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

January 14th, 2018 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

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



Bill Gates thinks these six innovations could change the world

January 13th, 2018 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

When Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press, he changed the course of history. You could say the same about Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine, and Grace Hopper’s compiler. What will be the next great invention to transform history? Here are a few innovations that I think are worth watching.



Self-taught artificial intelligence beats doctors at predicting heart attacks

January 4th, 2018 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Doctors have lots of tools for predicting a patient’s health. But—as even they will tell you—they’re no match for the complexity of the human body. Heart attacks in particular are hard to anticipate. Now, scientists have shown that computers capable of teaching themselves can perform even better than standard medical guidelines, significantly increasing prediction rates. […]



An AI accurately guessed voters race and voting record by counting cars on Google street view

January 2nd, 2018 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

A robust, timely census is vital to democracy. Censuses sketch the changing face of our nation by charting both political and demographic shifts, including changes in wealth and neighborhood transitions. Most crucially, they influence how resources and political power are doled out: Cities use census data to set budgets and the Constitution mandates a national […]



The most futuristic predictions that came true in 2017

December 29th, 2017 at 12:58 am » Comments Off

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the present, and all the wondrous and horrific things it has to offer, for granted. As a reminder that we’re actually living in the future of a not-so-distant […]



AI is learning to make you cry at the movies

December 23rd, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

New research can predict how plots, images, and music affect your emotions while watching a movie.



An inside look at the world’s first nation with a minister for artificial intelligence

December 20th, 2017 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

From robots that can flawlessly perform backflips to electric cars that can go over 950 km (600 miles) on a single charge, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future is far closer than we may have previously thought. If the missteps of the industrial revolution are any indicator, we need to start planning for […]



9 technology mega trends that will change the world in 2018

December 12th, 2017 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world and how we live in it. Here are the top nine tech mega-trends that I believe will define 2018 and beyond.



AI is so good you can’t trust your eyes anymore

December 8th, 2017 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

The newest groundbreaking AI tech? Unsupervised image-to-image translation. It allows you to auto-generate a different photo based off of an input photo. Essentially, it’s lying to your eyes.



Google’s artificial intelligence built an AI that outperforms any made by humans

December 4th, 2017 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

Google’s AutoML project, designed to make AI build other AIs, has now developed a computer vision system that vastly outperforms state-of-the-art-models. The project could improve how autonomous vehicles and next-generation AI robots “see.”



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