Science and Technology

Nvidia has become the world’s most valuable company following a staggering rally in its shares, underlining the outsized role investors expect artificial intelligence to play in the global economy over coming years. Nvidia shares rose 3.5% on Tuesday, giving it a market value of about $3.34 trillion. That pushed the semiconductor bellwether past Microsoft and Apple, which had been jostling for the top spots in recent days. The surge in Nvidia's market value has been driven by demand for its chips, which are the gold standard in the AI space. The company's shares are up more than 170% this year…
The robots are coming! In science fiction that is usually an ominous warning. In the real world, it is a prediction—and a welcome one. The field of robotics has made impressive progress in the past year, as researchers in universities and industry have applied advances in artificial intelligence (AI) to machines. The same technology that enables chatbots like ChatGPT to hold conversations, or systems like DALL-E to create realistic-looking images from text descriptions, can give robots of all kinds a dramatic brain upgrade. As a result, robots are becoming more capable, easier to program and able to explain what they…
The world’s biggest solar plant has come online in China, capable of powering a small country with its annual capacity of more than 6 billion kilowatt hours. The facility in a desert region of the north-west province of Xinjiang covers 200,000 acres – roughly the same area as New York City. The 5GW complex, which was connected to China’s grid on Monday, is powerful enough to meet the electricity demands of a country the size of Luxembourg or Papua New Guinea. China has led the world in solar poweradoption, boosting its capacity in 2023 by more than 50 per cent.…
Anyone with an iPhone or Android should turn their device on and off once a week, officials say - to protect them from hackers. The idea is to thwart 'zero-click' hacks, which involve downloading spyware onto users' phones without them ever clicking a link. The National Security Agency (NSA) endorses the rebooting method, which temporarily deletes the massive stores of information that continuously run in the background - such as on our apps or internet browser. The NSA has also warned that users should be wary about connecting to public WiFi networks and are advised to update their phone's software…
Experts have developed a device that can detect when someone is sarcastic It works by examining the pitch, talking rate and energy in speech Our friends from across the pond have been known to struggle with British sarcasm on occasion. But improved Anglo-American relations may be on the horizon, as experts have developed a device that can detect when someone is being sarcastic. A team from the University of Groningen have created an algorithm that analyses someone's speech to work out if they are using irony. It works by examining the pitch, talking rate and energy in speech, and then…
Premium electricity consumers categorised as Band A customers are embracing solar power as an alternative source of energy following the recent tariff hike as well as the high cost of fuel, DARE OLAWIN reports In Nigeria, the average person is gradually losing the ability to afford electricity as they still struggle to pay for other essentials of life. Since April, many people have seen an increase in their electricity costs of over 300 per cent, as a result of the government’s decision to stop providing subsidies for electricity in areas covered by Band A feeders. They are now considering solar…
In a bid to rescue Nigeria from its economic challenges, Wellspring Consulting advocates for significant investments in cybersecurity, envisioning Nigeria as a leading exporter of cybersecurity experts. Omowunmi Oyetibo, Head of Operations at Wellspring Consulting, emphasized the urgent need for collaboration between the government, private sector, and individuals to bolster the nation's cybersecurity workforce. Oyetibo highlighted the firm's expertise in training cybersecurity professionals, offering promising career prospects in the rapidly evolving tech industry, both domestically and internationally. Notably, Wellspring Consulting plans to forge partnerships with organizations to sponsor aspiring Nigerian youths, particularly women, in pursuing cybersecurity careers. By providing training…
A cheap drug used to treat diabetes may help you live a longer, healthier life, scientists believe. Metformin, which helps people lower their blood sugar and treats Type 2 diabetes, could also protect against cancer, cognitive decline and heart disease. This is due to its anti-inflammatory effects, NPR reported. It costs less than a dollar a day under some insurance plans. Scientists are testing their hypothesis with a study called the TAME Trial to see whether metformin can slow down aging and prevent disease in older healthy adults. The six-year trial aims to enroll 3,000 people between the ages of…
Generative AI is getting better every day. We now have ChatGPT4, Claude 3, Gemini, Perplexity, and whole gamut of specialized GenAI tools that await your discovery. And people are using these tools in creative ways. For example, UNICEF now explicitly states that they will not accept job applications that use Generative AI. I wonder how they would know when 70% of job applicants use GenAI today. Maybe if the application was an obvious copy/paste or careless applicants included “as of my last knowledge update” in their documentation. In that case, the application should be trashed because it’s a bad application,…
Apple sent threat notifications to iPhone users in 92 countries on Wednesday, warning them that may have been targeted by mercenary spyware attacks. The company said it sent the alerts to individuals in 92 nations at 12pm Pacific Time Wednesday. The notification, which TechCrunch has seen, did not disclose the attackers’ identities or the countries where users received notifications. “Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” it wrote in the warning to affected customers. “This attack is likely targeting you specifically…
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