Ask the Know-It-Alls: How Do Machines Learn?

Ask the Know-It-Alls: How Do Machines Learn?

Truth is, most times you hear the term artificial intelligence, the specific technology at work is called machine learning.Around 2012 , the small community still working on the neural network approach to machine learning showed groundbreaking new results on speech and image recognition.

Avocado Time Machine takes top prize at the NIWA BOP Science Fair

Avocado Time Machine takes top prize at the NIWA BOP Science Fair

Frustration with buying fruit and vegetables that are never ready to eat prompted a 13-year-old Tauranga girl to a design a machine to help.Bay of Plenty Science Fair 2019 winner Anamaya Taylor.

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

If you have the app and you know your partner’s going to be passing a Coffee Haus, you can buy them a coffee, and the robot will text them.

Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians

The film documents how London nonprofit Forensic Architecture is developing machine learning software that could help uncover where Triple Chaser grenades are being launched or thrown. A mesmerizing sequence at the film’s heart strobes through images that Forensic Architecture used to train machine learning software to recognize Triple Chaser grenades.

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

DeLonghi and Saeco (owned by Philips) are two of the top brands in the super automatic world, so I tested out one of each brand’s midrange machines: DeLonghi’s Magnifica S ($800 - $1,100 on Amazon) and Saeco’s Incanto Carafe ($900 - $1,100 on Amazon) .Both the Magnfica S and Incanto grind, compress, brew, and dispense espresso with the tap of a button.

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

About a week after I talk to Tobias and Asprey on the phone, I’m parking my 2007 Jeep Liberty among the hulking Mercedes G-Wagens at the Beverly Hilton for the sixth annual Biohacking Conference, hosted for the first time by Upgrade Labs.

What Is Credential Dumping?

What Is Credential Dumping?

Credential dumping is so crucial to modern hacking operations, Serper says, that he finds in analyses of victim networks that it often precedes even the other basic moves hackers make after gaining access to a single computer, such as installing persistent malware that will survive if the user reboots the machine.

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship

But it’s never dreamed up ion propulsion, a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors. But that’s a ways off, because at the moment the four-thruster machine can produce a bit more thrust than it needs to get its weight off the ground.

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

“If I'm a machine learning researcher, and I only care about going to this X,Y location, I really do not want to be bothered by all the low-level details of how actually the robot ends up getting there,” says Facebook AI researcher Abhinav Gupta.

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Skills: How to Measure Acceleration

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Skills: How to Measure Acceleration

With that, I can find a force-acceleration equation for both masses. With an accelerating mass, the net force is NOT zero. Notice that if the two masses have the same value, the acceleration would be zero meters per second squared (that's good).

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Even the most powerful video-editing workstation is nothing without a display that can best represent the machine's output, and for that Apple has delivered something that might be more impressive than the Mac Pro. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K monitor.

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture

Patel was the biochemist who led the development of blood tests for Theranos’s new device, which Beam knew only by its code name—“4S.” Patel let slip that his team was still developing its assays on lab plates on the bench.

Transhumanism Is Tempting—Until You Remember Inspector Gadget

Transhumanism Is Tempting—Until You Remember Inspector Gadget

Gadget has seemingly unlimited physical resources at his disposal, but cannot use them to save his life (literally).It is in scenes like this that I think of two things: Three Mile Island and butter production in Bangladesh.

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

Help! I'm Drowning in Emails from Square Vendors

When I asked a representative from Square what was going on, the answer surprised me: Apparently, I had consented to receive automatic receipts and promotions from any company that uses a Square point of sale machine the very first time I ever entered my email into one of the Square readers.

You'll Soon Be Able to Run Linux Apps on Any Chromebook

You'll Soon Be Able to Run Linux Apps on Any Chromebook

According to Google's Crostini page, the system works by running a streamlined version of Linux called Termina inside what's called a virtual machine. Within Termina, you can then run Linux applications inside "containers," which are similar to virtual machines but virtualize only parts of an operating system.

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.Now, a leading group of researchers from MIT have found a different answer, in a paper that was presented earlier this week: adversarial examples only look like hallucinations to people .

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

“We’re first trying to solve the user problem here," said Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR. Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR, said it was too soon to discuss whether the helpful new services would use the same ad-based business model as search.

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Before Microsoft released the first version of WSL in 2016 , developers could run Linux in a virtual machine. WSL made it possible to run many of the same tools and applications within Windows without the need for virtualization.

Spend Part of the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan on Robots

Spend Part of the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan on Robots

Machine learning software systems are learning to predict code violations, safety incidents, mechanical failures and natural disasters, directing robotic or human resources to intervene. Advances in robotics, hardware and artificial intelligence have combined to make a new vision possible for how infrastructure maintenance and repair is carried out.

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

Anki, maker of Vector, a toy-like autonomous countertop robot, is shutting down, and hundreds of people are losing their jobs. It’s a brutal answer to a question we asked last summer : Sure, home robots like Vector are cute, but is this something consumers actually want?

Not Even the Avengers Know Who All the Avengers Are

Not Even the Avengers Know Who All the Avengers Are

On their recent press tour, WIRED asked Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Okoye (Danai Gurira), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to name their compatriots and the results were … not exactly spot-on.

The Robots Want to Steal (the Boring Parts of) Your Job

The Robots Want to Steal (the Boring Parts of) Your Job

Which is where people like Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, come in: He’s thinking hard about the past, present, and future of work, so you don’t soon have a robot in your cubicle breathing down your neck.

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69.

Meet Blue: The Cheap and Manipulative (In a Good Way) Robot

Meet Blue: The Cheap and Manipulative (In a Good Way) Robot

It’s my own robotic doppelgänger, kind of like the human-piloted, monster-fighting bots of Pacific Rim , only way cheaper. Plus, because Blue is tough, researchers can push it harder than they would a pricier machine that’s more sensitive to the world around it.

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI

“New machine learning capabilities or research results might enable us to do new things that Google doesn't now,” says Dean.

Meet America's Biggest Machine-Gun Enthusiasts

Meet America's Biggest Machine-Gun Enthusiasts

Twice a year, hundreds of America's most hardcore gun enthusiasts flock to the northern Arizona desert to spend a weekend firing military-grade weapons at pickup trucks, storage containers, and grounded propeller planes.

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

The robot (it’s thus far nameless, in case you were wondering), developed by a company called Abundant Robotics, navigates the rows between apple trees using lidar, which paints the world with lasers , and images the fruits with machine vision.“In real time it’s recognizing apples,” says Dan Steere, CEO of Abundant.

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year.

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch , a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes —one at home, one in the office.