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Facebook’s A.I. system that learned to lie to get what it wants

June 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am » Comments Off

We’re beginning to get a glimpse of some of the built-in limits to artificial intelligence. Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should start, when you can take time off work, or how many cookies you can take from […]



We’re running out of domain names—what happens when they’re all gone?

June 8th, 2017 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

The world is nearly out of good “.com” domain names—and even the fourth circuit of the United States Court of Appeals agrees. As global internet usage rises, .com naming is going to get more and more complicated. Our languages only contain a finite number of meaningful words, so brand naming is becoming much more than […]



Solving the housing crisis with cheap backyard ‘granny flats’

June 6th, 2017 at 3:53 pm » Comments Off

A startup out of Los Angeles, California, wants to bring small, pre-fabricated living spaces into the backyards of the country’s hottest real estate markets. The homes range in size from 300 to 1,200 square feet — but don’t call them tiny homes.



Was the telecommuting craze a failed experiment?

May 26th, 2017 at 7:54 am » Comments Off

Remember the time Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting at Yahoo and started a media firestorm? Some thought she’d flipped her lid. Others said she’d made a grave mistake that would kill morale. Well, she hadn’t and it didn’t. That was one of the few things she did right in her ill-fated attempt to turn around the […]



Bio-sensing contacts can monitor for signs of disease

May 19th, 2017 at 10:26 pm » Comments Off

Finger pricks, blood draws, and urine testing are miserable for just about everyone. But now researchers are working on a new concept to make testing for disease much easier. The project? A contact lens that would use the condition of the eyes to help spot illness.



Too much data? It’s easier to ship it by truck

May 19th, 2017 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

In today’s world, a terabyte is a rather routine size of information. However, when we get to petabyte, we talking serious volumes of data. Companies like DigitalGlobe are creating more petabytes than they can upload to the cloud. That’s why Jeff Bezos has a service for shipping huge amounts of data via traditional roadways.



7 laws that will have to change because of blockchain

May 16th, 2017 at 7:45 am » Comments Off

“Code is law,” as described in Lawrence Lessig’s book ‘Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace’, refers to the idea that computer code has progressively established itself as a predominant way to regulate behavior to the same degree as legal code. With the advent of blockchain technology, code is assuming an even stronger role in regulating […]



Electric planes and $25 tickets could be the future of regional air travel

May 13th, 2017 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Imagine taking your next trip of a couple hundred miles. New York City to Boston, for example. Or Houston to Dallas. Tampa to Miami. The obvious choice now might be to drive. But what if you could show up at an airport at one of those cities, bypass security checkpoints, board a small hybrid-electric plane with luggage […]



How long before we have self-healing smartphone screens?

April 30th, 2017 at 5:27 am » Comments Off

“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men…He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself,” researcher Chao Wang recently said in a press release from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Wang began working on a self-healing material that could stitch itself back together after damage, and came up […]



Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

April 7th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find. A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the following:



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