NVIDIA, IBM and Toyota Keynotes to Be Webcast Live From 2016 GPU Technology Conference

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SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2016) - NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today announced that the three keynote addresses at its upcoming GPU Technology Conference (GTC) will be webcast live on the NVIDIA blog. GTC will showcase the vital role GPU technology plays in some of the industry's biggest trends, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and self-driving cars. This year's event will feature more than 500 sessions with speakers from Alibaba, Audi, Baidu, Boeing, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Pixar, Raytheon, Samsung, Siemens, SpaceX and Twitter, among many others. GTC also includes a daylong event, the Emerging Companies Summit, on April 6, focused on GPU-based startups. Nearly 100 startups will participate this year, including an onstage competition among a dozen companies vying for 100,000.


DeepMind Has Simple Tests That Might Prevent Elon Musk's AI Apocalypse

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You don't have to agree with Elon Musk's apocalyptic fears of artificial intelligence to be concerned that, in the rush to apply the technology in the real world, some algorithms could inadvertently cause harm. This type of self-learning software powers Uber's self-driving cars, helps Facebook identify people in social-media posts, and let's Amazon's Alexa understand your questions. Now DeepMind, the London-based AI company owned by Alphabet Inc., has developed a simple test to check if these new algorithms are safe.


Ultrasonic Attacks Can Trigger Alexa & Siri With Hidden Commands, Raise Serious Security Risks

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Over the last two years, academic researchers have identified various methods that they can transmit hidden commands that are undetectable by the human ear to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google's Assistant. According to a new report from The New York Times, scientific researchers have been able "to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites." This could, perhaps, allow cybercriminals to unlock smart-home doors, control a Tesla car via the App, access users' online bank accounts, load malicious browser-based cryptocurrency mining websites, and or access all sort of personal information. In 2017, Statista projected around 223 million people in the U.S. would be using a smartphone device, which accounts for roughly 84 percent of all mobile users. Of these 223 million smartphones users, around 108 million Americans are using the Android Operating System, and some 90 million are using Apple's iOS (operating system).


WhatsApp launches video calling

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WhatsApp has introduced a new feature likely to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors: video calling. After months in the beta stage, the Facebook-owned tech giant rolled out the update on Tuesday to its more than one billion monthly users. The latest feature could be bad news for rivals such as Skype and Apple's Facetime, as Whatsapp ups the ante in its effort to position itself as a one-stop-shop for communications. Facebook employees'form secret task force' to purge fake news Russia to ban LinkedIn, leading fears of crackdown on internet freedom Yahoo admits it knew about huge data breach for two years Facebook employees'form secret task force' to purge fake news Users will be able to make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices in the coming days, according to a statement posted on the company's blog. The new functionality looks similar to the normal voice calling feature, however a picture-in-picture feed will allow you to see yourself and who you're talking to.


Honda uses Oculus Rift to bring holiday VR light show to hospitalized children

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If you're lucky enough to be healthy and with family this holiday season, you'll appreciate a recent tech-powered effort Honda undertook to bring the magic of Christmas to children unable to leave a hospital in Orange County, California. SEE ALSO: 2016 was supposed to be the year of VR. Working in conjunction with the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), the auto company produced a stunning virtual reality holiday light display that immersed the children in the sights they weren't able to see outside of the hospital. Using Oculus Rift headsets donated by Microsoft, you can see the amazement wash over the children as they experience the elaborate VR display called "Candy Cane Lane" from the seat of a moving virtual sleigh. You can watch a 360-degree version of the video on YouTube (Chrome browser required) and a short, documentary-style clip featuring the children is currently on Facebook.