Emerging Tech

DeepSqueak is a machine learning A.I. that reveals what rats are chatting about

[embedded content] Just as Aquaman can talk to fish, so too can researchers at the University of Washington chat with rats. Or, at least, they can better understand what rats are squeaking about thanks to a deep learning artificial intelligence (A.I.) system with the ingenious name “DeepSqueak.” Since rats are frequently used in medical experiments, the […]

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Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Getty In early February, Google announced that Assistant would now work with its home security and alarm system Nest Secure. The problem – users didn’t know a microphone even existed on their Nest Secure devices to begin with. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider it had made an “error.” “The on-device microphone was […]

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Elon Musk says he's finally going to host PewDiePie's show about internet memes – here's why that's a big deal for the YouTuber

PewDiePie and Elon Musk.RW/MediaPunch/IPX; AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato Elon Musk said in a Monday night tweet that he recently recorded a video that will go up on the YouTube channel for PewDiePie, the most popular video creator on the platform. Musk first floated the idea of making an appearance on PewDiePie’s “Meme Review” video series, where […]

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Some lawmakers are already raising concerns about Facebook's plans to merge its messaging apps

Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images Some lawmakers have spoken out about Facebook’s plans to partially merge WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. The social network plans to combine the back-end systems of the three apps, so users can talk to each other across platforms. But the move has faced early skepticism from some politicians, with concerns raised around data […]

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Mark Zuckerberg wrote 1,000 words defending Facebook, but the most interesting thing about it was where he published it

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearingChip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has written a column for the Wall Street Journal defending his company. The op-ed piece’s location is arguably the most interesting thing about it. It indicates Facebook wants to reassure […]

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Sheryl Sandberg gave an unconvincing speech about privacy just when she needed to sound sincere

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.Reuters Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave a speech in Munich on Sunday stating that Facebook needed to do better in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Sandberg outlined the steps Facebook was taking to earn back users’ trust. But audience members criticized her message as over-rehearsed and too polished to be […]