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Blockchain trends for 2018

August 17th, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

While the mainstream viability of cryptocurrency remains in question, one of the technologies that has emerged in its wake is primed to do big things. Blockchain continues to grow in popularity as people across multiple industries find new applications for it. Recently, Deloitte released a report entitled, ‘2018 Global Blockchain Survey’. In it, they explore […]

AI will create as many new jobs as it loses

August 16th, 2018 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

PwC, the business consultancy, reckons that as many UK jobs will be created by AI as will be lost by AI. A PwC report forecasts that about 20% of UK jobs will be automated by 2037—but 20% more jobs will also be created. That’s 7 million jobs lost and 7.2 million jobs gained. PwC reckons […]

Companies are buying these portable soundproof rooms like crazy to fix the worst thing about their open floor offices

August 16th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

Room is a new company that’s created private, semi-soundproof phone booths for noisy, crowded offices. Already, the company has snagged high profile clients like NASA, Salesforce, and Nike. Room says they’re on track to sell $10 million worth of product in their first year of business. If you work in an open office, it’s likely […]

Bird is the fastest startup ever to reach a $1 billion valuation

August 15th, 2018 at 9:10 am » Comments Off

Electric scooter startup Bird is the fastest company to reach a valuation of $1 billion. Bird, one of many scooter startups currently sweeping the US, was last valued at $400 million after closing $100 million in series B funding in early March. In late May, Bird was reported to be raising $150 million in series […]

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) are now valued at a combined $1 trillion USD.

August 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

Alibaba and Tencent alone now account for almost one-third of the MSCI China Index, fueling its 47 percent gain in 2017. As of this past March, China had skyrocketed to 164 unicorns, worth a combined $628.4 billion USD. Roughly 50 percent are controlled or backed by BAT. But BAT isn’t keeping ambitions local. Worldwide, BAT […]

IBM patenting watermark technology to protect ownership of AI models

August 6th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Digital properties such as photos and videos get stolen frequently, which is why many creators of such forms of content employ watermarking methodologies so that ownership is easier to claim in case of theft. Another less-known digital property that can get stolen are artificial intelligence (AI) models, that have been developed by researchers after months, […]

Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here’s why

July 31st, 2018 at 7:55 am » Comments Off

America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a ‘good jobs’ crisis – where too much employment is insecure, and poorly paid. The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year. But the […]

A 15-year study of 5,000 entrepreneurs finally answers the question: Is it better to quit your day job or keep it?

July 28th, 2018 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Data doesn’t lie. There is a sexy image of an entrepreneur as someone toiling away in a garage, tinkering full time on their new venture, or joyously yet feverishly staying up until 3 a.m. working on their latest innovation or iteration of their product. We love to celebrate these fantasy risk-takers and breakthrough-makers, ones who […]

Inside a $1 Billion real estate company operating entirely in VR

July 25th, 2018 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

Born during the aftermath of the financial meltdown a decade ago, a publicly-traded real estate brokerage called eXp Realty is establishing itself as one of the brightest rising companies in its industry—and one of the most creative users of digital technology today. By several measures, the company is experiencing a moment of true exponential growth. […]

UBS digitally clones it’s chief economist so he wouldn’t miss his meetings

July 24th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

UBS Chief Economist Daniel Kalt is in very high demand. So, the Swiss investment bank decided to clone him, digitally at least. Now through a rendering captured by more than 120 high-definition cameras in over a full day of shooting, the company can have Kalt (or at least his likeness) meet with multiple clients at […]

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