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The SEC just made crowdfunding way more interesting for small startups

November 13th, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Tech funding usually happens in one of two ways. In one scenario, a software or service product— think Twitter — usually sells equity to venture capitalists who expect some kind of return on their investment. Hardware products usually go the crowdfunding route, building up a list of pre-orders that they can then use to pay […]

Getting a country from moderate/high EV purchase rate to 100% EV market share – some ideas

November 4th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

 Norway just hit 82% plugin vehicle new car sales in September 2020. This raises the question: “Why are 18% of the purchases non-plugin vehicles?” That got me dreaming up ideas for how to get a country from moderate EV market share (5–10%, for example) to 100% EV market share. Perhaps some of those ideas could […]

Transforming homes into power stations – how Sweden is disrupting energy production

October 2nd, 2020 at 12:18 am » Comments Off

54% of Sweden’s power comes from renewables and this energy is increasingly local. Smart grids are switching Swedish homes from energy consumers to power-making ‘prosumers.’ Local ‘district heating’ plants use excess heat to warm the majority of Swedish homes. Sweden tops the World Economic Forum’s Energy Transitions Index By 2030, almost a third of all […]

The US military’s heat weapon is real and painful. Here’s what it does.

September 29th, 2020 at 1:38 am » Comments Off

It is in the same category as a sonic tool that’s known as “the voice of God.” Earlier this week, an NPR report uncovered an exchange from June 1, in which a military police officer wanted to know if the D.C. National Guard owned a pain-inducing heat weapon for potentially using on protesters. He also […]

Showdown between Facebook and Australia

September 27th, 2020 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Facebook Inc FB.O will be “weakened” if it stops Australians from sharing news so the company can avoid paying for content under proposed laws, Australia’s top antitrust regulator said on Thursday. Australia has proposed forcing Facebook and internet search giant Google GOOGL.O to pay local media outlets for content, drawing strong opposition […]

COVID-19 pandemic could usher in a ‘New Digital Age,’ study claims

September 24th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

  The study suggests that COVID-19 can be used as a chance to rebuild the nation, by making Israel the starting point for solutions its own society needs, and then for the planet. Israel should focus on its unique strengths in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Autonomous Technologies and the Internet […]

Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on

September 21st, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

A man shows off an Andrew Yang “Freedom Dividend” $1,000 bill sign on a street in San Francisco. Amid the pandemic and a global recession, basic income and a basket of related policies have gained unprecedented momentum. When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it […]

What happens if Uber and Lyft flee California? Look at Austin

September 7th, 2020 at 3:02 am » Comments Off

Line of rideshare vehicles driving in protest  The ride-hail services are threatening to stop service in the Golden State to protest a judge’s ruling. They did something similar in Texas in 2016. A California judge has ordered Uber and Lyft to treat drivers as employees; the companies say they’ll leave the state rather than comply. […]

Artificial intelligence will surveil and study released prisoners to “reduce recidivism”

August 29th, 2020 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

A group of researchers is launching a new artificial intelligence led study that will collect data from recently released prisoners. Artificial intelligence applications are popping up everywhere these days, from our Internet browsing to smart homes and self-driving cars. Now a group of researchers is launching a new AI-led study that will collect data from […]

Germany is beginning a universal-basic-income trial with people getting $1,400 a month for 3 years

August 24th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

Starting this week, 120 Germans will receive a form of universal basic income every month for three years. The volunteers will get monthly payments of €1,200, or about $1,400, as part of a study testing a universal basic income. The study will compare the experiences of the 120 volunteers with 1,380 people who do not […]

New Hampshire is first state to allow flying cars on the road

August 19th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Will New Hampshire suddenly look like GTA 5? No, but the state’s ready to let them hit the road legally. This is the Switchblade, which was supposed to arrive last year. We’ve been promised flying cars for seemingly decades, and although we still don’t have one ready for production, New Hampshire has gone ahead and […]

Busting up big tech is popular, but here’s what the US may lose

August 15th, 2020 at 1:50 pm » Comments Off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Lawmakers don’t like them, but what they bring to the competition with China may be too valuable to break up. The heads of Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon appeared before angry […]

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