by Cherlynn Low, Engadget
The system came up with the technique by itself, after being trained on a battery of sample images
It appears machines may already be catching up to humans, at least in the world of computational biology. A team of researchers at the MIT-based Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) found that the system they designed to recognize faces had spontaneously come up with a step that can identify portraits regardless of the rotation of the face. This adds credence to a previous theory about how humans recognize faces that was based studies of MRIs of primate brains.
Continue reading MIT’s AI figured out how humans recognize faces
by Bryan Harris and Kang Buseong, CNBC: Currencies
Hand over your coins. That is the message being sent by the central bank in South Korea as one of the world’s most technologically advanced and integrated nations eyes the advent of a “cashless society.”
The first step is to get rid of the metal, a feat authorities hope to achieve by 2020. Continue reading South Korea to kill the coin in path towards ‘cashless society’
by Matt McGrath, BBC News: Science & Environment
The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade.
The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the ban to improve air quality. Continue reading Four major cities move to ban diesel vehicles by 2025
by David Nield, Science Alert
The generation after is anyone’s guess
A team of artificial intelligence (AI) experts has found no evidence that AI poses an imminent threat to humanity, which should come as good news if you’re feeling uneasy about the rapid advancements being made in robotics.
In fact, their report is pretty positive about everything AI-related, saying that within the next 15 years, the technology should be making all our lives better, particularly in the fields of transport, healthcare, education, and security. Continue reading The next generation of robots probably won’t want to kill us, say experts
by MIX, TheNextWeb
Google has suffered a massive malware infection affecting over one million Android users across the globe.
Security firm Check Point Technologies revealed in a blog post that the attack, dubbed Gooligan, steals authentication tokens to breach data from Google Play, Photos, Drive, Docs, G Suite, Gmail and more. The infection continues to spread, infecting over 13,000 additional devices daily. Continue reading Google has suffered a massive malware hit breaching over a million Android users
by Jonathan Vanian, Fortune
A top Google researcher talks about increasingly intelligent computers
The next time you enter a query into Google’s search engine or consult the company’s map service for directions to a movie theater, remember that a big brain is working behind the scenes to provide relevant search results and make sure you don’t get lost while driving. Continue reading Google Artificial Intelligence Whiz Describes Our Sci-Fi Future
by Fahmida Y. Rashid, InfoWorld
Here’s what data each telemetry level collects and the price you pay to send the least telemetry to Microsoft
Windows 10’s aggressive data-collection capabilities may concern users about corporate spying, but enterprises have control that consumer-edition Windows users do not: Administrators can decide how much information gets sent back to Microsoft. Continue reading How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security
by Stewart Prager and Michael C. Zarnstorff, International Business Times
Progress is coming and it will bring abundant, clean, safe energy with it
For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own from a mini-sun.
If we’re able to solve an extremely complex set of scientific and engineering problems, fusion energy promises a green, safe, unlimited source of energy. From just one kilogram of deuterium extracted from water per day could come enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes. Continue reading Fusion power: Unlimited, free energy that harnesses the power of the Sun
by Andrew Thomson, TechCrunch
From I, Robot to Ex Machina to Morgan, the idea of creating robots that can understand, compute and respond to human emotions has been explored in movies for decades. However, a common misconception is that the challenge of creating emotionally intelligent computing systems is too great to be met any time soon. In reality, computers are already demonstrating they can augment — or even replace — human emotional intelligence (EQ). Continue reading Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you
by Peter Sayer, ComputerWorld
Armed with a card number, researchers tricked websites into helping them guess the expiry date and CVV
Add credit card fraud to the list of things that distributed processing can speed up.
An e-commerce site will typically block a credit card number after 10 or 20 failed attempts to enter the corresponding expiry date and CVV (card verification value), making life difficult for fraudsters who don’t have a full set of credentials. Continue reading ‘Distributed guessing’ attack lets hackers verify Visa card details