[ gsmarena.com ] Huawei launches the MediaPad M3 Lite 10

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Huawei launches the MediaPad M3 Lite 10

Huawei keeps expanding its MediaPad portfolio of tablets. The latest addition is the mid-range MediaPad M3 Lite 10 with an attractively slim 7.1 mm profile. The device also has four Harman/Kardon speakers for better audio experience.

The 10.1″ IPS display has 1920 x 1200 resolution. The M3 Lite runs on a Snapdragon 435 chipset with octa-core CPU and on Android Nougat with Huawei’s in-house EMUI 5.1. The device has three RAM + storage options: 3 GB + 16 GB, 3 GB + 32 GB and 4 GB + 64 GB.

The MediaPad M3 10 Lite has two 8 MP cameras – one on the front and one on the back. It is…

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[ singularityhub.com ] Google’s AI Building AI Is a Step Toward Self-Improving AI

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Google’s AI Building AI Is a Step Toward Self-Improving AI

Reaching the technological singularity is almost certainly going to involve AI that is able to improve itself. Google may have now taken a small step along this path by creating AI that can build AI.

Speaking at the company’s annual I/O developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a project called AutoML that can automate one of the hardest parts of designing deep learning software: choosing the right architecture for a neural network.

The Google researchers created a machine learning system that used reinforcement learning—the trial and error approach at the heart of many of Google’s most notable AI exploits—to figure out the best architectures to solve language and image recognition tasks.

Not only did the results rival or beat the performance of the best human-designed architectures, but the system made some unconventional choices that researchers had previously considered inappropriate for those kinds of tasks.

The approach is still a long way from being practical, the researchers told MIT Tech Review, as it tied up 800 powerful graphics processors for weeks. But Google is betting that automating the process of building machine learning systems could help get around the shortage of human-machine learning and data science talent that is slowing the technology’s adoption.

It’s not the only one. Facebook engineers have built what they like to call an “automated machine learning engineer,” according to Wired. It’s also called AutoML and can choose algorithms and parameters that are most likely to solve the problem at hand.

Last summer, the AutoML challenge saw teams go head-to-head to build machine learning “black boxes” that can select models and tune parameters without any human intervention. Even game designers are in on the act—the team behind the hit game Space Engineers has used some of their profits to set up a team of experts to design AI able to optimize its own hardware and software.

While this kind of automation could make it easier for non-experts to design and deploy AI systems, it also seems to be laying the foundation for machines that can take control of their own destiny.

The concept of “recursive self-improvement” is at the heart of most theories on how we could rapidly go from moderately smart machines to AI superintelligence. The idea is that as AI gets more powerful, it can start modifying itself to boost its capabilities. As it makes itself smarter it gets better at making itself smarter, so this quickly leads to exponential growth in its intelligence.

Generally, the so-called “seed AI” is envisaged as an artificial general intelligence (AGI), a machine that is able to carry out any intellectual task a human could rather than being a specialist in a very specific area, like most of today’s algorithms are.

The systems being worked on today are clearly a long way from AGI, and they are directed at building and improving other machine learning systems rather than themselves. Outside of machine learning, self-modifying code has been around for a while, but it would likely be far more complex to deploy this technique to edit neural networks.

But creating algorithms able to work on machine learning code is clearly a first step towards the kind of self-improving AI envisaged by futurists.

Other recent developments could also feed in this direction. Many AI researchers are trying to encode curiosity and creativity into machine learning systems, both traits likely to be necessary for a machine to redesign itself in performance-boosting ways. Others are working on allowing robots to share the lessons they’ve learned, effectively turning them into a kind of hive mind.

Doubtless, it will be a long time before any of these capabilities reach the stage where they can be usefully employed to create a self-improving AI. But we can already see the technological foundations being laid.

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[ gsmarena.com ] iPhone 8, 7 Plus measured up against Android flagships in this speculative render

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iPhone 8, 7 Plus measured up against Android flagships in this speculative render

The current trend sweeping the smartphone design field is creating “bezel-less” phones. That allows makers to give consumers what they want (big screens) without going over the limit of what they can handle (literally, what they can hold in their hand).

Here’s a size comparison of flagships past, present and future, compiled by @OnLeaks. Note the iPhone 8 (second from the left). It’s about the size of a Google Pixel or a Huawei P10, but its screen size is unknown – the latest rumors say its screen will cover the whole front of the device.

Phone size comparison (by @OnLeaks)

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[ futurism.com ] The World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant Is Finally Online

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The World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant Is Finally Online

Sungrow Floating Power Plant

The world’s largest floating solar power plant is now online in China. Built by Sungrow, a supplier of PV inverter systems, the 40MW plant is now afloat in water four to 10 meters deep, and successfully linked to Huainan, China’s grid. The placement was chosen in large part because the area was previously the location of coal mining operations; and, as a result, the water there is now mineralized and mostly useless. The lake itself was only formed after years of mining operations, the surrounding land collapsed and created a cavity that was filled with rainwater.

Floating solar plants are advantageous because they put otherwise useless water and land to good use, and the water naturally cools the system and the ambient temperatures, improving generation and limiting long-term damage from heat. They also avoid taking up space in densely populated regions, which is especially an issue in China; the country is currently home to more than 100 cities with populations of at least one million people each. Finally, the floating PV arrays, customized to work efficiently despite higher levels of humidity, prevent the evaporation of fresh water.

 

China Leading The Way

Although it was once among the worst offenders worldwide in the realm of carbon emissions and climate change, China has turned the page in a serious way. Now, it has become a world leader in the adoption of renewables in its quest to lead the way toward a greener, more sustainable future. This kind of dedication is what each country needs to commit to. As climate change progresses, we continue to see negative trends and changes; the last three years have all set horrifying temperature records. The future of humanity is directly tied to the future of renewables. Fortunately, innovations like the floating solar plant prove that there are almost endless ways to approach the problem in a practical, effective way.

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[ gsmarena.com ] Sony Xperia XZ Premium and XA1 Ultra will go on pre-order in the US in two weeks

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium and XA1 Ultra will go on pre-order in the US in two weeks

Patience pays off – after EU and Korean pre-orders, Americans are next in line to get a Sony Xperia XZ Premium. At least those with $800 to spare.

Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s and other retailers will offer the Sony flagship (but no carriers, for now). You’ll be able to pre-order on June 12, the phone will be shipped a week later on June 19. You should be familiar with the specs that make the XZ Premium unique (if not, read our review), but do keep in mind that the fingerprint reader will be disabled.

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[ xkcd.com ] Voting Systems

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Voting Systems

Kenneth Arrow hated me because the ordering of my preferences changes based on which voting systems have what level of support. But it tells me a lot about the people I'm going to be voting with!

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[ gsmarena.com ] vivo becomes an official sponsor of World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022

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vivo becomes an official sponsor of World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022

vivo announced that it signed a six-year partnership with FIFA and will be an official sponsor of its tournaments in the period, covering two cycles. The partnership begins with the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia, following the pinnacle of football – the World Cup next summer. The deal will also cover the World Cup 2022 in Qatar and its concomitant Confederations Cup a year earlier.

During the partnership, the vivo logo will appear on advertising boards, tickets for the venues, any related programs and leaflets and other key promotional areas. The company also promises to launch a…

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