It’s the era of internet advertising. The era of targeting that tracks you across browsers, platforms and across the city. The era of apps that know what you want before you do. But surprisingly, a seemingly retro ad format — outdoor advertising — is also having its heyday.
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At Shiru Cafe in Providence, R.I., students “pay” for coffee, but not with money. Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops. But all of the customers are students, and there’s a reason for that. At Shiru Cafe, no college ID means no […]
Umbra shows a scan of Helsinki. Last year, Umbra unveiled a tool called The Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. Now, the Helsinki, Finland-based company is showing how it can create a huge web-based virtual model of a city that can put […]
Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer, is made up of rows of black refrigerator-size units that weigh a total of 340 tons. The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world’s speediest supercomputer. For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer, a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show […]
Uber, Airbnb managers say ‘I’m hiring’ on LinkedIn profiles. Job postings up 75 percent in past three years on Indeed.com. Murray Webb had been a lackluster student more interested in sports than schoolwork while attending a small Virginia college. Then he transferred to Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta to pursue a master’s degree in […]
A Citizen Score in China In a contentious world first, China plans to implement a social credit system (officially referred to as a Social Credit Score or SCS) by 2020. The idea first appeared in a document from the State Council of China published in June 2014. It is a technological advancement so shocking to […]
It’s tempting to think that adoption of AI is limited by the technology itself. Headlines declaring the rise of robot doctors and approaching technological singularity, contrasted with humorous memes of robots falling over, make us alternately fear and doubt AI’s capabilities. In practice, however, decades-old AI technologies could unlock significant value, although many companies still […]
Orbital Insight is a company that finds “truth and transparency” in the world’s rhythms.
The ubiquity of big data is such that Gartner dropped it from their Hype Cycle of Emergent Technologies back in 2015. Across sectors, businesses are scrambling to make every function “data driven,” and there’s no shortage of firms lining up to help them. The big data analytics industry, dedicated to helping big businesses leverage the […]
US scientists have amassed “planetary-scale” data from people’s smartphones to see how active we really are.