Watch out Google Duplex: Microsoft just demoed its own AI having a full-on phone call

By Jack Morse2018-05-22 23:02:11 UTC [embedded content] Google Duplex isn’t the only big dog in AI Town.  The artificial intelligence-powered assistant that can, in certain circumstances, have a real back and forth conversation with a human, has found a bit of competition in Microsoft’s XiaoIce (that’s a capital I not a lowercase L, and it’s […]

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People are losing faith in self-driving cars following recent fatal crashes

No one at the wheel freaks out drivers.Image: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images By Sasha Lekach2018-05-22 22:08:33 UTC For a while, people were really excited about the potential of self-driving cars, which promised to make our future commutes easier, more productive, and safer. Then came some high-profile autonomous vehicle accidents — including two fatal crashes […]

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Facebook’s new transparency report ignores its biggest problems

Facebook’s transparency report could sue some work.Image: AFP/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-05-15 23:29:42 UTC Another day, another stop on Facebook’s never-ending apology tour.  On Tuesday, that takes the form of the social network’s latest transparency report, which, for the first time, includes stats on the vast amounts of content the company removes for violating its […]

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RSA security conference has few surprises on Day 2— except this dancing fox and a magician

Dance to the beat of cyber threat awareness.Image: mashable By Jack Morse2018-04-18 01:02:18 UTC As an expected 40,000 cybersecurity professionals gathered in San Francisco for this year’s RSA conference, discussions of “threat actors” and “advanced malware protection” filled the giant halls of the downtown Moscone Center. But they were all drowned out by a giant […]

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Mark Zuckerberg to Congress: Someone, not me, will be in touch

Having fun.Image: SAUL LOEB/Getty By Jack Morse2018-04-11 01:52:29 UTC Mark Zuckerberg promises someone will be in touch.  The Facebook CEO answered questions Tuesday from members of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and in the process made it clear to elected officials that someone — but not […]

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