- Watson goes to college: How the world’s smartest PC will revolutionize AI
In 2011, IBM achieved a quantum leap in artificial intelligence technology when its Watson computer program trounced human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a three-day Jeopardy! tourney, taking home the million-dollar prize by outscoring the second place competitor by a three-to-one margin.
Since then, Watson has shown its computing prowess in the world of medicine and in other business settings. However, as was recently announced, IBM decided Watson could use a college education and so will join us at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. With its help, we hope to further advance artificial intelligence in a number of key areas.—James Hendler, head of the computer science department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in an article at GigaOM
- Protecting Power Grids from Hackers Is a Huge Challenge
Securing critical infrastructure needs to go far beyond the measures in President Obama’s recent executive order—MIT Technology Review
- Why Moore’s Law, not mobility, is killing the PC
Forget tablets and economic woes. “Good enough” computer performance might be the real reason for lackluster PC sales—IT World
- Soon, You Might Be Able to Sell Your Old Ebooks
It used to be that once you’d finished slashing your way through the mobile game Infinity Blade for the umpteenth time, you were left with the choice of replaying the game yet again or letting it collect virtual dust on your iDevice’s home screen. But soon there may be an alternative, as both Apple and Amazon are exploring ways to give your “used” digital content—like ebooks, MP3s, videos, and games—a second life by allowing you to sell it to someone else—Slate
- Quantum Computing Moves Forward
New technologies that exploit quantum behavior for computing and other applications are closer than ever to being realized due to recent advances, according to a review article published this week in the journal Science—ScienceDaily
- Security will get worse before it gets better
The damage caused by threats and the number of Net-dependent critical systems are on the rise. Yet we still haven’t created a safer Internet—Roger Grimes at InfoWorld
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