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Robot Sophia could be a glimpse into the future

A new robot displayed at SXSW could be part of future robot technology. Able to communicate and make facial expressions, the robot might one day walk …

Technology Feels Like It's Accelerating — Because It Actually Is

<i>This is the second in a four-part series looking at the big ideas in Ray Kurzweil’s book</i> The Singularity Is Near. <i>​Be sure to read the other …

Embrace don’t fear the future, ‘futurist’ tells Dubai audience

DUBAI // Despite rapid transformations in the way humans live, the future should be embraced and not feared, said Gerd Leonhard, author and …

The non-technical fields that young people should be studying if they want to be innovators

No one disputes that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt built their careers—and fortunes—on their technical know-how. But their successes wouldn’t have occurred if they hadn’t pursued softer subjects like psychology and international relations.<p>Technological innovation requires …

San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy

San Diego is not waiting for Washington to get its act together on climate change. The southern California city is moving forward with an ambitious …

Why NBC is totally wrong about Netflix and 'binge-watching'

The fight centered on the data of one startup, SymphonyAM, which NBC claimed had figured out one of Netflix's big secrets: How many people were actually watching.<p>One of NBC's major points, expressed by its head of research, Alan Wurtzel, was that the so-called binge-watching revolution was mostly a …

The newest fad in education — and why some teachers find it troubling

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>It’s called “competency-based learning” and its the newest thing in education. What is it? Who likes it? Who doesn’t and why?<p>On its face, competency-based learning sounds good. Students learn material and …

A Google AI 'godfather' says machines could match human abilities in 'more than 5 years'

Hinton, known as the godfather of "deep learning," said the most powerful machines are still about a million times smaller than the human brain.<p>They only have the equivalent of around a billion synapses (the connections between the neurons in the brain), compared to 1,000 trillion in the human …

Here's How People Will Actually Use 'The Internet Of Things'

But which "things" in the Internet of Things will be truly disruptive and improve the way we live? What will be the killer app that popularizes it?<p>In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we detail which consumer and business applications are most likely to become Internet-enabled first and how …

Are You Ready? Here Are The Top 10 Skills For The Future

As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind. If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is …

Why Companies Need Corporate Futurists But Will Fire Them Anyway

<i>This post was cowritten with my colleague David Farber.</i><p>Not that long ago, it would have seemed strange for companies to send their employees into consumers’ homes to observe how they used products and tackled challenges. Now, corporate anthropologists and ethnographers – researchers trained to …

Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization - MIT Technology Review

Rapid advances in technology have long represented a serious potential threat to many jobs ordinarily performed by people.<p>A recent report (which is …

Surprisingly, These 10 Professional Jobs Are Under Threat From Big Data

When you read or hear news stories about the imminent takeover of robots and algorithms that will eliminate jobs for human workers, many times the first examples given are blue-collar jobs like factory workers and taxi drivers. And you may have mentally congratulated yourself because your …

Machine Learning

It's Time to Really Start Worrying About a Robot Takeover

Add David Siegel to the list of powerful execs who are uncomfortable about what artificial intelligence technologies will mean to carbon-based life …

MIT's Teaching AI How to Help Stop Cyberattacks

Finding evidence that someone compromised your cyber defenses is a grind. Sifting through all of the data to find abnormalities takes a lot of time …

Big data: Starbucks knows how you like your coffee

Starbucks <b>(NASDAQ: SBUX)</b> fans, your favorite coffee shop has been taking notes.<p><b>Using consumer data, the coffee chain designed its new line of products</b> …

Customers

Big data, bigger brother: The rise of James Bond, data scientist

The future of spying depends on gathering data, whether privacy campaigners like it or not.<p>Previously confidential documents have shed light on just …

Online companies are killing jobs making us obedient consumers narrowing our personality

<b>Douglas Rushkoff:</b> What people have to remember is that the object of industrialism wasn't to make more stuff better and faster, it was to disconnect …

SMS phishing attackers continue to pursue Apple users

You would be wrong to think that this is just an attempt by the criminals to steal your Apple ID password - bad as that would be. It's much worse …

The Facebook hacker who caught a Facebook hacker…

Here’s a fascinating story about a hacker who caught a hacker.<p>(We’re using the word <i>hacker</i> in a legally non-committal sense here: someone with …

Anonymous launches OnionIRC – a school for hacktivists on the dark web

Members of the hacker collective Anonymous have just launched a hidden service on the dark web for sharing technical skills in hacking and the use of …

Strengthening the Health Care Industry's Security Immune System

Stolen medical records are worth 10 times more than credit card data. That’s because they contain a wealth of information needed to commit fraud, …

Your face is big data

A Russian photography student has carried out an experiment to show how easy it is to identify complete strangers.<p>Twenty-one-year-old Egor Tsvetkov took photos of people in public places and then tracked them down on the Russian social media site VKontakte using a facial recognition app.<p>The …

Social Media

Data and Analytics are your most powerful Asset

Big Data<p>Data and Analytics Are Your Most Powerful Assets<p>In today’s high-stakes business environment, leading companies—enterprises that …

How Math Determines The 'Game Of Thrones' Protagonist

The hit HBO series <i>Game of Thrones</i>, and the book series that it's based on, George R.R. Martin's <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i>, features a sprawling cast of characters jostling for power. There are so many, in fact, that just who is the protagonist is a source of debate among <i>GoT</i> fans.<p>Associate professor of …

Big Data (and Big Metaphors) at London Book Fair

‘The “data dilemma” is what to do with the data,” as was noted at #LBF16’s seminar in the final hours of the fair.<p>Copyright Clearance Center’s “The …

Google Search

Microsoft sues US gov over secret customer data access

Microsoft is suing the US government in a bid to tell its users when their data has secretly been accessed by law enforcement agencies.<p>The lawsuit …

URL shorteners expose your documents and driving routes

URL shorteners provide a useful, simple, way of sharing links; but these links can unwittingly expose your most personal information.<p>Two researchers …

Autonomous killing robots should be 'prohibited', experts say

Humans should remain in control of robotic killing machines, the Red Cross and arms control groups have said.<p>Experts discussing autonomous weapons …

The Philippines election hack is 'freaking huge'

A massive data breach in the Philippines appears to contain millions of fingerprint records, despite officials claiming the leak "doesn't include …