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Report: Apple’s working on a horrific iPhone feature that uses AI to ‘detect’ autism

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Apple’s walled garden for AI tends to keep the Cupertino company out of critical media’s crosshairs. So it’s a bit of a shock when a story breaks demonstrating that the house that Jobs and Woz built is just as dangerous and unhinged as the rest of big tech when it comes to machine learning. Exhibit A: The Wall Street ...
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Amazon’s AI is forcing delivery drivers to make dangerous decisions

Amazon delivery drivers were involved in at least 60 accidents resulting in 13 deaths between 2015 and 2019. And that was before drivers were being forced to make dangerous decisions by in-vehicle AI cameras and crappy algorithms. Up front: Motherboard ran a horrific article (great reporting, horrifying topic) about Amazon‘s third-party driver surveillance system. The skinny is that thousands of drivers across the US are being monitored by AI systems that actively watch drivers and their surroun...
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You’re a nomophobe — and yes, that’s a problem

Through social distancing mandates, lockdown measures and restrictions on gatherings, and services, the pandemic has brought about widespread changes to how modern societies function. And everyone has become more reliant on smartphones. One study found smartphone use increased by 70 percent during the first few months of the pandemic. And a recent Canadian survey found more than 40 percent of respondents are spending even more time on their phones this year. The reliance on digital technologies,...
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Google’s new deep learning system could help radiologists analyze X-rays

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! Deep learning can detect abnormal chest x-rays with accuracy that matches that of professional radiologists, according to a new paper by a team of AI researchers at Google published in the peer-reviewed science journal Nature. The deep learning system can help radiologists prioritize chest x-rays, and it can also serv...
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The AirPods 3 were a no-show, but don’t count them out yet

While most of the products at the iPhone 13 event were predicted by early rumors, there was one prominent prediction that didn’t show up: the AirPods 3. But don’t count it out just yet. A new report by DigiTimes Asia claims the AirPods 3 are not only coming — they are already in production. According to DigiTimes, shipments from components suppliers and assemblers have been ‘proceeding slowly,’ but it still seems the headphones could very well show up within the next few months. The new AirPods ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Asia, Plugged, Next Featured


Scientists find the molecules necessary for life swirling newborn planets

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! A team of researchers at the University of Leeds recently made the startling discovery that many observable protoplanets are surrounded by the raw molecules necessary for life. Planets such as Earth are formed when the gravitational pull of a star captures swirling clouds of dust and gas. Over time, the clouds ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Leeds, University Of Leeds, Neural, Next Featured


Physicists think we’ve detected the dark energy ripping our universe apart

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! A team of researchers led by physicists at the University of Cambridge may have accidentally stumbled upon the biggest (as in, size-wise) discovery in the history of physics: dark energy. And not a moment too soon, as many scientists believe this mysterious force is literally ripping the universe apart. Up fron...
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Gambling streams on Twitch are full of legal and ethical issues

Streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube Live are now a significant part of popular entertainment. These sites host millions of “live streamers” and tens of millions of daily viewers. Streamers broadcast their lives and activities — often digital gaming — to audiences who interact and chat with them in real-time. Twitch, the dominant streaming platform, also currently houses around 150 channels offering the live broadcasting of real-money slot machine gambling — the most popular of these re...
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Leak: The Pixel 6’s CPU seems powerful, underpowered, and very strange

We already know the Pixel 6 is going to be a watershed device for Google. The company already confirmed the device, including the fact that it’s using its own custom processor dubbed Google Tensor. But what we didn’t know was just how different it would be from anything else. Google may be paving its own, strange road to CPU design For a while, it seemed Google might just use a slightly tweaked Exynos processor made by Samsung, with some additional Google-y AI bits. But according to a leak by XD...
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5 real AI threats that make The Terminator look like Kindergarten Cop

It. Never. Fails. Every time an AI article finds its way to social media there’s hundreds of people invoking the terrifying specter of “SKYNET.” SKYNET is a fictional artificial general intelligence that’s responsible for the creation of the killer robots from the Terminator film franchise. It was a scary vision of AI‘s future until deep learning came along and big tech decided to take off its metaphorical belt and really give us something to cry about. At least the people fighting the robots in...
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Answering one of the most Google’d question: ‘What is my IP address?’

What is my IP? It’s an odd question in most people’s minds, yet it’s one of the top ten most-searched questions on Google. Those who know what an IP address is will already know most of these searches are coming from people who understand what they’re searching for. But for the rest of us, a more relevant question might be: what is an IP address? Across the globe, there are billions of computing devices that connect to the internet. To communicate, each device needs an address, just like our hom...
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Answering one of the most Google’d questions: ‘What is my IP address?’

What is my IP? It’s an odd question in most people’s minds, yet it’s one of the top ten most-searched questions on Google. Those who know what an IP address is will already know most of these searches are coming from people who understand what they’re searching for. But for the rest of us, a more relevant question might be: what is an IP address? Across the globe, there are billions of computing devices that connect to the internet. To communicate, each device needs an address, just like our hom...
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Apple’s plans to scan users’ devices raises Big Tech trust issues

Apple’s plan to scan customers’ phones and other devices for images depicting child sexual abuse generated a backlash over privacy concerns, which led the company to announce a delay. Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies have long scanned customers’ images that are stored on the companies’ servers for this material. Scanning data on users’ devices is a significant change. However well-intentioned, and whether or not Apple is willing and able to follow through on its promises to protect cu...
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The iPhone 13’s Cinematic mode is going to change mobile filmmaking forever

Today’s Apple event was pretty low-key, as far as these things usually go. There wasn’t much we didn’t already know from rumors over the past few weeks, and the hardware changes in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were largely what you’d expect from yearly updates. Instead, the coolest announcement may have been a software one — albeit one enabled by the new A15 Bionic processor. It’s called Cinematic mode, and I think it’s going to majorly change the way people create video content with their sm...
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Everything Apple announced at its big iPhone 13 event

It’s that time of year again: Apple announced the iPhone 13… and a bunch of other stuff. It wasn’t the most shocking or exciting Apple event ever —  it was largely in line with leaks and rumors — but there was still plenty of interesting news to note. We’ve gone ahead and made a summary of the most important announcements below. New entry-level iPad Apple today announced its latest iPad, this time around using Apple’s A13 processor. It’s not the fastest chip Apple has made, but Apple claims it’s...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Chromebook, Everything Apple, Plugged, Next Featured


Researchers lay the groundwork for an AI hive mind

Intel’s AI division is one of the unsung heroes of the modern machine-learning movement. It’s talented researchers have advanced the state of AI chips, neuromorphic computing, and deep learning. And now they’re turning their sights on the unholy grail of AI: the hive mind. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic. But every great science fiction horror story has to start somewhere. And Intel’s amazing advances in the area of multiagent evolutionary reinforcement learning (MERL) could make a great orig...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Borg, Merl, Neural, Next Featured, Star Trek MERL


Your social media ‘engagement’ is making you vulnerable to manipulation

Facebook has been quietly experimenting with reducing the amount of political content it puts in users’ news feeds. The move is a tacit acknowledgment that the way the company’s algorithms work can be a problem. The heart of the matter is the distinction between provoking a response and providing content people want. Social media algorithms – the rules their computers follow in deciding the content that you see – rely heavily on people’s behavior to make these decisions. In particular, they watc...
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Scientists want to cure elephant herpes so woolly mammoths can stop climate change

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! Welcome to Middle Pleistocene Park! Okay, that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as Jurassic Park, but Hollywood’s a bit looser when it comes to era accuracy than we are. A serial entrepreneur and a Harvard geneticist today announced plans to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth. If that’s not exciting eno...
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Data science students don’t know a lot about ethics — and that’s a problem

The big idea Undergraduate training for data scientists – dubbed the sexiest job of the 21st century by Harvard Business Review – falls short in preparing students for the ethical use of data science, our new study found. Data science lies at the nexus of statistics and computer science applied to a particular field such as astronomy, linguistics, medicine, psychology or sociology. The idea behind this data crunching is to use big data to address otherwise unsolvable problems, such as how health...
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Decolonizing the internet starts with looking at media history

Historically, many media institutions were at the service of “the colonizing empire”, both in how they were modeled and used. They were meant to advance the ideology of colonizers in colonies. Today some print and electronic media remain at the service of coloniality and imperialism. They play out colonialism’s legacy, coloniality – the patterns of power that persist long after the end of formal colonialism. This process has a regressive effect. It betrays the progressive role that is generally ...
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What does it actually mean when a company says, “We do not sell your data”?

You’ve likely run into this claim from tech giants before: “We do not sell your personal data.” Companies from Facebook to Google to Twitter repeat versions of this statement in their privacy policies, public statements, and congressional testimony. And when taken very literally, the promise is true: Despite gathering masses of personal data on their users and converting that data into billions of dollars in profits, these tech giants do not directly sell their users’ information the same way da...
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I’d prefer an ankle tag over a quarantine app

South Australia has begun a trial of a new COVID app to monitor arrivals into the state. SA Premier Steven Marshall claimed, “every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app”. He then doubled down with the boast that he was “pretty sure the technology that we have developed within the South Australia government will become the national standard and will be rolled out across the country.” Victoria too has announced impending “techno...
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5 reasons why video games should be mandatory in every classroom

In an effort to curtail how much time young people spend playing video games, China has banned students from playing them during the school week and limits them to just one hour per day on Fridays, weekends and holidays. The new rule took effect Sept. 1, 2021. From my standpoint as a video game designer and scholar who specializes in game-based learning, I don’t see a need to limit video game play among students during the school week. Instead, I see a need to expand it – and to do so during the...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Insider, Next Featured


Google Search finally has a dark mode — here’s how to turn it on

Although the Google Search homepage has received a few visual updates over the years, its overall design has remained consistent: It’s a colorful Google logo over a white background. That’s finally changing — for users that opt-in, anyway. After rolling out a dark theme for Google’s mobile apps, the company is finally bringing some eye relief to desktop users too. You know, so you look up critical information like the history of the empanada at 3 AM without blinding yourself in a sea of white no...
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I can’t believe I have to say this: GPT-3 can’t channel dead people

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! GPT-3 can’t talk to dead people. It’s a bit ridiculous that I have to say that, but just in case you’re not entirely sure what the world’s most powerful AI-powered text generator can and can’t do, I thought I might prepare a handy guide to help you out. What GPT-3 can do: spit out meaningless text that often ap...
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Scientists discover mysterious ‘quantum pressure’ emanating from a black hole

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! Scientists from the University of Sussex recently stumbled upon a startling discovery: black holes emit quantum pressure. What’s quantum pressure? Nobody’s quite sure, but it’s very exciting! Up front: To put this discovery into perspective, the last time someone discovered a new mechanical facet of black holes...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Stephen Hawking, Sussex, University of Sussex, Neural, Next Featured


iPhone 13 event: What to expect from Apple on September 14

It’s that time of year again: Apple is getting ready to announce new iPhones … and probably a bunch of other stuff. That also means it’s time for us to sum up what we’re expecting to see from Apple based on months of rumors and speculation. First things first: there’s a good chance Apple will host two separate events this year, as the company appears to have a whole bunch of products left to announce in 2021. As such, we’re letting you know what we think is most likely to make an appearance, and...
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Google may have teased the Pixel 6’s release date in recent ads

Google has taken a laissez-faire approach to revealing its products of late. After teasing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro very publicly on Twitter last month, the company is now already running a new ad featuring the phones. Behold: There’s not very much to it we don’t already know, as it mostly shows off the phone from the rear and gives us a look at Android 12’s Material You design. Still, it’s just another sign the company is finally getting serious about hardware. Separately, the company teased...
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So you want to live on Mars eh? Good luck. You’ll probably die a horrific death

Did you know Neural is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of AI during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your online ticket now! The US government and Silicon Valley don’t agree on everything, but when it comes to dominating the modern space race they’re perfectly aligned. Uncle Sam’s going to put American boots on Martian soil and Elon Musk’s building the spaceship that’ll get them there. No matter your notions on nations, there’s somet...
Tags: Startups, Space, Elon Musk, Science, Opinion, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Silicon Valley, Mars, Uncle Sam, Neural, Next Featured


3D printing is giving Paralympians an edge

Major sporting events like the Paralympics are a breeding ground for technological innovation. Athletes, coaches, designers, engineers, and sports scientists are constantly looking for the next improvement that will give them the edge. Over the past decade, 3D printing has become a tool to drive improvements in sports like running and cycling and is increasingly used by paralympic athletes. The Paralympics features athletes with a diverse range of abilities, competing in a wide range of differen...
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