencies rushed to complete analyses

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04 Mar 2017

Facebook plans to lay almost 500 miles of fiber cable in Africa for better wireless internet

“Facebook has a new plan to get more of Africa online: Fiber optic cables. The social giant on Monday announced plans to lay nearly 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda by the end of the year, infrastructure that Facebook believes will provide internet access for more than three million

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04 Mar 2017

Scientists Store an Operating System, a Movie and a Computer Virus on DNA

“The duo successfully stored 214 petabytes of data per gram of DNA, encoding a total number of six files, which include: A full computer operating system An 1895 French movie ‘Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’ A $50 Amazon gift card A computer virus A Pioneer plaque A 1948

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03 Mar 2017

How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide

“The program, involving a tool called Greyball, uses data collected from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and circumvent officials. Uber used these methods to evade the authorities in cities such as Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, and in countries like Australia, China, Italy and South Korea. Greyball

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