One of the biggest hurdles in the field of artificial intelligence is preventing it from developing the same intrinsic faults and biases of its human creators, and in using AI to solve social issues instead of simply automating tasks. Now, Google, one of the world’s leading organizations developing AI software today, is launching a global competition to help spur the development of applications and research that have positive impacts on the field and society at large. The competition, called the Google AI Impact Challenge, was announced today at an event called AI for Social Good held at the company’s Sunnyvale, California office. Google is positioning it as a way to integrate nonprofits, universities, and other organizations not within the corporate and profit-driven world of Silicon Valley into the future-looking development of AI research and applications. The company says it will award up to $25 million dollars to a number of grantees to “help transform the best … [Read more...] about Google is hosting a global contest to develop AI that’s beneficial for humanity
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Xbox on the go Lightweight PC gaming Microsoft Project xCloud builds on the Xbox empire, expanding its influence beyond the living room. It's looking promising for all Xbox gamers and is set to debut in 2019. Microsoft's Netflix-like Xbox Game Pass service is currently the closest available alternative. $10 at Microsoft Pros Headed to PCs, consoles, and mobile. Existing Xbox games are supported. Established background in cloud and gaming. Cons No examples of working code. Release still far away. Project Stream is Google's first foray into AAA PC gaming. And it works really well. It's a pure PC experience, but for those on low-end devices, gaming on the cheap has never been easier. Free at Google Pros Free trial now available. Great early experience. Full-fledged PC gaming. Cons No mobile presence (yet). Unproven in AAA gaming. With the next generation of game streaming on the horizon, Microsoft and Google are leading the pack. While Google's Project Stream is … [Read more...] about Microsoft Project xCloud vs. Google Project Stream: Which game-stream service is for you?
Since its launch in April 2015, Project Fi, Google’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), hasn’t offered a particularly wide selection of devices — the list initially included no more than Nexus- and Pixel-branded smartphones. But that’s changing. The Mountain View company announced today that the Lenovo Moto G6, LG G7 ThinQ, and the LG V35 ThinQ will join the expanding Project Fi family and will be sold from the Project Fi website. “[O]ne of the top requests that we hear is for more choices of Fi-friendly phones,” Google said in a statement. “While these phones run the gamut of prices and features, they have a few things in common: large screens, portrait mode-equipped cameras, expandable storage, and of course Project Fi.” The Moto G6 is available from Project Fi starting today for $199 ($50 off MSRP), with the LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ to follow in the coming weeks priced at $749 and $899, respectively. Folks who preorder either … [Read more...] about Google’s Project Fi now supports Moto G6, LG G7 ThinQ, and LG V35 ThinQ
A Google Project Zero security researcher discovered a way to exploit how Windows Defender scans RAR archive files. All Windows versions are vulnerable to this bug. An UnRAR Bug In Windows Defender Project Zero researcher Thomas Dullien inspected Windows Defender’s mpengine.dll and discovered that the code responsible for processing RAR archive files was based on a modified version of the open source UnRAR software. Microsoft’s fork appears to be a version older than or equal to UnRAR 4.2.4, which is more than five years old.According to Dullien, Microsoft’s modifications to the code turned all signed variables into unsigned, which introduced a severe memory corruption vulnerability that allows attackers to exploit the host operating system. The Windows Defender bug seems to be related to a bug in a 2012 version of UnRAR that likely remained unfixed as Microsoft ported it to its antivirus engine. The same bug should affect other third-party software with old UnRAR … [Read more...] about Google Project Zero Researcher Finds Bug In Windows Defender
Another Google I/O developer conference is in the books and while any point is arguable, it was a success all-around. We have observed discussions about whether Google has started to play it too safe, or take a more nuanced approach in some areas where we have previously been used to seeing moonshot activities.It is actually a bit of all of the above, but not in the way you may think. Sure, 2013’s Google I/O greeted us with an ad-hoc presentation followed by Q&A with Google CEO Larry Page, and the year prior, Google had people jumping out of planes to introduce Google Glass. Last year was more reserved, but was really the year of Android being blown wide open, with the introduction of Android Auto, Android Wear, and the Google Glass Explorer program was in full swing.This year, Google had everything in its place, it was a bit more orderly, but it was not dull by any means. Android was everywhere, Chrome OS took a hiatus, and instead of Google blowing everything wide open, it … [Read more...] about Google I/O review: ATAP – a small band of pirates, all the Android, and storage wars