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UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

BBC News

Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. Messages on their screens said they had "no online connectivity", making it impossible for them to transmit payment card details. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group told the BBC the issue had been resolved shortly before 09:00 BST. He added that the fault appeared to have been with the software and systems provided by Scheidt & Bachmann. A spokeswoman for the German company was unable to provide additional information.


Bullet train ticket machines fail across Japan

The Japan Times

NAGOYA - Ticket machines were out of service at some stations Friday on bullet train lines across Japan due to a technical glitch. The machines went offline in the morning at stations including Shin-Yokohama and Nagoya. Railway Information Systems Co. said the problems occurred following a system upgrade. The company, founded by shinkansen operators, said machines froze each time passengers tried to buy round-trip tickets for unreserved seats. The cause is still under investigation and some machines remained out of order as of Friday afternoon.


Elon Musk Tunnel Machine: SpaceX Employee Shares First Photo Of Project

International Business Times

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been pretty vague about his tunnel building project, The Boring Co., but a SpaceX employee Thursday shared a picture of the company's first tunnel boring machine on Instagram, Business Insider reported. The employee's Instagram profile is private, but the picture has since been circulated. The white machine bears the company's logo, which was revealed last month in a tweet posted by Musk of a hat that read "The Boring Co." Musk initially touted the idea of creating tunnels last December when he tweeted: "Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging." In January, Musk held a hyperloop competition outside SpaceX' headquarters after introducing the concept of a ground-based mass transit system in 2013.


Our Brains Are Big Because We're Good At Sizing Each Other Up

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"Cooperation in the form of generosity has been observed to be contagious, with receipt of donations positively influencing their subsequent generosity," the researchers wrote. It plays into our survival instincts: I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine. Constantly evaluating our own and other peoples' social standings is a hard workout for our brains -- we have the largest cerebral cortex relative to our body size of all mammals -- as we've evolved to process social and communication norms. These findings could also be useful for artificial intelligence algorithms like self-driving cars or other machine learning systems that need to interact with other bots. In these one-off interactions, they'll "need to self-manage their behavior but at the same time cooperate with others in their environment."


Paris-based machine learning startup Prevision.io raises €1.5 million

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The rail company's fund is managed by VC firm Hi Inov. Bpifrance, the government-backed investment firm, and Net Venture also participated in the round. "Funds will be used to accelerate our development and our commercial exposure," said a spokesperson. It is currently launched with a select few customers and the company will now focus on large scale deployment. Sectors it serves include transportation, insurance, and energy.