Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook's Free Basics Fiasco

Facebook's Free Basics was an ill-conceived effort to bring Internet access to the poor in India. It created a walled garden in which Facebook and the Indian telecom providers selected which websites people could visit. The users of Free Basics would find that Facebook was the center of their virtual universe and would experience only what it… Read More »

Posted on 13 February 2016 | 5:00 pm

CERN Engineer Details AMD Zen Processor Confirming 32 Core Implementation, SMT

AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be built using a 14nm FinFET process. In time, AMD will reveal all there is to know about Zen, but we now have a few additional details to share thanks… Read More »

Posted on 13 February 2016 | 4:00 pm

Would You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'Could Leave Half Of World Unemployed'

Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence's threat to the economy should not be understated. Vardi, a professor at Rice University and Guggenheim fellow, said that technology presents a more subtle threat than the… Read More »

Posted on 13 February 2016 | 3:00 pm

Brown CS Department Hiring Student Diversity, Inclusion Advocates

Brown University's Department of Computer Science is seeking to hire student advocates for diversity and inclusion as part of its new action plan to increase diversity. The new hires, who will also serve as members of the CS Diversity Committee, will support students, plan inclusion activities, and educate TAs on issues of… Read More »

Posted on 13 February 2016 | 2:36 pm

A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate To An Inch

A team from the University of California, Riverside, has developed a technique that augments the regular GPS data with on-board inertial measurements from a sensor. Actually, that's been tried before, but in the past it's required large computers to combine the two data streams, rendering it ineffective for use in cars or mobile devices. Instead… Read More »

Posted on 13 February 2016 | 1:45 pm

Potentially Deadly Drug Interactions Found Mining FDA Complaint Bin

Thousands of people are sent to the hospital each year from adverse drug-drug interactions that are difficult to predict and even trickier to track. To get around the problem, a team of researchers (working with the journalists at The Chicago Tribune) created a computer model to create side-effect profiles for prescription drugs. Then, they mined… Read More »

Posted on 13 February 2016 | 1:07 pm