Tim Peake launches a competition to name the Mars rover

Daily Mail

Astronaut Tim Peake has launched a competition to name the British-made Mars rover set to search for life on the red planet -- and'Rover McRoverface' is already in the running. The rover is scheduled to land on the red planet in August 2021 and will be part of a mission to investigate how Mars evolved and whether it has conditions for life. People with suggestions can submit them on a designated website set-up by the European Space Agency (ESA). However, it is not a popularity poll, with an expert panel scheduled to make the final decision. As a result, 'Rover McRoverface' is unlikely to be the winning entry.

Zoox vs. San Francisco, Good News for Tesla, and More Car News This Week


When tasks feel insurmountable, I have always retreated to a tried and true hack, the sort any self-help book worth the price of the Kindle it's living in will dispense: Break the big, scary thing into smaller tasks. The nice news is that, sometimes, the little task ends up being more interesting, more enlightening, more fun, and more doable than the scary, big thing. This week, WIRED Transportation spent some time with the people sweating the small stuff, the tinkerers making adjustments at the peripherals. The German carmakers running a curious mobility experiment in Seattle; the coders making it easier for cities to share the rules of the road with self-driving cars; the engineers coming up with a very special hook that should someday help autonomous drones deliver their wares. Turns out that work is vital, too.

What to Watch for at Google Cloud Next 2018


Google Cloud Next kicks off in San Francisco next week, and whether you are interested in learning more about Google Cloud Platform (GCP), machine learning and AI or collaboration, there is something for everyone on the schedule. ITPro Today will be there. We've identified three areas worth watching next week -- and why. While it would be unusual for a role of its scope to be filled in this short of a timeframe, Google may talk about interim plans to address the vacancy.) Is there anything you are looking forward to at Google Cloud Next?

Fear not humans: Artificial intelligence to create millions of jobs, predicts PwC


The research found that while AI could displace roughly seven million jobs in the country, it could also create 7.2 million roles, resulting in a modest net boost of around 200,000 jobs. It has also estimated that about 20 percent of jobs would be automated over the next 20 years and no sector would be unaffected. Technologies such as robotics, drones and driverless vehicles would replace human workers in some areas, but also create many additional jobs as productivity and real incomes rise and new and better products are developed. In the health and social work sector the number of people employed could rise by almost one million, while jobs in manufacturing could fall by roughly 25 percent, a net loss of almost 700,000 roles. "Major new technologies, from steam engines to computers, displace some existing jobs but also generate large productivity gains," PwC's Chief Economist John Hawksworth said in a press release.

Why Facebook just suspended another data analytics firm

Washington Post

Facebook said Friday it suspended a longtime partner that had used data from Facebook and other social networks to assist governments -- including Russia, Turkey, and the U.S. -- in monitoring public sentiment, a more cautious approach in the wake of a data privacy scandal. Facebook said it had found no evidence of wrongdoing by the Boston-based company, Crimson Hexagon, but it was curtailing the company's access to its data while it investigated the matter. The preemptive move represents a shift for Facebook in the wake of the controversy over political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which Facebook said inappropriately collected the private profiles of more than 80 million Facebook users. The social network is under investigation from three different federal agencies over its work with Cambridge Analytica and, since the crisis erupted, has suspended more than 200 apps which had access to Facebook data. Crimson Hexagon, which primarily used public, aggregated data from people who made their profiles available for anyone to see, is the largest of this new wave of suspensions.

2018-07-18: HyperText and Social Media (HT) Trip Report


Human Factors in Hypertext (HUMAN) Opinion Mining, Summarization and Diversification Narrative and Hypertext I attended the Opinion Mining, Summarization and Diversification workshop. The workshop started with a talk titled: "On Reviews, Ratings and Collaborative Filtering," presented by Dr. Oren Sar Shalom, principal data scientist at Intuit, Israel. Next, Ophélie Fraisier, a PhD student studying stance analysis on social media at Paul Sabatier University, France, presented: "Politics on Twitter: A Panorama," in which she surveyed methods of analyzing tweets to study and detect polarization and stances, as well as election prediction and political engagement. He showed how collective opinion mining can help capture the drivers behind opinions as opposed to individual opinion mining (or sentiment) which identifies single individual attitudes toward an item. I thank a million people! He also discussed a phenomenon in which people are likely to lie to pollsters (social desirability bias) but are honest to Google ("Digital Truth Serum") because Google incentivizes telling the truth. The paper sessions followed the keynote with two full papers and a short paper presentation. Google search data as "digital truth serum" - while reporting of child abuse go down at the recession time, Google search data indicates that real child abuse increases However, it feels more like a research talk rather than a #keynote.

How to tell if you're talking to a bot

MIT Technology Review

Twitter recently took drastic action as part of an effort to slow the spread of misinformation through its platform, shutting down more than two million automated accounts, or bots. You can expect the tricksters to up their game when it comes to disguising fake users as real ones. It's important not to be swayed by fake accounts or waste your time arguing with them, and identifying bots in a Twitter thread has become a strange version of the Turing test. Accusing posters of being bots has even become an oddly satisfying way to insult their intelligence. Advances in machine learning hint at how bots could become more humanlike.

Artificial Intelligence


Intelligent machines are no longer science fiction and experts seem divided as to whether artificial intelligence should be feared or welcomed. In this video I explore a broad range AI research while attempting to envision a future where man and machine can coexist. Both paragraphs at 5:50 were written by an AI.