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All it Takes to Steal Your Face Is a Special Pair of Glasses

November 2, 2016 Your face is quickly becoming a key to the digital world. Computers, phones and even online stores are starting to use your face as a password. But new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows facial recognition software is far from secure. In a paper presented at a security conference Oct....

Self-Driving Car Startup Cancels First Product Because Dealing With Regulators and Lawyers 'Isn’t Worth It'

October 29, 2016 A warning to all self-driving car startups: You might have to deal with the government. In a series of tweets this morning, Comma.ai, the company that just last month promised semi-autonomous driving as a $999 aftermarket upgrade by the end of year, announced it won’t release that product after all....

Facebook Is Ramping Up its Counterterrorism Strategy

October 14, 2016 Social media is trying to stamp out its terrorism problem. Twitter has become bullish on deleting terrorist accounts in recent months, and now it seems Facebook is ramping up its strategy to prune extremists from its platform. The world’s largest social network has posted a job description on its site...

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Facebook Is Ramping Up Its Counterterrorism Strategy

October 13, 2016 Social media is trying to stamp out its terrorism problem. Twitter has become bullish on deleting terrorist accounts in recent months, and now it seems Facebook is ramping up its strategy to prune extremists from its platform. The world’s largest social network has posted a job description on its site...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic Accountability, and What He Learned From Tay

September 28, 2016 Microsoft is quickly pivoting to position itself as a leader in artificial intelligence. In his second keynote on the subject this year, CEO Satya Nadella Sept. 26 stood in front of IT professionals and reiterated the company’s commitment to infuse every part of Microsoft’s business, from cloud services to Microsoft...

Google Says Its New AI-Powered Translation Tool Scores Nearly Identically to Human Translators

September 28, 2016 Say hello to the new Google Translate. Starting today, Google will rely more heavily on artificial intelligence when it translates language. The new method, called Google Machine Neural Translation, cuts down errors by 80 percent compared to its current algorithm, and is nearly indistinguishable from human translation on standardized tests,...

Stealing an AI Algorithm and its Underlying Data is a 'High-School Level Exercise'

September 22, 2016 Billions of dollars are being poured into building sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms. But they could all be snatched away if even a tiny door is left open. Researchers have shown that given access to only an API, a way to remotely use software without having it on your computer, it’s...

Nothing Pixelated Will Stay Safe on the Internet

September 13, 2016 It’s becoming much easier to crack internet privacy measures, especially blurred or pixelated images. Those methods make it tough for people to see sensitive information such as obscured license plate numbers or censored faces, but researchers from University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University say the practice is wildly...

The Ultimate Promise of Artificial Intelligence Lies in Sorting Cucumbers

September 2, 2016 Farming in Japan is different than the United States. The average Japanese farm is just 4.8 acres, and more than 1.5 million small-scale food producers punctuate Japan’s mountainous islands. In contrast, the average US farm size is 434 acres. Japan’s distributed model poses an issue: The price of modern, high-efficiency...

We’ll Talk to Our Phones in the Future Because Our Fingers Are Puny and Slow

August 24, 2016 Sometimes, the most prodigious research institutions in the world need to study something obvious: Talking is faster than typing on your phone. In tests by Stanford University and Chinese search giant Baidu, speech recognition on phones was three times faster than typing the same message on the stock iPhone keyboard....