Shrinking massive neural networks used to model language — ScienceDaily

You don’t need a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Jonathan Frankle is researching artificial intelligence — not noshing pistachios — but the same philosophy applies to his “lottery ticket hypothesis.” It posits that, hidden within massive neural networks, leaner subnetworks can complete the same task more efficiently. The trick is finding those “lucky” subnetworks, dubbed winning lottery tickets.

In a new paper, Frankle and colleagues discovered such subnetworks lurking within BERT, a state-of-the-art neural network approach to natural language processing (NLP). As a branch of artificial intelligence, NLP aims to decipher and analyze human language, with applications like predictive text generation or online chatbots. In computational terms, BERT is bulky, typically demanding supercomputing power unavailable to most users. Access to BERT’s winning lottery ticket could level the playing field, potentially allowing more users to develop effective NLP tools on a smartphone — no sledgehammer needed.

“We’re hitting the point where

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New Episode of Gathering STEAM Features Clubhouse Network’s [email protected] Media Festival

Mr. Ettaro interviews Jeff Arthur, Community Liaison for the Clubhouse Network in Oakland, Ca.

The latest episode of Gathering STEAM, an NCS-led course for Fairfax County Public Schools students in grades 7-12, focuses on an opportunity for students to get involved in the Clubhouse Network’s Global [email protected] Media Festival.

The festival encourages youth to create media that describe their personal experiences and gives voice to their ideas, feelings and concerns. Youth gain exposure through exhibition opportunities that showcase their perspectives.

The Clubhouse Network is an international community of more than 100 Clubhouses, 10 of which are located at NCS facilities in Fairfax County. Each Clubhouse provides a creative, safe and free out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas and develop new skills through technology.

Gathering STEAM is an authorized afterschool program and is currently available through three Fairfax County public schools

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New drone technology uses data from mobile networks to chart flight paths. Here are the two companies behind it

By Jack Denton

The telecom companies say they can use mobile network data to facilitate flight corridors

Ericsson (ERIC-B.SK) and Vodafone said that they have successfully tested technology that uses mobile network data to facilitate flight corridors for drones, opening the door to safer and more accurate flights for commercial and emergency purposes.

In a trial this month in Germany, the two European telecom giants used data from mobile networks to produce coverage maps to allow a drone to stay in areas with good signal up in the air.

The technology allows drone operators, including emergency services, to deliver supplies quickly, while maintaining and optimizing the connection to the mobile network, which is crucial for flight.

The trial also used another technology from Vodafone to collate anonymized and secured mobile user data on the ground, which allowed the drone to avoid heavily crowded areas.

“The mobile network is a data-rich

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Spark Networks Promotes Tobias Plaputta to Chief Technology Officer

BERLIN, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Spark Networks SE (NYSE: LOV), one of the world’s leading online dating companies, has announced the promotion of Tobias Plaputta to Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Plaputta will lead technological innovations for Spark Networks’ portfolio of premium, complementary brands including Zoosk, EliteSingles, SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, JSwipe and eDarling.

Spark Networks CEO Eric Eichmann says, “I am very excited to have Tobias Plaputta take on the CTO role at a critical moment’s in Spark’s development. Tobias has a strong history of technology management, people leadership and innovation. I am sure that under Tobias’ stewardship, our product and technology investments will pay off handsomely. “

Plaputta brings a wealth of insight to

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Dish Network’s Stock Rally May Lose Momentum Soon

Unlike several stocks that jumped sharply in the last couple of weeks on promising vaccine trial results from Pfizer and Moderna, Dish Network’s (NASDAQ: DISH) has been climbing relatively steadily. It gained more than 15% in the last 5 trading days, and more than 30% in Nov 2020 so far. In addition to broad market sentiment, it benefited from its deal with Qualcomm to build a 5G network. So what happens next? Two weeks

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The Technology 202: YouTube alternative Rumble highlights conservatives’ move to more hands-off social networks

Rumble chief executive Chris Pavlovski tells me in an interview the company has seen a surge in new users since Election Day. He anticipates the company will close out the month with about 80 million unique users, up from about 60 million in October and 40 million midsummer. The company’s app has been installed about 375,000 times in the last seven days, according estimates from data firm Sensor Tower. That’s a 12 percent increase over the number of installs the company was seeing in the seven days leading up to the 2020 election, the firm says. 

Rumble has decided to take a far more hands-off approach to content moderation than others. 

Pavlovski describes his approach to content moderation as similar to the larger tech companies “ten years ago.” Rumble’s terms of service prohibit certain forms of obscene content, such as pornography, nudity or child exploitation, as well as videos

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Homeland Security’s Small Business Program Will Focus on Viruses, Security and Networks in 2021

Next year, the Homeland Security Department plans to tap America’s small businesses to help solve critical issues around improving physical and digital security, screening for infectious diseases—including COVID-19 and the African Swine Fever—and building safer vehicles.

DHS is charged with staying ahead of emerging threats and looks to the country’s small businesses for innovative ideas for solving its biggest challenges through the Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, program, with outfits under the Science and Technology Directorate and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

Thursday, the program released a draft list of 12 focus topics for 2021, asking for feedback ahead of a final request for proposals schedule for Dec. 11.

Once finalized, all of the projects will operate under a three-phase structure, each with its own timeline, objectives and funding.

Phase I will focus on the “merit and feasibility of the proposed effort … with a relatively small agency

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Palo Alto Networks to Present at Upcoming Investor Events

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), the global cybersecurity leader, announced today that members of its management team will be presenting at the following financial community events:

Wells Fargo Technology, Media, & Telecommunications Summit 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
1:00 p.m. PDT

Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference
Thursday, December 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. PDT

Additional information about upcoming investor event participation and a live audio webcast of each presentation will be accessible from the “Investors” section of the Palo Alto Networks website at

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes

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Vubiq Networks Strengthens Millimeter Wave Innovation Leadership Position with New Technology Patent Grant

Vubiq Networks, Inc., the innovation leader in millimeter wave wireless broadband technology, announced today that the company has been awarded a new technology patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent grant, number 10,818,997, is titled Waveguide Interface and Printed Circuit Board Launch Transducer Assembly and Methods of Use Thereof.

Over the past five years, Vubiq Networks has been awarded an evolutionary series of four US patents, one European patent, and one international patent publication for the company’s modular millimeter waveguide technology. This patented technology separates the digital modulation components from the analog radio frequency components for millimeter wave broadband communications solutions, allowing for rapid development of new products and solutions without the expense of complete circuit board redesigns.

Applications for this patented technology include high-speed, point-to-point telecommunications; radio frequency identification (RFID); vehicular radar; internet of things (IoT) sensors; 5G connectivity; wireless fabric; and other emerging hyperimaging

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Trump’s refusal to concede presents a new test for social networks

with Tonya Riley

Tech companies were very explicit about how they would handle misinformation in the 2020 election until media companies projected the results. They now face a new and high-stakes test as President Trump refuses to concede and continues leveling baseless accusations of election fraud to his large followings on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as Joe Biden emerges as the president-elect. 

Experts researching disinformation warn that this is not the time for tech companies to lower their defenses.

They are calling on the companies to stick to the special measures they took last week. Companies flagged the president’s false claims of victory and other unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, and limited key features on their services such as political ads. But they haven’t said much about how they would handle this precarious lame duck period. 

“Platforms and governments I think treat elections as an endpoint and not an

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