Technology and Science

Pioneering AI researcher to advise RBC’s machine learning lab

A pioneer in machine learning from the University of Alberta is teaming up with the Royal Bank of Canada on artificial intelligence research. Richard Sutton, a professor at the school’s department of computer science and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, will advise the bank’s machine learning research division and collaborate with RBC’s second AI research lab, to be located in Edmonton.  ...

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Facebook’s crackdown on fake news spreads to Germany

So-called “fake news” played a major role in the U.S. election. Now, with the German federal election looming, Facebook has announced new tools in that country to help curb the spread of misinformation. But questions remain about just how effective these tools are. How has Facebook promised to address its fake news problem? About a month ago, Facebook started to roll ...

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Mark Zuckerberg testifies Oculus Rift tech not stolen

New ZeniMax Media Inc. alleges virtual-reality technology stolen from them Thomson Reuters Posted: Jan 17, 2017 12:25 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 12:25 PM ET Related Stories Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg took the witness stand in Dallas federal court on Tuesday and denied an allegation by a rival company that Facebook’s virtual-reality technology of its ...

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Enormous alligator spotted in Florida nature reserve

Like something out of Jurassic Park, massive alligator thrills onlookers CBC News Posted: Jan 17, 2017 11:11 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 11:11 AM ET Related Stories Visitors to Florida’s Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Fla., got a thrill on Sunday when a massive alligator strolled by in front of them.  ‘Godzilla’ gator lumbers around Florida reserve0:49 ...

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Digital sexism: Why are all virtual assistants women?

Why are virtual assistants from Amazon, Google and Apple all “female”? Technically speaking, of course, virtual assistants don’t have genders. But they do have names and voices that suggest to users they are more “female” than “male” — a characterization that reinforces some of the worst gender stereotypes in our society. Amy Ingram, an AI personal assistant, is a popular ...

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Eugene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dead at 82

Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, an experience that he said made him “belong to the universe,” died on Monday at the age of 82, the U.S. space agency said. Cernan, who was also the second man to walk in space, died surrounded by his family, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement without ...

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Text 911 for help? CRTC holds hearing on upgrading emergency services

You may one day be able to text 911 for help, send a photo, or even share video of a bad guy fleeing a scene. The next generation of 911 services is the subject of a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearing that started Monday. “Simply put, technological advances could allow citizens in need of emergency assistance to send text messages, photos, ...

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Yukon home to 1st traces of humans in North America 24,000 years ago, research suggests

Humans may have been living in Yukon’s Bluefish Caves 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, new research from the University of Montreal suggests. If confirmed, this would make it the oldest known archeological site in North America, representing the earliest evidence found so far of humans in North America. New carbon aging tests were done on bones first discovered in the ...

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