13 Mind-Blowing Things Artificial Intelligence Can Already Do Today

By now, most of us are aware of artificial intelligence (AI) being an increasingly present part of our everyday lives. But, many of us would be quite surprised to learn of some of the skills AI already knows how to do. Here are 13 mind-blowing skills artificial intelligence can already do today. 1.Read Is one of your wishes to save time by only having to pay attention to the salient…

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AI Can Tell If You’re Going to Die Soon. We Just Don’t Know How It Knows.

Albert Einstein’s famous expression “spooky action at a distance” refers to quantum entanglement, a phenomenon seen on the most micro of scales. But machine learning seems to grow more mysterious and powerful every day, and scientists don’t always understand how it works. The spookiest action yet is a new study of heart patients where a machine-learning algorithm decided who was most likely to die within a year based on echocardiogram…

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Marvel confirmed a dead hero will return, solving one of Endgame’s last mysteries

Avengers: Endgame is the biggest movie of the year, a massive event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has no rival. The film is filled with amazing Easter eggs that fans of the MCU certainly appreciate, and the fast-paced story is fun to follow, although there are various events that have puzzled fans. The film’s plot isn’t full of holes, and most everything can be explained — and we did…

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No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet

SAN FRANCISCO – Fix global warming or cook dinner on a gas stove? That’s the choice for people in 13 cities and one county in California that have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction. The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups…

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Scammers favor malicious URLs over attachments in email phishing attacks

Emails containing malicious URLs made up 88 percent of all messages with malware-infested links and attachments, underscoring the dominance of URL-based email threats. The findings — disclosed in cybersecurity firm Proofpoint’s quarterly threat report for the month ending September — reveal the evolving sophistication of social engineering attacks targeting users and organizations. “Email-based threats are among the oldest, most pervasive, and widespread cybersecurity threats hitting organizations worldwide,” Chris Dawson, Threat…

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This incredible limited-time Hilton Honors credit card bonus is one of the best we’ve seen

People seek out and ultimately sign up for credit cards based on a whole host of factors. Perhaps affinity to a brand or perks that will especially reward a frequent traveler. One of the most attention-getting determinants is often the up-front reward, the welcome offer of bonus points that can range into the six digits — a number like 100,000 welcome points (and more) that makes a card offer easily…

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Don’t pay more than you actually owe: 4 costly tax mistakes to avoid

No one likes to pay taxes, and you definitely don’t want to pay more than you actually owe. Unfortunately, the tax code is really complicated in the United States, so it’s far too easy to make a costly mistake. Simple errors could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you don’t get things right the first time when dealing with the IRS. To help you avoid errors that could…

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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks to which they were connected. Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance. “When first configuring the device, the smartphone app…

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AT&T is giving some users 15GB of ‘bonus’ data, but it comes with a mandatory price hike

If you’re on one of AT&T’s older Mobile Share Value data plans, a price hike is on the way. The Verge reports today that AT&T is emailing customers to inform them that prices are increasing by $10 – but that the plans are also adding 15GB of “bonus data.” The email from AT&T simply says: “We’ve added 15GB of data to your plan and increased your monthly rate by $10.”…

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Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant Can Be Hacked Remotely With Lasers

Many consumers already have privacy reservations about giving Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa access to intimate details of our daily lives. New research isn’t likely dissuade them from that opinion. Researchers in Japan and the University of Michigan this week announced that they’ve discovered a way to compromise Siri, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and Alexa digital home assistants from hundreds of feet away using laser light and even…

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NBA’s new streaming service lets you watch some games without going broke

Baseball is done, the NFL season is about halfway over, and hockey is probably happening somewhere. But most importantly, the most interesting NBA season in years just began, and the league just revealed an affordable way to legally stream some games. The NBA announced on Tuesday morning that it’s launching a subscription service for NBA TV, the league’s cable channel. For $6.99 per month or $60 per year, you can…

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Over 11,000 scientists around the world declare a ‘climate emergency’

A global team of more than 11,000 scientists from over 150 countries officially declared that the world is in a “climate emergency,” according to a new paper released Tuesday. “Scientists have a moral obligation to warn humanity of any great threat,” said Thomas Newsome of the University of Sydney, one of the paper’s authors, in a statement. “From the data we have, it is clear we are facing a climate…

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