The new Apple Mac Pro hit the tech news headlines this week for two reasons: undisputed levels of power and an eye-wateringly overwhelming price tag.The computer, which became available to buy Tuesday, is advertised with a base price of $5,999, but as commentators note, the top configuration will actually set you back over $52,000. And that's before you add the "Pro" monitor or "Pro" stand, which will cost an additional $6,000. With a top price greater than the base version of the Tesla Cybertruck, which costs $39,900, is the Mac Pro worth it? For its audience, the answer may be yes.For its part, Apple has been clear about who the device is for. Spoiler: Netflix gazers, casual shoppers and Facebook addicts may not need the one of the world's most powerful graphics cards and 28 CPU cores.As marketing executive Phil Schiller noted in the June media release debuting the return of the cheese grater-style aesthetic, the powerhouse is designed for those who require "extreme performance, … [Read more...] about The New Apple Mac Pro Computer Can Cost More than a Tesla Cybertruck—Is It Worth It?
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A leading expert on artificial intelligence has called for all algorithms that make life-changing decisions from job applications to immigration into the UK to be halted immediately. Prof Noel Sharkey, who is also a leading figure in a global campaign against “killer robots”, has warned that algorithms are so “infected with biases” that their decision-making processes can neither be fair nor trusted. A moratorium must be imposed on all “life-changing decision-making algorithms” in Britain, he said. Sharkey has suggested testing AI decision-making machines in the same way new pharmaceutical drugs are vigorously checked before they are legally allowed on to the medical market. In an interview with the Guardian, the Sheffield University robotics/AI pioneer said he was deeply concerned over a series of examples of machine-learning systems being loaded with bias. On in-built bias in algorithms, Sharkey said: “There are so many biases happening now … [Read more...] about AI expert calls for end to UK use of ‘racially biased’ algorithms
When I was growing up — in fact, when a lot of us pre-millennials were growing up — the year 2020 represented the future. It was, in a sense, humanity's destination. That may have had something to do with futurist theory. But it may just as well have been something far more arbitrary, like the fact that the numeric alliteration "twenty-twenty" scans and sounds... well… like the future. Or perhaps it was about 2020 vision, the idea of seeing things clearly. Seeing and feeling the future vividly. Like a place you want to be. Read more: Why every brain needs a user's manual As a child I never thought I'd ever get there. I've always thought the future is inherently, always, in front of me. And out of reach. But that's all moot now. We're mere weeks away from the future that once was. The year 2020. And it's for that reason that the first book I've selected for my Christmas stocking list of science books is one that was originally published in 1970. Future Shock by … [Read more...] about Save your Christmas — read books about science
BENGALURU: It's not just the 194,000-odd employees at India's second largest software exporter who are being put through the paces. In what would mark the first such instance in India's $160-billion IT industry, board members at Infosys are now being trained and brought up to speed with "design thinking" -an industry parlance that refers to the practice of solving traditional tech problems using newer, different and innovative methods. Board members at top companies across the world, especially in the technology industry, routinely go through training sessions to help them keep pace with the rapid changes across the technology landscape. However, this would mark the first known instance in India's tech industry where a company is proactively aligning the board with the vision of the company's top management, as part of a broader strategy to bring about a cultural shift at a traditional outsourcing company where coders and engineers have been content with following orders of … [Read more...] about Infosys on ‘design thinking’ treadmill to get its top gear acclimatised with latest technology
On the morning of 28 October last year, the day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections, Heiðdís Lilja Magnúsdóttir, a lawyer living in a small town in the north of the country, opened Facebook on her laptop. At the top of her newsfeed, where friends’ recent posts would usually appear, was a box highlighted in light blue. On the left of the box was a button, similar in style to the familiar thumb of the “like” button, but here it was a hand putting a ballot in a slot. “Today is Election Day!” was the accompanying exclamation, in English. And underneath: “Find out where to vote, and share that you voted.” Under that was smaller print saying that 61 people had already voted. Heiðdís took a screenshot and posted it on her own Facebook profile feed, asking: “I’m a little curious! Did everyone get this message in their newsfeed this morning?” In Reykjavik, 120 miles south, Elfa Ýr … [Read more...] about Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?