‘We can build a real time machine’

Ron Mallett built a device that illustrates principles he believes could be used to build a time machine   Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible. BBC Horizon looked at some of the most promising ideas for turning this staple of science fiction […]

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Poker-Winning Machine Is No Threat to Humans

Is artificial intelligence starting to threaten people in creative jobs? I didn’t worry too much when computers beat humans at checkers, chess, or Go. It was, after all, only a matter of time before someone built a powerful computer with a vast database of known game situations. But now that machines are beating professionals at poker […]

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‘Blood Moon’ Dazzles Skygazers In Century’s Longest Eclipse

The period of complete eclipse — known as “totality”, when the moon appears darkest — lasted from 1930 to 2113 GMT. People gather as they wait for the appearance of the ‘Blood moon’ in Berlin (AFP) PARIS: The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century was underway Friday, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years to […]

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Twitter Curbs Access for 143,000 Apps in New Crackdown, Sets New Rules for Developers

Twitter Curbs Access for 143,000 Apps in New Crackdown, Sets New Rules for Developers Twitter said Tuesday it had removed more than 143,000 apps from the messaging service since April in a fresh crackdown on “malicious” activity from automated accounts. The San Francisco-based social network said it was tightening access to its application programming interfaces […]

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Facebook Sets Up Subsidiary in China

Information Publicity System last week and seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Facebook has set up a subsidiary in China and plans to create an “innovation hub” to support local start-ups and developers, the social media company said on Tuesday, ramping up its presence in the restrictive market where its social media sites remain blocked. The […]

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Why Alexa or Google Home Don’t Understand What You Say

Non-native speech is harder to train for, linguists and AI engineers say HIGHLIGHTS Alexa and Google Assistant are spearheading a voice-activated revolution To learn different ways of speaking, AI needs a diverse range of voices Non-native speech is harder to train for, linguists and AI engineers say When Meghan Cruz says “Hey, Alexa,” her Amazon […]

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