SERIESWIRED TO LEARN: THE NEXT AI New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures and help make scientific discoveries, they have also confounded their human creators, who never expected so-called “deep-learning” algorithms to work so well. No underlying principle has guided the design of these learning systems, other…

What Global Finance Chiefs Are Saying About the Economy

Don’t celebrate too soon. That was the key message as policy makers and investors left Washington on Sunday after attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.For once the mood was upbeat. The IMF bumped up its forecast for global economic growth this year and next. Stocks are surging, credit spreads are tight and market volatility is low.Still, the fund’s…

Analysis: Fourth Industrial Revolution will disrupt shipping

TECHNOLOGYThe waves of disruption that have been lapping at the shore of industries such as retail and taxis are finally beginning to hit shipping, with a slew of start ups entering the transportation sector in recent years. Venture capital firms have been eager to back such companies, and are increasingly funding the most promising technology. Meanwhile, established players in shipping such as Maersk…

World Economic Forum launches platform on security study

GENEVA - The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched on Tuesday a platform for top think thanks in the world to share expert analysis of global and regional security issues with leaders from the public and private sectors. The WEF said the Global Platform for Geostrategic Collaboration to bring together leading policy research institutions, or think tanks, to engage the global public on geostrategic…

Correction: Self-Driving Cars Report story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about a Boston self-driving car study, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a computer simulation showed that the advent of self-driving cars would likely add vehicles to the roads. The analysis showed that while vehicles would travel longer distances, there would be fewer of them on roads.A corrected version of the story is below:Self-driving cars could…

Romania shrugs off label of Europe’s poor man as economy booms



At a sleek new office in the heart of Bucharest, Fitbit co-founder and chief executive James Park explains why the smartwear giant is rapidly expanding its operations in Romania – and following the lead of a host of multinationals. “The tech talent here is amazing. Romania and other countries in central and eastern Europe have great existing talent, and also great universities,” he…

This map will change how you see the world's tech titans



Chinese unicorns are on the rise.Unicorns – privately owned tech start-ups with a value of more than $1 billion – are powerful forces of disruption, wherever they are found.California’s Silicon Valley remains dominant breeding ground for billion-dollar start-ups, but China is catching up fast.So far this year, 46 global technology companies have reached unicorn status, according to research…

UNHRC Resolution 30/1 Implications for Sri Lanka

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ on 1 October 2015, Resolution 30/1. (After a resolution promoted by the European Union (EU) was defeated in 2009 and a resolution tabled by Sri Lanka was adopted by an overwhelming majority. An attempt to table a resolution critical of Sri Lanka…

Unlocking the secret of the world's coolest fort: Exploring Sri Lanka's latest hotel opening, with curry chicken pancakes on the breakfast menu

Porridge is my breakfast of choice, perked up with berries and ground almonds if I’m feeling a bit daring. But what would it be like to have something more exotic at 8am – a zingy, tongue-tingling curry perhaps? Chicken curry hoppers caught my eye on the breakfast menu at the new boutique Fort Bazaar hotel in the Sri Lankan city of Galle.Hoppers, the waiter explained, are fermented rice and…

India, Sri Lanka hold discussions to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue



Oct 14, New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed that a permanent solution to the nagging fishermen issues should be found at the earliest at the ministerial-level talks on Fishermen's issues held Saturday, October 14 in New Delhi.Government of India met with Sri Lanka's Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera. The talks followed by the 3rd Meeting of the…

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