Category: Tech & Science

A “biomultimeter” lets scientists measure RNA and protein production in real-time

Builders of genetic circuits face the same quandary as builders of digital circuits: testing their designs. Yet unlike bioengineers, engineers have a simple and universal testing tool — the multimeter — that they can touch to their circuit to measure its performance. “There’s nothing remotely like this in bio,” says Peter Carr, a synthetic biologist […]

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Microsoft wants to apply AI ‘to the entire application developer lifecycle’

At its Build 2018 developer conference a year ago, Microsoft previewed Visual Studio IntelliCode, which uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality and productivity. In April, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. At that point, IntelliCode was still an optional extension that Microsoft was openly offering as a preview. […]

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Y Combinator says it has promoted longtime partner Geoff Ralston to president; Sam Altman says he will no longer be the chairman and will instead be an advisor (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)

About This Page This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 12:40 PM ET, May 20, 2019. The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated. From Mediagazer Max Willens / Digiday: Michael Barba / […]

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MIT and U.S. Air Force launch AI accelerator program

MIT, one of the most prominent artificial intelligence research organizations in the United States, is developing an AI accelerator program for the U.S. Air Force. The accelerator will explore research related to areas like advanced algorithms, machine learning, and robotics, as well as logistics and data. In addition to disaster relief and medical readiness, other […]

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Xbox chief outlines plans to fight toxicity in gaming through new moderation tools for Xbox Live communities and a new industry-wide initiative to share tech (Nick Statt/The Verge)

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Celebrating SpringFEST 2019

SpringFEST, an annual spring concert coordinated and hosted by MIT’s Undergraduate Association Events Committee (UA) is one of the largest student-run events on campus. This year, the show opened with MIT’s very own artist Solstice Fayemz, followed up by headliner 6LACK, a three-time Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter. Alice Zhang, a junior and co-chair of […]

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and adds Qualcomm’s XR1

Six years after Google Glass was unveiled, it goes without saying that the first major augmented reality headset wasn’t the massive success some imagined: The $1,500 Enterprise Edition was ultimately pitched almost exclusively to businesses, and after less than two years, the company had to tell people it hadn’t been abandoned. It’s been a while, but Google […]

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AI predicts new food and drink pairings

Robot gourmands are imminent, it seems, and they might someday craft recipes just as delicious as those from their human counterparts. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“KitcheNette: Predicting and Recommending Food Ingredient Pairings using Siamese Neural Networks“), scientists at Korea University describe an AI system that predicts ingredient pairings and […]

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Playtika doubles down with a new casual games lab

Playtika said it is launching an independent division dedicated to the creation and rapid development of casual games. The Playtika Casual Games Lab plans to launch several new games every year. This move means that Playtika, the big social games casino company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, that’s valued in the billions of dollars, will double […]

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Listen, parents, here are 3 reasons you shouldn’t use child tracking apps

The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade. There are now apps to monitor people’s movement, health, mindfulness, sleep, eating habits and even sexual activity. Some of the more thorny problems arise from apps designed to track others, like those made for parents to track their kids. For […]

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Facebook releases maps of population density, movement, and network coverage to help nonprofits and universities better map the spread of infectious diseases (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Hackers made $32K in 7 weeks by fixing bugs in cryptocurrency projects

In the past seven weeks, white hat hackers earned at least $32,150 by fixing security flaws in popular cryptocurrency and blockchain platforms like TRON, Brave, EOS and Coinbase. According to data reviewed by Hard Fork, 15 blockchain-related firms have paid rewards to security researchers between March 28 and May 16, split across 30 publicly-released bug reports. […]

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Google’s lung cancer detection AI outperforms 6 human radiologists

Google AI researchers working with Northwestern Medicine created an AI model capable of detecting lung cancer from screening tests better than human radiologists with an average of eight years experience. When analyzing a single CT scan, the model detected cancer 5% more often on average than a group of 6 human experts and 11% more […]

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ABN AMRO signs on Accenture and ING Bank for its blockchain inventory platform

Despite abandoning plans to build its own Bitcoin wallet, ABN AMRO is not quite done with blockchain tech. The Dutch banking giant has announced plans to launch a decentralized trade inventory platform in collaboration with Accenture and ING Bank, according to a press release (spotted by CoinDesk). Codenamed Forcefield, the project will employ Internet-of-Things (IoT) […]

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