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Computers Are Learning to Read—But They’re Still Not So Smart

Computers Are Learning to Read—But They’re Still Not So Smart

In the fall of 2017, Sam Bowman, a computational linguist at New York University, figured that computers still weren’t very good at understanding the written word. Sure, they had become decent at simulating that understanding in certain narrow domains, like automatic translation or sentiment analysis (for example, determining if a sentence sounds “mean or nice,”…

Uptime 15,364 days – The Computers of Voyager [video]

Published on Sep 14, 2019The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes, both launched in 1977, each had a primary objective to explore Jupiter and Saturn. This goal was achieved by 1981. Yet Voyager, NASA's longest running mission, has continued to this day. Both Voyager probes are still operating, and returning scientific data from outside…
Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

Quantum Computers Could Be True Randomness Generators

Say the words “quantum supremacy” at a gathering of computer scientists, and eyes will likely roll. The phrase refers to the idea that quantum computers will soon cross a threshold where they’ll perform with relative ease tasks that are extremely hard for classical computers. Until recently, these tasks were thought to have little real-world use,…
Why can’t computers boot instantly?

Why can’t computers boot instantly?

Computers have been around for quite some time. So what is stopping us from making computers boot instantly like regular home appliances and other devices? Is it even possible? I know there is hibernate and sleep but those aren't really real boot asked Dec 27 '13 at 5:36 kosinixkosinix15211 silver badge66 bronze badges Computers are…

How many Commodore 64 computers were sold? (2011)

Nobody doubts that the C64 was the greatest selling single computer model of all time, it even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records, but nobody quite knows how many it really was: Most sources say 17 million, others say 22 or even 30 million. With a high degree of confidence, I can…

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This week’s top stories: AirPods Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro exclusive, Apple...

In this week’s top stories: An exclusive look at the 16-inch MacBook Pro, AirPods Pro are here, Apple TV+ debuts, iOS 13.2 release, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news. Ecobee HomeKit Thermostat Apple this week officially released the new AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro feature Active Noise Cancellation as well…

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