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A new superconducting switch could soon enable computers to make decisions very similarly to the way we do, essentially turning them into artificial brains. One day, this new technology could underpin advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems that may become part of our everyday life, from transportation to medicine.   Researchers at the US National Institute
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A new superconducting switch could soon enable computers to make decisions very similarly to the way we do, essentially turning them into artificial brains. One day, this new technology could underpin advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems that may become part of our everyday life, from transportation to medicine.   Researchers at the US National Institute
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Facebook has invented a new unit of time: The ‘flick’, equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second – larger than a nanosecond, and smaller than a microsecond. It’s short for ‘frame tick’, hinting at its cinematic origins, writes original inventor Christopher Horvath on GitHub.   As for why Facebook needs a new unit of time,
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Facebook has invented a new unit of time: The ‘flick’, equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second – larger than a nanosecond, and smaller than a microsecond. It’s short for ‘frame tick’, hinting at its cinematic origins, writes original inventor Christopher Horvath on GitHub.   As for why Facebook needs a new unit of time,
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Ever since technological advancements made drones possible, people have warned of the potential dangers of weaponised UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), which could effectively become murderous slaughterbots we need to defend ourselves against.   Now, it looks like those fears have become a reality. The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked
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The biggest threat to an organisation’s cyber-security comes from within, according to a growing body of evidence. Employees are frequently putting their companies at risk of hacking by sharing their passwords, using public WiFi networks to send sensitive information, or not protecting the privacy of social media accounts.   But there’s another threat that at
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This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of US$17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch.   Perhaps because of its complicated technical design, zealous community of
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Practical quantum computing has been big news this year, with significant advances being made on theoretical and technical frontiers. But one big stumbling block has remained – melding the delicate quantum landscape with the more familiar digital one. This new microprocessor design just might be the solution we need.   Researchers from the University of
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The brain is really little more than a collection of electrical signals. If we can learn to catalogue those then, in theory, you could upload someone’s mind into a computer, allowing them to live forever as a digital form of consciousness, just like in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.   But it’s not just science
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Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia’s latest offering: an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online.   In October, Nvidia demonstrated the ability of one of their AIs to generate disturbingly realistic images of completely