Microsoft yanks new AI Twitter bot after it begins spreading Nazi propaganda

Microsoft yanks new AI Twitter bot after it begins spreading Nazi propaganda

Yesterday, Microsoft debuted Tay, a new AI twitter bot meant to “conduct research on conversational understanding.” The bot targeted the 18-24 age range and was built using “relevant public data and by using AI and editorial developed by a staff...
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Apple may design its own servers to avoid government snooping

Apple may design its own servers to avoid government snooping

We’ve known for roughly two years the US government has programs devoted to intercepting computer hardware mid-shipment. These programs are used to insert backdoors or spyware deep into a system’s firmware before it even arrives at its destination. A new ...
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AMD appoints former Broadcom, Intel engineer to head CPU development

AMD appoints former Broadcom, Intel engineer to head CPU development

AMD has appointed a new corporate VP, Nazar Zaidi, to head future development of CPUs, SoCs, and systems engineering. While Zaidi isn’t being billed as a direct replacement for Jim Keller, AMD’s former CPU architect, his position seems to blend...
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Windows 10 market share breaks 20 percent, but pace of growth still slowing

Windows 10 market share breaks 20 percent, but pace of growth still slowing

Earlier this month, we reported on Windows 10’s slow growth rate, despite Microsoft’s decision to pull out all the stops on pushing customers to upgrade to the new operating system. Three weeks ago, Microsoft pushed a “security” fix for IE11...
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New ransomware uses disk-level encryption to hold your computer hostage

New ransomware uses disk-level encryption to hold your computer hostage

Encryption can be used to secure your personal communication from prying eyes, keep your banking details secure, and plenty of other great things. However, it’s also the key to an increasingly common form of malware called ransomware. When a computer...
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Artificial intelligence won’t overtake humans as of now

Artificial intelligence won’t overtake humans as of now

Self-aware and self improving computers will not overtake the human race in our lifetimes, according to IBM research director Arvind Krishna. Krishna heads the organization that gave the world Watson, the Jeopardy-winning cognitive computing system which is no...
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And they lived virtually ever after

And they lived virtually ever after

Unanswered questions, unspoken thoughts, and unexpressed feelings. There’s always some thing unsaid when death comes. But the digital world is slowly changing the perspective of death by piggybacking on the philosophical belief that `one never really die...
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We’re more honest with our smartphones than with doctors

We’re more honest with our smartphones than with doctors

In the late 1960s, an undergraduate psychology student at Wellesley College named Martha McClintock noticed something interesting: Women who spent a majority of their time together tended to get their periods around the same time. She suspected that menstruati...
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13% off a VoCore mini Linux computer board

The VoCore mini computer board can be used for a wide variety of different tech projects. You can make a tiny router, invent a new device, build a motherboard or even repurpose old speakers into smart wireless versions. The possibilities...
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