Scientists use AI system to translate brain activity into text

A new AI system that converts brain activity into text could transform communication for people who can’t speak or type. The mind-reading machine uses brain implants to track what neurons do when someone speaks. An algorithm then converts the data into a string of numbers, which another system then translates into a sequence of words. For one participant, just 3% of sentences needed to be corrected. This made the AI more accurate than professional human transcribers, whose error rates have been recorded at 5%. [Read: Gamers’ brains will teach AI how to control military drone swarms] The system was developed…
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Microsoft rebrands Office 365 as it adds features for beyond work hours

At a virtual event today, Microsoft announced it is expanding and rebranding its Office 365 subscription service into a new ‘Microsoft 365′ service, available April 21. As you might assume from the name change, the new subscription service seeks to expand its utility beyond ‘just’ your work life, and instead become an all-in-one solution for making your day-to-day life a little more efficient. Microsoft maintains the $6.99 a month pricing but is introducing a wealth of new features today, leveraging new AI features to make your life a little easier. Perhaps most notable the new Microsoft Editor, which is basically Microsoft‘s…
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Bezos and Musk’s internet-from-space race is back on

OneWeb, the satellite startup once pegged as the leader in the race to beam high-speed internet from space, has filed for bankruptcy and blamed the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its collapse. The London-based firm announced it had let go most of its staff after talks to secure additional funding fell through. The Financial Times noted OneWeb had previously sought up to $2 billion to see it through its commercial launch — before COVID-19 impacted economies worldwide. [Read: 5G isn’t going to save you from cable broadband anytime soon] “While [OneWeb] was close to obtaining financing, the process did not progress because of…
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Studies of racist algorithms don’t break anti-hacking law, court rules

A federal court has ruled that research into racist algorithms doesn’t breach the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a controversial anti-hacking law. The US government had argued the law makes violating a website’s terms and conditions a criminal offense, which severely restricted investigations into discriminatory algorithms. Advertisers have used these algorithms to stop people from seeing job, housing, or credit ads based on their race, gender, and age. Researchers can investigate the companies behind them by creating fake user accounts, and then recording the adverts they receive. But if this violates the website’s terms-of-service, they could face federal prosecution.…
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The Resident Evil 3 remake falls short of its amazing predecessor

Last year kicked off with the release of the magnificent Resident Evil 2 remake. Back then I wrote that the modern reimagination of the PlayStation horror classic raised the bar for video game remakes, and I still stand firmly behind that statement. Resident Evil 2’s sequel, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, got the same treatment and is due for release this Friday (April 3). I got my quarantined hands on an early copy, and I’m sad to say it didn’t blow me away as much as its predecessor did. Resident Evil 3 takes place in the 24 hours leading up to the…
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BMW readies for hydrogen-powered X5 tests in 2022

German automaker BMW has touted hydrogen as a possible future fuel for some time, and, with its latest update, it appeasrs to be making good progress. According to its latest announcement, BMW says it will present a series of hydrogen-powered vehicles based on the X5 SUV in 2022. Production models are expected later in the decade. [Read: iOS 14 code hints at Apple’s clever CarKey feature arriving first on BMWs] The hydrogen fuel cell — called BMW i Hydrogen NEXT — is expected to produce 170 hp, something that occurs with a chemical reaction between hydrogen and the oxygen in…
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Daily Distraction: Kicking Monday away

What what? The weekend is over? I didn’t get that memo until my alarm rudely woke me up today. I mostly spend the weekend cleaning my house and talking to my friends over the Houseparty app. Some of them called me today and their faces were as dead as a dementor because it’s Monday. While I work from home even when there’s no lockdown, my friends work in an office, and they were really missing crap food their office served. If you have some of that Monday dreadfulness on your face, here are somethings that can bring a smile to…
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Study: Awkward pauses in online calls make us see people differently

We all know the feeling, you’re chatting with your friend or even your boss over the internet and you interrupt them awkwardly. A silence ensues as you both try to let each other talk. Then you interrupt each other again and face another awkward silence before sighing collectively at the failure of modern technology to make our modern lives as modern as we want them to be. Transmission delay is a common problem in communication that is supported by technical equipment, such as internet calling, mobile phones, video phones and conferencing systems. These are used more and more at work…
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The Analog Motion AM1 e-bike is a great budget ride for sweaty commuters

I’ve slowly become a fan of e-bikes. At first, I was pretty indifferent about the things, but after some time with the VanMoof ES2 and the Cowboy, I’m a changed man. But there’s one thing holding me back from getting totally on the electrified, uh, bike: Price. The VanMoof and Cowboy will set you back around $3,800 and $2,200 respectively. Which, and let’s be honest here, is a lot of money. You can get a solid second hand car for that. Anyway, it’s this aspect of e-bikes where the Analog Motion AM1 e-bike wants to stand out. This vehicle sells for £999…
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