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Bluetooth 4.2 promises a more private and powerful smart home

Bluetooth 4.2 promises a more private and powerful smart home | IT News | Scoop.it
Bluetooth 4.2 is the new spec that increases speed and privacy for devices; by requiring users to opt in to beacons, retailers won't be able to track bluetooth devices, resulting in more privacy and saving power.
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By Jenny McGrath. More interaction, more private. #Bluetooth

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We’re living in the Last Era Before Artificial General Intelligence

An Artificial General Intelligence is coming, and we have no clue how homo sapiens might be impacted. When we think of preparing for our future, we used to think about going to good college and…
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Is this the road to #singularity? I doubt that AGI will occur around 2030, it's far more complicated. But when it does, I'm not certain such will be a profit for mankind.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and the Feud over Killer Robots

As the tech moguls disagree over the risks presented by something that doesn’t exist yet, all of Silicon Valley is learning about unintended consequences of A.I.

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By Cade Matz - New York Times. Among AI scientists, the notion that we should start worrying about superintelligence is “very much a fringe argument.” And that is the real problem. As history tells us, scientists are in general not the ones that see the long term consequences of their inventions. I think Musk maybe right: “We are headed toward either superintelligence or civilization ending.”

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Convolutional Neural Networks: The Biologically-Inspired Model

“At its most basic, convolutional neural networks can be thought of as a kind of neural network that uses many identical copies of the same neuron. This allows the network to have lots of neurons and express computationally large models while keeping the number of actual parameters — the values describing how neurons behave — that need to be learned fairly small.”

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A deep insight on how convolutional Neural Networks work and why these are needed for the next step in #AI.

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Writing a smart contract? Look at the (legal and computer) codes.

The basic idea of smart contracts is that many kinds of contractual clauses (such as liens, bonding, delineation of property rights, etc.) can be embedded in the hardware and software we deal with, in such a way as to make breach of contract expensive (if desired, sometimes prohibitively so) for the breacher.

— Nick Szabo, creator of the smart contract concept in 1997

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Despite their name, smart contracts are not actually legally binding contracts. They are actually computer programs, which, when certain pre-specified conditions are met, trigger an event. Though not strictly necessary, they are often implemented with Blockchain technology

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Giving Away Crypto Keys for $230 – Prof Bill Buchanan OBE –

We all know that 256-bit AES is pretty near uncrackable when we throw lots of CPU power at it. In fact, we could turn on all the computers in the world, and let them run for a billion years, and we still wouldn’t be able to brute force it. But … it gives away its secrets for just $230. And it takes only a few minutes.

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Read and be scared. You now know nothing digitally stored is safe anymore. 

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Blockchain Platforms: One Chain To Rule Them All? –

This piece reviews the history of blockchain up to today, and offers an educated opinion on blockchain’s future supported by deep, objective analysis. We analyze projects such as EOS, Zilliqa and NEO.
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Everyone asks: is the world ready for Blockchain? But more importantly, is Blockchain ready for us?

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TLS 1.3 approved and released with improved encryption and speed

TLS 1.3 approved and released with improved encryption and speed | IT News | Scoop.it
Transport Layer Security collaborated with cryptography and security experts to make this the most secure version of the most widely use transport security protocol ever
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And it's about time. Make sure you've update all your TLS systems.

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Could Machine Learning Mean the End of Understanding in Science?

Could Machine Learning Mean the End of Understanding in Science? | IT News | Scoop.it
The implications of machine intelligence, for the process of doing science and for the philosophy of science, could be immense.
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And not only in science. Ai could be the last invention we will ever make.

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Can emotion-regulating tech translate across cultures? | Aeon Essays

Can emotion-regulating tech translate across cultures? | Aeon Essays | IT News | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be
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It's about #AI and how algorithms decide how we should feel and act. So our moral standards become those of the ones controlling the algorithm. Scary.
Neither Siri or Alexa, nor Google Assistant or Russian Alisa, are detached higher minds, untainted by human pettiness. Instead, they’re somewhat grotesque but still recognisable embodiments of certain emotional regimes – rules that regulate the ways in which we conceive of and express our feelings.

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Stop ‘delivering’ software with Agile — it doesn’t work

For a lot of people I speak to — when they’re following these they think they deliver software with Agile. Some of the worlds most successful organisations that have appeared in the last 20 years are…
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Agile isn't a method. It's a way of thinking, it's in one's heart and soul. Just implementing and following a 'agile' framework won't make any organization agile.

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Why we need to think differently about #AI

Why we need to think differently about #AI | IT News | Scoop.it
General intelligence or creativity can only be properly imagined if we peel away the layers of abstractions.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, massimo facchinetti
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While AI researchers are racking up ever more impressive successes, in many respects AI seems to be stalled. Significant as the successes are, they’re all around solving specific, well-defined problems. It isn’t surprising that AI or ML can solve such problems. What would be more surprising, and what seems no closer than it was a decade ago, would be steps in the direction of general intelligence or creativity.

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Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture?

Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture? | IT News | Scoop.it

NYU's Yann LeCun and Gary Marcus debate whether or not AI needs more built-in cognitive machinery similar to that of humans and animals to achieve similar intelligence.


Via David Barton
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The debate over whether AI learning will ultimately prove more “nature or nurture” is far from being settled. 

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'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong | Technology | The Guardian

'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong | Technology | The Guardian | IT News | Scoop.it
Social media has allowed self-proclaimed ‘AI influencers’ who do nothing more than paraphrase Elon Musk to cash in on this hype with low-quality pieces. The result is dangerous

Via Geoff Livingston
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According to Lipton, in recent years broader interest in topics like “machine learning” and “deep learning” has led to a deluge of this type of opportunistic journalism, which misrepresents research for the purpose of generating retweets and clicks – he calls it the “AI misinformation epidemic”.

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Geoff Livingston's curator insight, August 1, 6:01 AM

How the media misrepresents the conversation about AI.

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Blockchain explained in 1000 words –

Has trying to understand blockchain ever left you dazed and confused? Sick of hearing nonsense like SHA256 algorithms and byzantine fault tolerance? Just want to know what the hell blockchain is and why people keep talking about it?

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Very readable explanation of how blockchains work and why fraud is almost impossible. By Jack Dossman.

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Why We Need Web 3.0 

Why We Need Web 3.0  | IT News | Scoop.it

It was over four years ago that I coined the term “Web 3.0.” Back then, it was clear to me: Ethereum — the platform I cofounded — would allow people to interact in mutually beneficial ways without anyone needing to trust each other. With technologies for message passing and data publication, we hoped to construct a peer-to-peer web that lets you do everything you can now, except there would no servers and no authorities to manage the flow of information.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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By Gav Would. He has a point. And I believe it's time to make the move.

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Blockchain and Data Storage: A Perfect Match? – Data Driven Investor –

Data. It’s fast becoming one of the world’s most highly-prized resources. Indeed, its recent proliferation is virtually our raison d’être here at Data Driven Investor.

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Is blockchain suited for decentralized storage? The answer is: not by far at the moment.

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The race to make the world's most powerful computer ever

The race to make the world's most powerful computer ever | IT News | Scoop.it

Quantum computers have long been touted as incredibly powerful machines that will be able to solve hugely complex computational problems much faster than any computer we have available today. But no-one can agree on the best way to make them. Who will win the race?

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While we wait for quantum computers, what's the future for conventional, or classical, computing?

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How Does the Blockchain Work?

The blockchain technology behind digital currencies like bitcoin is perhaps the best invention since the internet itself. Here's how it works.
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Blockchain technology explained with the Bitcoin system.

Michele d'Alesi on Medium

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Moore’s Law is dying. Here’s how AI is bringing it back to life!

Moore’s Law, one of the fundamental laws indicating the exponential progress in the tech industry, especially electronic engineering, has been slowing down lately (since 2005, to be more precise), and has led many in this sector to believe this law to no longer hold true. That was, until Artificial Intelligence joined the arena! Since then, the game changed, and Moore’s law is slowly being revived.

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Artificial Intelligence is imposing Dennard Scaling again, and hence forcing Moore’s Law back to life

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We’re Addicted to Databases. They Won’t Help with Edge Computing

We’re Addicted to Databases. They Won’t Help with Edge Computing | IT News | Scoop.it
Edge devices will create a tsunami of data, and while databases would seemingly help tame the data volumes, databases don’t work at the edge.
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A plea for more intelligence and local knowledge at the edge which to my believe is indeed neccesary.

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Cryptographic agility is key to post-quantum security

Cryptographic agility is key to post-quantum security | IT News | Scoop.it
Although post-quantum security is not an issue for all organisations today, an expert believes that those needing to ensure data is secure for decades to come should aim to achieve cryptographic agility above all else.
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Nist is currently evaluating post-quantum encryption algorithms submitted by cryptography experts and plans to publish a selection of the best that will be used as industry standards for the post-quantum era.

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The robots won't take over because they couldn't care less

The robots won't take over because they couldn't care less | IT News | Scoop.it
What stands in the way of all-powerful AI isn’t a lack of smarts: it’s that computers can’t have needs, cravings or desires
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Food for thougth. #AI

essay is adapted from the inaugural Margaret Boden Lecture, delivered by Professor Boden herself, at the University of Cambridge in June 2018

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Tim Berners-Lee and Solid Want to Protect Your Data

Tim Berners-Lee and Solid Want to Protect Your Data | IT News | Scoop.it
Facebook, Google, eBay, and others own vast swaths of Web activity and have unprecedented power over us, inspiring an effort to re-decentralize the Web.
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It could work. And it would use blockchain as underlying architecture. However, it might be to complicated for ordinary users.

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5G mobile is nearly here – but we should share networks to make it affordable

5G mobile is nearly here – but we should share networks to make it affordable | IT News | Scoop.it
The next generation of mobile infrastructure is supposed to provide everyone with advanced digital services such as virtual reality. But without sharing networks, it may be too expensive
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5G has a financial/economical problem, not a technical. And it could take years before that's solved.

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Reassessing Expectations for Blockchain and Development

Reassessing Expectations for Blockchain and Development | IT News | Scoop.it
This brief essay explores a key but often overlooked hurdle to using blockchain solutions, which is the complexity that decentralized solutions necessarily introduce. At times, the benefits of such solutions appear to exceed the added cost of complexity but often they do not. With this tradeoff in mind, the paper considers two use cases, digital ID and health supply chain management.

Via Pierre Levy
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Understandable excitement leads to unrealistic expectations

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