12 Observations About Artificial Intelligence From The O’Reilly AI Conference

12 Observations About Artificial Intelligence From The O'Reilly AI Conference

At the inaugural O’Reilly AI conference, 66 artificial intelligence practitioners and researchers from 39 organizations presented the current state-of-AI: From chatbots and deep learning to self-driving cars and emotion recognition to automating jobs and obstacles to AI progress to saving lives and new business opportunities. There is no better place to imbibe the most up-to-date tech zeitgeist than at an O’Reilly Media event as has been proven again and again ever since the company put together the first Web-related meeting (WWW Wizards Workshop in July 1993).

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EA Origin Server Outage Reported

EA Origin Server Outage Reported

Yes… there is a problem with EA’s origin server. There is no way to know when it will be back up…but if you are getting Error messages…or “you hav been logged out,” you are not alone. As in millions of players. So…chillax. Do something else and don’t panic. It is likely another DDOS attack…which seems to be part of the new “fun” hackers from Russia have these days. But, hey…just two more weeks and this madness will be over? Maybe…

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Jeff Bezos dismisses idea of a backup plan, says we must protect Earth

Jeff Bezos dismisses idea of a backup plan, says we must protect Earth

During the last year Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has begun to open up about the scale of his ambitions with the rocket company, Blue Origin, explaining that he envisions millions of people living and working in space. Additionally, Bezos has talked about moving heavy industry off of planet Earth to create a garden paradise on our home planet. In this view Bezos' philosophy differs significantly from the other titan of the new space industry, Elon Musk of SpaceX. Both men agree that reusable spaceflight is essential to lowering the cost of access to space…

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Self-healing thread changes from firm to flexible with just a bit of voltage

Self-healing thread changes from firm to flexible with just a bit of voltage

With a bit of voltage, a new fiber can go from firm to flexible in just a few seconds. The thread may not seem like much as first glance, but its versatility make it a promising new component for a number of applications, from rehabilitation to robotics. Developed by researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the thread consists of a metal core encased in a silicon pipe. Heat causes the core to melt and the thread assumes the properties of the silicon layer, bending and flexing as needed within about 10 seconds. When the thread is cooled again, the metal core solidifies and holds its new shape.

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America’s gift to the world: exports of the best armed drones

America’s gift to the world: exports of the best armed drones

America has played a special role in the post-WWII era, repeatedly unleashing horrors on the world. We started the nuclear arms race by bombing Japan, staged the first cyberattack on Iran (we now live in fear of the next being on us), and now we’re flooding the world with armed drones. Here Stratfor explains the likely consequences. By Fabius Maximus,

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German magazine “konkret” interviews Yasha Levine about Tor, spies and the cult of crypto

German magazine “konkret” interviews Yasha Levine about Tor, spies and the cult of crypto

German leftwing magazine konkret published an interview with me on the the dark origins of the Tor Project, Jacob Applebaum and the normalization of sexual abuse inside the privacy community, the rightwing origins of the cult of crypto, the corruption of Internet activism, and lots of other topics.

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