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Minds aims to decentralize the social network

Decentralization is the buzzword <i>du jour</i>. Everything – from our currencies to our databases – are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix.<p>Ottman, an intense young man with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of …

Social Media

Why just listen when you can play? How Moodelizer makes music malleable

Being able to stream millions of songs from the cloud to your phone is a fantastic aspect of the modern era, but when you really get down to it, the …

Music Production

Domo, the Utah startup that came out of nowhere with a $2 billion valuation, could go public this year

Domo, the $2.28 billion Utah-based startup that's been promising an IPO for years, may finally be making a move.<p>The company held its "organizational meeting" last week, which is a first step as a company files the IPO paperwork, Recode's Theodore Schleifer reported. A Domo spokesperson declined …

Venture Capital

Here is why nobody has succeeded at running IoT on the blockchain

From the permissioned blockchain networks of IBM to the newly introduced Hashgraph technology, some of the largest technology and financial conglomerates have been testing the applicability and potential of blockchain with the Internet of Things (IoT) market since the beginning of 2016.<p>Yet, with …

Blockchain

How you can train AI to convert design mockups into HTML and CSS

Currently, the largest barrier to automating front-end development is computing power. However, we can use current deep learning algorithms, along with synthesized training data, to start exploring artificial front-end automation right now.<p>In this post, we’ll teach a neural network how to code a …

Deep Learning

Nanoscale "supersoap" allows liquid 3D structures to be printed within other liquids

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have found a way to "print" narrow tubes of water within liquid-state silicone oil. …

Nanotech

Quitting Facebook? Download your data before you go

What does Facebook know about you? Learn how to download your Facebook data to find out.<p>First, it was Cambridge Analytica. Now, it's the ugly truth memo. What's next?<p>If you are finally ready to quit Facebook once and for all, you should take your data -- all your posts and messages, photos and …

Apps

How to use machine learning for your startup’s product

There’s a misconception that to leverage machine learning you need to be a mathematical genius. In reality, most machine-learning applications use well-understood, well-tested, off-the-shelf algorithms.<p>For many developers, especially those at startups, the real challenge lies in training the data. …

Machine Learning

Meet the British whiz kid who fights for justice with a robo-lawyer sidekick

There’s a line in Shakespeare’s <i>Henry VI</i> in which one character offers his take on how to improve life for everyone in England. “The first thing we …

Silicon Valley

10 very cool augmented reality apps (that aren't design or shopping tools)

Article Contents<p>1 Insight Heart<br>• 2 Human Anatomy Atlas 2018: Complete 3D Human Body<br>• 3 Atom Visualizer for ARCore<br>• 4 Spacecraft AR<br>• 5 Portal AR - Step Into …

Augmented Reality

Neural organoids mimic developing brains in a lab dish

A brain ball is not a brain. The constructs are, at present, devoid of some important cell types found in a real human brain. They receive no sensory …

Neuroscience

How DNA can be used to store computer data

British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.<p>They have developed a technique to store computer files on DNA code.<p>The BBC's science and technology correspondent Richard Westcott reports.

DNA

MIT’s latest invention pulls clean drinking water out of thin air

For people in the world without easy access to drinkable water, the idea of being able to pull it straight out of the sky, even in the driest of …

Engineering

Google Shows Off Light Field Technology, The Future Of Real-World VR

Image: Google<p>Normal photography just isn't good enough to capture the world for virtual reality. 360° videos are nice and all, but they're flat and …

Virtual Reality

Off-the-shelf smart home devices are a lot less safe than you think, report says

It’s not just computers that get hacked these days — researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negreb are sounding the alarm on …

Ben-Gurion University

Using Blockchain to Secure the "Internet of Things"

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>The world is full of …

Internet of Things

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Instant Pot Max cooks faster, has more features than other models

The Instant Pot Max cooks faster thanks to higher pressure. It also sports slick touchscreen controls.<p>The newest Instant Pot promises to cook food faster and give you more options than other models of the popular electric pressure cooker.<p>The Instant Pot Max was on display Saturday at the …

Kitchens

Psychologists clash over how easy it is to implant false memories of committing a crime

<i>By guest blogger</i> Simon Oxenham<p>Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For …

New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors

Science fiction no more — in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to function as intelligent delivery vehicles to cure cancer in mice.<p>These DNA nanorobots do so by seeking out and injecting cancerous tumors with drugs …

Cancer

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can’t quite …

The Evolution of Consciousness - World Economic Forum (Davos)

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World Economic Forum

3 Things You Need to Solve a Really Tough Problem | Inc.com

By the early 20th century, the world's great mathematicians knew they had a big problem. The very foundations of logic, held sacred since the time of Aristotle, were under siege after the discovery of troubling paradoxes by Cantor, Frege and Russell. It was unclear whether things could ever be set …

Eli Lilly

Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore

<b>Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band</b> with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his …

To Advance Artificial Intelligence, Reverse-Engineer the Brain

Your three-pound brain runs on just 20 watts of power—barely enough to light a dim bulb. Yet the machine behind our eyes has built civilizations from …

Artificial Intelligence

This 3D technology could be the future of FaceTime

Capturing 3D images and videos is already possible thanks to modern cameras and smartphones. The problem that remains is transmitting the large …

Chinese physicists are planning to build lasers so powerful that they could rip apart empty space

Decentralization 2.0: Beyond the semi-monopolies of Uber and Airbnb

Four years ago, on Christmas Eve in my small hometown of Yakutsk, the temperature fell down to freezing -45°C and all the local taxi services simultaneously doubled their prices — leaving loads of people stranded in the Siberian winter.<p>Angry and frustrated, a bunch of students formed a public group …

Google tool lets you train AI without writing code

In many ways, the biggest challenge in widening the adoption of AI isn't making it better -- it's making the tech accessible to more companies. You typically need at least some programming to train a machine learning system, which rules it out for companies that can't justify a data scientist for …

Machine Learning

Reading robots aren't here to threaten your jobs

AI developed by Microsoft and Alibaba, independently, last week became the first to beat humans at reading comprehension. The reported implications of this technological advancement seem to indicate machines with the ability to read better than humans have arrived or will very soon. This probably …

Artificial Intelligence