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Now Google is using AI to design chips, far faster than human engineers can do the job

ZDNet

In only six hours, the model could generate a design that optimizes the placement of different components on the chip. A team of researchers from Google has unveiled a new AI model that can come up with complex chip designs in hours – a burdensome, intricate task that typically takes months for human engineers to complete. The researchers used a dataset of 10,000 chip layouts to feed a machine-learning model, which was then trained with reinforcement learning. It emerged that in only six hours, the model could generate a design that optimizes the placement of different components on the chip, to create a final layout that satisfies operational requirements such as processing speed and power efficiency. The method's success is such that Google has already used the model to design its next generation of tensor processing units (TPUs), which run in the company's data centers to improve the performance of various AI applications.


Harvard reveals incredible shape changing building blocks

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Researchers have developed a simple way to make intricate shape-shifting building blocks. The team used a computer to model nearly a million designs to find the perfect blueprint that could make structures on a large scale. They say the'toolkit' could let engineers, architects and others create radical shape changing structures far more easily. Researchers have unveiled a toolkit for designing intricate shape-shifting blocks on a larger scale. Harvard researchers developed a framework for designing reconfigurable metamaterials.


Microsoft adds macros lockdown feature in Office 2016 in response to increasing attacks

PCWorld

Enterprise system administrators can now block attackers from using a favorite malware infection method: Microsoft Office documents with malicious macros. Microsoft this week added a new option in Office 2016 that allows administrators to block macros -- embedded automation scripts -- from running in Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents that originate from the Internet. Microsoft Office programs support macros written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and they can be used for malicious activities like installing malware. Macro viruses were popular more than a decade ago but became almost extinct after Microsoft disabled macros by default in its Office programs. But the technique made a comeback during the past two years, as attackers have figured out they can use some clever social engineering to convince users to execute macros embedded in documents.


Microsoft adds macros lockdown feature in Office 2016 in response to increasing attacks

PCWorld

Enterprise system administrators can now block attackers from using a favorite malware infection method: Microsoft Office documents with malicious macros. Microsoft this week added a new option in Office 2016 that allows administrators to block macros--embedded automation scripts--from running in Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents that originate from the Internet. Microsoft Office programs support macros written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), and they can be used for malicious activities like installing malware. Macro viruses were popular more than a decade ago but became almost extinct after Microsoft disabled macros by default in its Office programs. But the technique made a comeback during the past two years, as attackers have figured out they can use some clever social engineering to convince users to execute macros embedded in documents.


What is AI? - Fera.ai

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AI stands for Artificial Intelligence. Merriam Webster defines it as "a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behaviour in computers." It is also defined as "the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour." Artificial Intelligence systems will typically show at least some of these human behaviours: learning, planning, reasoning, problem solving, perception, manipulation, motion and perhaps even social intelligence and creativity. While in sci-fi we see AI being human-like robots, it can actually be almost anything.