Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. In a study published in Nature Machine Intelligence, Waterloo researchers found that contrary to conventional wisdom, there can be no exact method for deciding whether a given problem may be successfully solved by machine learning tools. "We have to proceed with caution," said Shai Ben-David, lead author of the study and a professor in Waterloo's School of Computer Science. "There is a big trend of tools that are very successful, but nobody understands why they are successful, and nobody can provide guarantees that they will continue to be successful. "In situations where just a yes or no answer is required, we know exactly what can or cannot be done by machine learning algorithms. However, when it comes to more general setups, we can't distinguish learnable from un-learnable tasks." In … [Read more...] about Measuring AI’s Ability to Learn Is Difficult
I've never been much of a vlogger. I've tried my hand at it a few times, but beyond the awkwardness of talking to a camera like it's your best friend in public, I just don't like the idea of using my professional camera for it. Sure, it's been done by plenty of successful YouTubers like Casey Neistat, but for me personally, it just seems a bit excessive — especially because the few times I actually want to vlog are when I'm at trade shows like CES, where I should be saving my camera's battery for actual work. The Osmo Pocket is a great vlogging camera, but this form factor still has plenty of potential. Enter the DJI Osmo Pocket. Self-contained gimbals have been done before, but I've never seen one this tiny and versatile. The whole thing fits into almost any pocket, shoots great-looking 4K60p footage, and you can easily plug your phone in for advanced controls, easy file transfers, and external monitoring. It's insanely small, which makes it a bit more discreet and less … [Read more...] about I want more tiny gimbals like the DJI Osmo Pocket
Square is offering business owners their very own Square debit card, one that gives sellers immediate access to their funds after a sale. Businesses that sign up for Square Card will initially also receive a 2.75 percent discount on all purchases made with other sellers on the Square platform. Though Square is better known for its core payments tools that allow merchants to accept card payments through a mobile device, the company has branched out into numerous commerce-related verticals designed to encourage spending and keep money flowing within its ecosystem. The Square Card fits nicely into that model. Typically, when a merchant receives payment for anything from coffee to handmade jewelry the money can take one or two business days to become available in their bank account. A few years back, Square launched a new instant deposit service that, as its name suggests, gives sellers access to their money immediately — but this comes with a fee of 1 percent of the … [Read more...] about Square’s new debit card gives merchants instant access to funds, discounts with other sellers
Months after making the Windows 10 October 2018 Update initially available, Microsoft has started its automatic phased rollout through Windows Update. Microsoft updated its October 2018 Update support page (via Windows Latest) on January 16 to note that the phased rollout has begun, with the initial focus on machines that are expected to have the best experience. From Microsoft: We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model. The update remains fully available for anyone who manually selects "Check for updates" in Windows Update. Microsoft made that move in December, more than two months after the October 2018 Update was initially released, and subsequently pulled following the discovery of a major file deletion bug. This week's start of the phased automatic rollout simply means that those who don't regularly make a … [Read more...] about Windows 10 October 2018 Update starts automatic phased rollout
Because climate change is such a complex, globe-spanning problem, it’s hard to really wrap your head around possible future scenarios. A future where no action is taken to slow greenhouse gas emissions is easy enough to grok, but what exactly does a “middle-of-the-road emissions world” entail? These scenarios work well for outlining the range of futures available to us, but it can be hard to understand the steps necessary to get to that future. “What if?” scenarios are often easier to think about. What if we eliminated all greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow? Or, if those rainbow unicorns are too impractical for you, what if we didn't replace fossil fuel infrastructure when it reached the end of its life, replacing it with clean alternatives instead? End of life That’s the question that a new study led by the University of Leeds’ Chris Smith investigated. The basic idea is to find out how much warming the world’s existing … [Read more...] about How much will current fossil fuel tech emit before retirement?