Rampant Cyber-Espionage; Robot Teammates; and more [Weekly Computing Newsletter]

June 11, 2015

Weekly Computing Newsletter

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Cyber-Espionage Case Reveals the Shabby State of Online Security

A groundbreaking online-spying case unearths details that companies wish you didn’t know about how vital information slips away from them.

 

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Collaboration Between Humans and Machines Is Key at DARPA’s Robot Challenge

The falls and fumbles of robots in the DARPA Challenge point to the remaining hurdles for human-robot interfaces.

 

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An Obstacle Course to Benefit All Robot-Kind

The DARPA challenge, designed to make robots disaster-ready, could have far-reaching technological benefits.

 

 

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Thiel Foundation Backs Startup Building a Smart Contact Lens

With fresh funding from the Thiel Foundation, startup Medella is going up against Google and Microsoft to build a smart contact lens.

 

 

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Transformer Triumphs in DARPA’s Robot Challenge

A robot capable of rolling on four wheels or walking on two legs shows the value of adaptability during the DARPA’s robot event.

 

 

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NSA Phone Data Curtailment Won’t Stop Communication Surveillance

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies will have to appeal to a special court on a case-by-case basis for phone data, but it’s not likely to harm security.

 

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Machine Vision Algorithm Chooses the Most Creative Paintings in History

Picking the most creative paintings is a network problem akin to finding super spreaders of disease. That’s allowed a machine to pick out the most creative paintings in history.

 

 

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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending June 6, 2015)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 

 

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HP Puts the Future of Computing On Hold

Plans by Hewlett-Packard for computers based on an exotic new electronic device called the memristor are scaled back.

 

 

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Why and How Baidu Cheated an Artificial Intelligence Test

Machine learning gets its first cheating scandal.

 

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The Emerging Science of Human Computation

The Web has turned the wisdom of the crowd into a valuable, on-demand resource. Now scientists are asking how best to put crowdsourced cognition to work.

 

 

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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 6, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

 

 

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How to Make the Digital Revolution More Fair

A group of leading technologists, economists, and investors propose a new approach to help us adapt to new technologies.

 

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