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Lifehacker 101: Neural Networks And AI Explained

If you use Google’s Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s translation function, you’re using a form of artificial intelligence (AI) on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.


Are Photographic Memories Real (And Could You Have One?)

There are people out there who can remember almost every detail of what they did on a random day ten years ago. But is it possible to have an actual photographic memory, whether developed by nature or nurture? Here’s the truth.


How To Search The Deep Web Safely

The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web — those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing — are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there’s little to fear and plenty to discover. Here’s how you can start exploring the deep web without having to worry about your digital well-being.


How Does The Scoville Scale Measure The Exact Hotness Of Chillies?

The hottest chilli ever measured rates a whopping 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units, but what exactly does that mean? Where does the Scoville Scale come from? What exactly does it measure? And how do we end up with such a precise number to describe the heat sensation a pepper can produce?


Cheat Sheet: How To Decipher The Australian Federal Budget

Each year’s federal budget contains a heck of a lot of information that typically runs for hundred upon hundreds of pages. Here’s a cheat guide to finding everything you need to know.


How To Get US Netflix In Australia Using Opera's Free VPN

Today, Opera added a free virtual private network (VPN) to the developer version of its browser. Among other things, this can be used to remove geo-blocks on overseas content — which means you can access Netflix’s entire US library in Australia without paying anything extra. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your free VPN up and running.


What Is 'HDR' On Netflix And Do You Need To Care?

Netflix Australia has announced plans to add 100 hours of High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming by August, with another 50 hours slated to appear by the end of 2016. If you’re not a card-carrying videophile, you might be wondering what this announcement means and how it affects your Netflix viewing experience. We explain everything you need to know.


Can You Condition Your Body To Require Less Sleep?

One way to have more time for work and play every day is to sleep a little bit less. But eventually, staying awake for longer periods can have a negative impact on the quality of our lives. So where does the break-even point lie, and can it be shifted?


Australian Busking Laws Explained

Whether you think buskers are cultural assets or irritating beggars, their ability to perform on our streets are largely controlled by council regulations. We look at how the rules surrounding this ancient profession work, and how it affects the livelihoods of buskers in Sydney and Melbourne.


Cognitive Computing Explained In One Paragraph

The phrase “cognitive computing” is often bandied about when discussing artificial intelligence, data mining and deep machine learning. But what does it actually mean? During Nvidia’s GTC technology conference, IBM Watson’s chief technology officer Rob High gave a perfect distillation of this complex topic.


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