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Rackspace671,378*Update:* Rackspace today announced the launch of Performance Cloud Servers. Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host.  Join us at noon central time today to learn more about this powerful compute offering. Stay tuned to this event page for the live video stream.Big Cloud Announcement from Rackspace2013-11-05 19:00:00244  
Google+12,261,379The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033720  
Digital Dealer485@112374836634096795698 will present *The Art of Enchantment* live from Las Vegas. Join this hangout to watch Guy's keynote as it happens! Learn more about the 15th @102121449628552598454 Conference & Exposition and register to attend in-person at http://www.DigitalDealerConference.comGuy Kawasaki | Live from Las Vegas2013-10-16 01:00:00148  
Sarah Hill2,859,670Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00246  
SELF Magazine600,824We're teaming up with +Google+ to host a series of Hangouts aimed to jumpstart your New Year. Starting January 14, we'll kick off Hangouts On Air, featuring a range of experts such as SELF's Fitness, Beauty and Fashion Editors, celebrity trainers, travel experts, nutritionists, career leaders, non-profit experts and more.  Want a chance to join one of the Hangouts? Have questions on the topics below? Post your #13for13 query and what Hangout you're interested in joining and you could be selected. Be sure to use the #13for13 hashtag on G+ and tweet us @SELFmagazine. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS *Check back often for new hosts, participants and updates! http://www.self.com/health/resolutions Mon 1/14 - Travel to New Places - 12pm EST +Sonia Gil Mon 1/14 - Eat Healthy - 4:30pm EST +Shawna Coronado  Tues 1/15 - Enjoy More Quality Time with Family - 2pm EST +Kimberley Blaine  Wed 1/16 - De-stress Thurs 1/17 - Fall in Love +The Gaggle  Fri 1/18 - Kickstart Your Career - 1:30pm EST +Dan Schawbel  Fri 1/18 - Spend Less, Save More Tues 1/22 - Take Charge of Your Health Tues 1/22 - Volunteer +charity: water  Wed 1/23 - Get Involved Wed 1/23 - Learn Something New +MAKE  Thurs 1/24 - Get Fit - 1pm EST +SELF Magazine  Fri 1/25 - Revamp Your Look 1pm EST +SELF Magazine 13 Resolutions for a Better 20132013-01-14 14:00:00233  
Blythe Metz293,095This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain980,905To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004848  

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2016-02-09 18:37:08 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Oculus-Ready PC Bundles From ASUS, Alienware, Dell Pre-Sell For $1499 Next Week

Most reshares: 31

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2016-02-05 20:02:18 (3 comments; 31 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

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2016-02-05 20:02:18 (3 comments; 31 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

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2016-02-13 23:08:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

FBI wants $38 million in new funding to break encryption

The FBI is looking to spend an additional $38.3 million in the coming year to "counter the threat" of encryption. The budget request will not be used to hire any new staffers on top of the 39 staffers (including 11 agents), but will be used to "develop and acquire tools for electronic device analysis, cryptanalytic capability, and forensic tools." In other words: the feds want access to your encrypted communications, and it's willing to throw money at doing exactly that._

FBI wants $38 million in new funding to break encryption

The FBI is looking to spend an additional $38.3 million in the coming year to "counter the threat" of encryption. The budget request will not be used to hire any new staffers on top of the 39 staffers (including 11 agents), but will be used to "develop and acquire tools for electronic device analysis, cryptanalytic capability, and forensic tools." In other words: the feds want access to your encrypted communications, and it's willing to throw money at doing exactly that.____

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2016-02-13 22:41:23 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Fantastic Contraption Devs Considering Unity Plug-in For Mixed Reality Streaming

I agree, I was very impressed when I first saw this feed a few weeks ago.

If you haven’t seen mixed reality streaming from the developers of Fantastic Contraption, it’s one of the best things that could happen for VR. The streaming shows a live view of a virtual world while mixing in a player’s actions as he or she creates a machine. The stream is accomplished with a webcam, green screen, a powerful PC and some code inside the game Colin and Sarah Norhway are working on with Radial Games. Together, the steps separate the VR scene so it can be combined with parts of the real world and shown as live video.

Fantastic Contraption Devs Considering Unity Plug-in For Mixed Reality Streaming

I agree, I was very impressed when I first saw this feed a few weeks ago.

If you haven’t seen mixed reality streaming from the developers of Fantastic Contraption, it’s one of the best things that could happen for VR. The streaming shows a live view of a virtual world while mixing in a player’s actions as he or she creates a machine. The stream is accomplished with a webcam, green screen, a powerful PC and some code inside the game Colin and Sarah Norhway are working on with Radial Games. Together, the steps separate the VR scene so it can be combined with parts of the real world and shown as live video.___

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2016-02-13 19:00:52 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Mammal brain frozen and thawed out perfectly for first time

A mammal brain has been defrosted from cryogenic storage in an almost perfect state for the first time. This breakthrough, accomplished using a rabbit brain, brings us one – albeit tiny – step closer to the prospect of reanimating a human brain that has been cryogenically preserved.

Looking at slices of these brains, they saw that the individual connections between neurons remained intact. Such connections, known as the connectome, are thought to be vital for preserving personality and memory. A team at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, showed last year that defrosted worms retained food-associated memories if their connectomes were well preserved.

Mammal brain frozen and thawed out perfectly for first time

A mammal brain has been defrosted from cryogenic storage in an almost perfect state for the first time. This breakthrough, accomplished using a rabbit brain, brings us one – albeit tiny – step closer to the prospect of reanimating a human brain that has been cryogenically preserved.

Looking at slices of these brains, they saw that the individual connections between neurons remained intact. Such connections, known as the connectome, are thought to be vital for preserving personality and memory. A team at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, showed last year that defrosted worms retained food-associated memories if their connectomes were well preserved.___

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2016-02-13 17:37:03 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

U.S. Obesity Rate Climbs to Record High in 2015

The obesity rate among U.S. adults in 2015 climbed to a new high of 28.0%, up 2.5 percentage points since 2008. This represents an increase of about 6.1 million U.S. adults who are obese.

U.S. Obesity Rate Climbs to Record High in 2015

The obesity rate among U.S. adults in 2015 climbed to a new high of 28.0%, up 2.5 percentage points since 2008. This represents an increase of about 6.1 million U.S. adults who are obese.___

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2016-02-13 17:24:52 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The Math Revolution: The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged. Why?

You wouldn’t see it in most classrooms, you wouldn’t know it by looking at slumping national test-score averages, but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before. The phenomenon extends well beyond the handful of hopefuls for the Math Olympiad. The students are being produced by a new pedagogical ecosystem—almost entirely extracurricular—that has developed online and in the country’s rich coastal cities and tech meccas. In these places, accelerated students are learning more and learning faster than they were 10 years ago—tackling more-complex material than many people in the advanced-math community had thought possible. “The bench of American teens who can do world-class math,” says Po-Shen Loh, the headcoach of the U.S.... more »

The Math Revolution: The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged. Why?

You wouldn’t see it in most classrooms, you wouldn’t know it by looking at slumping national test-score averages, but a cadre of American teenagers are reaching world-class heights in math—more of them, more regularly, than ever before. The phenomenon extends well beyond the handful of hopefuls for the Math Olympiad. The students are being produced by a new pedagogical ecosystem—almost entirely extracurricular—that has developed online and in the country’s rich coastal cities and tech meccas. In these places, accelerated students are learning more and learning faster than they were 10 years ago—tackling more-complex material than many people in the advanced-math community had thought possible. “The bench of American teens who can do world-class math,” says Po-Shen Loh, the head coach of the U.S. team, “is significantly wider and stronger than it used to be.”___

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2016-02-13 17:11:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Daily dose of beetroot juice improved endurance and blood pressure

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that a daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF).

Daily dose of beetroot juice improved endurance and blood pressure

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that a daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF).___

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2016-02-13 00:55:15 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Real-Time Coding In VR Is Possible With ‘RiftSketch’ From Altspace Dev

RiftSketch is a native VR text editor created by AltspaceVR developer Brian Peiris. The program enables real-time text coding and visualization without ever requiring you to take off your headset.

Real-Time Coding In VR Is Possible With ‘RiftSketch’ From Altspace Dev

RiftSketch is a native VR text editor created by AltspaceVR developer Brian Peiris. The program enables real-time text coding and visualization without ever requiring you to take off your headset.___

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2016-02-12 18:38:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Syfy’s new VR crime drama will be watchable through the Oculus Rift

Syfy is staying true to its name with an upcoming short-form TV show called Halcyon, a crime drama about virtual reality viewers will be able to watch using VR headsets. Commissioned by NBCUniversal and produced by studio Secret Location, Halcyon will feature 10 episodes distributed through Syfy's standard channel while five episodes will be viewable through Oculus VR's Rift headset. That would appear to leave out viewers who haven't put down $600 for a Rift preorder — or don't own an expensive gaming PC to even use the headset. However, NBC says there will be short recaps for every VR made available online.

Syfy’s new VR crime drama will be watchable through the Oculus Rift

Syfy is staying true to its name with an upcoming short-form TV show called Halcyon, a crime drama about virtual reality viewers will be able to watch using VR headsets. Commissioned by NBCUniversal and produced by studio Secret Location, Halcyon will feature 10 episodes distributed through Syfy's standard channel while five episodes will be viewable through Oculus VR's Rift headset. That would appear to leave out viewers who haven't put down $600 for a Rift preorder — or don't own an expensive gaming PC to even use the headset. However, NBC says there will be short recaps for every VR made available online.___

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2016-02-12 18:35:37 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Alternative proteins encoded by the same gene have widely divergent functions in cells

In a first large-scale systematic study, researchers found that most sibling proteins -- known as 'protein isoform' encoded by the same gene -- often play radically different roles within tissues and cells, however alike they may be structurally.

The research, published online by the journal Cell, stands to have a powerful effect on the understanding of human biology and the direction of future research. For one, it may help explain how the mere 20,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome -- fewer than are found in the genome of a grape -- can give rise to creatures of such enormous complexity. Scientists know that the number of different proteins in human cells, thought to be upwards of 100,000, far exceeds the number of genes, but many questions have remained.

Alternative proteins encoded by the same gene have widely divergent functions in cells

In a first large-scale systematic study, researchers found that most sibling proteins -- known as 'protein isoform' encoded by the same gene -- often play radically different roles within tissues and cells, however alike they may be structurally.

The research, published online by the journal Cell, stands to have a powerful effect on the understanding of human biology and the direction of future research. For one, it may help explain how the mere 20,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome -- fewer than are found in the genome of a grape -- can give rise to creatures of such enormous complexity. Scientists know that the number of different proteins in human cells, thought to be upwards of 100,000, far exceeds the number of genes, but many questions have remained.___

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2016-02-12 17:13:59 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Memory replay prioritizes high-reward memories

Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience, published Feb. 11 in the journal Neuron.

Memory replay prioritizes high-reward memories

Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience, published Feb. 11 in the journal Neuron.___

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2016-02-12 17:04:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Watching sensory information translate into behavior

Watching sensory information translate into behavior___

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2016-02-11 20:22:45 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Google reportedly also building a completely stand-alone virtual reality headset in addition to its gear VR competitor

On Sunday, it was reported that Google is working on a new VR headset that's far more advanced than Cardboard and closer to Samsung's Gear VR. But Google's upcoming virtual reality plans are in fact even bigger than that, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is said to be working on a stand-alone VR product — one that wouldn't need to be tethered to a smartphone or PC to function. The unannounced device "will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras" according to the Journal's sources. It is being designed to provide a "middle ground" experience; so while it may not be as powerful or capable as the Oculus or HTC Vive, it'll offer the convenience of untethered operation.

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Google reportedly also building a completely stand-alone virtual reality headset in addition to its gear VR competitor

On Sunday, it was reported that Google is working on a new VR headset that's far more advanced than Cardboard and closer to Samsung's Gear VR. But Google's upcoming virtual reality plans are in fact even bigger than that, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is said to be working on a stand-alone VR product — one that wouldn't need to be tethered to a smartphone or PC to function. The unannounced device "will include a screen, high-powered processors and outward-facing cameras" according to the Journal's sources. It is being designed to provide a "middle ground" experience; so while it may not be as powerful or capable as the Oculus or HTC Vive, it'll offer the convenience of untethered operation.

This would be in addition to Google's rumored Gear VR competitor, which will be introduced alongside a new version of Android that makes VR a core part of the operating system.___

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2016-02-11 17:41:08 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

'Grit' adds little to prediction of academic achievement

The study authors point out that previous research, indicating small associations between grit and academic achievement, has relied on highly selected samples such as spelling competition finalists and teachers, which may have led to stronger associations between grit and achievement in later life. This new study, which used a sample of 4,500 16-year-old twins, found that aspects of personality predict around six per cent of the differences between GCSE results and, after controlling for these characteristics, grit alone only predicted 0.5 per cent of the differences between GCSE results.

'Grit' adds little to prediction of academic achievement

The study authors point out that previous research, indicating small associations between grit and academic achievement, has relied on highly selected samples such as spelling competition finalists and teachers, which may have led to stronger associations between grit and achievement in later life. This new study, which used a sample of 4,500 16-year-old twins, found that aspects of personality predict around six per cent of the differences between GCSE results and, after controlling for these characteristics, grit alone only predicted 0.5 per cent of the differences between GCSE results.___

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2016-02-11 17:20:10 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Schism Over Bitcoin Is How Bitcoin Is Supposed to Work

But others in this Hearn’s group (which no longer includes Hearn) insist that this is not a civil war, that bitcoin is not splitting up. They say the debate over the software is a natural part of the democratic process that drives the development of the bitcoin system. “Bitcoin is not having a crisis. It’s having an election,” says Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, a very well funded startup based in San Francisco. “The [prevailing] mental model for what’s going on is a split, a divide in the community. But the right model is an election.”

The Schism Over Bitcoin Is How Bitcoin Is Supposed to Work

But others in this Hearn’s group (which no longer includes Hearn) insist that this is not a civil war, that bitcoin is not splitting up. They say the debate over the software is a natural part of the democratic process that drives the development of the bitcoin system. “Bitcoin is not having a crisis. It’s having an election,” says Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, a very well funded startup based in San Francisco. “The [prevailing] mental model for what’s going on is a split, a divide in the community. But the right model is an election.”___

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2016-02-11 16:58:25 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Eyefluence’s Eye-Tracking Interface Lets You Navigate Virtual Reality Hands-Free

Eyefluence CEO Jim Marggraff said his team wanted to eschew the main visual navigation methods being pushed by others, which largely focus on eye movements teamed with winking. In addition to this making it look like users have pretty severe twitching issues, the whole process can imaginably leave your eyes feeling fatigued or disoriented after just a few interactions. Eyefluence’s iUi tech deals entirely with a coordinated system of eye gestures (the specifics of which they’re asked me to keep under wraps).

Eyefluence’s Eye-Tracking Interface Lets You Navigate Virtual Reality Hands-Free

Eyefluence CEO Jim Marggraff said his team wanted to eschew the main visual navigation methods being pushed by others, which largely focus on eye movements teamed with winking. In addition to this making it look like users have pretty severe twitching issues, the whole process can imaginably leave your eyes feeling fatigued or disoriented after just a few interactions. Eyefluence’s iUi tech deals entirely with a coordinated system of eye gestures (the specifics of which they’re asked me to keep under wraps).___

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2016-02-11 16:52:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Autonomous search-and-rescue drones outperform humans at navigating forest trails

Navigation in terrains that are densely populated with obstacles is an ongoing challenge for researchers. There’s been some headway by a team at MIT, who last November demonstrated an autonomous drone avoiding trees while flying at high speeds in a wide-open field. Now, a group of Swiss researchers have developed technology that allows drones to autonomously navigate forest trails, a development they say could one day aid in search-and-rescue operations.

Autonomous search-and-rescue drones outperform humans at navigating forest trails

Navigation in terrains that are densely populated with obstacles is an ongoing challenge for researchers. There’s been some headway by a team at MIT, who last November demonstrated an autonomous drone avoiding trees while flying at high speeds in a wide-open field. Now, a group of Swiss researchers have developed technology that allows drones to autonomously navigate forest trails, a development they say could one day aid in search-and-rescue operations.___

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2016-02-11 16:49:44 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Backdoor laws can't contain global encryption, says new report

In recent months, the FBI has been pushing for stronger US restrictions on encryption — but a new report from Harvard's Berkman Center suggests such laws reach only a small portion of the relevant products. Taking a census of 865 different encryption products from around the world, the report finds that roughly two-thirds are produced and distributed overseas, outside the jurisdiction of US law. Germany was the biggest source of non-US crypto, with 112 separate products either for sale or available free. Just over a third of the foreign products make their code available as open source. "What this demonstrates is that domestic laws regarding encryption backdoors won't work," said respected cryptographer Bruce Schneier, one of three co-authors of the report. "The market is very international, and badg... more »

Backdoor laws can't contain global encryption, says new report

In recent months, the FBI has been pushing for stronger US restrictions on encryption — but a new report from Harvard's Berkman Center suggests such laws reach only a small portion of the relevant products. Taking a census of 865 different encryption products from around the world, the report finds that roughly two-thirds are produced and distributed overseas, outside the jurisdiction of US law. Germany was the biggest source of non-US crypto, with 112 separate products either for sale or available free. Just over a third of the foreign products make their code available as open source. "What this demonstrates is that domestic laws regarding encryption backdoors won't work," said respected cryptographer Bruce Schneier, one of three co-authors of the report. "The market is very international, and bad guys can easily switch to foreign encryption products that don't have backdoors."___

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2016-02-11 16:47:03 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface?

What we do know is that today’s top technology and hardware companies—Facebook, Google, HTC/Valve, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft and now Apple—are engaged in a race to own this new interface and produce the winning VR operating system.

Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface?

What we do know is that today’s top technology and hardware companies—Facebook, Google, HTC/Valve, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft and now Apple—are engaged in a race to own this new interface and produce the winning VR operating system.___

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2016-02-11 00:51:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

New Bill Aims to Stop State-Level Decryption Before It Starts

OVER THE LAST several months, local legislators have embarked on a curious quest to ban encryption at a state level. For a litany of reasons, this makes no sense. And now, a new bill in Congress will attempt to stop the inanity before it becomes a trend. California Congressman Ted Lieu has introduced the “Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016,” which we’ll call ENCRYPT. It’s a short, straightforward bill with a simple aim: to preempt states from attempting to implement their own anti-encryption policies at a state level.

New Bill Aims to Stop State-Level Decryption Before It Starts

OVER THE LAST several months, local legislators have embarked on a curious quest to ban encryption at a state level. For a litany of reasons, this makes no sense. And now, a new bill in Congress will attempt to stop the inanity before it becomes a trend. California Congressman Ted Lieu has introduced the “Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016,” which we’ll call ENCRYPT. It’s a short, straightforward bill with a simple aim: to preempt states from attempting to implement their own anti-encryption policies at a state level.___

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2016-02-10 19:41:28 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

UNITY REVEALS VR SCENE EDITOR

Unity Technologies has been doing a huge amount of work in virtual reality (VR) technology over the past few years, integrating head-mounted displays (HMDs) with its Unity Engine, including the likes of the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Gear VR and, in the near future, HTC Vive and Google Cardboard. But that’s not all the developer is working on for the tech. The company has just unveiled its rumoured VR scene editor, allowing players to edit content from within a HMD.

Of course, the concept immediately draws comparisons to Epic Games’ VR Editor for Unreal Engine 4, which was revealed last week. How will the concepts differ going forward?

UNITY REVEALS VR SCENE EDITOR

Unity Technologies has been doing a huge amount of work in virtual reality (VR) technology over the past few years, integrating head-mounted displays (HMDs) with its Unity Engine, including the likes of the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Gear VR and, in the near future, HTC Vive and Google Cardboard. But that’s not all the developer is working on for the tech. The company has just unveiled its rumoured VR scene editor, allowing players to edit content from within a HMD.

Of course, the concept immediately draws comparisons to Epic Games’ VR Editor for Unreal Engine 4, which was revealed last week. How will the concepts differ going forward?___

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2016-02-10 18:46:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Unity Announces Native Support For Valve’s SteamVR

Two major powerhouses in the gaming industry announced that they would be working together to churn out killer VR content. Unity Technologies and Valve announced today that the Unity platform would be gaining native support for SteamVR, allowing developers to significantly expand their capabilities.

Unity Announces Native Support For Valve’s SteamVR

Two major powerhouses in the gaming industry announced that they would be working together to churn out killer VR content. Unity Technologies and Valve announced today that the Unity platform would be gaining native support for SteamVR, allowing developers to significantly expand their capabilities.___

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2016-02-10 17:12:34 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Inhibiting age-related inflammation maintains healthy gut microbiota and extends lifespan

Publishing in Cell Host & Microbe, the Jasper lab now shows that age-related inflammation drives metaplasia in the fly equivalent of the stomach. This gastric metaplasia causes changes in the regional distribution of the commensal microbiota, the total species of gut bacteria, resulting in age-related intestinal pathologies and a shorter lifespan. Strikingly, the research shows the effects are reversible. Using genetic tools to reduce inflammatory signaling in the gastric region of the gut, researchers prevented metaplasia, maintained a healthy commensal population, and extended lifespan in the flies by up to 18%.

Inhibiting age-related inflammation maintains healthy gut microbiota and extends lifespan

Publishing in Cell Host & Microbe, the Jasper lab now shows that age-related inflammation drives metaplasia in the fly equivalent of the stomach. This gastric metaplasia causes changes in the regional distribution of the commensal microbiota, the total species of gut bacteria, resulting in age-related intestinal pathologies and a shorter lifespan. Strikingly, the research shows the effects are reversible. Using genetic tools to reduce inflammatory signaling in the gastric region of the gut, researchers prevented metaplasia, maintained a healthy commensal population, and extended lifespan in the flies by up to 18%.___

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2016-02-10 17:06:19 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Horses can read human emotions

Of course horse owners could tell you this already.

For the first time horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions.

Horses can read human emotions

Of course horse owners could tell you this already.

For the first time horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions.___

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2016-02-10 16:49:25 (0 comments; 11 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Teaching neurons to respond to placebos as potential treatment for Parkinson's

Scientist have discovered a way to make neurons respond to a placebo (a medically ineffective treatment), in the same way as they would to medically effective treatment, according to a new study.

Teaching neurons to respond to placebos as potential treatment for Parkinson's

Scientist have discovered a way to make neurons respond to a placebo (a medically ineffective treatment), in the same way as they would to medically effective treatment, according to a new study.___

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2016-02-10 16:34:47 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Oculus CTO Affirms Positional Tracking Priority for Gear VR

Oculus CTO Affirms Positional Tracking Priority for Gear VR___

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2016-02-09 18:37:08 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Oculus-Ready PC Bundles From ASUS, Alienware, Dell Pre-Sell For $1499 Next Week

Oculus-Ready PC Bundles From ASUS, Alienware, Dell Pre-Sell For $1499 Next Week___

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2016-02-09 16:55:44 (0 comments; 18 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

ANDY RUBIN UNLEASHED ANDROID ON THE WORLD. NOW WATCH HIM DO THE SAME WITH AI

Rubin has a theory that humanity is on the cusp of a new computing age. Just as MS-DOS gave way to Macintosh and Windows, which gave way to the web, which gave way to smartphones, he thinks the forces are in place to begin a decades-long transition to the next great platform: artificial intelligence.

ANDY RUBIN UNLEASHED ANDROID ON THE WORLD. NOW WATCH HIM DO THE SAME WITH AI

Rubin has a theory that humanity is on the cusp of a new computing age. Just as MS-DOS gave way to Macintosh and Windows, which gave way to the web, which gave way to smartphones, he thinks the forces are in place to begin a decades-long transition to the next great platform: artificial intelligence.___

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2016-02-09 16:43:37 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Vasopressin: Social hormone promotes cooperation in risky situations

A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, Caltech researchers say.

Vasopressin: Social hormone promotes cooperation in risky situations

A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, Caltech researchers say.___

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2016-02-09 16:38:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Study shows promising safety results for anti-aging drug

The search for the fountain of youth led to a 2009 discovery that a drug called rapamycin was shown to extend the lifespan of mice. Since that time, studies on the metabolic side effects of rapamycin have made it unclear whether the drug is safe as a long-term treatment. A recent study published in the November issue of the journal Aging showed minimal metabolic side effects after continuous, long-term treatment with encapsulated rapamycin in a marmoset (monkey) model.

Study shows promising safety results for anti-aging drug

The search for the fountain of youth led to a 2009 discovery that a drug called rapamycin was shown to extend the lifespan of mice. Since that time, studies on the metabolic side effects of rapamycin have made it unclear whether the drug is safe as a long-term treatment. A recent study published in the November issue of the journal Aging showed minimal metabolic side effects after continuous, long-term treatment with encapsulated rapamycin in a marmoset (monkey) model.___

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2016-02-09 16:36:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Video: Barley helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite

A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve people's health by reducing blood sugar levels and the risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley, which can also help reduce people's appetite and risk for cardiovascular disease. "It is surprising yet promising that choosing the right blend of dietary fibres can - in a short period of time - generate such remarkable health benefits", says Anne Nilsson, Associate Professor at the Food for Health Science Centre and one of the researchers behind the study.

Video: Barley helps improve blood sugar levels and reduce appetite

A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve people's health by reducing blood sugar levels and the risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley, which can also help reduce people's appetite and risk for cardiovascular disease. "It is surprising yet promising that choosing the right blend of dietary fibres can - in a short period of time - generate such remarkable health benefits", says Anne Nilsson, Associate Professor at the Food for Health Science Centre and one of the researchers behind the study.___

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2016-02-09 16:27:26 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

If you thought solar was going to hurt utilities, get a load of solar+storage

Residential solar+storage (my main focus in this post, rather than commercial or utility-scale versions) refers to a) an array of rooftop solar panels connected to b) some means of energy storage, usually a battery or batteries, controlled by c) smart software that enables the system to communicate with the grid. Adding storage to solar radically expands its value — the whole is more than the sum of the parts. The ability to store energy gives the solar homeowner more control over her energy; she can shift her time of use, storing power when it's cheap and selling it when it's more expensive. And she can potentially participate in larger markets, as we'll see later.

If you thought solar was going to hurt utilities, get a load of solar+storage

Residential solar+storage (my main focus in this post, rather than commercial or utility-scale versions) refers to a) an array of rooftop solar panels connected to b) some means of energy storage, usually a battery or batteries, controlled by c) smart software that enables the system to communicate with the grid. Adding storage to solar radically expands its value — the whole is more than the sum of the parts. The ability to store energy gives the solar homeowner more control over her energy; she can shift her time of use, storing power when it's cheap and selling it when it's more expensive. And she can potentially participate in larger markets, as we'll see later.___

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2016-02-09 00:26:41 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Google DeepMind AI navigates a Doom-like 3D maze just by looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze reminiscent of the 1993 shooter game Doom. Unlike most game-playing AIs, the system has no access to the game’s internal code. Instead it plays just as a human would, by looking at the screen and deciding how to proceed. This ability to navigate a 3D space by “sight” could be useful for AIs operating in the real world.

Google DeepMind AI navigates a Doom-like 3D maze just by looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze reminiscent of the 1993 shooter game Doom. Unlike most game-playing AIs, the system has no access to the game’s internal code. Instead it plays just as a human would, by looking at the screen and deciding how to proceed. This ability to navigate a 3D space by “sight” could be useful for AIs operating in the real world.___

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2016-02-08 18:11:05 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

TO THE COMPUTER scientist Leslie Valiant, “machine learning” is redundant. In his opinion, a toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning network classifying cat photos are both learning; calling the latter system a “machine” is a distinction without a difference.

The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

TO THE COMPUTER scientist Leslie Valiant, “machine learning” is redundant. In his opinion, a toddler fumbling with a rubber ball and a deep-learning network classifying cat photos are both learning; calling the latter system a “machine” is a distinction without a difference.___

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2016-02-08 17:13:47 (1 comments; 10 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Sustained aerobic exercise increases adult neurogenesis in brain

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus – and thus improve preconditions for learning – by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running, say researchers.

The results indicate that the highest number of new hippocampal neurons was observed in rats that ran long distances and that also had a genetic predisposition to benefit from aerobic exercise: Compared to sedentary animals, HRT rats that ran voluntarily on a running wheel had 2-3 times more new hippocampal neurons at the end of the experiment. Resistance training had no such effect. Also the effects of HIT (high intensity training) were minor. To conclude, only sustained aerobic exercise improved hippocampal neurogenesis in adult animals.

Sustained aerobic exercise increases adult neurogenesis in brain

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus – and thus improve preconditions for learning – by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running, say researchers.

The results indicate that the highest number of new hippocampal neurons was observed in rats that ran long distances and that also had a genetic predisposition to benefit from aerobic exercise: Compared to sedentary animals, HRT rats that ran voluntarily on a running wheel had 2-3 times more new hippocampal neurons at the end of the experiment. Resistance training had no such effect. Also the effects of HIT (high intensity training) were minor. To conclude, only sustained aerobic exercise improved hippocampal neurogenesis in adult animals.___

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2016-02-08 17:04:07 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

New wireless sleeve to help people recover arm use after stroke

Scientists at the University of Southampton are to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. Led by Professor Jane Burridge, the team will create a wireless sleeve, which will provide automatic, intelligent information about muscle movement and strength while patients practice every-day tasks at home.

New wireless sleeve to help people recover arm use after stroke

Scientists at the University of Southampton are to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. Led by Professor Jane Burridge, the team will create a wireless sleeve, which will provide automatic, intelligent information about muscle movement and strength while patients practice every-day tasks at home.___

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2016-02-08 16:27:02 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

DARPA plans to record 1 million neurons at the same time by 2020 compared to 500 neurons today

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started a new project this week to dramatically increase the number of human brain neurons that can be read simultaneously, according to the MIT Technology Review. In four years, DARPA wants a breakthrough from neuroscientists that will record from 1 million neurons simultaneously.

DARPA plans to record 1 million neurons at the same time by 2020 compared to 500 neurons today

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started a new project this week to dramatically increase the number of human brain neurons that can be read simultaneously, according to the MIT Technology Review. In four years, DARPA wants a breakthrough from neuroscientists that will record from 1 million neurons simultaneously.___

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2016-02-07 19:31:54 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Google reportedly plans to release a Gear VR competitor later this year

It looks like Google Cardboard is just the beginning of the company's virtual reality push. A new report from The Financial Times indicates that Google is planning to release a more substantial virtual reality product akin to Samsung's Gear VR.

In addition to a new plastic casing, it's said that the headset will support a far wider range of smartphones than the Gear VR. Sources also tell the paper that it will feature "better sensors" and "lenses," suggesting that it won't be wholly reliant on the equipment built into your smartphone. The report mentions that "most of its processing power" would come from the smartphone. Google Cardboard, which has been around for over a year and a half, provides two plastic lenses and just holds your smartphone in the right... more »

Google reportedly plans to release a Gear VR competitor later this year

It looks like Google Cardboard is just the beginning of the company's virtual reality push. A new report from The Financial Times indicates that Google is planning to release a more substantial virtual reality product akin to Samsung's Gear VR.

In addition to a new plastic casing, it's said that the headset will support a far wider range of smartphones than the Gear VR. Sources also tell the paper that it will feature "better sensors" and "lenses," suggesting that it won't be wholly reliant on the equipment built into your smartphone. The report mentions that "most of its processing power" would come from the smartphone. Google Cardboard, which has been around for over a year and a half, provides two plastic lenses and just holds your smartphone in the right position to function as a VR device.___

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2016-02-07 19:22:31 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant. Millennials and small investors aren’t the only ones using robo-advisers, a group that includes pioneers Wealthfront Inc. and Betterment LLC and services provided by mutual-fund giants, said Kendra Thompson, an Accenture Plc managing director. At Charles Schwab Corp., about 15 percent of those in automated portfolios have at least $1 million at the company.

The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant. Millennials and small investors aren’t the only ones using robo-advisers, a group that includes pioneers Wealthfront Inc. and Betterment LLC and services provided by mutual-fund giants, said Kendra Thompson, an Accenture Plc managing director. At Charles Schwab Corp., about 15 percent of those in automated portfolios have at least $1 million at the company.___

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2016-02-07 18:28:50 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.___

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2016-02-07 17:26:03 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health

New research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation training with health in stressed adults. The study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed community adults.

link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160204121956.htm

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health

New research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation training with health in stressed adults. The study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed community adults.

link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160204121956.htm___

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2016-02-07 17:17:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Watch: This robot learned to mix drinks by imitating humans

Researchers from the University of Maryland didn’t teach their robot how to mix a drink and make a salad. It learned those tricks by itself. Instead of programming a robot to perform tasks, the team is working on “autonomous robots” that have the ability to observe, learn, and eventually make decisions on their own in order to complete tasks. Next up on their to do list: Teaching the robot how to use a dishwasher and microwave.

Watch: This robot learned to mix drinks by imitating humans

Researchers from the University of Maryland didn’t teach their robot how to mix a drink and make a salad. It learned those tricks by itself. Instead of programming a robot to perform tasks, the team is working on “autonomous robots” that have the ability to observe, learn, and eventually make decisions on their own in order to complete tasks. Next up on their to do list: Teaching the robot how to use a dishwasher and microwave.___

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2016-02-07 00:23:49 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Security News This Week: The White House Bans Its Own Security Researcher

Immensely talented security researcher and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani was on loan to the White House from the Federal Trade Commission, where he was working on privacy and data ethics at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Unfortunately, though Soltani passed his drug test and the FBI was still in the process of completing a background check, the White House declined his security clearance. Soltani previously worked at the Washington Post, where he helped analyze NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which could be the reason why his clearance was denied. In addition to his work at the Post, he has al so worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the University of California at Berkeley, and as a private security researcher. Soltani told the Guardian that he plans to... more »

Security News This Week: The White House Bans Its Own Security Researcher

Immensely talented security researcher and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ashkan Soltani was on loan to the White House from the Federal Trade Commission, where he was working on privacy and data ethics at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Unfortunately, though Soltani passed his drug test and the FBI was still in the process of completing a background check, the White House declined his security clearance. Soltani previously worked at the Washington Post, where he helped analyze NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which could be the reason why his clearance was denied. In addition to his work at the Post, he has al so worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the University of California at Berkeley, and as a private security researcher. Soltani told the Guardian that he plans to head back to the west coast, and said he wished he’d spent his money on bike parts rather than business suits.On Twitter, he asked if anyone knew whether Mr. Robot or Homeland needed subject matter experts.___

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2016-02-06 20:51:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Apocalypse, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

There are plenty of opportunities for startups, especially those that pair conversational interfaces and a soft/hard AI with a focus in sectors where there are plenty of repetitive tasks that an AI can do on its own (which otherwise would have taken significant chunks of human time), or in sectors where high cost barriers are broken down. The most prominent categories ripe for AI disruption are PAs, professional services, financial services, healthcare and supply chains.

Apocalypse, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

There are plenty of opportunities for startups, especially those that pair conversational interfaces and a soft/hard AI with a focus in sectors where there are plenty of repetitive tasks that an AI can do on its own (which otherwise would have taken significant chunks of human time), or in sectors where high cost barriers are broken down. The most prominent categories ripe for AI disruption are PAs, professional services, financial services, healthcare and supply chains.___

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2016-02-06 20:40:44 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Sports Startup Contest Home Category

The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual reality from multiple angles.

LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Sports Startup Contest Home Category

The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual reality from multiple angles.___

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2016-02-06 17:27:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Why you should meditate

Why you should meditate___

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2016-02-06 17:17:36 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Don’t Sleep On New Data Privacy Regulations

Chalk it up to the Snowden Effect. Although it has been nearly three years since Edward Snowden turned the world on its head by releasing a trove of highly sensitive documents, the ripples of his decision are still being felt broadly. To that end, the European Union recently finalized the text of what looks to be the world’s single most significant — and severe — data privacy law to date.

Don’t Sleep On New Data Privacy Regulations

Chalk it up to the Snowden Effect. Although it has been nearly three years since Edward Snowden turned the world on its head by releasing a trove of highly sensitive documents, the ripples of his decision are still being felt broadly. To that end, the European Union recently finalized the text of what looks to be the world’s single most significant — and severe — data privacy law to date.___

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2016-02-06 17:08:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

You won’t be happiest until you turn 65 years old

Will you ever be happy? The answer, it seems, is yes. Likely when you’re a bit older. A recent government survey asked people in the UK to rate out of 10 how satisfied they were with life, as well as how anxious and happy they’d felt. The results showed that people aged 65-79 had the highest levels of life satisfaction and happiness, and the lowest levels of anxiety. But things appeared less rosy for those aged 45-59, who reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction.

You won’t be happiest until you turn 65 years old

Will you ever be happy? The answer, it seems, is yes. Likely when you’re a bit older. A recent government survey asked people in the UK to rate out of 10 how satisfied they were with life, as well as how anxious and happy they’d felt. The results showed that people aged 65-79 had the highest levels of life satisfaction and happiness, and the lowest levels of anxiety. But things appeared less rosy for those aged 45-59, who reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction.___

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2016-02-05 20:02:18 (3 comments; 31 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react toyou... more »

Microsoft may be running the biggest Turing test in history

If you live in China and you've been on WeChat, there's a decent chance you've come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice. Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you're feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She's also not human.

Microsoft measured the effectiveness of their chatbot with what they're calling conversations per session (CPS), which measures the number of times the conversation goes back and forth. Typical chatbot CPS conversations have roughly two cycles (the person speaks, then the chatbot speaks — that's one cycle). "By comparison, Xiaoice’s average, after chatting with tens of millions of users, has reached 23," wrote Dr. Wang. He even claims that Xiaoice can analyze and react to your emotional state.___

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2016-02-05 17:08:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

The Sharing Age

Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.

This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing mankind to break free from the limits of the past. We start doing what we do best: collaborating and sharing, at an unprecedented scale — a significant untapped potential for sharing is unlocked on a whole new level, creating value for all.

The Sharing Age

Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.

This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing mankind to break free from the limits of the past. We start doing what we do best: collaborating and sharing, at an unprecedented scale — a significant untapped potential for sharing is unlocked on a whole new level, creating value for all.___

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2016-02-05 16:49:18 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

A new MIT computer chip could allow your smartphone to do complex AI tasks

Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed "Eyeriss" could allow mobile devices to perform tasks like natural language processing and facial recognition without being connected to the internet. It’s the latest attempt to make the complex operations of machine learning more portable. That means that our smartphones, wearables, robots, self-driving cars, and other IoT devices could begin performing complex deep learning processes locally — something that until now has been very difficult to do.

A new MIT computer chip could allow your smartphone to do complex AI tasks

Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed "Eyeriss" could allow mobile devices to perform tasks like natural language processing and facial recognition without being connected to the internet. It’s the latest attempt to make the complex operations of machine learning more portable. That means that our smartphones, wearables, robots, self-driving cars, and other IoT devices could begin performing complex deep learning processes locally — something that until now has been very difficult to do.___

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