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January 18th, 2018 at 8:30 am

Will the next Mozart be a robot?

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Humankind has done a great deal in terms of making exquisite art, whether through its paintings, songs, or performance art. Museums are packed with such work, and ordinary people have libraries full of fantastic literary achievements—both physical and digital. For the longest time, creativity seemed like an exclusively human forte.

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January 18th, 2018 at 1:30 am

Spotify disrupted the music world, now it’s doing the same to Wall Street

If Spotify’s non-IPO goes forward this spring, it will be unusual in that it will be a “direct listing,” wherein the current shareholders will sell their shares directly to the retail-investing public on the NYSE, vs. to institutional investors. Spotify is the first company of its size to propose such a listing. If the listing yields a lucrative exit for existing shareholders, it will encourage other nascent high-growth firms to follow in Spotify’s footsteps.

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January 17th, 2018 at 11:49 am

Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water

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A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.

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January 17th, 2018 at 11:31 am

It’s official, AI is now better at reading comprehension than humans are

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Microsoft and Alibaba machines tied for first place, but both beat a human by a slim margin.

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January 16th, 2018 at 12:20 pm

Want to learn programming? This startup pays you cryptocurrency to study Python

Blockchain-based skills platform BitDegree has unconventional plans for connecting tech talent and recruiters.

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January 16th, 2018 at 10:57 am

Boeing built a giant drone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo

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Boeing today unveiled a giant drone that’s capable of lifting a 500 pound payload. Calling it an “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype,” the aerospace giant said it could serve as a precursor for future autonomous flying aircraft.

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January 16th, 2018 at 10:38 am

Electric vehicles cost less than half to drive

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“Electric cars are vastly better than internal combustion devices,” said James Anderson, a Harvard scientist.

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January 15th, 2018 at 4:20 pm

7 things Amazon will be selling you by 2028

Amazon has found its way into just about every part of people’s shopping lives. Once a fledgling online bookstore, the tech giant has changed retail as we know it. It has disrupted the selling of gadgets, household goods, and now even high-end groceries, having snapped up Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.

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January 15th, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Zeroqode will usher us into a codeless future

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Codeless development platforms are at once a blessing and a curse. If they’re complete enough to be powerful they are too difficult for beginners and if they’re simple enough for beginners they’re useless for serious work. Zeroqode, a one-stop-shop for codeless creation, aims to make the difficult easy and the easy more powerful.

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January 14th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

What Amazon’s Alexa economy pays the people building its skills

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Who’s creating Alexa skills? Indie developers and marketing companies looking to profit from voice-controlled computing. Some cash in, and some don’t.

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