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Why Chatbots Are the Future of Big Data

Facebook launched the Messenger Platform Almost exactly a year ago, Facebook launched the Messenger Platform , allowing developers to create their …

What is dark data?

As a society, and as businesses, we used to have a good handle on our data. We knew what it was, where it was kept, and we used it in a very formal …

Big Data

Do You Know Where Your Data Is? #infographic

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Do you know …

Ready for What’s Next? Envision a Future Where Your Personal Information Is Digital Currency

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Tong Sun, PARC. Tong Sun, PARC<p>Have you heard the credit card commercial that asks, “what’s in your wallet?” Before long, the …

The Real Difference Between Google And Apple

Google and Apple are both hyper-successful companies, but chart their patents, and they have completely different innovation signatures.<p>Steve Jobs has been granted 347 patents in the past decade, many awarded posthumously. By contrast, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page only have a combined 27 …

Hand Over the Data - MIT Technology Review

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Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition

The retail giant has a threatening lead over its rival with the Echo and Alexa, as questions remain over how the search engine can turn voice technology into revenue<p>Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s …

This Might Be The Strongest And Lightest Material on Earth

10 times stronger than steel, with only 5 percent of its density.<p>For years, researchers have known that carbon, when arranged in a certain way, can …

Google Fiber goes full Wizard of Oz: We're not in Kansas any more

<b>Analysis</b> City wakes up to emails cancelling long-awaited 1Gbps broadbandLooking back, it should have been obvious: when Google announced in 2011 that …

Google launches first gigabit wireless home internet service

We've all heard of Google Fiber, the supposed pinnacle of internet service providers. The platform is slowly rolling out across the country, but …

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Tech Trends

The Librarian of Congress and the Greatness of Humility

The values of Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first person of color in the position, can be seen in every aspect of the institution she runs.<p>In Memorial Hall in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, eight quotes of Madison’s are carved into the wall and painted in gold …

Traditional Report Cards Are Obsolete

By onMarch 2, 2017 4:17 AM<p>Depending on where a person teaches, a school district can dictate how often report cards and progess reports will be …

Pedagogy

The future is a decentralized internet

Blockchain technology is quickly expanding beyond bitcoin. While many proponents of bitcoin see the blockchain as no more than competition for existing payment methods or gold, I believe blockchain technology is the harbinger of things the world has never before seen.<p>In a world with many …

Blockchain basics: Introduction to distributed ledgers

Everyone is placing bets on how the blockchain technology will revolutionize the way organizations and institutions transact business. Let's look at …

Blockstack Launches Third-Ever Blockchain Product On Amazon Marketplace

“Decentralized Internet” developer Blockstack has debuted on Amazon Web Services Marketplace, becoming only the third Blockchain product to reach the …

What it’ll take to forge peace in cyberspace

<i>The international community has finally started a serious conversation about norms in cyberspace. But reaching a global consensus still needs the</i> …

Singapore, City of Sensors

They’re on buses, atop buildings, in parks, and inside drains as part of the island’s vision to become the world’s first “Smart Nation.” But what do they mean for privacy?<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on open secrets—stories about what’s hiding in plain sight.</i><p>Armed with a deep pool of tech …

Smart Cities

Apps for Refugees

How technology helps in a humanitarian crisis<p>In September 2015, the body of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian migrant, washed up on a Turkish beach. The boy had fallen off a rubber raft provided by a smuggler who had promised the boy’s father a motorboat. As the startling images of the drowned boy …

Digital divide: black and Hispanic households are more likely to be mobile-only

An exhaustive new report from Free Press highlights the ongoing digital divide among U.S. racial groups and the impact of systemic discrimination on Internet adoption. I encourage everyone to give it a read.<p>One of the most salient points is the data on households that get their internet exclusively …

Libraries and the Ever-Widening Gap of the Digital Divide and Internet Access

<i>(course journal entry assignment, December 2016)</i><p>As Deborah Fallows writes in her March 2016 <i>Atlantic</i> article, “The Library Card,” public libraries now …

Verizon Pledges 5G to 11 Cities by Midyear

If you're in these cities, super-fast wireless home Internet is on its way.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog …

How the technology behind Bitcoin could change the music industry

<i>The music industry is in crisis, outpaced by the digital revolution and unwilling to innovate and adapt. With all but the top-earning musicians</i> …

Let's Be Honest: SXSW Is About Innovation in Marketing, not Tech

During South By Southwest 2014, I tweeted, "Here's the list of all the amazing tech that launched at #sxsw this year," and then posted an image of a …

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

Long-form Journalism

Should We Die?

Radical longevity may change the way we live—and not necessarily for the better.<p>“So, you don’t want to die?” I asked Zoltan Istvan, then the Transhumanist candidate for president, as we sat in the lobby of the University of Baltimore one day last fall.<p>“No,” he said, assuredly. “Never.”<p>Istvan, an …

Elon Musk Thinks We’re Four or Five Years From Neural Lace

Elon Musk’s neural lace project could turn us all into cyborgs, and he says that it’s only four or five years away. The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and …

Scan and print anything from your phone

Take your office with you<p>Companies like Apple and Google are eager for mobile users to do more of their computing on the go, and that extends to printing and scanning. It's easier than you might think to print out a PDF or to scan in a document using nothing but your phone.<p>As you might have …

Apps