The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

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In late June, the NSA announced a magic trick—hundreds of millions of collected call records would disappear. Its lovely assistant? Straight from the agency’s statement: “Technical irregularities.” These “technical irregularities” are part of a broad and troubling pattern within the NSA—it has repeatedly blamed its failure to comply with federal laws on technical problems purportedly […]

How Technology Is Changing The Real Estate Market

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It’s time. While many industries have stayed current with technology trends and established industry standards, real estate is a notable exception. Perhaps it’s the notable exception when you consider that real estate is the largest commodity in the world, with an estimated $217 trillion valuation. As someone who has been a real estate investor for more than 20 […]

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The documentary about Google DeepMind’s ‘AlphaGo’ algorithm is now available on Netflix

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One of the greatest breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence was turned into a documentary called “AlphaGo” last year and the movie has just been released on Netflix. “AlphaGo” is about an algorithm that learns how to play the ancient Chinese board game of Go to a superhuman level. The algorithm is built by […]

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ICO to Build Next Generation AI Raises $36 Million in 60 Seconds

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SingularityNET raised $36 mln in one minute, completely selling out of its native AGI tokens. While this is an enormous amount of money for an ICO to raise in an incredibly short period of time, it’s somewhat unsurprising considering demand. The company asserts that the issue was massively oversubscribed, with 20,000 people registered to participate, seeking to […]

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The Wikipedia Competitor That’s Harnessing Blockchain for Epistemological Supremacy

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At the time of this writing, the opening sentence of Larry Sanger’s Everipedia entry is pretty close to his Wikipedia entry. It describes him as “an American Internet project developer … best known as co-founder of Wikipedia.” By the time you read this, however, it may well mention a new, more salient fact—that Sanger recently became the Chief […]

DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun

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The end-game for Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind was never beating people at board games. It’s always been about creating something akin to a combustion engine for intelligence — a generic thinking machine that can be applied to a broad range of challenges. The company is still a long way off achieving this goal, but new […]

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3 Milestones in Artificial Intelligence Were Just Reached — and They Could Change Healthcare as We Know It

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a “tsunami” that’s coming to healthcare. That’s what Naveen Jain, CEO of Viome, a small company focused on applying AI to healthcare, told CNBC on Thursday. I suspect he’s right. The waves have already started picking up force. Three major milestones were reached related to the use of AI in healthcare in […]

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Nasdaq Plans to Introduce Bitcoin Futures

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Nasdaq Inc. is charging into the race to bring bitcoin to a greater swath of investors, as the digital currency’s price barreled beyond $11,000 on Wednesday. The New York-based exchange operator plans to introduce bitcoin futures next year, according to a person familiar with the matter, becoming the third major U.S. exchange to dive into the red-hot market for […]

An in-depth look at Google’s first Tensor Processing Unit (TPU)

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There’s a common thread that connects Google services such as Google Search, Street View, Google Photos and Google Translate: they all use Google’s Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, to accelerate their neural network computations behind the scenes. Google announced the TPU last year and recently followed up with a detailed study of its performance and architecture. In short, […]