Smartphones and mobile operating systems were originally designed to converge the past. They replaced our phones, personal digital assistants, portable video and music players, gaming handhelds, and GPS units into one, small, always-connected package. And it was good. Now, smartphones and mobile operating systems are in a race for the future — not just to define it but to predict it. Surfaces can now read our fingerprints. Microphones can understand what we say. Cameras, who we are and what we're doing. Machines can also learn to anticipate what we'll do and want and when. Consequently, our devices have gone from reactively recording and retrieving only the information we've given them to trying to "know" us and proactively provide us with a range of information and services right before we realize we need them. At the same time, we live in an era where the largest internet companies in the world have told us our privacy is effectively dead — and are now being forced to … [Read more...] about iOS 12 Review: What’s now for what’s next
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There are a series of stages to coming down from a festival. After the hectic rush of travel there are the several days of catching up on lost sleep and picking up the threads of your life again, then once a semblance of order has been regained there’s that few weeks of emptiness. Your life will never be the same again, it’s all so mundane. It’s now a couple of weeks since the SHACamp 2017 hacker festival in the Netherlands was in full swing, and the write-up below has slowly taken shape over that time amid the other work of being a Hackaday scribe and editor. It’s early morning here in Southern England as I write this, so on the equivalent day while I was at SHACamp at this time I would have been carrying a large pack of stickers for distribution on the swapping table through the rising sunlight of a camp still largely asleep after the previous night’s revelry. Past our German and Dutch immediate neighbours, down the ramp from the dyke, the cardboard … [Read more...] about SHACamp 2017, A Personal Review
Just a few weeks after Dara Khosrowshahi inherited an already scandal-ridden company, Uber’s new CEO was thrust into a regulatory gauntlet with London lawmakers. The agency that oversaw the ride-hail and taxi industries had chosen not to renew Uber’s license to operate, effectively instating a ban on the company in the city. Fast-forward to today, about 10 months into Khosrowshahi’s tenure as CEO, and the new Uber he built has won the right to continue to operate in London — at least for 15 months. The logic: It was the old, win-at-all costs company that London banned, and it’s the new, friendly, do-the-right-thing company that Uber is purporting to be that a court has granted a license. Uber 2.0 scored a big win in its biggest market in Europe, but now it has to prove that it will maintain its commitment to being the refurbished company it’s pitching itself as — not just to London but also to the public in all the markets it operates in. … [Read more...] about Uber 2.0 won a big battle in London. Now it has to prove that it’s committed to doing the right thing.
Plans for an Australian space agency have been in the works for months now, but the ABC is reporting that the federal government is putting its money where its mouth is by setting aside $50 million to help launch it.At the federal budget this coming Tuesday, May 8, the government is expected to unveil what it's calling "seed funding" for a prospective space agency, in an attempt to create more jobs and take part in what most observers believe will be a burgeoning industry in the future.There's been a lot of excitement around the idea of Space 2.0, the idea of lower-cost and commercial space travel. Many believe there's an opportunity there. Other developed countries, including New Zealand, Australia's neighbour, already have space agencies.Former CSIRO boss Megan Clark, who helped the government complete a review on this topic, is expected to head up the agency in its first year. According to the ABC's report, the government expects that the private sector will contribute the majority … [Read more...] about The Australian government is funding its very own space agency
Intelligent Machines Artificial intelligence will automate and optimize fake news, warns a technology supplier to US intelligence agencies. by Will Knight March 27, 2018 Fake news may have already influenced politics in the US, but it’s going to get a lot worse, warns an AI consultant to the US government. Recommended for You How network theory predicts the value of Bitcoin The gig economy keeps growing, but worker benefits aren’t Microsoft is launching a huge reorganization to focus on AI and the cloud Up to 40 percent of DNA results from consumer genetic tests might be bogus Exclusive: This is the most dexterous robot ever created Sean Gourley, founder and CEO of Primer, a company that uses software to mine data sources and automatically generate reports for US intelligence agencies via In-Q-Tel, the intelligence community’s investment fund, told a conference in San Francisco that the next generation of fake news would … [Read more...] about Fake news 2.0: personalized, optimized, and even harder to stop