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2-years mobiles. By Joshua Krause There is no doubt that the pace of technological development we’ve seen in recent years has been both amazing, and frightening. It’s certainly made our lives easier, but no one can ignore the fact that these developments are happening faster than the human race can adapt to them. Predictably, this has spawned a widespread fear of technology in our culture. These fears must be prolific. However, for all their bluster about robots and AI taking over the human race, I don’t think these people are seriously prepared to do anything about it. In fact, when it comes to taking care of our children, the majority of the population is already outsourcing their child rearing responsibilities to the machines.

Recently, a study was conducted on over 300 kids between the age of 6 months and 4 years, living in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia. Overall, 97 per cent of the children, or 338 kids, had used a mobile device. We have to ask ourselves, is this really what we want? Inter-brains. By Nicholas West Machine learning continues to advance with new artificial intelligence systems that are beginning to acquire and share knowledge in very human ways.

I had written last year about robots that were beginning to learn tasks from YouTube. Researchers from the University of Maryland were using the popular video network as a database of information to enhance artificial intelligence in much the same way that many of us will seek out instruction for attaining new skills. The abstract from their paper entitled: “Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by ‘Watching’ Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web” states: In order to advance action generation and creation in robots beyond simple learned schemas we need computational tools that allow us to automatically interpret and represent human actions. The goal of attaining accelerated machine learning is taking various forms. The latest project comes from a collaboration between Brown University and Cornell.

Walk DNA. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a nanoscale machine made of DNA that can randomly walk in any direction across bumpy surfaces. Future applications of such a DNA walker might include a cancer detector that could roam the human body searching for cancerous cells and tagging them for medical imaging or drug targeting.

The study by researchers Cheulhee Jung, Peter B. Allen and Andrew Ellington, published this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, developed DNA machines that were able to walk, unprogrammed and in different directions, over a DNA-coated surface. Previously, nanoparticle walkers were only able to walk on precise and programmed one- and two-dimensional paths. This walker was able to move 36 steps, and its movement in a random fashion is different from movement seen in other studies. Although it may be a long march from diagnosing cancer to curing it, “All breakthroughs begin with baby steps. Source: University of Texas at Austin. Bots reports. If you’ve checked out an online news site lately, there’s a good chance at least one of the stories you’ve read was written by a robot.

The Associated Press — the world’s biggest news organization — churns out almost 5,000 robot-written stories per quarter, and Forbes uses robots to write many of their company earnings reports. While it’s a fact that robots are now writing at least some of the news, what’s still a mystery is how consumers feel about these new robo-writers. The question inspired Andrew Gambino, a University fellow and doctoral candidate in the College of Communications, to embark on a new study alongside S. Shyam Sundar, distinguished professor and co-director of Penn State’s Media Effects Research Lab, and fellow doctoral candidate Jinyoung Kim. “I started hearing about robot-written articles a couple years ago, and as someone who appreciates writing, I was generally curious about how well these algorithms could write,” said Gambino.

He paused. eVa's surpass. Laser drone. By Nicholas West The global drone arms race continues to accelerate. Now that it's a foregone conclusion that every country will have armed drones within 10 years, the only race left is to acquire the most powerful weaponized drones - preferably coupled with the most sophisticated anti-drone technology.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., or GA-ASI, the San Diego-based company that makes the Predator and Reaper drones, is undertaking a privately funded study to integrate a 150-kilowatt solid-state laser onto its Avenger (née Predator-C) drone. If the company succeeds, a drone with a high-energy laser will be a reality at some point in 2017, company executives told Defense One. In addition to 5 times the power, the significant increase in beam quality provides significantly higher lethality than the system on the Ponce. Bringing these two technologies together involves a lot more than strapping a laser cannon under the drone’s wings. H/T - ZenGardner.com. Datdot 1. Aller sonner à la bonne porte, envoyer le bon tract à la bonne personne, lui présenter l'argument qui fera mouche, en d’autres termes mener des campagnes ultra-ciblées, c'est désormais l’une des clés de la victoire dans les campagnes électorales.

La démarche est apparue aux Etats-Unis, en 2002, lors de la campagne de Mitt Romney prétendant au poste de gouverneur du Massachusetts. Depuis une dizaine d’années la pratique s’est répandue, atteignant des sommets lors des campagnes 2008 et 2012 ; au point qu’un secteur entier dédié aux campagnes ciblées a émergé. "We want Bernie" L’un des principaux outils disponibles actuellement s’appelle NationBuilder.

Créé en 2009 par Jim Gilliam aux Etats-Unis, ce logiciel sert donc à rationaliser et à optimiser le travail des militants. Comment cet outil fonctionne-t-il ? De 29 à 999 dollars par mois Les données sont ici le nerf de la guerre. Les militants Les internautes Interface de campagne (Nation Builder) Les données publiques Les données privées. Datdot 2. The News Explorer has arrived. News Explorer uses the Alchemy API to automatically construct a news information network and present large volumes of news results in an understandable fashion. Now that we are able to extract semantic data from the news with advanced Watson NLP technology, we can provide new ways of visualizing and understanding news as it occurs.

The News Explorer is a cognitive web application that is available on Bluemix. News Explorer was developed only recently, but in the few weeks since the first version became operational, it has received tremendous attention in IBM communities. Now we are pleased to release the beta version to all our customers, and partners. Click here to watch this video in HD. Try out the application in your browser now: Launch News Explorer The News Explorer approach for reading and discovery of news Huge volumes of news are published every minute. Figure 2: the News Explorer application viewed in full-screen mode Using the Application Areas Team. Datdot 3. Peut-on automatiser le fact-checking ? L’exercice, qui consiste à vérifier des faits, constitue le BA-ba du journalisme. Il n’en est pas moins devenu, depuis quelques années dans le monde entier, un format journalistique à part entière, notamment sur le web.

Souvent centré sur la vérification des propos et des chiffres des politiques, il tend également à englober aussi le « hoax busting », la chasse et le démontage de rumeurs. A l’heure des réseaux sociaux, où tout le monde dispose d’outils pour publier et diffuser de l’information, le fact-checking remplit un rôle de plus en plus nécessaire : revenir aux faits, lutter contre les intox et les dérives de la communication politique, mais aussi donner des clés pour un débat démocratique apaisé. Un exercice artisanal C’est ce que nous faisons, aux Décodeurs, depuis nos début sous forme de blog en 2009. Et nous sommes bien placés pour le savoir : la pratique est tout ce qu’il y a de plus artisanale. Aujourd’hui la donnée publique abonde.