By Dennis NormileJun. 5, 2018 , 3:35 PM SHANGHAI, CHINA—When astronomer Marko Krčo was offered a chance to help commission the world’s largest radio telescope, he didn’t hesitate. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Krčo, who has Serbian and U.S. citizenship and earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University. In 2016, Krčo became a postdoc at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s National Astronomical Observatories in Beijing; he spends much of this time in a remote corner of Guizhou province in southwest China, where the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) was completed in 2016. “Whether professionally or privately, every day yields a new challenge or a new insight,” Krčo says. The Chinese government, eager to sustain the country’s rapid emergence as a scientific superpower, is opening the door wider for people like him. On 22 May, the Ministry of Science and Technology issued … [Read more...] about With generous funding and top-tier jobs, China seeks to lure science talent from abroad
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"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up." (Listed on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile under "Favorite Quotes") A few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, walked into Yuriy's Barber Shop, a four-chair parlor with a blue awning over the doorway and a neon "open" sign buzzing in the window. The shop sits in a brick building at the end of Cedar Street, one of the main drags in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Zuckerberg, who grew up in the sleepy town about 25 miles north of New York City, was visiting from California. But he made time to pop in and say hello to Yuriy Katayev, the man who cut his hair when he was in high school. Katayev, a 50-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan, was excited to see his old regular. He asked Dobbs Ferry's most famous son about -- What else? -- Facebook. "It's OK," Zuckerberg told Katayev. "People give me shit over it now." Then, turning to the kind of honest, unfiltered talk that's … [Read more...] about Citizen Zuck: The making of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
Little Alexandria, Virginia-based Amify is the 21st-century version of the thousands of enterprises that thrived around the railroads 150 years ago. Meatpackers, farmers and mail-order retailer Montgomery Ward are just a few examples of businesses that reached customers through the railroads. Instead of railroads, Amify has latched onto retail supertanker Amazon.com, which has redefined how people today buy just about everything. Amazon.com (founded and chaired by Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos) just a few days ago became the second-most-valuable company in the world, behind Apple.Amify is one of about 3 million "third-party sellers" that use the Amazon.com platform to sell their products, paying a 15 percent commission to Amazon in return. Ethan McAfee, 41, Amify's founder and sole owner, wants to capitalize on Amazon's growing dominance and seize what he believes is a rare opportunity."We think there is a land rush going on," McAfee said. "We have all these tail winds pushing … [Read more...] about This retailer built a $33M business on Amazon and pickleball
By Mara HvistendahlMar. 14, 2018 , 9:00 AM SHANGHAI, CHINA—It's rare that a scientist becomes a folk hero. But in China, Qian Xuesen draws crowds almost a decade after his death. On a Saturday morning in a three-story museum here, tourists admire Qian's faded green sofa set, the worn leather briefcase he carried for 4 decades, and a picture of him shaking hands with opera star Luciano Pavarotti. They file past a relic from a turning point in Qian's life—and in China's rise as a superpower: a framed ticket from his 1955 voyage from San Francisco, California, to Hong Kong in China aboard the SS President Cleveland. Once a professor at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, he had been accused of having communist sympathies in the heat of the Red Scare and placed under virtual house arrest. Upon his release, he and his family set sail for his motherland. After arriving in China, Qian went on to spearhead the rapid ascent of the country's nuclear … [Read more...] about A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens
Libratus, an artificial intelligence that defeated four top professional poker players in no-limit Texas Hold'em earlier this year, uses a three-pronged approach to master a game with more decision points than atoms in the universe, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University report.In a paper being published online today by the journal Science, Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, detail how their AI was able to achieve superhuman performance by breaking the game into computationally manageable parts and, based on its opponents' game play, fix potential weaknesses in its strategy during the competition.AI programs have defeated top humans in checkers, chess and Go -- all challenging games, but ones in which both players know the exact state of the game at all times. Poker players, by contrast, contend with hidden information -- what cards their opponents hold and whether an opponent is bluffing.In a … [Read more...] about Carnegie Mellon Reveals Inner Workings of Victorious A.I.