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open Facebook's mega-chatbot has 'a persona, discusses nearly any topic, shows empathy.' Perfect for CEO version 2 15
By HildyJ
open Human intelligence may not be enough: US military turns to machine learning algos to predict food shortages 15
By holmegm
open Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash 87
open Lyft dumps 17% of staff, furloughs 5%, cuts pay as people stay home, avoid rides in possibly virus-ridden cars 10
open Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and cloud-based IoT gear bricked by vendors. Looking at you, Belkin 49
open Arm dumps risk for CISC – Chip Indies Skip Costs: Early-stage startups can pay $0 to access CPU, GPU blueprints 2
open I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI 64
By ILLQO
open Free users become losers as AI startup with AWS bills to pay pursues viral opportunity 4
open Patently dogged: Apple unleashes lawyers to slash $454m patent rip-off bill – even after Supreme Court snub 19
open Happy birthday, ARM1. It is 35 years since Britain's Acorn RISC Machine chip sipped power for the first time 45
open Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground 124
open Chinese carmaker behind Volvo and Lotus ships first two satellites for planned IoT ‘OmniCloud’ 22
By hoola
open Facebook, AWS team up to produce open-source PyTorch AI libraries, grad student says he successfully used GPT-2 to write his homework.... 12
open Wake up, Neo: Microsoft mulls using your brain waves or body heat to mine crypto-currency while viewing ads 20
open We're all stuck indoors, virtual reality tech should be hot. So why is Magic Leap chopping half its workforce? 16
open Police drone fliers' wings clipped to prevent them bumping into real aircraft 19
open Who knows the secret of the black magic box? Boffins seek the secrets of AI learning by mapping digital neurons 4
open Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position 56
open Grab your Bitcoin while you can because Purse.io is shutting up shop in June and you could lose the lot 26
By DrXym
open Facebook's Libra Association tries again at this digi-cash game, with more modest ambitions after global flop 8
open Quantum computing heats up down under as researchers reckon they know how to cut costs and improve stability 15
By Mike 16
open The 'IoT' in Microsoft IoT Hub means Internet of Trying-to-kill-off-whiffy-crypto-protocol: TLS 1.0/1.1 spared axe again 4
By big_D
open Google Cloud's AI recog code 'biased' against black people – and more from ML land 24
By Gadbous
open Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic 60
open This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers 42
By Fatman
open RAND report finds that, like fusion power and Half Life 3, quantum computing is still 15 years away 115
open Hi, Google Duplex here, trying to book a haircut for a socially inept human. Sorry, 'COVID-19'?... DOES NOT COMPUTE 33
open Self-driving car LIDAR stalwart Velodyne sued for sacking a third of its staff claiming coronavirus was the cause 12
open Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all 79
open Australian state adds AI number plate readers to GPS tracking of corona-quarantine busters 12
open WeWork sues SoftBank over 'AWOL' $3bn shares purchase – which included millions lined up for ousted CEO Neumann 17
open Time to brush up on current affairs. Because we're predicting Li-ion batt lifetimes using impedance and AI 20
open Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks 52
By jake
open Washington state governor green-lights facial-recog law championed by... guess who: Yep, hometown hero Microsoft 9
By herman
open Automatic for the People: Pandemic-fueled rush to robo-moderation will be disastrous – there must be oversight 20
open Tech tracker Tile testifies in Congress: Apple's geolocation nagging is so not fair 5
open Well, 2019 finished with Intel as king of the chip world, Broadcom doing OK, everyone else shrinking. Good thing 2020's looking up, eh? 8
By HildyJ
open Japanese airline ANA spins out telepresence-bot startup for virus-avoiding medicos and fearful tourists 10
open Hong Kong swells tech-buying subsidies for local businesses that buy from local businesses 2
open Samsung calls it a day on liquid-crystal display, says quantum dot is really hot 22
By eionmac
open Relax, breaking a website's fine-print doesn't make you a criminal hacker, says judge in US cyber-law legal row 8
open Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads 41
By DiViDeD
open Sucks to be you, ICANN. We can go our own way: Opera to support sites using renegade top-level domain .crypto 3
open Call for netizens to demand scraped pics from Clearview, ML weather forecasts, and Star Trek goes high def with AI 13
By Tom 38
open Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them? 77
open Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown 86
open Don't believe the hype: Today's AI unlikely to best actual doctors at diagnosing patients from medical scans 19
open Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites 73
open Self-driving truck boss: 'Supervised machine learning doesn’t live up to the hype. It isn’t C-3PO, it’s sophisticated pattern matching' 47
open Germany says nein to Euro Unified Patent Court, pulls plug and leaves it nearby if anyone wants to put it back in 17

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