62 – 63 = 1
Answer will be revealed in due course. But first, today’s buzzword:
Machine learning (ML) is a subfield of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI), which gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.
It explores “intelligent” algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data, especially when it concerns computer tasks where “regular” explicit algorithms will not work as expected. For example, email spam filtering, ranking systems, and computer vision.
As of 2016, machine learning is considered a buzzword, and is at its peak of inflated expectations.
In reality, effective machine learning is challenging because finding patterns is a complex matter. Moreover, “useful” training data for algorithms in development is still difficult to come by in this day and age. Quantity is also an issue.
Some media outlets seem to use ML And AI interchangeably these days. However, the two are in fact quite different.
In the next “Buzzword of the Day” feature, we will explore the difference between ML and AI.
Next, the news roundup:
Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC explores strategic options as the company continues to lose market share over the past five years.
The firm has been attempting to refocus its growth aspects on its Vive virtual reality (VR) headset business. It may seek to spin off the unit.
HTC may also be working out new deals with Google, though the specifics (if any) are not known at this point.
From what we know now, a full sale of the firm is unlikely.
More Taiwan-related STEM news.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with a Taiwanese satellite — Formosat 5 — into a nearly 450-mile-high orbit from California’s Central Coast.
Formosat 5 is the first satellite manufactured and integrated entirely by Taiwan’s space agency, National Space Organization.
Moving north, some news from South Korea.
Samsung’s billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae Yong is sentenced to five years in prison for corruption. The court sentence came after a bribery conviction in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea’s former President Park Geun Hye.
Even more news concerning Asian organizations.
WeWork, an American company offering co-working resources, receives a $4.4 billion investment from Japan’s SoftBank.
Lastly, answer to today’s brainteaser from the title:
26 – 63 = 1