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AI beats humans in Stanford reading comprehension test – CNET

Yes, AI-based systems are becoming as smart as, if not smarter, than us. STR/AFP/Getty Images AI created by Chinese tech giant Alibaba and Microsoft have tied for first place on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD) this month, beating the human score for Exact Match (providing exact answers to questions). Alibaba and Microsoft announced the news separately on Monday. According to the SQuAD website, it is a machine reading comprehension dataset comprising of questions pertaining to a set of Wikipedia articles. Answers to questions are usually a segment of text…

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Science 

Clever maths will stop hackers spying on the quantum internet

Networks can be securedZap Art/Getty By Jacob Aron Efforts to build a quantum internet are under way, but turning what was once a lab experiment into a robust, modern communications network is not without its difficulties. Now, two researchers have come up with a way to ensure quantum networks are unhackable, even at scale. Theoretically, messages sent via quantum networks are secured by the laws of quantum mechanics, because any attempt to intercept information sent between two parties will disturb its fragile quantum state, revealing the eavesdropper. One way to…

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Bitcoin BOMBSHELL: Chinese cryptocurrency miners to move to CANADA for energy sources

China has become one of the world’s biggest sources of cryptocurrency mining but there are signs Beijing is increasing scrutiny of the sector’s players and may ask local authorities to regulate the vast amounts of power they use.  Bitmain Technologies, operator of some of China’s biggest mining farms, is among several companies looking to expand overseas. Spokesman Nishant Sharma said the firm was looking at sites in the energy-rich Canadian province of Quebec ahead of a potential crackdown by Beijing. Bitcoin mining consumes large quantities of energy because it uses…

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Sport 

Rob Cross: I missed the birth of my child to make darts dream come true

Cross, 27, was still trying to take it all in yesterday after his sensational 7-2 defeat of Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in the Ally Pally final on Sunday. ‘Voltage’ spent yesterday morning at his darts sponsor Target in Harlow, dashing between a series of interviews and running on adrenaline. “I didn’t sleep much,” said Cross. “It was a definitely a struggle.” A professional for only 11 months, Cross is now £400,000 richer after lifting the title on his debut at the William Hill World Championship, knowing the support from his…

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Science 

ALIENS to be contacted in 2018 despite warnings from Stephen Hawking

Douglas Vakoch, the president of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), an organisation that will send radio signals into deep space in the hope that they will get a response, says that the organisation will send out signals next year in the hope of finally making contact. However, the likes of Stephen Hawking have previously warned it could be a bad idea to message intelligent aliens. Last year, Professor Hawking said it would be best to keep quiet on discoveries judging by what has happened when humans have met other humans who…

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Earth could be plunged into mini Ice Age – and it could REVERSE global warming

Earth could be plunged into a mini Ice Age in the next few decades, but there is good news – it could override the damage done by global warming. By 2030 comes about, the temperatures on Earth could be so low that the River Thames freezes over during winter, much like in the last little ice age which spanned from the 13th to 17th century. Maths professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University said the Ice Age could help offset the damage of global warming. She said: “I hope global warning…

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Scientists predict 'mini ice age' could hit UK by 2030

Frost fairs were once held on the River Thames. Pic: Museum of London More A mini ice age that would freeze major rivers could hit Britain in less than two decades, according to research from universities in the UK and Russia. A mathematical model of the Sun’s magnetic activity suggests temperatures could start dropping here from 2021, with the potential for winter skating on the River Thames by 2030. A team led by maths professor Valentina Zharkova at Northumbria University built on work from Moscow to predict the movements of…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton: Premier League – live!

Further statistical encouragement for Spurs: OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 11 – Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games played on Boxing Day (W8 D3), since a 0-2 loss at Portsmouth in 2003. Festive. December 26, 2017 So here are today’s teams: Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane. Subs: Trippier, Lamela, Vorm, Sissoko, Llorente, Winks, Davies. Southampton: Forster, Stephens, Yoshida, Hoedt, Targett, Romeu, Lemina, Boufal, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Long. Subs: Davis, Tadic, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Gabbiadini, Pied, McQueen. Referee: Graham Scott. Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) #THFC:…

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Bumblebees solve the travelling salesman problem on the fly

A bumblebee outfitted with a tiny tracking deviceJoe Woodgate/PA By New Scientist staff and Press Association Bumblebees aren’t just hard workers, they’re efficient, too. These insects have a grasp of maths that enables them to crack the classic travelling salesman problem as they forage for pollen and nectar. The problem, a benchmark of computer science, poses the question, “Given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, what is the shortest possible route that visits each city and returns to the origin city?” This was the…

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