Satya Nadella Explores How Humans and AI Can Work Together To Solve Society's Greatest Challenges

Slashdot - 17 min 38 sec ago
In an op-ed for Slate, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has shared his views on AI, and how humans could work together with this nascent technology to do great things. Nadella feels that humans and machines can work together to address society's greatest challenges, including diseases and poverty. But he admits that this will require "a bold and ambition approach that goes beyond anything that can be achieved through incremental improvements to current technology," he wrote. You can read the long essay here. GeekWire has summarized the principles and goals postulated by Nadella. From the article:AI must be designed to assist humanity. AI must be transparent.AI must maximize efficiencies without destroying the dignity of people.AI must be designed for intelligent privacy. AI needs algorithmic accountability so humans can undo unintended harm.AI must guard against bias.It's critical for humans to have empathy.It's critical for humans to have education.The need for human creativity won't change.A human has to be ultimately accountable for the outcome of a computer-generated diagnosis or decision.

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Istanbul Attack: A Grim Reminder Of Why Airports Are Easy Targets

Slashdot - 57 min 38 sec ago
An anonymous reader shares a FirstPost article:Even as I write this the echo of gunfire continues at Ataturk International Airport. For reasons that defy logic, Istanbul's main airport has always been seen as a vulnerable target which only underscores the fact that all airports in the world are open to attack and fail-safe is not a viable option. At Ataturk, security is usually high, but the weak underbelly lies in vehicular traffic entering the airport being given cursory checks, pretty much like most airports which is why President Erdogan was able to say this sort of attack could have occurred anywhere. That is true. Airports are easy targets. That even though Turkey was aware of the chinks nothing much was done to up the security levels. If you take Delhi International as a prime example, the access to the terminal is scarcely blockaded and one can reach the entry points with ease, crossing a couple of indolent checkpoints and a roller fence. (Editor's note: the article has been written by an Indian author, and so he uses an Indian airport as an example.) Indian airports are as porous as a sponge. Most of our airports are red-starred which places them in the inadequate category. Add to that the fact that several thousand VIPs are given privileges that make a pudding out of security and it indicates how easy peasy it would be to amble up to the terminal entrance. The weakness primarily lies in the absence of X-Rays and deterrent technology on approach. You practically can check in and get to immigration before being cleared for hazardous material.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update To Roll Out On August 2

Slashdot - 1 hour 37 min ago
Windows 10's first major update -- dubbed Anniversary Update -- will be released to users on August 2, according to a blog post published by Microsoft (Archive link). The company presumably posted the blog post ahead of the original publication plans, and as a result, quickly pulled the story. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring with it a number of major changes including extensions to Edge, and improvements to Cortana and Hello biometric feature. It will also mark the end of the one-year free Windows 10 update offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users.

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Tracking solar eruptions in 3D

Science Daily - 2 hours 13 min ago
Scientists have developed an automated method for three-dimensional tracking of massive eruptions from the Sun, called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). The Automated CME Triangulation (ACT) system uses data from three space-based observatories that orbit the Sun at different locations, allowing scientists to view the Sun and CMEs from different angles. ACT's ability to track whether a CME is heading towards Earth, and when it is likely to reach us, should lead to significant improvements in space weather forecasting.
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Space team discovers universe is self-cleaning

Science Daily - 2 hours 13 min ago
Astronomers have released a catalog of the hidden universe, which reveals the unseen sources of energy found over the last 12 billion years of cosmic history.
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How planetary age reveals water content

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Water is necessary for life as we know it, but too much water is bad for habitability. Therefore, to study the habitability of extrasolar planets, determining the abundance of water is a key element. Astronomers now show that the observation of exoplanets at different ages can be used to set statistical constraints on their water content -- an important result for future space missions.
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Skype data of 500 million people reveals the real patterns of social adoption

Science Daily - 2 hours 15 min ago
Global patterns of adoption spreading are induced by local adoption cascades initiated by multiple spontaneous adopters arriving at a constant rate, amplified by a large number of adoptions induced by social influence, and controlled by individuals who are immune to the actual adoption. This study shows that the structure of real-world adoption clusters is radically different from previous expectations. Vulnerable adoptions, induced by a single adopting neighbor, appear to be important only locally. Instead stable adopters, who are initially resisting to be exposed, are actually responsible for the emergence of global social adoption.
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Test to predict sepsis in burns patients developed

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A potentially life-saving new test has been developed that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment, report investigators.
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Grapevines of Southern Spain will suffer more from the impact of climate change

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Researchers are studying the effects of climate change on Spanish vineyards and they suggest adopting adaptation choices of crops in order to make premium wines more globally competitive.
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Can healthy eating reduce diabetes risk?

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A diet rich in vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The study identified a combination of foods that reduce biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress, known risk factors for type 2 diabetes. This dietary pattern, high in vegetables and fruit, and low in chips, sugar, and white bread, is also associated with reduced prevalence of type 2 diabetes.
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Special properties of pneumococci affect their ability to cause meningitis

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Structures on the surface of pneumococci determine the ability of these bacteria to enter the brain and cause severe infections, according to a new paper. Their findings suggest that certain pneumococci that are small in size, and which have a special protein on their surface, can more easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and cause meningitis that may be lethal.
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No risk of contracting dementia through blood transfusion

Science Daily - 2 hours 16 min ago
Previous studies have shown that neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be induced in healthy laboratory animals, causing concern that dementia diseases can be transmitted between individuals, possibly via blood transfusions. However, in a new study shows that the diseases are not transmitted.
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UK's oldest deep-water Marine Protected Area successfully protects coral reefs

Science Daily - 2 hours 16 min ago
Deep, cold-water corals are very slow to recover from damage, a new, unique study shows. Therefore, say researchers, deep-water Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) protect vulnerable marine ecosystems most effectively when they are put in place before that damage occurs.
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Want to See Daniel Radcliffe’s Body Used as a Rocket? Here You Go

Wired News - 2 hours 17 min ago
Check out a new clip from 'Swiss Army Man' here. The post Want to See Daniel Radcliffe’s Body Used as a Rocket? Here You Go appeared first on WIRED.
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Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

Wired News - 2 hours 17 min ago
The CFAA makes it illegal to violate a web site's terms of service, preventing researchers from investigating possible discrimination on sites. The post Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are 'As Bad As It Gets'

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Google's Project Zero team has discovered a heap of critical vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton security products. The flaws, the team says, allow hackers to completely compromise people's machines by simply sending them malicious self-replicating code through unopened emails or un-clicked links. According to a Fortune report, the vulnerabilities affect millions of people who run the company's endpoint security and antivirus software -- all 17 enterprise products (Symantec brand) and eight consumer and small business products (Norton brand). Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica:The flaws reside in the engine the products use to reverse the compression tools malware developers use to conceal their malicious payloads. The unpackers work by parsing code contained in files before they're allowed to be downloaded or executed. Because Symantec runs the unpackers directly in the operating system kernel, errors can allow attackers to gain complete control over the vulnerable machine. Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google's Project Zero, said a better design would be for unpackers to run in a security "sandbox," which isolates untrusted code from sensitive parts of an operating system.

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At the droplet of a hat: Capturing mixable liquid interaction

Science Daily - 2 hours 21 min ago
The spreading of mixable liquids into 'droplet hats' was observed for the first time, which could lead to insight into improving strategies for cleaning animals affected by oil spills.
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Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells

Science Daily - 2 hours 21 min ago
Scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease.
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New clues about the aging brain's memory functions

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Dopamine D2 receptor is linked to the long-term episodic memory, which function often reduces with age and due to dementia, report researchers. This new insight can contribute to the understanding of why some but not others are affected by memory impairment, they say.
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Unlocking the secrets of nerve regeneration

Science Daily - 2 hours 21 min ago
A glutamate receptor GluD2 was responsible for the regeneration of synapses in the cerebellum, researchers report at the conclusion of a recent study.
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