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Identify new asteroids with an application installed on your computer

NASA has made available for all desktop computers an application that can help increase the number of asteroids discovered by amateur astronomers. It’s the result of NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge initiative, which included the Asteroid Data Hunter challenge. Conducted in collaboration with Planetary Resources, a company interested in asteroid mining, in 2014, it offered $55,000 in prizes for those who developed improved algorithms to identify asteroids in the images captured by telescopes.
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Google is developing an artificial intelligence that learned how to play classic Atari arcades

DeepMind Technologies, a company that develops artificial intelligence acquired by Google a little over a year ago, is developing a machine that can play with 49 classic video games of the Atari 2600 console. This system, called Deep Q-network (DQN), achieved a great ability to play, even exceeding the capacity of human beings. So far nothing strange since by now computers can beat humans in complex games but the important fact is that this artificial intelligence learned to on its own.
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The case of the Superfish adware on Lenovo computers shows the problem of the preinstalled software on brand computers

The story of Lenovo computers sold with a pre-installed program called Superfish which has the unwelcome consequence of catastrophically undermining their security created quite a stir. This software was provided for a time with the new computers as a specific decision by Lenovo and only now it’s been recognized as a threat.
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IBM Watson learns Japanese and interacts via robot

IBM and SoftBank Telecom Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp, announced a deal to bring the cognitive computing system Watson to Japan. This collaboration will lead Watson to learn Japanese. Among the possible ways to interact with people there could also be a robot named Pepper.

It seems that IBM is trying to develop applications for Watson in all fields. The company is working even in the medical assisting doctors and researchers in the field of research and treatment of cancer. Its main uses are, however, in business, with various forms of assistance to employees and customers. The agreement with SoftBank goes in this direction.
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The Supreme Court of the U.S. turned to the Obama administration about the Oracle vs. Google case on the Java language

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) asked the Obama administration an opinion about the case of Oracle vs. Google in the case which for years has seen the two giants in a lawsuit about the use of the Java language in Android. The dispute began in 2010 after Oracle bought Sun, the company that developed Java, and claimed that Google violates copyright and patents related to Java. This isn’t one of the many clashes between companies regarding software patents but a special case where the final decision may have a significant influence on the future of software development.
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