by Cade Metz, WIRED
On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above. The photos are a way of locating dugongs, or sea cows, in the bay near Perth—part of an effort to prevent the extinction of these endangered marine mammals. The trouble is that Hodgson and her team don’t have the time needed to examine all those aerial photos. There are too many of them—about 45,000—and spotting the dugongs is far too difficult for the untrained eye. So she’s giving the job to a deep neural network. Continue reading 2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet
by James Trew, Engadget
The concept design hints at Acura’s in-car future.
Digital dials are great and all, but why not turn things up a notch? That’s exactly what Acura is doing with its Precision Cockpit, unveiled at the LA Auto Show today. More than just an in-car infotainment system, the concept includes cabin elements borrowed from the NSX (such as the seats and the steering wheel), which show us just how future Acura motors will look and feel inside, along with how we’ll interact with them. Acura’s calling it a “choreographed in-car experience” (of course) and it appears that experience includes some clever technology. Continue reading Acura’s Precision Cockpit fuses AI and Android in your auto
by Brandon Hill, HotHardWare
When you purchase a brand new Android smartphone, you hope that you won’t have to deal with malware that is spying on you at every turn. To protect yourself, you might avoid side-loading apps or only download seemingly trusted apps from the Google Play Store.
However, what if you do everything right and are still put at risk through no fault of your own? That’s exactly what’s happening thanks to a software backdoor that has been installed on a multitude of budget Android devices. Continue reading Android Phones Loaded With Secret Backdoor Beamed Texts And Contacts To Chinese Mothership