As the whole damned planet knows by now Germany slaughtered Brazil during their semi-final match yesterday. Lots of Brazilians were losing their shit and crying. There’s a website dedicated to Brazilians with serious cases of the sads over their epic loss to Germany.
Facebook has been experimenting on us. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that Facebook intentionally manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study 'emotional contagion through social networks'.
As many reported yesterday, a chatbot has passed the Turing Test, though under some very convenient conditions. The announcement has led some to declare that the age of AI is finally here, but that's nonsense. Here's why the Turing Test is a very poor way of measuring machine intelligence.
'It’s just like planning a dinner', Adm. Grace Hopper, a computer science pioneer, explained to Cosmopolitan readers in a 1967 story. 'You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so it’s ready when you need it'. Pot roast or computer programming — both, Cosmo told its readers, could be women’s work.
The Associated Press recently announced that most of its coverage of corporate earnings reports will soon be 'produced using automation technology'. It’s just the latest example of algorithm-driven tools that arrange straightforward English sentences into a news story, with little or no human intervention — the bot-ification of journalism.
From the Google logo emblazoned on knuckles to a MySpace love letter right across someone's stomach, technology evangelists are getting inky odes that will almost certainly outlast their favourite brands. Here are some of the weirdest, grossest and most creative tech tattoos
Jeff Madrick: We hear time and again from those who should know better that government is a hindrance to the innovation that produces economic growth. Above all, the government should not try to pick 'winners' by investing in what may be the next great companies. Many orthodox economists insist that the government should just get out of the way. A new book, The Entrepreneurial State by Mariana Mazzucato, forcefully documents just how wrong these assertions are.
Imagine a scenario when there is no Internet at all. It's not that hard, it happens to all of us - the electricity goes off, it rains cats and dogs, or just some random reason makes the internet go poof. So what really happens in that situation? What do you do?
People are often worried about malicious hacks that threaten their data or personal safety, but there's a lighthearted side of hacks. Who doesn’t giggle at a 'Godzilla Attack!' or 'Turn Back' highway sign? Still, for drivers to trust government signs, they need to be accurate, and Homeland Security is telling sign contractors that the hacks have to stop.