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Larry Page’s Flying Car Project Suddenly Seems Rather Real

https://www.wired.com/story/kitty-hawk-larry-page-flying-car-prototype/Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk has shown a vehicle that looks, well, real. The single-seat Flyer now looks like a glossy, professional, production-ready machine, a major upgrade over the slightly precarious prototype it showed last year. That first version had the pilot perched on what looked like a motorcycle seat, separated from eight spinning fans by a net. The whole thing resembled a flying trampoline, or, as we put it last June, something the Green Goblin would order from Skymall.

US Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years

https://www.wired.com/story/us-border-patrol-hasnt-validated-e-passport-data-for-years/For over a decade, US Customs and Border Protection has been unable to verify the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports, because they never installed the right software. A skilled hacker could alter the data on an e-Passport chip—like the name, photo, or expiration date—without fear that signature verification would alert a border agent to the changes. That could theoretically be enough to slip into countries that allow all-electronic border checks, or even to get past a border patrol agent into the US.

From Black Panther to X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

https://www.wired.com/story/most-anticipated-movies-2018/Between Spielbergian sci-fi and Marvel mega-crossovers 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for big movies.

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Early Man (February 16)


The latest from Aardman Animations is about, yes, early cavemen and their battle to save their way of life from an evil lord (voiced by Tom Hiddleston) and the inhabitants of nearby Bronze Age City. (Subtle, no?) There’s no Wallace or Gromit in sight, but you can expect lots of wry humor and great stop-motion animation.

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Greedy, Brittle, Opaque, and Shallow: The Downsides to Deep Learning

“We are born knowing there are causal relationships in the world, that wholes can be made of parts, and that the world consists of places and objects that persist in space and time,” Gary Marcus says. “No machine ever learned any of that stuff using backprop.”

https://www.wired.com/story/greedy-brittle-opaque-and-shallow-the-downsides-to-deep-learning/Gary Marcus, a professor of cognitive psychology at NYU and briefly director of Uber’s AI lab, recently published a remarkable trilogy of essays, offering a critical appraisal of deep learning. Marcus believes that deep learning is not “a universal solvent, but one tool among many.” And without new approaches, Marcus worries that AI is rushing toward a wall, beyond which lie all the problems that pattern recognition cannot solve.

Investors Join Calls for Facebook, Twitter to Take More Responsibility

https://www.wired.com/story/investors-join-calls-for-facebook-twitter-to-take-more-responsibility/?mbid=nl_011318_daily_list3_p3Activist investors filed shareholder resolutions asking Facebook and Twitter to take more responsibility for content on their sites, highlighting how concerns about the power of big tech firms is moving from Washington to Wall Street.

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