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What is the Effect of Artificial Intelligence on VPN Technology?


Anyone who has reservations about their privacy online due to various issues has likely already used VPN services in one way or another. The use of a virtual private network ensures that your connection to the Internet is secure no matter where you are. While the use of a VPN might feel like people are going overboard with their privacy issues, there are legitimate reasons to worry. For example, the use of popular VPN services such as those found in the While it might not seem like such a big deal for the average individual, celebrities, and even content creators from streaming sites are consistent online targets due to their popularity.

NASA launches $5M competition to bring power to the moon


Nights on the moon can last up to 350 hours. That creates some big technical challenges as NASA's Artemis program gears up to send people back to the moon. In addition to issues like extreme temperature changes, one of the biggest difficulties presented by lunar night is the loss of solar power. For long-term habitation to be viable, NASA needs to find a sustainable solution. To that, it's launching a $5 million prize in its Watts on the Moon Challenge, which is being launched in collaboration with crowdsourcing platform HeroX.

Americans might never go back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge

Washington Post - Technology News

From his home base on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Anton Andryeyev is running Twitter's efforts to chase Russian bots and other rogue actors off the platform. A year ago, he traded his office in the company's San Francisco headquarters for this tropical home office two thousand miles away, surrounded by standup paddle boards and a monitor large enough to see his entire 25-person engineering team all at once. Andryeyev's remote office represents a sweeping experiment in the future of work: allowing white-collar workers to work from anywhere, forever. Corporate America has long been defined by physical offices. But in a few short weeks, the pandemic upended that as thousands of companies mandated their employees work from home.

Data Science and Machine Learning with Python and Libraries


As the world is progressing in science and technology, there is an enormous increase in the need for advanced tools to store information and mine data that is being produced indefinitely. And the key to this problem is data science. Data science is a field of study that develops scientific and systematic methods to record, process and analyze data to withdraw significant and useful information that can be both structured and unstructured. Unstructured data is the one that is generated by mobile devices and websites while structured data is an organized data which is mostly generated by the users e.g. Data science uses scientific methods and algorithms to extract knowledge.

How AI will revolutionize manufacturing


Ask Stefan Jockusch what a factory might look like in 10 or 20 years, and the answer might leave you at a crossroads between fascination and bewilderment. Jockusch is vice president for strategy at Siemens Digital Industries Software, which develops applications that simulate the conception, design, and manufacture of products like cell phones or smart watches. His vision of a smart factory is abuzz with "independent, moving" robots. This podcast episode was produced by Insights, the custom content arm of MIT Technology Review. It was not produced by MIT Technology Review's editorial staff. "Depending on what product I throw at this factory, it will completely reshuffle itself and work differently when I come in with a very different product," Jockusch says. "It will self-organize itself to do something different." Behind this factory of the future is artificial intelligence (AI), Jockusch says in this episode of Business Lab. But AI starts much, much smaller, with the chip.

Why Chromecast is the most interesting of Google's new products

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

For the past several years, two of the hottest products during the holidays have been low-cost streaming devices from Amazon and Roku, often discounted down to around $25 for end of the year sales. And often left out of the party was Google, which first launched its own unit in 2013, Chromecast, initially selling for $35, a product aimed at early adopters and serious tech nerds. Which is why Google's announcement Wednesday of a new $49.99 Chromecast (available by Oct. 15) was hands down the most interesting of its presentation, and the one most likely to end up in more consumers homes. Also announced were two new smartphones ($499 and $699) and a redesigned Google Home smart speaker with better sound, selling for $99. Help:Blur your home on Maps and erase your data to remove your life from Google's grip With the new Chromecast, Google can now compete in streaming effectively on the same playing field as Amazon and Roku, which each tout having 40 million customers each for their streaming services.

NIST is crowdsourcing differential privacy techniques for public safety datasets


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching the Differential Privacy Temporal Map Challenge. It's a set of contests, with cash prizes attached, that's intended to crowdsource new ways of handling personally identifiable information (PII) in public safety datasets. The problem is that although rich, detailed data is valuable for researchers and for building AI models -- in this case, in the areas of emergency planning and epidemiology -- it raises serious and potentially dangerous data privacy and rights issues. Even if datasets are kept under proverbial lock and key, malicious actors can, based on just a few data points, re-infer sensitive information about people. The solution is to de-identify the data such that it remains useful without compromising individuals' privacy.

Video Chatbots to Replace Humans


The videos i this article will blow your mind... and they are already out of date. Soul Machines is on the cutting edge of building commercial AI avatars that can appear on a computer screen, and even in 3D, to simulate face-to-face engagement. The face in the main image of this article is one of their 3D avatars and they are already being deployed in banks and energy companies to inform and serve customers. With names such as Jamie (ANZ Bank), Will (Vector Energy), Ava (Autodesk), and Sarah (Daimler Mercedes Benz), they are connecting with customers, replicating human emotion, providing the right answers and asking insightful questions. Many call centre workers in affluent countries have been'off-shored' to lower cost countries, and now those roles are set to be outsourced to AI bots.

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Google Photos' new Android editor uses AI to help images pop


Google didn't just cater to Android fans with the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G at its Launch Night In event -- it also introduced a brand new Photos editor for Android that aims to improve snapshots for everyone, not just those with the latest devices. The new Google Photos editor uses machine learning to suggest changes to pictures that you can apply with one tap. Some are simple touch-ups like Enhance, while others are flashy effects like Black and White Portrait or Color Pop. You can often see the specific changes made to a photo if you want to tweak the results. You might be happy if you prefer manual edits.