A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think
By John Pavlus | Jan 10, 2019
Been Kim, a research scientist at Google Brain, is developing a way to ask a machine learning system how much a specific, high-level concept went into its decision-making process.
A Poker-Playing Robot Goes To Work For The Pentagon
By Tom Simonite | Jan 16, 2019
A computer program developed by Tuomas Sandholm and Noam Brown, center, defeated four professional poker players during a 2017 match.
Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype
By Tim Higgins | Jan 17, 2019
Developers take a more cautious, low-key approach in testing and talking about autonomous vehicles after Uber crash.
The most powerful person in Silicon Valley
By Katrina Brooker | Jan 14, 2019
Billionaire Masayoshi Son-not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg-has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live. And he's spending hundreds of billions of dollars to realize it. Are you ready to live in Masa World?
The Hot New Asset Class Is Lego Sets
By Elena Popina | Jan 17, 2019
A lot of fancy things can be built with Lego sets nowadays. Such as a diversifying portfolio that loads on the Fama-French size factor.
The Millions Silicon Valley Spends on Security for Execs
By Joanna Pearlstein | Jan 16, 2019
Prominent silicon valley companies spend liberally to protect their intellectual property. Some also shell out considerable amounts to protect their executives.
Extreme storms, wildfires and droughts cause heavy nat cat losses in 2018
By Munich Re | Jan 8, 2019
Brave browser will pay you to view ads that respect your privacy
By Stephen Shankland | Jan 15, 2019
The startup hopes its privacy-respecting system will clean up the toxic parts of today's ad tech so you can actually enjoy free websites again.
Blockchain Can Wrest The Internet From Corporations' Grasp
By Chris Dixon | Jan 4, 2019
As the internet has evolved over its 35-year lifespan, control over its most important services has gradually shifted from open source protocols maintained by non-profit communities to proprietary services operated by large tech companies.
How To Combine Physiological Biometrics And Blockchain For Heightened Security
By Martin Zizi | Jan 16, 2019
"It takes two flints to a make a fire." This quote describes how I envision physiologic biometrics enabling blockchain success.
Security Alert: Ethereum Constantinople Postponement
By Hudson Jameson | Jan 15, 2019
The Ethereum Core Developers and the Ethereum Security Community were made aware of the potential Constantinople-related issues identified by ChainSecurity on January 15, 2019.
Blockchain Is Already Changing The Business Of Food Supply Chains
By Michael del Castillo | Jan 8, 2019
The abstract world of blockchain gets a whole lot more accessible as soon as you start talking about food.
Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years
By BBC News | Jan 18, 2019
Private tweets sent by users of Twitter's Android app could have been exposed publicly for years.
Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules
By Thomas Brewster | Jan 14, 2019
A California judge has ruled that American cops can't force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger.
The 773 Million Record "Collection #1" Data Breach
By Troy Hunt | Jan 17, 2019
Many people will land on this page after learning that their email address has appeared in a data breach I've called "Collection #1".
Be safe on the internet
An open source checklist of resources designed to improve your online privacy and security. Check things off to keep track as you go.
The Route of a Text Message
By Scott B. Weingart | Jan 15, 2019
This is the third post in my full-stack dev (f-s d) series on the secret life of data. This installment is about a single text message: how it was typed, stored, sent, received, and displayed.
The Year in Math and Computer Science
By Michael Moyer | Dec 21, 2018
Youth ruled the year in mathematics. The Fields Medals - awarded every four years to the top mathematicians no older than 40 - went out to four individuals who have left their marks all over the mathematical landscape.
The Creeping IT Apocalypse
By Forrest Brazeal | Jan 16, 2019
So apparently AWS is working on a clandestine low-code/no-code product codenamed "AWS for Everyone".
Why I chose to live house-free in Alaska
By Joe Ford | Jan 14, 2019
Homeless implies a moral failure while being houseless - lacking a permanent three-dimensional structure - is less stress on the planet and on my brain.
Local Minima, Saddle Points, and Plateaus
By Daniel Holden | Oct 2, 2018
Various algorithms, such as those used for reinforcement learning or function minimization often present a trade off between exploitation and exploration.