The thing to realize is that recreating human intelligence is impossible. We can’t even grasp how the brain works.
“Clearly, we can’t build a brain,” says Dharmendra Modha. “We don’t have the organic technology, nor do we have the knowledge.”
But Modha is trying to build one nonetheless, together with a vast team of researchers inside tech giant IBM and across various academic and government labs.
The business of DNA is undergoing a revolution. We can already get our genes scanned for the bargain-basement price of $99. Soon we’ll be able to have entire genomes sequenced for less than the cost of a MacBook Air. That’s huge considering that not so long ago it cost billions of dollars to map a single genome.
Disasters often strike without warning–and if you have family or friends who are in or near harm’s way, you’re going to want to get in touch. Unfortunately, that isn’t always so easy: Cell signals and land lines can be jammed with the massive amount of calls flowing in and out of an area. And in the case of today’s Boston Marathon tragedy, there are reports that cell service has been shut down altogether.
A critical vulnerability discovered in an industrial control system used widely by the military, hospitals and others would allow attackers to remotely control electronic door locks, lighting systems, elevators, electricity and boiler systems, video surveillance cameras, alarms and other critical building facilities, say two security researchers.
Google demands probable-cause, court-issued warrants to divulge the contents of Gmail and other cloud-stored documents to authorities in the United States — a startling revelation Wednesday that runs counter to federal law that does not always demand warrants.
The development surfaced as Google publicly announced that more than two-thirds of the user data Google forwards to government agencies across the United States is handed over without a probable-cause warrant.