Tag: computer science

Researchers claim to have permanently neutralized ad-blocking’s most promising weapons

Last year, Princeton researchers revealed a powerful new ad-blocking technique: perceptual ad-blocking uses a machine-learning model trained on images of pages with the ads identified to make predictions about which page elements are ads to block and which parts are not. However, a new paper from a group of Stanford and […]

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Evolutionary Space Invaders: shoot the aliens as a genetic algorithm modifies them

InvaderZ is a Space Invaders variant that incorporates a genetic algorithm that mutates the invaders as you shoot at them, with survival for a fitness function: the longer an invader lasts before being blasted out of the sky, the more its behaviors are carried over into the next wave (here’s a playable live version). […]

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Robin “Sourdough” Sloan is using a machine-learning autocomplete system to write his next novel

Robin Sloan is a programmer and novelist whose books like Sourdough and Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore are rich and evocative blends of self-aware nerdy playfulness and magical speculation. Earlier this year, Sloan published some preliminary information on a machine learning system for writing prose that he was noodling around with. Since then, […]

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Anonymous stock-market manipulators behind $20B+ of “mispricing” can be tracked by their writing styles

In a new Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper, Columbia Law prof Joshua Mitts uses “stylometry” (previously) to track how market manipulators who publish false information about companies in order to profit from options are able to flush their old identities when they become notorious for misinformation and reboot them under new handles. […]

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OLIVE: a system for emulating old OSes on old processors that saves old data from extinction

Olive (“Open Library of Images for Virtualized Execution”) is an experimental service from Carnegie Mellon University that stores images of old processors, as well as the old operating systems that ran on top of them, along with software packages for those old OSes; this allows users to access old data from obsolete systems inside […]

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An “obsessive,” “anti-imperialist” Turing Complete computer language with only one command

[embedded content] Daniel writes, “An obsessive programmer, frustrated with not only the inefficiencies of mainstream OSes like Windows, but what he sees as their ‘imperialistic oppression,’ built an entire operating system using a subleq architecture. Subleq is a OISC, a language with only a single command. It lacks the most basic features of programming […]

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Samsung Next launches Q Fund for startups tackling AI’s biggest challenges

Samsung’s team designed to seek out innovative, forward-thinking technology today announced the launch of the Q Fund, an investment initiative meant to advance early-stage AI startups. Initial investments by the Q Fund include robotics startup Vicarious AI, which raised $50 million last July, and Covariant AI. Formerly named Embodied Intelligence, Covariant is teaching robots to learn […]

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Google’s AI Manifesto: Accountability, Privacy, and No Killer Robots

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google is one of the leading technology companies in artificial intelligence, which landed it a juicy government contract last year to work on “Project Maven.” The goal of this project was to process and catalog drone imagery, and Google’s rank-and-file […]

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What rural America needs to succeed in the digital economy

A seismic shift is happening in rural America. The opioid epidemic is disabling a segment of the workforce, retail jobs are giving way to ecommerce platforms, and college graduates are moving to cities in search of higher pay. But arguably the biggest change is workforce automation, and rural communities simply don’t have the tools they […]

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