Virtual assistant spies, saving texts, burner phones, and more: Tech Q&A

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One of Google's Home smart speakers is seen above. Q: So, do YOU have an Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker in your house? I am freaked out that it's always listening. A: Yes, smart speakers are handy. Yes, they can be fabulous for people with physical challenges.



Examining Autonomous Ships' Vulnerability to Piracy

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Autonomous ships are a hot topic in the maritime sector; piracy and armed robbery too. Since the beginning of the year, according to the IMB, almost 100 attacks have been committed against ships all around the world. Here is an attempt to describe an autonomous ship hijacking scenario. In 2025, an autonomous ocean-going container ship is chartered on a busy commercial line between China and Europe. The vessel is a level four autonomous ship according to the IMO classification [1] .


How project managers are essential to AI deployment

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are crucial to modern-day business success, which is why nearly 60% of organizations have deployed AI, according to Gartner's recent Survey Analysis: AI and ML Development Strategies, Motivators and Adoption Challenges. AI projects are predicted to grow, resulting in an increase in AI staffing numbers in the next three years, KPMG's AI Transforming the Enterprise report added. However, the number of AI-specific employees aren't the only ones expected increase, PMI's Pulse of the Profession survey reported on Thursday. As the number of AI projects increase, so do the number of individuals managing those projects: Over the next three years, 27% of respondents said AI will lead to the creation of more project management jobs. "While there's a fear that AI will replace jobs, AI has – and will continue – to open up opportunities for project managers," said Mike DePrisco, PMI's vice president of global solutions.


Defiant Iran blasts Pompeo's Saudi-attack accusations as 'blind and futile comments'

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The attack comes after Iran exceeded their enriched uranium stockpile limit in the nuclear deal. An Iranian official responded Sunday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed at the nation's government in Tehran following Saturday's drone attacks on Saudi Arabia oil facilities. "The Americans adopted the'maximum pressure' policy against Iran, which, due to its failure, is leaning towards'maximum lies'," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, according to the Associated Press. On Saturday, Pompeo charged that Iran's government in Tehran ordered "nearly 100 attacks" on a Saudi refinery and oilfield, further alleging that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif pretending "to engage in diplomacy." On Sunday, Mousavi dismissed Pompeo's remarks as "blind and futile comments."


Why Machine Learning and AI Matter for Design Teams Big Medium

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Machine learning is everywhere these days, powering the services, products, and interfaces that all of us use every day. Yet many designers and organizations are still on the sidelines without a clear vision of how to work with this technology. Fact is, there's a critical role for design in the era of the algorithm--and your organization almost certainly has what it needs to jump in today. I've been bringing that message home to client companies as we work together to craft products powered by machine learning. But more and more, I've also been bringing these perspectives and techniques to stages and workshops around the world.


Using deep learning to "read your thoughts" -- with Keras and EEG

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When saying a word in your mind, your brain does not fully decouple the process of "sub-vocalizing" that word from speaking it, which can result in either minor or imperceptible movements of the mouth, tongue, larynx or other facial muscles.* The act of activating a muscle is not just a single "command" as we'd imagine in the digital world, but involves the repeated firing of multiple motor units (collections of muscle fibers and neuron terminals), at a rate of somewhere between 7–20 Hz, depending on the size and structure of the muscle. These firings will be providing us the electrical signal we are looking for, which we can read using an EMG sensor. To read the signals I used an OpenBCI board, technically designed for EEG, which I had on hand from some previous biofeedback experiments. EEG typically requires higher resolution, so if anything, this should help in picking up the weaker EMG signals we are looking for.


Spark Machine Learning Project (House Sale Price Prediction)

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Get your team access to 3,500 top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere. In this Data science Machine Learning project, we will predict the sales prices in the Housing data set using LinearRegression one of the predictive models. Databricks lets you start writing Spark ML code instantly so you can focus on your data problems.


Employee Attrition Prediction in Apache Spark (ML)

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Get your team access to 3,500 top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere. In this Data science Machine Learning project, we will create Employee Attrition Prediction Project using Decision Tree Classification algorithm one of the predictive models. Databricks lets you start writing Spark ML code instantly so you can focus on your data problems.


A Brief History of AI, From French Philosophy to Self-Driving Cars - Dell Technologies

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And yet, AI's current automated task-mastering was first posited by the French philosopher René Descartes almost 400 years ago. Descartes, who famously coined, "I think, therefore I am," pondered about the ability of machines to reason. While machines may be able to "do some things as well, or better, than humans, they would inevitably fail in others," whereas human reason can universally adapt to any task. Though Descartes' idea of machines differs from today's reality, some say he threw down the gauntlet for what we now refer to as general AI--or machines that can think like humans. Though Descartes' idea of machines differs from today's reality, some say he threw down the gauntlet for what we now refer to as general AI--or machines that can think like humans.