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  • Intel now sells desktop graphics cards, but don’t get your hopes up

    Intel now sells desktop graphics cards, but don’t get your hopes up
    Intel seriously doubled down on graphics performance with the launch of its Iris Xe graphics on laptops last year, all while implying it would bring similar gains to the more crowded desktop market as well. Today we are seeing the first inkling of this with the launch of Intel’s first dedicated, plug-it-in-a-slot desktop GPU in decades. The card is simply dubbed the DG1 (I’m going to hazard a guess that’s “desktop graphics 1”), and is being co-designed wi
  • How quantum computers could hack our brains with fake memories like Total Recall

    How quantum computers could hack our brains with fake memories like Total Recall
    Quantum computers, according to experts, will one day be capable of performing incredible calculations and nearly unfathomable feats of logic. In the near future, we know they’ll help us discover new drugs to fight disease and new materials to build with. But the far future potential for these enigmatic machines is as vast as the universe itself. The realm of classic science fiction is littered with ideas that today’s experts believe lie within the realm of reality – if not to
  • Sony’s $6,498 a1 is an overkill camera for photo and video pros

    Sony’s $6,498 a1 is an overkill camera for photo and video pros
    Sony has been dominating the mirrorless camera market for the past few years, but we always knew it intended to release a flagship camera lineup even more powerful than its popular a7 and a9 models. That new flagship arrived today: the Sony a1. At $6,498, it’s clearly aimed at professional photographers and videographers only — or those with big enough budgets. Featuring a 50MP sensor with a pair of new Bionz XR processors, the camera is able to capture 30 frames per second. I&
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  • What real AI developers and Black Mirror both get wrong about digital resurrection

    What real AI developers and Black Mirror both get wrong about digital resurrection
    One day we’re all going to die. Science and technology can put it off for awhile, but the march of time stops for no human. Sadly, most of us will be forgotten. It’s a bleak prognosis but that’s how things have always been. And that’s unlikely to change, despite the best efforts of the AI community. There’s a new tech trend (that’s actually a dumb old trope) sweeping through big tech, little tech, and South Korean TV stations: digital resurrection. The premis
  • Here’s how AI determines what you see on the Facebook News Feed

    Here’s how AI determines what you see on the Facebook News Feed
    Facebook today revealed fresh details on how algorithms power your News Feed. In a blog post, Facebook said the ranking system isn’t comprised of a single algorithm. Instead, it uses multiple layers of machine learning models to predict what a user wants to see. Facebook explained how this would work for a fictional user called Juan: Since Juan’s login yesterday, his friend Wei posted a photo of his cocker spaniel. Another friend, Saanvi, posted a video from her
  • Here’s how AI determines what you see on Facebook News

    Here’s how AI determines what you see on Facebook News
    Facebook News today rolled out across the UK, and the social network marked the launch by revealing new details on how algorithms power the feature. In a blog post, Facebook said the ranking system isn’t comprised of a single algorithm. Instead, it uses multiple layers of machine learning models to predict what a user wants to see. Facebook explained how this would work for a fictional user called Juan: Since Juan’s login yesterday, his friend Wei posted a photo
  • Valve co-founder says brain-computer interfaces will let you ‘edit’ your feelings

    Valve co-founder says brain-computer interfaces will let you ‘edit’ your feelings
    The head of video games giant Valve says future brain-computer interfaces could change how players feel. Gabe Newell believes BCIs will soon create superior experiences to what we can perceive through our eyes and ears alone. “But that’s not where it gets weird,” he told New Zealand’s 1 News. “Where it gets weird is when who you are becomes editable through a BCI.” Newell envisions the devices detecting a gamer’s emotions and then ad
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  • Lightkey helps write faster emails by basically doing the writing for you

    Lightkey helps write faster emails by basically doing the writing for you
    TLDR: Lightkey Pro studies how you write, then predicts what you’ll write next up to 12 words so you can add it to your emails and documents with just a click. There’s a reason answering emails starts to feel like shoveling snow during a Minnesota January. The moment you think you’re finished, you turn around and another dump has erased all your past work and you get to do it all over again. Digging out from an email avalanche can feel just as repetitive, often forcing you to
  • Deep learning models DON’T need to be black boxes — here’s how

    Deep learning models DON’T need to be black boxes — here’s how
    Deep neural networks can perform wonderful feats thanks to their extremely large and complicated web of parameters. But their complexity is also their curse: The inner workings of neural networks are often a mystery — even to their creators. This is a challenge that has been troubling the artificial intelligence community since deep learning started to become popular in the early 2010s. In tandem with the expansion of deep learning in various domains and applications,
  • Want to drive a hydrogen EV in the US? Move to California

    Want to drive a hydrogen EV in the US? Move to California
    A new partnership between future fuel firms, PowerTap Hydrogen Fuelling and the Andretti Group, could be bringing 100 new hydrogen filling pumps to gas stations across the US. The deal, announced earlier today, will begin by fitting hydrogen pumps to 39 Andretti-owned filling stations in California. So, that sucks if you don’t live in California and want to get a hydrogen car. Once these 39 locations are complete, other Andretti locations across the rest of the US will be retrofitted with
  • Opal cuts off your apps’ internet access to help you stop doomscrolling

    Opal cuts off your apps’ internet access to help you stop doomscrolling
    The coronavirus pandemic has had us spend more time on our phones. Last year gave birth to doomscrolling and it was hard to take your eyes off the screen. Now a new app called Opal has a novel approach to disconnecting your apps from the internet to help you save some time from mindless hours of browsing. The iOS app uses a custom VPN to manage all these connections. So, once you start a session on Opal, you’d be able to open the app, but you won’t be able to refresh your feed.
  • Google unveils privacy-friendly AI cookie killer

    Google unveils privacy-friendly AI cookie killer
    Third-party cookies might have a tasty name, but they can be pretty poisonous when they’re quietly tracking your online behavior. A new Google machine learning initiative aims to replace the rancid cookies with a privacy-first alternative. The search giant calls the system Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC). FLoC (pronounced “flock”) allows businesses to send ads to groups of potential customers rather than specific individuals. The system uses machine learnin
  • This Mac app automatically detects your duplicate files

    This Mac app automatically detects your duplicate files
    I use a 2017 MacBook Air with 128GB of internal memory. So, between photo samples, apps, and other downloads, I don’t have much space and I constantly need to delete stuff. A lot of times, I have duplicate files, especially photos and videos, and it’s a pain to detect and remove them manually. Thankfully, a tool like Gemini II from MacPaw helps me find and clear duplicate files. Now, the app is getting a new update that automatically detects identical files and helps you remove them
  • Help kill the ‘Bernie sitting’ meme with this easy-to-use image generator

    Help kill the ‘Bernie sitting’ meme with this easy-to-use image generator
    If you’re even slightly ‘online,’ the Bernie sitting meme has been unmissable. It hit fever pitch just before the weekend — and that means one thing: it’s now passé. The internet moves so quickly that a few days of popularity is a practically an epoch. But just because the Bernie sitting meme is over, doesn’t mean it’s dead. Far from it. To paraphrase an excellent tweet, we’ll soon enter its ‘mom phase.’ You know, that terrible
  • Uber expands its low-emission ride options to 1,400 more North American cities

    Uber expands its low-emission ride options to 1,400 more North American cities
    This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Uber is set to expand its Uber Green service across 1,400 new North American towns and cities, including Austin, Calgary, Houston, Miami, New York City, Tucson, Wi
  • 3 reasons why almost every VC investor passed on Zoom

    3 reasons why almost every VC investor passed on Zoom
    We now live in a Zoom world. Since founding the now-iconic video-conferencing company in 2011, Eric Yuan has elevated Zoom to one of the most successful SaaS businesses in recent history. With 400,000 paying customers, $600+ million in quarterly revenue, and a market cap north of $100 billion, Zoom is ubiquitous in post-pandemic 2020.  But when Yuan was raising his Series A round back in 2012, dozens of institutional venture capital firms — including those focused on early-stage, clo
  • It’s happening! World’s biggest diesel factory pivots to electric motors

    It’s happening! World’s biggest diesel factory pivots to electric motors
    If ever there was a sign that the times are changing, it’s this: the world’s biggest diesel engine factory is winding down production of combustion motors as it pivots to making electric motors. Electric motor production at the Peugeot Citroen PSA plant in Tremery, France, is expected to double this year to 180,000 units. By 2025, the factory is aiming to produce 900,000 motors a year. When that happens, the factory will be producing more electric motors than combustion engines. [Re
  • This nearly inexplicable exoplanet has the density of cotton candy

    This nearly inexplicable exoplanet has the density of cotton candy
    The exoplanet WASP-107b may be as large as Jupiter, but this super-puff planet only contains one-tenth as much mass as the king of our Solar System. The density of this world is lower than what astronomers thought possible. The discovery of this bizarre exoplanet — sometimes called a cotton candy planet — provides astronomers with a unique target for further study. “With a mass in the Neptune regime and a radius of Jupiter, WASP-107b presents a challenge to planet fo
  • The future of US government vehicles is electric

    The future of US government vehicles is electric
    US President Joe Biden has vowed to replace the nation’s government vehicles with an American-made electrically powered fleet, CNBC reports. The commitment came as part of the “Buy American” executive order, which is designed, as its name suggests, to stimulate government procurement of US-made products. America’s switch to electric vehicles won’t happen overnight though. It’ll also be quite expensive and challenging because there isn’t a huge amount of
  • Signal is drama-free for now, but it should prepare for the worst

    Signal is drama-free for now, but it should prepare for the worst
    Technology journalist Casey Newton has a worrying revelation in the latest issue of his Platformer newsletter: amidst rapid growth, Signal is reportedly not ready for all the ways it could be misused. The messaging app presently runs as a non-profit, and is funded by donations from users and a $50 million loan from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. Between its lack of vested business interests, its promise of end-to-end encryption via the open-source Signal protocol, and the recent changes to Wh
  • Birdwatch is Twitter’s new community-based fact checker

    Birdwatch is Twitter’s new community-based fact checker
    Twitter has tried a variety of fact-checking measures in the past few years, but these normally only apply to tweets from prominent accounts or popular topics. Now the company wants to add context and labels to more tweets by implementing a community-driven fact-checking system called Birdwatch. To start, a group of contributors will be able to “respond quickly when misleading information spreads, adding context that people trust and find valuable.” Currently, this context will be a
  • How AI can make the world more fair for ‘gifted’ kids

    How AI can make the world more fair for ‘gifted’ kids
    A team of researchers from Las Vegas recently developed an AI model capable of judging a human pianist’s skill level. On the surface, it might not sound like the kind of breakthrough research that could change the world overnight. And it’s probably not. But it represents what could be a crucial component in a machine learning stack that could make the world fair for smart kids. Education doesn’t work the same way for everyone. In the US, for example, most public school systems
  • Google Maps is adding COVID19 vaccine sites

    Google Maps is adding COVID19 vaccine sites
    With COVID19 vaccines beginning to make their way around the world, there’s a glimmer of hope for this pandemic to end sometime within the next year. Searches for “vaccines near me” have increased fivefold, according to Google, so in the coming weeks, the company will begin to make vaccination locations available on Google Maps and Search. The feature will roll out initially in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississipi, and Texas, “with more states and countries to come.” The
  • Maker of Sophia the robot plans to sell droids to people seeking company during COVID

    Maker of Sophia the robot plans to sell droids to people seeking company during COVID
    The maker of Sophia the robot plans to sell droids to people craving company during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanson Robotics aims to roll out four models — including Sophia — in the first half of 2021. “Sophia and Hanson robots are unique by being so human-like,” CEO David Hanson told Reuters. “That can be so useful during these times where people are terribly lonely and socially isolated.” The Hong Kong-based firm aims to sell “t
  • Report: Brexit could help China and the US in the global AI race

    Report: Brexit could help China and the US in the global AI race
    The EU is falling further behind the US and China in the AI race, and will lose more ground after Brexit, according to a new report. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation assessed the trio’s AI capabilities by analyzing data across six categories: talent, research, commercial development, hardware, adoption, and data. The think tank found that while the US still holds a substantial overall lead, China is reducing the gap in several im
  • Fintech may end up the real buzzword of 2021. Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor

    Fintech may end up the real buzzword of 2021. Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor
    TLDR: The Ultimate Fintech and Blockchain Bootcamp Bundle explains the revolution in financial services happening around the globe right now — and how you can join in. If you aren’t all that familiar with the term Fintech yet, you might want to address that deficiency. Because after a mostly stellar year for many companies applying new technology to financial businesses, even in the teeth of the pandemic, investors are dumping millions into growing and developing more tech-driven fi
  • Skyrim modders are using AI to generate new spoken dialogue

    Skyrim modders are using AI to generate new spoken dialogue
    If you’re unimpressed by some of Skyrim’s hilarious dialogue, a new AI app called VASynth lets you take over the scriptwriting. The tool uses voice samples from Bethesda games to convert text into speech. You can generate dialogue in the style of many voices from the publisher’s back catalog, including Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Morrowind. YouTuber Adriac used it to produce a pretty impressive trailer — although the tone of voice sounds slightly artificial at times: Others a
  • Night at the Museum brought to life by new mixed reality tech

    Night at the Museum brought to life by new mixed reality tech
    For millions of children, being dragged to a museum is a singularly painful experience, marked by time standing still rather than history coming to life – as it does in the film “Night at the Museum,” starring Ben Stiller. But that all could change with the development of new “mixed reality” (MR) technology, which could inject new forms of interactive storytelling into our museums – introducing holographic tour guides and immersive digital displays in place o
  • Engineers have built machines to scrub CO2 from the air – and it could halt climate change

    Engineers have built machines to scrub CO2 from the air – and it could halt climate change
    On Wednesday this week, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was measured at 415 parts per million (ppm). The level is the highest in human history, and is growing each year. Amid all the focus on emissions reduction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says it will not be enough to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. The world must actively remove historical CO₂ already in the atmosphere – a process often described as “negative emi

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