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WHY CAPTCHAS HAVE GOTTEN SO DIFFICULT

These tests are called CAPTCHA, an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, and they’ve reached this sort of inscrutability plateau before. In the early 2000s, simple images of text were enough to stump most spambots. But a decade later, after Google had bought the program from Carnegie Mellon researchers and was using it to digitize Google Books, texts had to be increasingly warped and obscured to stay ahead of improving optical character recognition programs — programs which, in a roundabout way, all those humans solving CAPTCHAs were helping to improve.

By |2021-12-20T09:44:20+01:00December 20, 2021|Uncategorized|1 Comment

We All Need to Stop Only Seeing the Dark Side of Crypto

Popular perception in the developed world remains that crypto is at best the domain of meme-conversant Wolf of Wall Street-like figures and at worst of drug dealers. Regulators and policymakers seem to partially share that belief, as crackdowns and strict regulations are announced across the globe from China to Turkey to the US. And yet in the Global South more and more people are choosing to use a technology designed to help them keep their wealth safe from confiscation, tyranny, or arbitrary restrictions. Whatever you think of crypto, its role as a force for good in some parts of the world should not be ignored.

By |2021-12-20T09:28:57+01:00December 20, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Explained: What Exactly is metaverse which Facebook is touting as the future of internet

It encompasses augmented and virtual reality. In September, Facebook committed $50 million towards building the metaverse, where companies like Roblox Corp and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games have an early foothold. What is metaverse? The term is believed to have been coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel 'Snow Crash'.

By |2021-10-18T09:13:56+01:00October 18, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Facebook to hire 10,000 in EU to work on metaverse

"The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start," Facebook said in a blog post. The new jobs being created over the next five years will include "highly specialised engineers".

By |2021-10-18T09:05:01+01:00October 18, 2021|Innovation News|0 Comments

Focus, start, share: how companies can win at innovation for sustainability

In the latest in the series on life-changing technologies, PA Consulting’s experts explain how leaders from all sectors can innovate for sustainability and climate response, in more concrete and impactful ways

By |2021-10-18T08:59:56+01:00October 18, 2021|Innovation News|0 Comments

US leads Bitcoin mining as China ban takes effect

Miners earn money by creating new Bitcoins, but the computing power needed to do it consumes large amounts of energy. They audit Bitcoin transactions in exchange for an opportunity to acquire the digital currency. Global mining requires enormous computing power, which in turn uses huge amounts of electricity, and consequently contributes significantly to global emissions. The CBECI, which is produced by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, tracks the geographic distribution of computing power used for mining Bitcoin - receiving data from a number of commercial Bitcoin mining pools. The latest data, which covers the four months to the end of August, suggests that most Bitcoin mining (35.4%) is now US based, with Kazakhstan (18.1%) second and Russia (11%) third.

By |2021-10-14T10:00:02+01:00October 14, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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