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Sometimes it actually pays to be paranoid... Stay safe!

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As you may have probably heard, the UK prepares for a $*! storm.


http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-36570120


Updates as UK voters choose to leave the European Union.
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"When people talk about the future of technology, especially artificial intelligence, they very often have the common dystopian Hollywood-movie model of us versus the machines. My view is that we will use these tools as we’ve used all other tools—to broaden our reach. And in this case, we’ll be extending the most important attribute we have, which is our intelligence."

https://www.playboy.com/articles/playboy-interview-ray-kurzweil
Many think author inventor and data scientist Ray Kurzweil is a prophet for our digital age. A few say hes completely nuts. Kurzweil who heads a team of more than 40 as a...
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Dear #Facebook,

Please stop with your #bullshit.

Sincerely yours,
A privacy-concerned user.

http://thehackernews.com/2016/06/facebook-microphone-ads.html
Have you ever suspected that Facebook is listening to your conversations through Microphone?
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Did you know about this?
Now you do...
 
Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself. The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products. The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.
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Don't be fooled by the CGI! This movie required a lot...

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New breakthrough!
 
Researchers create organic nanowire synaptic transistors that emulate the working principles of biological synapses
A team of researchers with the Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea has created organic nanowire synaptic transistors that emulate the working principles of biological synapses. As they describe in their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the artificial synapses they have created use much smaller amounts of power than other devices developed thus far and rival that of their biological counterparts.  
       
Scientists are taking multiple paths towards building next generation computers—some are fixated on finding a material to replace silicon, others are working towards building a quantum machine, while still others are busy trying to build something much more like the human mind. A hybrid system of sorts that has organic artificial parts meant to mimic those found in the brain. In this new effort, the team in Korea has reached a new milestone in creating an artificial synapse—one that has very nearly the same power requirements as those inside our skulls.

Up till now, artificial synapses have consumed far more power than human synapses, which researchers have calculated is on the order of 10 femtojoules each time a single one fires. The new synapse created by the team requires just 1.23 femtojoules per event—far lower than anything achieved thus far, and on par with their natural rival. Though it might seem the artificial creations are using less power, they do not perform the same functions just yet, so natural biology is still ahead. Plus there is the issue of transferring information from one neuron to another. The “wires” used by the human body are still much thinner than the metal kind still being used by scientists—still, researchers are gaining.

Source and further reading:
http://techxplore.com/news/2016-06-nanowire-synaptic-transistors-emulate-principles.html

Paper:
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/6/e1501326

Image: Schematic of biological neuronal network and an ONW ST that emulates a biological synapse.

Credit: Science Advances (2016)

#nanotechnology   #artificialEPSC   #research  
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"Sunspring, a short science fiction film that's not entirely what it seems. Sunspring was written entirely by an AI. To be specific, it was authored by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory, or LSTM for short. At least, that's what we'd call it. The AI named itself Benjamin."

https://thescene.com/watch/arstechnica/sunspring-sci-fi-short-film
In the wake of Google's AI Go victory, filmmaker Oscar Sharp turned to his technologist collaborator Ross Goodwin to build a machine that could write screenplays. They created "Jetson" and fueled him with hundreds of sci-fi TV and movie scripts. Building a team including Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO's Silicon Valley, they gave themselves 48 hours to shoot and edit whatever Jetson decided to write.
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Allow me to reiterate: the future... is here already.

"Welcome to a new way to start your day. Shot directly through Magic Leap technology on April 8, 2016 without use of special effects or compositing."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmdXJy_IdNw
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Just a little heads-up, you know, because privacy matters!
 
another app to scrutinize 
FitnessKeeper, the company behind running app Runkeeper, is in hot water in Europe. The company will receive a formal complaint on Friday from the Norwegian Consumer Council for breaching European data protection laws. It turns out that Runkeeper tracks its users' location all the time – not just when the app is active – and sends that data to advertisers.The NCC, a consumer rights watchdog, is conducting an investigation into 20 apps' terms and ...
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Hello, I'm Adrian and I currently work as a Software Development Engineer.
Experience has taught me that nothing is impossible and that the way to everything is achieved through hard work and dedication.

I simply love technology and video gaming. I also spend a lot of time on G+. I'm open to anything technology, programming, science or video games related, so if you want to get in touch don't hesitate!
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An often overlooked place, which offers a variety of culinary experiences, from good pizza and pastas, to Mexican food. The new location (just around the corner from the previous one) is quiet and cozy (making it ideal for a couples' dinning out experience). It is smoking-free but also great for small groups. Old location had a family and children friendly zone; this new one lacks it. Prices are around the medium-budget line. Worth a visit if you happen to be around Bucharest's central area.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Update on 2014-12-27: First of all, a sincere thank you for the management of the place! Things have improved since my previous review (and in such a short time!), thus prompting the current message. During the last visit there, one could not help but notice that the locale had indeed made a few adjustments to their inner space, in regards to establishing a non-smoking area. There are now visual indicators for an area available to non-smokers. However, one of the original issues still remains: the evacuation of the cigar smoke from the place. The smoking and non-smoking areas are kind of joined together. Thus, the smoke from one taints the other. I would appreciate it if a little effort went into looking up the issues with the air filters/air venting system. Original review on 2014-12-14: The place is lounge-themed, and I'd have to say that it is just a decent one. Why only decent? Allow me to elaborate. Do not get me wrong, the staff is very friendly and welcoming. Music is quite enjoyable. The offers on display are westerner-oriented (the local is situated right next to Double Tree by Hilton hotel, which receives a lot of foreign visits), so prices aren't that bad, I'd put them somewhere near medium-priced, since they mainly target the hotel's customers. What is really bad, and subtracts a lot from the appeal of the place (hence my rating so far), is the fact that this place does not have an inside non-smoking area. On Sunday mornings up until noon, the place is pretty relaxing. However, after that time a lot of people come there and start smoking and this is when the landscape changes, drastically. The air venting systems are not working properly, or are non-existent (although the ceiling has some constructs that look like devices that ought to filter air). Needless to say that sometimes it is like experiencing a fog-like atmosphere, because of the cigar smoke - and that hurts, a lot. It hurts your health, on the long term, and your sense of cleanliness. After a few hours, you come out of there smelling like a smoked piece of bacon - and this is not funny at all. I do not have anything against smokers - everyone is free to enjoy their habits, however they see fit - oh and I especially love smoked bacon. But, I am also pretty sure a lot of people like to drink coffee, without being smokers. Why not let them enjoy the place, as well, like everyone else?
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reviewed a year ago
They have a great showroom, spread on two floors. Each Samsung appliance type has it's own thematic area which you can visit to test the systems out. The Customer Assistance is great and overall it was a good experience.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Although not a restaurant (as labelled), more like a local Bar & Grill place, it can make time pass quickly if you bring a few friends. The summers will be spent on the outside terrace preferably, which offers both a good view and privacy if neccesary.
Food: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago