Better chatbots might need to offend you
AIs have gotten better at holding a conversation, but tech firms are wary of rolling them out for fear of PR nightmares.
- Oksana Latysheva from the Noun Project
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AI is learning how to spot risky websites for you
Machine learning can sniff out tell-tale signs of shady URLs so you don’t get phished.
The problem: The internet is riddled with websites set up for the sole purpose of stealing a user’s information or installing malware on a victim’s machine. Antivirus… Read more
- Jackie Snow
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018
Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s a reasonable question—some of our picks haven’t yet reached widespread use, while others may be on the...Read the full story →
The race to map the world for autonomous cars is on—and messy
Automakers and tech firms want high-definition maps to help robo-cars drive, but the best way to build them remains unclear. So says a new report from Bloomberg.
Two approaches: “One aims to create complete high-definition maps that will let the driverless… Read more
DNA-tuned diets don’t seem to work
Attempts to lose weight more effectively by choosing food tailored to your genes may be a fruitless endeavor. So says an $8 million study into the concept.
Facebook has been sharing user data with Stanford to study US inequality
The social network is working with economists to throw light on America’s widening income gap.
North Korea’s hacking abilities are even stronger than we thought
Pyongyang has a surprisingly powerful cyber-espionage team at its disposal, according to a new report.
Our love of batteries is powering a boom in exploitative cobalt mines
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, some mines known to use child labor are benefiting from the electrification of our economy.
Backstory: The world wants lithium-ion batteries. But one of their key ingredients, cobalt, is in short supply. That makes… Read more
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This video game wants to be a fake-news vaccine
By building up pretend propaganda empires, can we learn how news is weaponized against us?
The game: Players of the new video game Bad News, which has been built by a team of academics and journalists, must win social-media fans, bend the truth, and… Read more
- Bad News