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Lotfi Zadeh: Google doodle honors Azerbaijani-American computer scientist

Google is paying tribute Tuesday to the computer scientist who created the mathematical framework "fuzzy logic." The search giant thonored Azerbaijani-American electrical engineer and professor Lotfi Zadeh. On this day in 1964, Zadeh submitted the paper "Fuzzy Sets," which laid out the concept of "fuzzy logic." The logo featured on...
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Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'Fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96

Lotfi Zadeh at his office at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988.Credit Cindy Manly-Fields, via University of California, Berkeley Lotfi Zadeh, the computer scientist and electrical engineer whose theories of "fuzzy logic" rippled across academia and industry, influencing everything from linguistics, economics and medicine to air-conditioners, vacuum cleaners and rice cookers, died on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 96. His son, Norman, confirmed the death. Emerging from an academic paper Mr. Zadeh published in 1965 as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, "fuzzy logic," as he called it, was an ambitious effort to close the gap between mathematics and the intuitive way that humans talk, think and interact with the world. If someone asks you to identify "a very tall man," for instance, you can easily do so - even if you are not given a specific height. Similarly, you can balance a broom handle on your finger without calculating exactly how far it can lean in one direction without toppling over. Mr. Zadeh envisioned a mathematical framework that could mimic these human talents - that could deal with ambiguity and uncertainty in similar ways. Rather than creating strict boundaries for real world concepts, he made the boundaries "fuzzy." Something was not in or out, for example. It sat somewhere on the continuum between in and out, and at any given moment a set of more complex rules defined inclusion. "It was a bridge between theory and reality," said Rudolf Seising, a professor at the University of Jena in Germany who specializes in fuzzy logic and worked alongside Professor Zadeh toward the end of his life. In academic circles, Professor Zadeh's work was controversial and sometimes ridiculed, in part because it challenged other forms of mathematics and in part because of his terminology.
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Amazon makes its own TVs now, and one responds to 'Alexa' hands-free

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T-Mobile hack: Here's what we know about the massive data breach

More than 54 million people are at risk of identity theft and other cyber crimes, after a massive data breach at T-Mobile exposed some of the most sensitive personal information the carrier had about its customers. The stolen data, which came from the wireless provider's databases of current, former and...
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Lego Star Wars: Castaways online multiplayer available on Apple Arcade

Lego Star Wars: Castaways, a new action-adventure title from Gameloft, is now on Apple Arcade. Castaways, an Apple Arcade exclusive, is the first online social Lego Star Wars game. Players can seemingly forge their own path in gameplay -- battle other players, race starfighters, complete quests, solve puzzles or just hang out with friends in the environment (think Animal Crossing).
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DoorDash delivers alcohol right to your door. Here's how it works

Food delivery apps, like DoorDash, are a convenient way to grab a meal and get groceries delivered to your door, but what about drinks? The DoorDash delivery app can bring wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages to customers, too. Its alcohol delivery service is available in 20 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Australia, reaching 100 million adults worldwide, the company said in September, when the new delivery option was added.
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Gigawatt: The solar energy term you should know about

The United States and many other countries around the world are investing heavily in solar power as an energy source as part of an effort to shift to renewable energy sources and ditch fossil fuels. In order to accomplish that, there is going to have to be a massive expansion of solar infrastructure that will need to generate lots and lots of energy. According to a recent study published by the United States Department of Energy, it hopes to produce 45% of all electricity via solar power. That will require generating 1,600 gigawatts of power.
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