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  • RadioShack to sell kits for IoT connectivity

    RadioShack to Sell Kits for IoT Connectivity

    spectrum.ieee.org 29 Jul '14, 9pm

    New York City startup littleBits , which makes snap-together electronic modules for budding tinkerers, is wading into the ever-deepening sea of hardware configured for the Internet-of-Things. Those who want to investigate this hardware first hand should have no trouble making an impul...

  • The "Weissman Score" from HBO's Silicon Valley has jumped from the screen to academia. via @IEEESpectrum

    A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

    spectrum.ieee.org 29 Jul '14, 6pm

    When the creators of the HBO TV series Silicon Valley decided that the show would hinge around a breakthrough compression algorithm , they had a problem. It’s hard to convey to a lay audience that one compression algorithm is better than another—you could compress and decompress image...

  • Madrid Begins Electric Bike Sharing: Lucas Laursen For something that took years to arrive, Madrid’s p...

    Madrid Begins Electric Bike Sharing

    spectrum.ieee.org 29 Jul '14, 1pm

    For something that took years to arrive, Madrid’s public bicycles sure get off to a fast start. Pedal once and the 36-volt, 10-ampere, electric motors will give you a sudden boost. Going up one of Madrid’s many hills, it is a welcome aid. Downhill, the burst jars. But riders can disab...

  • Can Winograd Schemas Replace Turing Test for Defining Human-Level AI?

    Can Winograd Schemas Replace Turing Test for Defining Human-Level AI?

    spectrum.ieee.org 29 Jul '14, 5pm

    Like Turing, we believe that getting the behaviour right is the primary concern in developing an artificially intelligent system. We further agree that English comprehension in the broadest sense is an excellent indicator of intelligent behaviour. Where we have a slight disagreement w...

  • Cars May Think, But Will They Achieve Artificial Stupidity?: Illustration: iStockphoto The late Herber...

    Cars May Think, But Will They Achieve Artificial Stupidity?

    spectrum.ieee.org 29 Jul '14, 8pm

    The late Herbert Simon, a pioneer in artificial intelligence, once fretted that every time a machine showed a hint of brain, people redefined brainpower. “They move the goalposts,” he said. The same thing may well be happening with cars that think. Some people maintain that while auto...

  • Can Computing Keep up With the Neuroscience Data Deluge?

    Can Computing Keep up With the Neuroscience Data Deluge?

    spectrum.ieee.org 29 Jul '14, 2pm

    Today's neuroscientists have some magnificent tools at their disposal. They can, for example, examine the entire brain of a live zebrafish larva and record the activation patterns of nearly all of its 100,000 neurons in a process that takes only 1.5 seconds. The only problem: One such...

  • Topological Insulators Offer Efficient Solution to Magnetic Memory

    Topological Insulators Offer Efficient Solution to Magnetic Memory

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Jul '14, 6pm

    Since they were first theorized in 2005 and later experimentally produced in 2007, topological insulators , with their ability to insulate on the inside and conduct on the outside, present a tantalizing new class of materials for electronics applications. The hope has been that they c...

  • U.S. State Department Global Passport, Visa Issuing Operations Disrupted

    U.S. State Department Global Passport, Visa Issuing Operations Disrupted

    spectrum.ieee.org 28 Jul '14, 2pm

    Last week saw an overflowing cornucopia of IT problems, challenges and failures being reported. From these rich pickings, we decided to focus this week’s edition of IT Hiccups first on a multi-day computer problem affecting the US Department of State’ passport and visa operations, fol...

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