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Gartner says AI and biohacking will shape the future of tech - SiliconANGLE

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Artificial intelligence and "biohacking" will be among the key trends guiding the future of technology, according to one of Gartner Inc.'s most eagerly anticipated reports. The report, released Monday, is based on Gartner's famous "hype cycle," which plots the lifespan of new technologies as they emerge from mere concepts, all the way through to their mass adoption, at which point they're finally considered to be mainstream. But that only happens if they survive what is typically a roller-coaster ride. In this year's report, Gartner's researchers are pretty confident that AI, at least, will emerge from the hype cycle unscathed. And it won't be just data scientists and other nerdy types who get to enjoy it, as Gartner is confidently predicting that the "democratization" of AI will take place within the next few years.


Sony's smart light is now compatible with Google Assistant

Engadget

Back in 2016, Sony introduced a new smart light that had humidity, motion, luminance and temperature detectors, along with an infrared controller, memory card slot, microphone and speaker. It really was the light that could do it all, and it's very customizable, meaning you can program it to do pretty much whatever you want it to. Since then, Sony has announced more integrations for the Multifunctional Light. Now, the company has announced that it's compatible with Google Assistant. The updates will start rolling out tomorrow, August 22nd.


CERN Project Sees Orders-of-Magnitude Speedup with AI Approach

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An award-winning effort at CERN has demonstrated potential to significantly change how the physics based modeling and simulation communities view machine learning. The CERN team demonstrated that AI-based models have the potential to act as orders-of-magnitude-faster replacements for computationally expensive tasks in simulation, while maintaining a remarkable level of accuracy. Dr. Federico Carminati (Project Coordinator, CERN) points out, "This work demonstrates the potential of'black box' machine-learning models in physics-based simulations." A poster describing this work was awarded the prize for best poster in the category'programming models and systems software' at ISC'18. This recognizes the importance of the work, which was carried out by Dr. Federico Carminati, Gul Rukh Khattak, and Dr. Sofia Vallecorsa at CERN, as well as Jean-Roch Vlimant at Caltech.


Net neutrality activists, state officials are taking the FCC to court. Here's how they'll argue the case.

Washington Post

Opponents of the Federal Communications Commission have outlined their chief arguments on net neutrality to a federal appeals court in Washington, in hopes of undoing the FCC's move last year to repeal its own rules for Internet service providers. The legal briefs reflect a widening front in the multipronged campaign by consumer groups and tech companies to rescue the ISP regulations, which originally barred providers from blocking websites or slowing them. With the FCC's changes, Internet providers may legally manipulate Internet traffic as it travels over their infrastructure, as long as they disclose their practices to consumers. The FCC's decision last year to repeal the rules was "arbitrary and capricious," said officials from the state of New York, the California Public Utilities Commission and others in court documents Monday -- asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overrule the agency. The FCC was too credulous in accepting industry promises "to refrain from harmful practices," the officials said, "notwithstanding substantial record evidence showing that [Internet] providers have abused and will abuse their gatekeeper roles in ways that harm consumers and threaten public safety."


Outfit every room in your home with Echo Dots for an all-time low of just $25 apiece today

PCWorld

We've called Amazon's $50 Echo Dot "the Echo most people should buy," and right now you can get a few on a deep discount--when you add three Echo Dots to your cart and enter the code DOT3PACK, you'll save $75Remove non-product link, 50 percent off the list price and the lowest price we've seen. Like other Echo devices, the Dot lets you use just your voice to check the weather, play music, shop on Amazon, get news updates and of course, control smart devices, while its seven far-field microphones are designed to pick up your voice from anywhere in the room. Its small form factor means it can fit anywhere, and if you want better sound, you can easily add an external speaker using either Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio cable. We gave the Echo Dot 4 stars out of 5 for its affordability (even before this discount), broad compatibility with other devices, and compact size. And we know our Echo devices--check out our buyer's guide for a complete roundup of everything Alexa.


LG's wireless Tone headphones have a Google Assistant button

Engadget

With the G7 ThinQ smartphone, LG cemented its commitment to Google's AI, and now it's doing the same with its neck-worn Tone headphone lineup. The LG Tone Platinum SE supports Google Assistant via a dedicated button, letting you get information or a translation without the need to pull out your smartphone or say "OK Google." LG didn't specify, but it appears to be just a button and not full Google Assistant integration like you'll find on certain Sony headphone models, for example. Both models have in-ear headphones, but the Tone Ultra SE (below) also packs a speaker, much like the Tone Studio that launched in 2016. The idea is that you can listen to music without blocking ambient sounds, which helps when you need to be aware of your surroundings.


Best deals for Tuesday: Save on the Apple iPad Mini, Amazon Echo Show, Cloud Cams, Coleman camping gear, and more

Mashable

We gathered the latest and greatest deals from top retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Here are the deals on the products you want for the kitchen, dorm room, and home office, including computers and the best Amazon devices for streaming video, keeping your home secure, and staying entertained. First up, KitchenAid's Classic Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is on sale for $199.99, In addition, the Nespresso VertuoPlus Espresso Maker from De'Longhi is going for $169.00. Meanwhile, Apple's iPad Mini 4 (128GB) is on sale for $299.99,


Save $400 on a 65-inch Sony 4K TV and up your home theater game

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If there's one name you can trust when it comes to the quality of their TVs, it's Sony. From the picture quality to the smart features, Sony TVs consistently deliver across the board as one of the top names in the space. Well if you find yourself in the market for a new TV, Amazon has a deal that just may sway you to Sony's camp. The Sony XBR65X900F 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is available at Amazon for $1798. This TV normally goes for $2198, which means this sale will save you $400.


Futurist Gerd Leonhard talks about the Future of humanity and artificial intelligence

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From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly. While science fiction often portrays AI as robots with human-like characteristics, AI can encompass anything from Google's search algorithms to IBM's Watson. In the long term, an important question is what will happen if the quest for strong AI succeeds and an AI system becomes better than humans at all cognitive tasks. Gerd Leonhard voices his opinions and vision and the future of AI. Thanks to Gerd Leonhard for letting me use his video.


AI systems dealing with human emotions: how the future will be like with emotional machines

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When I was a teenager, I used to enjoy watching a weekly television programme called "Lost in Space". In this science fiction series, a robot having a male identity was used as one of the main characters. He spoke perfect English but his speech sounded monotonic and dull – devoid of inflexions, and variations of volume and tone. This depiction of robots as sounding devoid of human emotions was not uncommon at that time – perhaps film producers felt the need to reinforce the differences between humans and machines. However, in a recent film called Her (released in 2014), the main character, named Theodore, uses an AI operating system that speaks conversational language.