Facebook is now using AI to describe photos to the blind

Browse through your Facebook News Feed and you'll see photos play a prominent part, meaning visually impaired users are missing out on a lot of updates from their friends. Now Facebook's engineers have harnessed the power of an artificial intelligence network to describe these pictures to blind or partially blind users.Read More

Britain's first mass produced computer goes on public display

A pioneering piece of first-generation computer hardware was re-introduced to the public today. Almost 63 years after it made its debut at a trade show, the prototype of Britain's first mass-produced business computer is now on display at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, about 50 miles north of London. The Hollerith Electronic Computer (HEC-1) was Britain's most commercially successful early computer and the first to be installed in many countries, such as India, New Zealand, and those in East Africa.Read More

Windows 10 review: Microsoft builds an OS for the future

After the underwhelming Windows 8, Windows 10 is Microsoft's second attempt to build an operating system that's ready for the future while staying loyal to the past. The Start menu is back, Cortana makes the jump to the desktop, and Microsoft has put together an OS that it hopes is truly ready for computers, tablets, phones, games consoles and beyond.Read More

Brain-like supercomputing platform to explore new frontiers

In the old days, it was common to hear a computer chip referred to as an "electronic brain." Modern chip designs are now making such labels even more apt. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is set to take receipt of a brain-inspired supercomputing platform developed by IBM Research. The first-of-a-kind system is based on a neurosynaptic computer chip known as IBM TrueNorth, and can process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses while consuming just 2.5 watts of power.Read More

New software will let you skim this article even quicker

It's an unfortunate fact of life for web writers … people viewing text online tend to skim through it, as opposed to reading each and every word. With that in mind, researchers at Finland's Aalto University have created a program that lets people skim even faster, while retaining more information.Read More

Google's Go-conquering AI proves it's no fluke with 4-1 series win over world's best

Due to its incredible degree of complexity, the ancient Chinese game of Go has been viewed as the Mt Everest of artificial intelligence research. But just as chess, checkers and Jeopardy fell before it, a Google-made computer program has finally taken the fight a top-flight human opponent, one regarded as the best player of the past decade, no less. In what marks a significant advance for the field of AI, AlphaGo has today claimed victory in a five-game series, but not before South Korean Lee Sedol could land a few shots of his own. Read More

Pentagon puts the call out to hackers to test its cyber defences

The US Department of Defense may boast the world's most powerful military, but its online databases are far from indomitable, as a recent spate of apparent cyberattacks seems to suggest. The Pentagon is now inviting hackers to have at its public webpages as part of an initiative to highlight cybersecurity vulnerabilities.Read More


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