India Is Launching a Rover to the Moon to Look for Nuclear Fusion Fuel

On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which will send a rover to the south-side of the moon later this year. It will be India’s second lunar mission and the first time any country has visited the moon’s south side. The ISRO’s six-wheeled rover will analyze the lunar crust for […]

Tesla Battery Caught Fire Twice After Fatal Crash, Investigation Finds

The battery of a Tesla Model S reignited twice after it was involved in a crash that killed an 18-year-old driver and passenger in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last month, a federal investigation has revealed. The driver was speeding, clocking 116 mph in a 30 mph zone, when he lost control of the vehicle while trying […]

Don’t Learn TensorFlow! Start with Keras or PyTorch Instead

So, you want to learn deep learning? Whether you want to start applying it to your business, base your next side project on it, or simply gain marketable skills – picking the right deep learning framework to learn is the essential first step towards reaching your goal. We strongly recommend that you pick either Keras […]

Amazon buys PillPack, an online pharmacy, for just under $1B

According to PitchBook, PillPack was last valued at $361 million after a round of funding in 2016.This deal is expected to close in the second half of 2018. The move (and that reported valuation hike) signal how heated the e-health market is becoming, and also how Amazon views it as a key frontier in its […]

Kroger will use autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries this fall

Most coverage of autonomous vehicles has focused on cars with human passengers in them. But there’s also a big opportunity to use autonomous vehicles to transform the retail sector. And one promising company in that emerging industry is Nuro, a startup founded by two early members of the Google self-driving car team. Now Nuro is […]

How BuzzFeed Migrated from a Perl Monolith to Go and Python Microservices

BuzzFeed have recently migrated from a monolithic Perl application to a set of around 500 microservices written in a mixture of Python and Go. Initially their routing logic was implemented in the CDN but that proved difficult to test and maintain. They subsequently switched to using NGINX for routing. The site router service is designed […]

Neural scene representation and rendering

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to how we understand a visual scene: our brains draw on prior knowledge to reason and to make inferences that go far beyond the patterns of light that hit our retinas. For example, when entering a room for the first time, you instantly recognise the […]

Intel’s New Path to Quantum Computing

Intel’s director of quantum hardware, Jim Clarke, explains the company’s two quantum computing technologies The limits of Tangle Lake’s technology Silicon spin qubits and how far away they are The importance of cryogenic control electronics Top quantum computing applications What problems keeps him up at night AI vs. Quantum Computing: which will be more important? […]

AI chip startup Wave to buy Silicon Valley old-timer MIPS

Wave Computing has been aiming its AI chips at powerful computers, but acquiring MIPS will let it reach small devices, too. Call it a May-December marriage: A hot new AI chip startup called Wave Computing has acquired a veteran in the processor business, MIPS Technologies, CNET has learned. Wave, founded in 2010, aims to speed […]

AI Nationalism

The last few years have seen developments in machine learning research and commercialisation that have been pretty astounding. As just a few examples: Image recognition starts to achieve human-level accuracy at complex tasks, for example skin cancer classification. Big steps forward in applying neural networks to machine translation at Baidu, Google, Microsoft etc. Microsoft’s system […]