Artificial Intelligence Aims to Make Wikipedia Friendlier and Better
The nonprofit behind Wikipedia is turning to machine learning to combat a long-standing decline in the number of editors.
Software trained to know the difference between an honest mistake and intentional vandalism is being rolled out in an effort to make editing Wikipedia less psychologically bruising. It was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia.
This Gadget Can Tell What’s Wrong with Your Air Conditioner by Listening to It
Augury’s gadget and iPhone app pay attention to ultrasonic sounds and vibrations to figure out what’s wrong with air conditioners and other big machines.
If you’ve ever tried to diagnose a car problem just by listening to it run, you’ve got a sense of what a startup called Augury is doing. Only instead of having human ears pay attention, it’s analyzing vibrations and ultrasonic sounds to figure out what’s ailing bulky machines.
6 Ways Law Enforcement Can Track Terrorists in an Encrypted World
Government officials want us to believe that encryption is helping terrorists, but law enforcement still has plenty of tools to get the data.
The phrase “the terrorists are going dark” has come back in vogue after the Paris attacks, referring to assertions that encryption is somehow enabling the communication of future attackers to go undetected. But the public is being presented with a false choice: either we allow law enforcement unfettered access to digital communications, or we let the terrorists win. As always, it is not that simple.
Browser Plug-in Punches an Unfixable Hole in China’s Great Firewall
By exploiting the plumbing of the Web, researchers have created a new way around online censorship that governments could struggle to shut down.
It could soon be a lot easier to access blocked news sites and even the social network Facebook from inside China thanks to a simple browser plug-in developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop with Images
Deep learning software has dramatically improved image recognition tools. Pinterest and Shoes.com are testing it out on shoppers.
The Web has changed a lot in the past 20 years, but text search boxes are a constant. Typing text into pixelated oblongs remains a staple of how we interact with websites and mobile apps such as online stores.