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Climate change models have been accurate since the 1970s - 0 views

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    "Half a century ago, before the first Apple computer was even sold, climate scientists started making computer-generated forecasts of how Earth would warm as carbon emissions saturated the atmosphere (the atmosphere is now brimming with carbon). It turns out these decades-old climate models - which used math equations to predict how much greenhouse gases would heat the planet - were pretty darn accurate. Climate scientists gauged how well early models predicted Earth's relentless warming trend and published their research Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters."
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New app enables regular smartphones to capture 3D images | NDTV Gadgets - 0 views

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    Scientists have developed an app that allows an ordinary smartphone to capture and display three-dimensional models of real-world objects. Instead of taking a normal photograph, a user simply moves the phone around the object of interest and after a few motions, a 3D model appears on the screen.
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Science relies on computer modelling, but what happens when it goes wrong? -- Science & Technology -- Sott.net - 0 views

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    Much of current science deals with even more complicated systems, and similarly lacks exact solutions. Such models have to be "computational" - describing how a system changes from one instant to the next. But there is no way to determine the exact state at some time in the future other than by "simulating" its evolution in this way. Weather forecasting is a familiar example; until the advent of computers in the 1950s, it was impossible to predict future weather faster than it actually happened.
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A machine-learning system that guesses whether text was produced by machine-learning systems / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Automatically produced texts use language models derived from statistical analysis of vast corpuses of human-generated text to produce machine-generated texts that can be very hard for a human to distinguish from text produced by another human. These models could help malicious actors in many ways, including generating convincing spam, reviews, and comments -- so it's really important to develop tools that can help us distinguish between human-generated and machine-generated texts."
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Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here's how | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Blockchain technology has also opened the way to new models whereby endless micropayments can be made in return for particular online services or content; and, if people voluntarily allow elements of their data to be used, rewards can flow the other way. Here perhaps lies the key to a system beyond the current, Google-led model, in which services appear to be free but the letting-go of personal data is the actual price."
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AI is making literary leaps - now we need the rules to catch up | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "If true, this would be a big deal. But, said OpenAI, "due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, we are instead releasing a much smaller model for researchers to experiment with, as well as a technical paper.""
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Smart 3D modeling lets you mess with faces in videos - 0 views

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    " In other words: get ready for an era when even the most plausible videos aren't safe from a little computer trickery."
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Harvard Study Proves Apple Slows Down old iPhones to Sell Millions of New Models - Anonymous - 0 views

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    "People have made the anecdotal observation that their Apple products become much slower right before the release of a new model. Now, a Harvard University study has done what any person with Google Trends could do, and pointed out that Google searches for "iPhone slow" spiked multiple times, just before the release of a new iPhone each time."
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BBC News - Schools must embrace mobile technology - 0 views

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    The need for schools to prepare for 21st century learning was top of the agenda at this year's BETT conference.They must embrace mobile technologies, games, podcasts and social networking, according to leading educationalist Professor Stephen Heppell.Schools should also break away from traditional classroom and curriculum models, he argued.The gap between those schools embracing technology and those not is getting bigger, he said.Prof Heppell was speaking to delegates at BETT, the world's biggest educational technology show.
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Algorithmic cruelty: when Gmail adds your harasser to your speed-dial / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "It's not that Google wants to do this, it's that they didn't anticipate this outcome, and compounded that omission by likewise omitting a way to overrule the algorithm's judgment. As with other examples of algorithmic cruelty, it's not so much this specific example as was it presages for a future in which more and more of our external reality is determined by models derived from machine learning systems whose workings we're not privy to and have no say in. "
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Artificial intelligence creates sound effects for silent videos that fool humans / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "This algorithm uses a recurrent neural network to predict sound features from videos and then produces a waveform from these features with an example-based synthesis procedure. We show that the sounds predicted by our model are realistic enough to fool participants in a "real or fake" psychophysical experiment, and that they convey significant information about material properties and physical interactions."
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Statistically, self-driving cars are about to kill someone. What happens next? | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "As the miles grow, the odds shrink. At some point, a car driving autonomously or semi-autonomously will cause a fatal accident. If their performance is remotely comparable to a human's, that moment could come within the next 18-24 months. If so, by the law of averages it will probably involve a Tesla Model 3. Self-driving cars may be about to have their Driscoll moment."
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Hands on with India's £3 smartphone - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Ringing Bells also plans to sell other more expensive handsets - ranging in price up to about $100 (£75) - at a profit. But, with just over a week to go until Freedom 251's launch, critics remain unconvinced. "I find it difficult to believe that any sort of phone can be manufactured for 251 rupees, so it's difficult to see what kind of business model they have," says Pranav Dixit, a tech expert at the news site Factor Daily."
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$10 Cellphones Bring Health Care to Developing World - 0 views

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    "Each of these community health workers typically works with 100 families, and they used to hand-deliver patient updates to doctors by foot. But by equipping these individuals with $10 cellphones, Medic Mobile helped to create a hub-and-spoke model of health care that's revolutionized the way millions of people get well."
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Want To Plant One Billion Trees In A Single Year? Try Drones.  | GOOD - 0 views

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    "First, the drones engage in aerial mapping to create detailed three-dimensional terrain models. They then begin "precision planting" by shooting seed pods that have been "pregerminated and covered in a nutritious hydrogel" into the soil. Finally, drones monitor tree growth over the course of a number of "planting audits," designed to track the reforrestation progress. "
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Pearson is Now Spying on Students During Standardized Testing ⋆ Ink, Bits, & Pixels - 0 views

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    "Luckily for the kid, it was only a single tweet. Had several students gotten together to form a study group, they might have been prosecuted for felony interference with a business model and gotten the death penalty. Do you suppose Pearson has hidden microphones set up around the schools so they can also listen in and see if students discuss the tests during lunch? I ask because that is basically the offline version of the student's infraction."
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When Wall Street and Silicon Valley come together - a cautionary tale | Comment is free | The Observer - 0 views

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    "Teatreneu's administrators found an ingenious solution: partnering with the advertising agency Cyranos McCann, they fitted the back of every seat with fancy tablets that can analyse facial expressions. Under the new model, visitors enter the club for free but have to pay 30 cents for every laugh recognised by the tablet - with a cap of €24 (or 80 laughs) per show. A mobile app makes it easier to complete the payment; the overall ticket prices have reportedly gone up by €6. As a bonus, you can also share your smiling selfie with friends: the path from funny to viral has never been shorter."
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Algorithm 'identifies future trolls from just five posts' | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "With all the information together, they created a prediction model which can guess with 80% accuracy whether or not that user will go on to be banned from just their first five posts. "
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