Your Guide To The 2018 American League

It’s opening week in the major leagues, and that means it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening in baseball over this very odd offseason — and time to look forward to the season ahead. To do that, we’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model (publishing Wednesday), which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also gone through and highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) Play ball!

Here Are All the Reasons It’s a Bad Idea to Let a Few Tech Companies Monopolize Our Data

“It’s no good fighting an election campaign on the facts,” Cambridge Analytica’s managing director told an undercover reporter, “because actually it’s all about emotion.” To target U.S. voters and appeal to their hopes, neuroses, and fears, the political consulting firm needed to train its algorithm to predict and map personality traits. That required lots of personal data. So, to build these psychographic profiles, Cambridge Analytica enlisted a Cambridge University professor, whose app collected data on about 50 million Facebook users and their friends. Facebook, at that time, allowed app developers to collect this personal data. Facebook argued that Cambridge Analytica and the professor violated its data polices. But this was not the first time its policies were violated. Nor is it likely to be the last.

US Charges 9 Iranians in Massive Academic Research Theft

The United States Department of Justice has charged nine Iranian nationals for engaging in a massive phishing campaign on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The allegations include the theft of US$3.4 billion in research and intellectual property from 320 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as from 47 foreign and domestic companies, plus several federal agencies, state governments, and the United Nations.

Launch of NASA’s ambitious Webb space telescope delayed until 2020

The James Webb space telescope is certainly one of the most anticipated projects coming out of NASA, both because of its grand scale and its interminable gestation time. Well, the latter just got a little longer: The launch of the Webb, expected previously in mid-2019 (and before that in October 2018), has been delayed to at least May of 2020.

Nvidia debuts new Drive Constellation simulated self-driving test system

Nvidia has taken the AutoSIM virtual environment for testing autonomous cars it originally showed off at CES, combined it with its Drive Pegasus AI in-car computer and created a virtual testing and validation loop that can handle billions of virtual driving miles in hyperrealistic environments, with the ability to model edge cases and recreate conditions that would be difficult to test exhaustively on real roads.

In defense of the IoT: First-hand experience

Have you ever noticed how often the phrase “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” has been muttered in the Star Wars universe? The running gag brings some continuity and a bit of humor and anticipation to the experience as you wait for the Easter egg/meme to pop up in each installment. My problem is, it doesn’t pop up much in everyday life.

Zuckerberg likely to testify to Congress over Cambridge Analytica – CNET

Is Mr. Zuckerberg going to Washington?

That’s the question facing 33-year old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who it appears is considering traveling to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress. A CNN report Tuesday, citing sources within the internet giant, said Zuckerberg had decided to attend at least one hearing. Meanwhile, a person familiar with the matter told CNET sister publication CBS News it’s “likely” he will testify, but timing and other details still need to be worked out.

Statistics Say Don’t Pay the Ransom; but Cleanup and Recovery Remains Costly

Businesses have lost faith in the ability of traditional anti-virus products to detect and prevent ransomware. Fifty-three percent of U.S companies infected by ransomware in 2017 blamed legacy AV for failing to detect the ransomware. Ninety six percent of those are now confident that they can prevent future attacks, and 68% say this is because they have replaced legacy AV with next-gen endpoint protection.

Nvidia Suspends Self-Driving Car Tests in Wake of Uber Crash

Nvidia said on Tuesday it will suspend its autonomous vehicle testing on public roads in the aftermath of Uber’s fatal crash in Arizona. Uber is a customer of Nvidia’s, using the chipmaker’s computing platform in its fleet of self-driving cars. From a report: Nvidia had been testing its self-driving cars in New Jersey, California, Japan, and Germany. The company is hosting its annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, where it is expected to make several announcements regarding its automotive products. “Ultimately AVs will be far safer than human drivers, so this important work needs to continue,” a Nvidia spokesperson said in an email. “We are

temporarily suspending the testing of our self-driving cars on public roads

Aira’s new smart glasses give blind users a guide through the visual world

When it comes to augmented reality technologies, visuals always seems to be a pretty essential part of most people’s definitions, but one startup is offering an interesting take on audio-based AR that also calls on computer vision. Even without integrated displays, glasses are still an important part of the company’s products, which are designed with vision-impaired users in mind.

What is composable infrastructure?

Composable infrastructure treats compute, storage, and network devices as pools of resources that can be provisioned as needed, depending on what different workloads require for optimum performance. It’s an emerging category of infrastructure that’s aimed at optimizing IT resources and improving business agility.

Tesla fatal car crash prompts NTSB investigation

The United States National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into a fatal car crash involving a Tesla Model X car. On March 23, a Tesla car crashed into a freeway divider, killing the driver, causing a fire and shutting down two lanes of Highway 101 near Mountain View, Calif. It’s not clear if Tesla’s automated control system, Autopilot, was active at the time of the crash, the NTSB said in a tweet