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A coronavirus recession means fewer jobs and more robots

A coronavirus recession means fewer jobs and more robots

The novel coronavirus pandemic is certainly not good for the labor market. Recent weeks have seen unemployment claims surge to record levels as businesses and entire industries shutter in order to stop the spread of the Covid-19. As a result, the economy has plummeted, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 down more than 20 percent from their...

Mind-reading AI turns thoughts into words using a brain implant

AI turns thoughts into words using a brain implant

AI can recognise some speech patterns in the brain. An artificial intelligence can accurately translate thoughts into sentences, at least for a limited vocabulary of 250 words. The system may bring us a step closer to restoring speech to people who have lost the ability because of paralysis. Joseph Makin at the University of California, San Francisco, and his colleagues...

Microsoft brings Teams to consumers and launches Microsoft 365 personal and family plans – TechCrunch

Microsoft brings launches the Microsoft 365

Microsoft today announced a slew of new products, but at the core of the release is a major change to how the company is marketing its tools and services to consumers. Office 365, which has long been the brand for the company’s subscription service for its productivity tools like Word, Excel and Outlook, is going…

Divesting from one facial recognition startup, Microsoft ends outside investments in the tech

Divesting from one facial recognition startup, Microsoft ends outside investments in the tech

Microsoft is pulling out of an investment in an Israeli facial recognition technology developer as part of a broader policy shift to halt any minority investments in facial recognition startups, the company announced late last week. The decision to withdraw its investment from AnyVision, an Israeli company developing facial recognition software, came as a result of an investigation into reports...

Apple Sacrifices MacBook Pro Launch For iPad Pro Success – Forbes

Apple Sacrifices MacBook Pro Launch For iPad Pro Success

March’s Apple launch featured an interesting decision by Tim Cook and his team. With one of the most sought after updates to the MacBook in place, the marketing was focused elsewhere. The darling of Apple’s eye was the iPad Pro. iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard Apple Press With no event (either live or virtual) the…

Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook’s Disinfo Defenses

Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook’s Disinfo Defenses

Since Russia’s stunning influence operations during the 2016 United States presidential race, state and federal officials, researchers, and tech companies have been on high alert for a repeat performance. With the 2020 election now just seven months away, though, newly surfaced social media posts indicate that Russia’s Internet Research Agency is adapting its methods to…

Pixar Pioneers Win $1 Million Turing Award

Pixar Pioneers Win $1 Million Turing Award

Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan created computer techniques that remade animation, special effects, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.Ed Catmull, and Pat Hanrahan were instrumental in the development of computer-generated imagery, known as C.G.I. Pat Hanrahan was a young biophysics student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1980s when he decided to give up his work with microscopic insects and...

Why the US is still struggling to test for the coronavirus

Why the US is still struggling to test for the coronavirus

The US reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on January 21st. Eight weeks later, there still aren’t enough tests for the virus available for everyone who needs them. “It is a failing,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a House briefing last week. “The system is not really geared to what...

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter warn that AI systems could make mistakes

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter warn that AI systems could make mistakes

To adjust to the social distancing required by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, social media platforms will lean more heavily on artificial intelligence to review content that potentially violates their policies. That means your next YouTube video or snarky tweet might be more likely to get taken down in error. As they transition their operations to a primarily work-from-home model, platforms...

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