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Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence

December 11th, 2017

Via: Wired: Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence […]

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

December 9th, 2017

Disclosure: I have invested in technology related to quantum computing. — Via: Wired: The consequences of mastering quantum computing, while not as visual or visceral as a mushroom cloud, are no less significant than those faced by the scientists who lit up the New Mexico sky with the detonation at the Trinity test site 72 […]

Lincoln Partners with CLEAR for Biometric Security Service

December 8th, 2017

Via: The News Wheel: Lincoln announced a new collaboration with CLEAR, provider of a means to bypass long lines for airport security by way of biometric information. The partnership will see Lincoln customers on the receiving end of complimentary CLEAR membership, which will enable them to skip the line at more than 30 airports and […]

Tesla Is Working on Its Own New AI Chip

December 8th, 2017

Via: Electrek: There have been rumors that Tesla is developing its own chip optimized for self-driving applications ever since we reported on the automaker quietly hiring legendary chip architect Jim Keller from AMD last year. Now CEO Elon Musk finally confirmed the rumor – specifying that Tesla is working on its own new AI chip […]

Google AI Spawns Other AIs

December 5th, 2017

Via: Independent: Google has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that has created its own “child”. What’s more, the original AI has trained its creation to such a high level that it outperforms every other human-built AI system like it. It’s an impressive achievement, but one that could also trigger fears about what else AI […]

A Quantum Boost for a Different Kind of Computer

December 4th, 2017

Disclosure: I have invested in technology related to quantum computing. Via: MIT Technology Review: In two papers published today in the journal Nature, a team at MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and another from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards in Washington D.C., reveal that they have built specialized types […]

Robots Are Coming for Jobs of as Many as 800 Million Worldwide

November 29th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: As many as 800 million workers worldwide may lose their jobs to robots and automation by 2030, equivalent to more than a fifth of today’s global labor force. That’s according to a new report covering 46 nations and more than 800 occupations by the research arm of McKinsey & Co. The consulting company […]

You Can Log Into macOS High Sierra as Root with No Password

November 29th, 2017

Via: Register: A trivial-to-exploit flaw in macOS High Sierra, aka macOS 10.13, allows users to gain admin rights, or log in as root, without a password. The security bug can be triggered via the authentication dialog box in Apple’s operating system, which prompts you for an administrator’s username and password when you need to do […]

Bitcoin Hits US$10,000

November 28th, 2017

Update: Bitcoin Hits US$11,000 — Bitfinex print at US$10,053. Via: Bloomberg: Bitcoin surpassed $10,000 for the first time, bringing this year’s price surge to more than 10-fold even as warnings multiply that the largest digital currency is an asset bubble. The euphoria is bringing to the mainstream what was once considered the providence of computer […]

Facial Recognition Is Tracking Customers as They Shop in Stores

November 24th, 2017

Via: CNBC: Retailers are using facial recognition to collect data about customers as they shop in stores, according to an IT company with insight into the space. “One of the big things brick-and-mortar retailers are getting into now is knowing their customers … tracking who’s entering their mall and how they’re behaving,” said Mark Lunt, […]

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