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Google’s Project Iris Could Rival Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset

Meta has already established its presence in the AR/VR hardware industry with Oculus products, and Apple is rumored to have a strong contender in the offing. However, Google hasn’t thrown in the towel yet. The company is reportedly developing an AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris, that would hopefully ship in 2024. Continue reading → […]

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Meta’s new learning algorithm can teach AI to multi-task

If you can recognize a dog by sight, then you can probably recognize a dog when it is described to you in words. Not so for today’s artificial intelligence. Deep neural networks have become very good at identifying objects in photos and conversing in natural language, but not at the same time: there are AI […]

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All charges against China Initiative defendant Gang Chen have been dismissed

This story has been updated after charges were officially dismissed, and to include statements from Dr. Gang Chen, Rachael Rollins, the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and MIT president L. Rafael Reif. A judge has approved the government’s motion to dismiss all charges against MIT mechanical engineering professor and nanotechnologist Gang Chen, nearly […]

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This group of tech firms just signed up to a safer metaverse

The internet can feel like a bottomless pit of the worst aspects of humanity. So far, there’s little indication that the metaverse—an envisioned virtual digital world where we work, play, and live—will be much better. As I reported last month, a beta tester in Meta’s virtual social platform, Horizon Worlds, has already complained of being […]

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Sustainability starts in the design process, and AI can help

Artificial intelligence helps build physical infrastructure like modular housing, skyscrapers, and factory floors. “…many problems that we wrestle with in all forms of engineering and design are very, very complex problems…those problems are beginning to reach the limits of human capacity,” says Mike Haley, the vice president of research at Autodesk. But there’s hope with […]

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SysJoker Backdoor Malware Has Been Running Undetected on M1 Macs for Several Months

SysJoker, a backdoor malware, was recently uncovered by security firm Intezer. The malware has been quietly targeting macOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems over the past few months, undetected by antivirus softwares. Security researcher Patrick Wardle called it the first Mac malware of 2022. Continue reading → Powered by WPeMatico

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Tonga’s volcano blast cut it off from the world. Here’s what it will take to get it reconnected.

Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha‘apai, an underwater volcano off the coast of Tonga, has erupted several times in the last 13 years, but the most recent, on January 15, was likely its most destructive. The blast has had global consequences: more than 6,000 miles away, waves caused by the eruption drowned two people in Peru. But the effect […]