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Common sense is a huge blind spot for AI developers

Welcome to AI book reviews, a series of posts that explore the latest literature on artificial intelligence. Recent advances in deep learning have rekindled interest in the imminence of machines that can think and act like humans, or artificial general intelligence. By following the path of building bigger and better neural networks, the thinking goes, we will be able to get closer and closer to creating a digital version of the human brain. But this is a myth, argues computer scientist Erik Lar...
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Look ma, no hands: people don’t understand how to use driver-assist systems safely

Adaptive cruise control, lane change assistance, collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring, autopilots: These are just a few of the driver-assist features that are arriving in new cars. As technology races ahead with the aim of making driving safer, drivers are left with the daunting task of figuring out how it all works. Many dealerships offer car buyers a brief orientation to these advanced driver-assist technologies. The glovebox manual, now thicker than ever, provides many of the technical ...
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China owns the factories — now they’re building the world’s best cars

Europeans and other western nations have dominated automotive excellence for over a century. Whether it is the satisfying thud of the door closing on a Volkswagen from Wolfsburg or the beauty of a Ferrari from Modena, these brands are iconic – and very lucrative for their manufacturers. When we think of reliability, the Germans, and latterly the Japanese, have had it sewn up. But if you rest on your laurels, an upstart will soon be chasing at your heels. The Chinese are not exactly upstarts in t...
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The rise of online learning is a chance to remold universities

As any universitystudent, lecturer or tutor can attest, the pandemic has turned learning and teaching upside down. So it’s important we understand what happens for students when their learning shifts online with little to no warning. Since 2020, there’s been a growing body of important research into the impact of online learning for educators. But the student voice, which is essential to informing good design and facilitation of online learning, has been largely unexamined. Our Student Online Le...
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First impressions: Everything Microsoft announced at its 2021 Surface event

Microsoft announced a ton of products today. Some were new, some were major updates, and some were minor refreshes. Though we knew some of what to expect from leaks and rumors, much of the little details were unknown to us. We were lucky enough to try most of the devices in person prior to their official announcement, so consider this round-up also something of a hands-on. Here’s the biggest news from the event. Surface Pro 8 The Surface Pro 8 is the biggest change to the tablet line since the S...
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Surface Laptop Studio hands-on: My perfect laptop doesn’t exi—

My eyes may or may not have welled up when I first laid my hands on the Surface Laptop Studio. I was only able to spend about 20 minutes with Microsoft’s most powerful laptop, but it is as if the company had combed through my brain and made the PC of my dreams — or something very close to it. Rather than creating a Surface Book 4 with a detachable tablet, the new laptop takes a cue from the desktop Surface Studio. Not only can you move its main hinge like any other laptop, you can also pull the ...
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3D-printed rocket engines are powering the commercial space age

The volatile nature of space rocket engines means that many early prototypes end up embedded in dirt banks or decorating the tops of any trees that are unfortunate enough to neighbor testing sites. Unintended explosions are in fact so common that rocket scientists have come up with a euphemism for when it happens: rapid unscheduled disassembly, or RUD for short. Every time a rocket engine blows up, the source of the failure needs to be found so that it can be fixed. A new and improved engine is ...
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Researchers have created holograms you can touch

The TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection of a complete environment that you could interact with and even touch. In the 21st century, holograms are already being used in a variety of ways such as medical systems, education, art, security, and defense. Scientists are still developing ways to use lasers, modern digital processors, and motion-sensing technologies to create several different t...
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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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Specialized’s new city ebikes marry smoothness, torque, and smarts

The Specialized Turbo Vado SL is one of the best ebikes I’ve reviewed, but that unit was meant to provide a gentle assist over a regular bike, rather than helping you blaze up the steepest hills without breaking a sweat. I’ve been curious what the company’s heavier, more powerful models were capable of, and I got to see just that prior to the launch of the new 2021 Turbo Vado and Como models. Long story short: they offer all the smoothness I loved from the Vado SL, but with oodles of torque to s...
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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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Undersea internet cables are causing geopolitical tension

If you’ve ever emailed a resort in Fiji or Vanuatu about that long-awaited holiday, it’s likely your email traveled through an undersea internet cable. Such cables carry much of the internet traffic around the globe, in conjunction with underground fiber connections, satellites, and microwave links. For Pacific Island countries, undersea internet cables can be crucial. The number of Pacific Island countries with such connections has increased substantially in recent years. Even so, many countrie...
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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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How to build tech for good — and turn a profit

Christian Erfurt, the CEO and co-founder of Be My Eyes, who was interviewed for this article, is speaking at TNW2021 this year! You can get tickets for the event here. As if it isn’t enough of a challenge to build a business that makes money, Christian Erfurt took on a more difficult proposition six years ago. He co-founded a company with a view to assist people with vision impairment, while also developing services for enterprises to adopt into their customer care and accessibility programs. Th...
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What does Facebook mean when it says it supports “internet regulations”?

Erin Simpson, associate director for technology policy at Washington, D.C.–based think tank The Center for American Progress, had a message for Facebook. Last year, she co-wrote a pair of reports advising major social media platforms, like Facebook, on how to better address the twin crises of election delegitimization and health misinformation. But Facebook has also been pushing a message at her. For more than a year, Simpson had been noticing ads pop up with the same phrasing: Facebook “support...
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Surface Laptop 4 long-term review: If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway

The Surface Laptop 4 isn’t the most exciting laptop I’ve ever reviewed. Testing it gave me a serious case of déjà vu; its design has barely changed since I first went hands-on with the original in 2017. The most obvious exterior change on my 13-inch review unit — other than being a different shade of blue — is that it comes with a USB-C port instead of a Mini DisplayPort. That’s it. And yet I still consider this laptop to be near the top of its class. A few quibbles aside, it’s one of the easies...
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You can now explore the Universe virtually — spanning 13.8 billion years in time

Itis only a dream to explore the Universe by sailing between galaxies, soaring through vast regions of the Cosmos in a comfortably-short period of time. But now, an international group of researchers have found a way to make this dream come true. A new virtual universe allows anyone to swoosh through the Universe in an unprecedented virtual setting. Fly through the Universe in this video showing off the Uchuu model, provided by Center for Computational Astrophysics (CfCA) Uchuu! Gesundheit! Uchu...
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Here’s why the fast internet you pay for is sometimes slow as hell

Of the 8.2 million homes and businesses active on Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) in July 2021, 77% are now reported to be on a broadband plan that delivers speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps). This is plenty to accommodate a typical household’s needs for video streaming (Netflix high-definition resolution, for instance, uses about 3Mbps and ultra-high definition about 12Mbps), video conferencing (2-3Mbps), gaming (less than 1Mbps) and general web browsing. So why do we...
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Computer vision can help spot cyber threats with startling accuracy

This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. The last decade’s growing interest in deep learning was triggered by the proven capacity of neural networks in computer vision tasks. If you train a neural network with enough labeled photos of cats and dogs, it will be able to find recurring patterns in each category and classify unseen images with decent accuracy. What else can you do with an image classifie...
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What the hell is that weird flashing from the center of the galaxy?

Not far from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers have recently witnessed a mysterious flashing of radio waves. Many (in fact, most) objects give off radio waves — this is not unusual. What caught the eyes of astronomers is that this target does not seem to fit any category of known radio sources. The source of this signal, ASKAP J173608.2-’321635, does not seem to behave like an other known body which produces such radiation. It also cannot be seen in visible, infrared, or X-ray wave...
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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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Surprise surprise: Facebook is ignoring Instagram’s harmful impact on teens

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report. Facebook’s policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but pub...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Here’s how astronomers plan to send a giant-ass telescope to space

The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to head to space on Dec. 18, 2021. With it, astronomers hope to find the first galaxies to form in the universe, will search for Earth-like atmospheres around other planets and accomplish many other scientific goals. I am an astronomer and the principal investigator for the Near Infrared Camera – or NIRCam for short – aboard the Webb telescope. I have participated in the development and testing for both my camera and the telescope as a whole. To see de...
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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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