43 years in solitary: ‚There are moments I wish I was back there‘ (The Guardian)

“Oh yeah! Yeah!” he says passionately when asked whether he sometimes misses his life in lockdown. “You know, human beings are territorial, they feel more comfortable in areas they are secure. In a cell you have a routine, you pretty much know what is going to happen, when it’s going to happen, but in society it’s difficult, it’s looser. So there are moments when, yeah, I wish I was back in the security of a cell.”

Bedeutung von AlphaGo

Artificial intelligence and Go – Showdown (The Economist)

One reason for the commercial and academic excitement around deep learning is that it has broad applications. The techniques employed in AlphaGo can be used to teach computers to recognise faces, translate between languages, show relevant advertisements to internet users or hunt for subatomic particles in data from atom-smashers. Deep learning is thus a booming business. It powers the increasingly effective image- and voice-recognition abilities of computers, and firms such as Google, Facebook and Baidu are throwing money at it.

Sehr guter Artikel. Hier werden nicht nur die technischen Feinheiten erklärt, sondern auch welche Auswirkungen diese Entwicklungen letztlich für den Otto-Normal-Verbraucher haben werden.

Craig Federighi zum Thema Apple/FBI

Apple VP: The FBI wants to roll back safeguards that keep us a step ahead of criminals (The Washingtion Post)

That’s why it’s so disappointing that the FBI, Justice Department and others in law enforcement are pressing us to turn back the clock to a less-secure time and less-secure technologies. They have suggested that the safeguards of iOS 7 were good enough and that we should simply go back to the security standards of 2013. But the security of iOS 7, while cutting-edge at the time, has since been breached by hackers. What’s worse, some of their methods have been productized and are now available for sale to attackers who are less skilled but often more malicious.

Offene Grenzen

ReisepassIt’s good to be German: The world’s most powerful passports (Quartz)

If you want to travel the world, it pays to be German. This comes courtesy of a new survey that ranks countries around the world on the amount of “travel freedom” accorded to their citizens. Travel freedom is defined as the number of countries where citizens can travel to without needing a visa, or where they will receive a visa upon arrival.

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