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Matt Southern

Study Finds Virtual Assistants Are Getting Worse at Answering Questions Correctly

A new study suggests the performance of virtual assistants, like Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, may have plateaued. Perficient Digital released its annual evaluation of virtual assistants. Perhaps the most interesting finding is that none of the top virtual assistants are improving when it comes to answering questions accurately. Not only are they not improving, …

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California’s New Quake-alert App Could Protect You From Injury or Worse

A couple of powerful earthquakes in Southern California in July came just a few months before this week’s 30th anniversary of the catastrophic San Francisco Bay tremor that killed more than 60 people. The two quakes were a sobering reminder of scientists’ predictions of another major tremor hitting the region within the next 30 years. …

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Why Navigation Apps, Working Properly, Can Make Traffic Flows Worse — And What To Do About It

from the commons-is-our-friend dept Techdirt has just written about how advanced digital technology can be used for less-than-benign purposes, simply because it is a tool that can be applied in both good and bad ways. A fascinating analysis by Jane Macfarlane in IEEE Spectrum explores something similar: how new technology being used as designed, and …

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Imelda rains, flooding 'worse than Hurricane Harvey'

Imelda rains, flooding ‘worse than Hurricane Harvey’

CLOSE Texas leaders fear Imelda’s flooding may be “worse than Harvey.” About 1,700 combined rescues in one Texas county took place in just one day. USA TODAY A swath of East Texas remained under a flash flood watch early Friday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda drifted north after killing at least two people. Rainfall intensity …

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Why efforts to get kids into STEM could be making education inequality worse

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a priority for governments around the world. For example, the UK’s current commitment to increasing investment in research and development to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2027 means that we need to train 260,000 more researchers to carry out this work. There has long been a perceived …

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