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Why Millennials Fear the Future – Part II: Technology, Automation and the Obsolete Human Worker

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Editor’s Note: This is part two in a four-part series about the challenges facing millennials as we look ahead into the future. You can check out “Part I: The Inevitability of Climate Change” here. Be sure to come back tomorrow for “Part III: The Wild World of Human Enhancement”. Right now, we are all lab rats in a giant experiment: the experiment of modern technology. Of course, we’re not the first generation to find ourselves in uncharted waters. Indeed, every past generation has had to

Deep Neural Network Learns How to ‘Paint’ Like Van Gogh and Other Famous Artists (Video)

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Back in June, Google released a series of rather trippy computer-generated images created by its image recognition neural network. The images — dubbed “the dreams of machines” by a number of media outlets — were created by feeding images into the neural network and then having it recognize and accentuate certain features. As the process is repeated more and more times, the image becomes increasingly strange. In the image below, for example, the network was fed a painting of a knight on horseback and directed to look for animals

Artificial Intelligence Software Could Detect Cancer Earlier and More Accurately

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, working in collaboration with a team from Massachusetts General Hospital, have created software that analyzes hundreds of past medical reports to help physicians diagnose cancer earlier in patients. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph system (part of the immune system) — a new person is diagnosed with lymphoma every 3 minutes in the United States. To make matters worse, there are 50 different types of lymphoma, and doctors often have a hard time distinguishing between

Artist Embeds USB Drive “Dead Drops” in Walls and Buildings All Across New York City

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Across New York City, USB drives stick out from walls, buildings and curbs, embedded with concrete in innocuous places. A Berlin-based media artist named Aram Bartholl began installing what he calls “Dead Drops” throughout the city in October 2010 as part of an art project aimed at creating anonymous, offline file-sharing networks in public spaces. “Dead drop” refers to a spy term for physical locations selected or designed for the exchange of information or items. As Bartholl himself writes on the official

The Self-Powered Liquid-Proof Keyboard That Recognizes You By Your Unique Typing Style

Credit: Rob Felt

In the past few months, a number of high-profile cases have shown that even large corporations with complex security systems aren’t always safe from cyber criminals. Hackers are constantly phishing for sensitive information like usernames, credit card info and, of course, passwords. And since many people (and companies) use the same passwords for multiple different accounts, it often takes just one stolen password to break into a computer or network. But what if someone could know your password, have access to your computer, and still

Symantec Just Discovered One of the Most Sophisticated Computer Bugs Ever Detected

Its name is Regin. For six years, the bug has been infecting computers while flying under the radar of security systems. Once it installs itself on a computer, Regin is able to do things like take screenshots, steal passwords and recover deleted files. Symantec says the bug has been used primarily to spy on government organizations, businesses and private individuals. “We don’t believe it is being used… for mass surveillance,” said Vikram Thakur, Senior Development Manager at Symantec. More than half of

New Algorithm Adds Sound to Silent Video By Observing the Tiny Vibrations of Objects (Video)

Researchers at MIT (in conjunction with Microsoft and Adobe) have created an algorithm with a truly impressive function: adding sound to audio-less videos. The algorithm has the ability to observe and analyze countless tiny micro-vibrations and then determine what type of sound must have made them. These vibrations are almost imperceptible – as small as one thousandth of a pixel in some cases. Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, is first author on a new paper discussing

A 5-Year-Old Boy Just Passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam

Ayan Qureshi isn’t your typical first grader. Ayan’s father Asim Qureshi, an IT consultant, introduced him to the world of computers when he was just three years old, letting Ayan play with old computers so that he could learn about how hard-drives and motherboards work. “I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,”   Mr. Qureshi told the BBC. Ayan was indeed a fast learner – so fast that at

Elon Musk Teams Up With Former Google Exec to Build Satellites for Global Internet Access

Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading innovators. At just 43 years old, he has already founded a number of impressive businesses, including electric car maker Tesla Motors and private space exploration company SpaceX. Now, Musk has another big idea: using satellites to make internet access available everywhere in the world. This past Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has teamed up with former Google executive Greg Wyler to look into designing small, cheap satellites that could be used to deliver

How Americans Are Paying More for Internet That’s Way Slower

The United States is definitely at the forefront of all things internet. The three largest internet companies in the world, Google, Facebook and Amazon, are all American, and have a combined net worth of more than $650 billion. In fact, 8 out of the top 10 biggest internet companies in the world are American. So it would only make sense that our average internet speeds over here should be pretty fast right? Well according to a new report released by the Open Technology Institute

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