The Controversial Quest to Make Cow Burps Less Noxious

The Controversial Quest to Make Cow Burps Less Noxious

Because the plants cows eat are nutritionally poor, the animals have to eat a lot of food to survive, and periodically bring it back up from their four stomachs to ruminate it again—that’s “chewing the cud.” That leads to incessant burping or, as scientists call it, enteric emissions.

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

“Google has shown an astounding lack of leadership and commitment to open science, ethics, and diversity in their treatment of the Ethical AI team, specifically Drs. Gebru and Mitchell,” he wrote in his own email to the workshop’s organizers, asking them to pass his decision and comments up to Google’s leadership.

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Writing today in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers in Norway and Australia describe how they got DyRET to learn how to lengthen or shorten its limbs to tackle different kinds of terrains.

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

A Case Against the Peeping Tom Theory of Privacy

The data they gather is aggregated, fed to machine learning algorithms, and used to target advertisements to us based on our behavior.Conspiratorial garbage-peddlers like the Gateway Pundit would struggle to exist without an automated, user-targeting-based ad system that doesn’t require advertisers to consciously choose to spend money there.

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Longtime Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy will become the company’s chief executive when Bezos steps away from the day-to-day job sometime in the third quarter of this year.Over time, AWS became Amazon’s main profit driver.

GameStop Makes This a Good Time to Rewatch The Big Short

GameStop Makes This a Good Time to Rewatch The Big Short

The gag was good; he was basically a floating head on the body of Margot Robbie recreating the scene in Adam McKay’s 2015 film The Big Short where the actress describes mortgage bonds and how to “short” them.

CES 2021 Liveblog: Top Highlights From the Show

CES 2021 Liveblog: Top Highlights From the Show

Final Update on Wednesday, January 13: We've finished Day 3 of CES, and this will conclude our regularly scheduled liveblogging.

How to Cook in Your Tiny Kitchen (and Stay Sane)

How to Cook in Your Tiny Kitchen (and Stay Sane)

Ask yourself how often you really use that quesadilla maker, ice cream maker, bread machine, deep fryer, steaming basket, Crock-Pot, or rice cooker.A Dutch oven, like this enameled one from Lodge ($70), can replace several single-use pots or machines.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits

Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits

The busy beaver game asks: Given a certain number of rules, what’s the maximum number of steps that a Turing machine can take before halting.Of 6,561 possible machines with two rules, the one that runs the longest—six steps—before halting is the busy beaver.

How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

The only time the company knows what you're typing on Gboard is when you use the app to submit a Google search or input other data to the company's services that it would see from any keyboard.

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

The Japanese carmaker launched the Toyota Research Institute with a $1 billion investment in 2015, betting that its expertise in car manufacturing could be parlayed into more advanced robotics for homes and workplaces.

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

Peak Newsletter? That Was 80 Years Ago

If that sounds familiar, it's because we’ve lately seen the rise of staff-journalists-turned-newsletter-writers, such as Emily Atkin (formerly of The New Republic, now Heated), Judd Legum (formerly of ThinkProgress, now Popular Information ), and, most recently, Casey Newton (formerly of the Verge, now Platformer).

What Is a Side Channel Attack?

What Is a Side Channel Attack?

Side channel attacks take advantage of patterns in the information exhaust that computers constantly give off: the electric emissions from a computer's monitor or hard drive , for instance, that emanate slightly differently depending on what information is crossing the screen or being read by the drive's magnetic head.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

An AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need

An AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need

There’s an almost collage-like aspect to the images the meme generator is producing, like it’s feeding the internet’s twisted humor back to it as a form of commentary.

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

Lock It Out. Each particle of the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, is studded with spikes, which allow it to attach itself to a human cell, poke a hole, and burrow inside.

Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally

Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally

Since the isotopes creating the fusion energy will be 10 times hotter than the sun, two layers of magnetic coils ringing the machine will keep them caged within.

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Currently 56 percent of malware threats against Gmail users come from Microsoft Office documents, and 2 percent come from PDFs. In the months that it's been active, the new scanner has increased its daily malicious Office document detection by 10 percent.

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

has developed a platform that consists of off-the-shelf robot arms equipped with cameras, a special gripper, and plenty of computer power for figuring out how to grasp objects tossed into warehouse bins.

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Outside the chess world, however, Kasparov is best known for losing to a machine.What’s important is how we deal with our mistakes, with negative experience.1997 was an unpleasant experience, but it helped me understand the future of human-machine collaboration.

Tinder Swipes Right on AI to Help Stop Harassment

Tinder Swipes Right on AI to Help Stop Harassment

Now, Tinder is turning to artificial intelligence to help people dealing with grossness in the DMs. The popular online dating app will use machine learning to automatically screen for potentially offensive messages.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it.Anadol used machine learning to group photos and morph between them, creating flickering images of the city as recorded by many different people.

The Millennial Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

The Millennial Meaninglessness of Writing About Tech

Courtesy of FSGWhat makes this all the more frustrating is that Wiener can write an immaculate sentence.

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

These “gauge-equivariant convolutional neural networks,” or gauge CNNs, developed at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm AI Research by Taco Cohen, Maurice Weiler, Berkay Kicanaoglu and Max Welling, can detect patterns not only in 2D arrays of pixels, but also on spheres and asymmetrically curved objects.

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020

CES 2020, then, will be an opportunity for tech makers to demonstrate that 5G will be an actual thing this year, and they’re not going to hold back.

Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)

Google's AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data)

WIRED: You gave a research talk about building new kinds of computers to power machine learning.W: Mustafa Suleyman, a cofounder of DeepMind, the London AI startup that’s part of Alphabet and a major player in machine learning research, recently moved over to Google.

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

Researchers Want Guardrails to Help Prevent Bias in AI

“We need to make sure that it's easy to use a machine learning algorithm responsibly, to avoid unsafe or unfair behavior,” says Philip Thomas, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who also worked on the project.