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A software engineer was detained by U.S. Customs and given a test to prove he’s an engineer
This story was originally published on LinkedIn and is republished here with permission. Celestine Omin was accustomed to tackling tough engineering problems. Just not the two that the Border Agent had...
Republican senators concerned about Yahoo’s “candor” concerning data breaches
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer seen at the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco.Getty Images | Justin Sullivan reader comments 5 Share this story Further ReadingYahoo admits it’s been hacked...
After years of being “locked in,” patients communicate, say they’re happy
Enlarge / A female study participant responds to a question.Wyss Center reader comments Share this story Patients with “locked-in syndrome”—conscious, but fully paralyzed and unable to move even their...
For online security, your mother’s maiden name is not a secret
“Relying on questions and answers is absolutely brain-dead, but a lot of banks do it because they’re not equipped to implement anything else and regulators aren’t mandating alternatives,” says security...
Intelligence officials face Senate questions on Russia hacking
Senior U.S. officials will answer questions at a Senate hearing expected to be dominated by the assessment from intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump...
Four questions to ask before throwing out a product box
Manufacturers take great care in designing packaging that is just as appealing and stylized as the product it houses. For that reason, it may be difficult to let go of the crisp, new box your device came...
Microsoft Wants AIs to Be More Adept at Responding to Questions
Microsoft releases a data set, dubbed MS MARCO, that the company hope will enable artificial intelligence systems to answer questions more like a human would. Capping an AI-themed week at Microsoft, the...
Trump team memo asks Energy Department about cost of carbon
EnlargeVintage Architecture reader comments 8 Share this story On Friday morning, Bloomberg reported that it had seen a copy of a questionnaire sent by the Trump transition team to the Department of Energy...
Final US presidential clash fails on climate change once more
Blink and you missed the climate change mentionMark Ralston/Pool via APBy Matthew NisbetThis is getting repetitive. The third and final US presidential debate ended without moderator Chris Wallace asking...
TechRadar North: This quiz-based revision app is looking to banish 'cramming' forever
IntroductionThis article is part of our TechRadar North column, a series focusing on the development of the North of England's digital sector.Each September sees the UK's university towns and cities flooded...
Metaphysics has much to offer the study of the natural world
Science, and beyondNatalie Nicklin“ALL men by nature desire to know.” So begins the first book of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, written about two and a half thousand years ago and still one of the most influential...
Trump to answer AMA questions
Donald Trump has appealed to Russia to uncover and release thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump will participate in AMA session. Picture: Evan Vucci/AP DONALD Trump will be answering...
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Cloud Service Providers
You're in the market for a cloud service provider, but the sales pitches are all starting to sound the same. The provider you choose will have a major impact—for good or ill—on your IT and your business,...
Google Home will take on Amazon Echo
Google Home will take on Amazon Echo when the voice-activated device launches later this year.(Photo: Marco della Cava, USA TODAY) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google officially entered the voice-activated...
Google Home to debut at I/O, report says
Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — Google will introduce its version of Amazon's Echo at its annual developers conference on Wednesday, according...
6 insights into the French SaaS landscape
As a Berlin-based VC firm focused on SaaS, we often get questions about the current state of the European cloud software landscape. To be able to answer these questions more precisely we decided...
Driverless cars forcing government regulators to deal with ethical dilemma
OTTAWA – A Canadian expert on the ethics of engineering says governments need to play a greater role in the programming of so-called driverless vehicles.Carleton University professor Jason Millar says...
Tim Peake Answers Sky News Questions From Space
British astronaut Tim Peake will soon take questions from Sky News viewers during a live interview from space. The exclusive interview is due to air at 1:30pm UK time. It’s been three months since he...
5 hard questions facing Oculus Rift
Today, the future became the present with the launch of the Oculus Rift. The reviews are in, but uncertainty hangs overhead with HTC and PlayStation’s VR headsets still on the way. Here are...
Microsoft apologizes for hijacked chatbot Tay’s ‘wildly inappropriate’ tweets
The colossal and highly public failure of Microsoft’s Twitter-based chatbot Tay earlier this week raised many questions: How could this happen? Who is responsible for it? And is it true that...
Smartphones not so smart with urgent medical questions
(Reuters Health) - Smartphones are the first thing many people turn to with questions about their health. But when it comes to urgent queries about issues like suicide, rape and heart attacks, phones can...
Google Offers Tool to Help Evaluate Vendor Security
The vendor security evaluation framework provides questions that organizations need to ask to accurately assess a third-party's security and privacy readiness, Google said. Google has released a framework...
Compose a message for aliens on the next CraveCast - CNET
Enlarge ImageDouglas Vakoch joins the CraveCast on Tuesday at noon. SETI Institute Douglas Vakoch is kind of like humanity's translator to the universe. He's worked at the SETI Institute and elsewhere...
The Best AI Program Still Flunks an Eighth-Grade Science Test
For all the remarkable progress being made in artificial intelligence, and warnings about the upheaval this might bring, the smartest computer would still struggle to make it through the eighth grade....
Introducing: The Ultimate CSS Survey
As many of you are aware, CSS can be a controversial topic. There are many different syntax preferences, workflow options, and tools – and these kinds of things are often debated and discussed at length...
TaxSlayer Classic Edition 2016 (Tax Year 2015)
TaxSlayer has the distinction of being the only tax preparation website that offers all the major IRS forms and schedules, even at its Classic level (which is what I tested). It's also the least expensive,...
The peer-to-peer SMS network helping farmers connect
There are 500 million smallholder farmers around the world, many of whom have no internet access. These farmers are often several miles walk from the nearest village, totally disconnected from the information...
'Robot doctor' app raises $25m to predict future of your health
Babylon is also trialling a partnership with the NHS, with a new pilot in Birmingham that makes its services available to the broader UK population. The Telegraph tested an early version of the AI doctor....
Final Fantasy XV will abandon 'difficulty' for player freedom
Final Fantasy XVÂ has been so long in the making that it was onceÂ an entirely different game. After more than a decade in development, fans of the series have plenty of questions -- questions that publisherÂ Square...
Dating App Makes It Easier to Come Up With an Opening Line
You're on a dating app, you match, but what do you say to stand out from every other potential suitor? Hinge, a dating app that connects users to friends of friends and allows them to swipe right if they're...
Google reportedly working on an artificially intelligent messaging app
Google may be working on a new messaging app that would use artificial intelligence to give users answers to search queries, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Story continues below The...
Put to the test: 36 questions that can make you fall in love with anyone
Complete strangers Cam and Emily engage in what the study called a "sharing game" in which the two of them work through the questions, taking turns to answer each one. The key to creating closeness, according...
Hillary Clinton makes campaign stop on Quora - CNET
Hillary Clinton visited Q&A service Quora to talk about health care, Planned Parenthood and more. Rick Friedman/rickfriedman.com/Corbis Hillary Clinton on Tuesday ventured where no 2016 presidential candidate...
AMA Platform Wiselike readies for scale after public launch
In the last month, tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, authors, software engineers, life coaches, artists, and designers have flocked to San Francisco based Q&A platform Wiselike to create their personal...
An Interview with Jose Valim
A few weeks back, I was just getting into Elixir. I was so interested that I hopped on IRC and started asking questions, much to everyone's annoyance. I asked the creator, Jose Valim, a couple of questions....
Google Search gets smarter, can answer more complex questions now
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:November 17, 2015 3:02 pm Google Search has now gotten smarter when it comes to answering more complex questions. Google’s Search has gotten smarter and can now answer...
Google’s app just got better at answering tough questions
Here’s an explanation that shows how the app thinks and answers a question. (Google) Google has updated its search app to understand more complicated questions so that it can give precise answers rather...
Facebook working on AI that can tell what’s in photos
But after hints over the past few weeks about the next steps, Schroepfer confirmed that the company is trialing a technology that will allow a machine to identify the different aspects of a picture and...
Mark Zuckerberg’s IIT-Delhi townhall: More about feedback than questions
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Published:October 27, 2015 6:07 pm Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will try to get a sense of what India’s young feel about him and his 10-year-old company....
Google Users' Top Questions About Hillary Clinton and Benghazi
Hillary Clinton may be the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, but what most people wanted to know about Clinton in the past day (aside from her age) was what today's Benghazi hearing...
IQ Test Result: Advanced AI Machine Matches Four-Year-Old Child's Score
The rapid advances in information processing technology in recent years have created computing devices with formidable powers. These machines have long been better than humans at arithmetic, certain...
How to make chatbots seem more human
One of the ultimate aims of artificial intelligence is to create machines we can chat to. A computer program that can be trusted with mundane tasks - booking our holiday, reminding us of dentist appointments...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark