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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.

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 raises €1.5 million


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.

Machine Learning Is Everywhere, But What Is It Exactly?


From Google's language translation app to autonomous cars, machine learning has become a key ingredient in multiple areas of our lives--but what exactly is it? In the simplest sense, machine learning is a method of computer data analysis that learns from its own experience. Once a machine learning algorithm learns what specific patterns look like, it can apply the knowledge on a vast scale. For example, a fraud detection machine learning algorithm may miss a few false charges initially, but once it identifies the pattern, it can protect against millions of future attacks. Check out this week's episode of Tech-x-planations to learn more about the basics of machine learning.