Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Category: Technology

Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter

We fear and yearn for “the singularity.” But it will probably never come. By Ted Chiang, newyorker.comMarch 30, 2021 In the eleventh century, St. Anselm of Canterbury proposed an argument for the existence of God...

How to safeguard online data collection against fraud

GRACE HUCKINS  /  30 MARCH 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has forced large numbers of researchers to move their studies from the laboratory to the internet. In some ways, this has been a good thing — decades ago,...

FOR COMPUTERS, SMART IS NOT THE SAME THING AS FAST

In response to a reader’s good question … ERIC HOLLOWAY MARCH 23, 2021 In a recent article, I argued that computers are not, and never can become smarter. An insightful reader wrote to ask, “What if smartness...

The U.S. Spent $2.2 Million on a Cybersecurity System That Wasn’t Implemented — and Might Have Stopped a Major Hack

The software company SolarWinds unwittingly allowed hackers’ code into thousands of federal computers. A cybersecurity system called in-toto, which the government paid to develop but never required, might have protected against this. by Peter Elkind and Jack...

SpaceX looks to build next-generation Starlink internet satellites after launching 1,000 so far

PUBLISHED FRI, JAN 29 2021Michael Sheetz, cnbc.com SpaceX is preparing to begin production of the next-generation of its Starlink internet satellites, according to a company job posting, with the company having deployed more than 1,000...

Laptops, desktop sales see ‘renaissance;’ shortages won’t ease until 2022

By Paresh Dave, reuters.comDECEMBER 24, 2020 OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – The world stocked up on laptop and desktop computers in 2020 at a level not seen since the iPhone debuted in 2007, and manufacturers still...

Wearable that detects hand gestures could one day control prosthetics and computers

The device uses a hyperdimensional computing algorithm to update itself with new information Thomas Macaulay, thenextweb.comDecember 22, 2020 UC Berkeley researchers have developed a gesture-detecting wearable that they believe could be used to control prosthetics...

Brain-controlled computers are becoming a reality, but major hurdles remain

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening on these so-called brain-computer interfaces. More researchers and companies are moving into the area. Yet major challenges remain, from...

What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data

Jory Denny, University of RichmondOctober 16, 2020, theconversation.com The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used throughout computing –...

How algorithms discern our mood from what we write online

Researchers and companies are harnessing computers to identify the emotions behind our written words. While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it manages to distill meaning from huge amounts of data — and could one...