science
AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least we Have That Going for us

Optical illusions take advantage of shortcomings in the visual system. Certain special designs can trick our brain as it’s trying to process the information that’s coming in. Learning more about what can trick our minds would help us learn more about the human mind itself. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Secret AI Hiring Tool Reportedly ‘Penalised’ CVs With the Word ‘Women’s’

For years, a team at Amazon reportedly worked on software that vetted the resumes of job applicants in an effort to surface the most likely hires. It gradually became clear that no matter how hard engineers tried to fix it, the recruitment engine found a way to discriminate against women, Reuters reported today. Read More >>

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The Media Tried To Game The Machines and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next (Facebook Won)

Just five years ago, not only was it possible for a reputable outlet to flatly characterise Upworthy—a website that didn’t make much but a system for testing what drew clicks on Facebook—as the “fastest-growing media company of all time,” but it happened more than once. By 2013, a year after its founding, Upworthy had favourable print profiles and $12 million (£9.4 million) in funding from people like Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian. Its founder was making the rounds advising other sites hungry for traffic to “stay away from politics” and “focus on Facebook, not Twitter.” Michelle Obama guest-edited the site. Read More >>

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It’s So Great That Apple Cares About macOS Again

There have been...concerns. Ever since the iPhone showed up and started making unfathomable amounts of money, it was easy to get the sense that Apple was maybe leaving the venerable Mac behind. Sure there has been some nice new hardware, and each year Apple dutifully rolls out a new version of its desktop operating system, but it’s also been clear for years that the company’s energy has been focused on its far more lucrative mobile products. Read More >>

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Self-Taught AI Masters Rubik’s Cube in Just 44 Hours

Meet DeepCube, an artificially intelligent system that’s as good at playing the Rubik’s Cube as the best human master solvers. Incredibly, the system learned to dominate the classic 3D puzzle in just 44 hours and without any human intervention. Read More >>

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Uber is Trying to Patent an AI System to Identify Erratic Behaviour in Riders

It looks like Uber has a growing interest in the behaviours of its users. According to a patent application filed by the company Thursday, Uber is planning to use machine learning to better understand the “state” of a passenger when they request a ride. Read More >>

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Researchers Are Training a Robot Butler to Do the Chores You Hate in a Sims-Inspired Virtual House

Researchers are teaching machines to get stuff done using video simulations, a database of chores, and a virtual home reminiscent of your favourite time-wasting video game. The end goal? Teaching robots the same way you teach yourself how to install a toilet: instructional videos. Read More >>

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AI Is Getting Pretty Good at Studying Distant Galaxies

Will all the warped images and funny names, it can be easy to forget that machine learning can have important uses in science—specifically, when it comes to categorising things. Scientists have lately been putting a neural network to good use identifying distant galaxies. Read More >>

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Facebook Reportedly Wants to Use AI to Predict Your ‘Future Behaviour’—So Advertisers Can Change It

Among the unanswered questions at Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings last week, the CEO was a bit stumped when asked if he would be willing to change Facebook’s business model in order to protect users’ privacy. Facebook’s data collection has received a lot of attention from a security perspective, but a new report illustrates why we should be just as concerned about how it uses that data to influence our behaviour. Read More >>

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Apple Recruits Google’s Search and AI Chief John Giannandrea to Help Improve Siri

Apple has managed to snag Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, in a fairly significant victory for a company that has lagged behind its rivals in the AI arena. Read More >>

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Twitter Created a Photo Tool That Knows Where You’ll Look First

Twitter has never been an ideal platform for sharing photos—largely because users can’t be sure what portion of their image will show up in a tweet’s image preview. If the most important part of a photo is cropped out, followers probably won’t be inclined to click through to see the whole image. Read More >>

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A Simple Sticker Tricked Neural Networks Into Classifying Anything as a Toaster

Image recognition technology may be sophisticated, but it is also easily duped. Researchers have fooled algorithms into confusing two skiers for a dog, a baseball for espresso, and a turtle for a rifle. But a new method of deceiving the machines is simple and far-reaching, involving just a humble sticker. Read More >>

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This Carol-Writing Neural Network Wants to Wish You a Very ‘Hurry Christmas’

As you gather round the fireplace this Christmas and your smug second cousin decides it’s time to drunkenly berate everyone about the blockchain market, try drowning him out with this new, technologically-advanced carol: “Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la.” Read More >>

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Like This Post If You Want Facebook to Finally Solve the News Feed’s Like-Baiting Problem

After former company president Sean Parker said Facebook was exploiting human psychology to the detriment of its users, and ex-vice president of growth Chamath Palihapitiya implied that Facebook may be responsible for creating “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric,” Facebook says it’s instituting a new policy to help combat some of the more egregious engagement baiting that takes place on its social network. Read More >>

technology
This £2,700 GPU Is the Most Powerful Ever, and to Prove It, Nvidia Painted It Gold

When it comes to satisfying the needs of the PC master race, there’s no such thing as too much. That’s why Nvidia went and created the £2,700 Titan V, which the company is calling the most powerful graphics card ever created. Then, Nvidia went and painted it gold, so you wouldn’t confuse it with any of those other pedestrian GPUs. Read More >>