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Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world

October 17th, 2018 at 2:07 am » Comments Off

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.



No cash needed at this cafe. Students pay the tab with their personal data

October 14th, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

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 Composit could scan the world in 3D to the detail of a single grain of sand

October 14th, 2018 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

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 […]



Move over, China: U.S. is again home to the world’s speediest supercomputer

June 11th, 2018 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

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 […]



This is America’s hottest job

May 19th, 2018 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

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 […]



China’s “social credit system” will rate how valuable you are as a human

December 3rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm » Comments Off

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 […]



AI adoption is limited by incurred risk, not potential benefit

November 28th, 2017 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

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 […]



How satellites, drones, and planes are making hedge funds money

October 18th, 2017 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Orbital Insight is a company that finds “truth and transparency” in the world’s rhythms.



Why the promise of big data hasn’t delivered yet

August 6th, 2017 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

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 […]



Do you live in the worlds laziest country!

July 20th, 2017 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

US scientists have amassed “planetary-scale” data from people’s smartphones to see how active we really are.



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