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Facebook’s A.I. system that learned to lie to get what it wants

June 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am » Comments Off

We’re beginning to get a glimpse of some of the built-in limits to artificial intelligence. Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should start, when you can take time off work, or how many cookies you can take from […]



Intel predicts a $7 trillion economy for self-driving vehicles

June 10th, 2017 at 7:21 am » Comments Off

The race to be the first to deploy autonomous vehicles is on among carmakers, emerging startups, and tech giants. Amid this constant news cycle of deals and drama, the purpose of all of it can get lost — or at least a bit muddied. What exactly are these companies racing for?



World’s first 3D-printed ovaries allow infertile mice to give birth

May 27th, 2017 at 6:44 am » Comments Off

Infertile mice have given birth to healthy pups after having their fertility restored with ovary implants made with a 3D printer. Researchers created the synthetic ovaries by printing porous scaffolds from a gelatin ink and filling them with follicles, the tiny, fluid-holding sacs that contain immature egg cells.



Japan’s massive new borehole project to reach Earth’s mantle

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

Not since the drilling of the Russia’s Kola Borehole have scientists ventured this deep. Japanese scientists have announced a plan to drill through the Earth’s crust and reach the mantle. The major initiative would be a first for humankind. Despite multiple previous attempts and multiple boreholes of significant depth, we’ve never managed to drill far […]



When computers refuse to obey: Will this be our terrifying future?

April 30th, 2017 at 5:48 am » Comments Off

Cory Doctorow: In the Foundation series, Isaac Asimov posited three rules to protect humans from robots. As our own technology advances exponentially every day, how can will we make technology that frees us, rather than enslaving us? Let us begin by cleaving this problem into two pieces, only one of which I am qualified to […]



Human head transplant less than a year away

April 28th, 2017 at 3:56 am » Comments Off

By this time next year, if all goes according to plan, the world’s first human head transplant will have taken place, Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has revealed. In early 2015, Canavero made headlines around the world when he announced that he would perform the ground-breaking surgery within two years. Now, he has revealed in an […]



Backyard skinny-dippers losing privacy to peeping drone stalkers

April 28th, 2017 at 3:23 am » Comments Off

Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case for Darwin resident Karli Hyatt, who on Tuesday explained how a drone invaded the security and privacy of her suburban backyard. Hyatt had returned home last week from an […]



The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary

March 22nd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, now wants to save it. The computer scientist who wrote the blueprint for what would become the World Wide Web 28 years ago today is alarmed at what has happened to it in the past year. “Over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new […]



What software engineers are making around the world right now

March 8th, 2017 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

A new study published by the data science team at Hired, a jobs marketplace for tech workers, shows why it’s becoming harder for software engineers to afford life in San Francisco, even while they make more money than their peers elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. Based on 280,000 interview requests and job offers provided by […]



Welcome to the Internet of Dangerous Things

March 6th, 2017 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Bruce Schneier:  Last year, on October 21, your digital video recorder — or at least a DVR like yours — knocked Twitter off the internet. Someone used your DVR, along with millions of insecure webcams, routers, and other connected devices, to launch an attack that started a chain reaction, resulting in Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, and […]



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