Today, backed by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, Saxena and his team unveiled what they call RoboBrain, a kind of online service packed with information and artificial intelligence software that any robot could tap into. Working alongside researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, and Cornell University, they hope to create a massive online “brain” that can help all robots navigate and even understand the world around them. “The purpose,” says Saxena, who dreamed it all up, “is to build a very good knowledge graph—or a knowledge base—for robots to use.”

Any researcher anywhere will be able use the service wirelessly, for free, and transplant its knowledge to local robots. These robots, in turn, will feed what they learn back into the service, improving RoboBrain’s know-how. Then the cycle repeats.

The Plan to Build a Massive Online Brain for All the World’s Robots | Enterprise | WIRED

A new study of American mobility patterns suggests that people with higher intelligence are more likely to be moving in and out of cities. Among them, those individuals who originate from rural towns exhibit the highest forms of intelligence. The findings, now online, will be published in the September/October issue of the journal Intelligence. The study, conducted by psychologist Markus Jokela from the University of Helsinki, traced the 16-year migratory patterns of 11,500 Americans between the ages of 15 and 23, starting in 1979. Jokela found that people who moved from rural and suburban areas to central cities typically had much higher intelligence scores than people who stayed put or made other kinds of movements. Those same people also tended to leave central cities for suburban environments, to a lesser degree.

Smarter People Are More Likely To Move To Cities | Popular Science

For example, Blab recently worked with a detergent company to research the topic of scent. “No one speaks with ‘#scent’—that’s just not English,” Browning says. “So the search approach is not the best approach. But we start with scent, and our engine learns all of the associated words, terms, and phrases, and we start to find the conversations relevant to those terms. We can find conversations that don’t even have the terms ‘scent’ or ‘smell’ in them.” Over Halloween last year, Blab helped the detergent company zero in on a fledgling problem: kids having trouble washing the musty odor out of thrift-store costumes. “It was great because this customer would have never thought of that,” Browning says.

This Company Can Predict The Future | Fast Company | Business Innovation

“Human intelligence is so multifaceted, so complex, so varied, that no standardized testing system can be expected to capture it,” says William Hiss, the study’s main author. Hiss is the former dean of admissions at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine — one of the nation’s first test-optional schools — and has been conducting similar research for a number of years.

New Study: SAT Scores Have No Bearing On College Success | MindShift

So if you have a one hundred IQ you’re going to be average, you have an average intelligence and that is just the way you were born and that’s the way you’re going to be. If you have less than a one hundred IQ you’re never going to be above average. It’s just what you’ve got. That’s not what IQ is divining at all. IQ tests and every other sort of intelligence or achievement tests are revealing skills that you have, capabilities. This is what intelligence experts now say. Robert Sternberg who is now at Tufts was at Yale for many years and is arguably the leading thinker in intelligence. He now articulates that intelligence is not a set of innate capabilities that is static. It’s a set of skills that we acquire.

Intelligence is Not Static. It’s a Set of Skills that We Acquire | In Their Own Words | Big Think

Google’s “deep learning” clusters of computers churn through massives chunks of data looking for patterns—and it seems they’ve gotten good at it. So good, in fact, that Google announced at the Machine Learning Conference in San Francisco that its deep learning clusters have learned to recognize objects on their own.

How Google’s “Deep Learning” Is Outsmarting Its Human Employees ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code community

In 1999, Stein wrote a fascinating account of how he cracked the messages. The suspenseful 11-page tale, which appeared in the CIA’s classified journal Studies in Intelligence, is one of perseverance and pluck, not unlike the epic story of Captain Ahab pursuing Moby Dick (Stein himself references the literary tale in his entertaining piece). This week, the National Security Archive published the now-unclassified document after receiving it from the CIA. Though the article has been published publicly before, it’s never been widely disseminated.

CIA Releases Analyst’s Fascinating Tale of Cracking the Kryptos Sculpture | Threat Level |

If everything fades into the background, you may have a high IQ

The absent-minded professor is a classic image: someone who’s lost in deep thoughts all the time but pays very little attention to the what’s going on right in front of them. Well, there may be a little something to that cliché (if only just a little) if a study published this week in Current Biology is to be believed. The study showed that IQ scores, an imperfect measure of people’s general mental faculties, correlated with their tendency to ignore an image that may be mistaken for background visual noise.

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Swiss spy agency warns U.S., Britain about huge data leak

Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft by a senior IT technician for the NDB, Switzerland’s intelligence service, European national security sources said.

Intelligence agencies in the United States and Britain are among those who were warned by Swiss authorities that their data could have been put in jeopardy, said one of the sources, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information.

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