Craig Vallis

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Sevenhugs bets on smartphone-free connected home future with $14.6M Series A

French startup Sevenhugs closed a $14.6 million Series A today led by Xerys on a quest to better integrate smart home technology. Sevenhugs has already developed a sleep tracker and is nearing completion on development of a universal smart-remote.<p>Sevenhugs joins Misfit, Hello, and others with its …

Smart Homes

Video Game Maker Atari Plans to Make a Comeback

The inventor of Pong and Asteroids is joining the 21st century.<p>Few electronically produced images are more synonymous with the late 70s and early 80s than those of two sliding line segments bouncing a small white pixel or rocket ships zapping poorly drawn, 2-D asteroids in the sky. And few American …

Google's AI researchers say these are the five key problems for robot safety

The robots are perfectly safe; it's you Google's worried about<p>Google is worried about artificial intelligence. No, not that it will become sentient and take over the world, but that, say, a helpful house robot might accidentally skewer its owner with a knife. The company's latest AI research paper …

Want to Produce Viral Blog Posts? Follow These Steps

If I could guarantee that every piece of content I created would go viral, I could spend a lot more time throwing myself out of airplanes. Since there’s no magic wand to wave that guarantees content will go viral, I’m stuck with just skydiving on the weekends and promoting content during the …

Viral

Senate to Americans: Your security is not our problem

A new bill targeting encryption would force companies to comply with court orders at the cost of security.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee just released a draft of long-awaited legislation to tackle the problem authorities have with encrypted communications. Namely, because encryption is so …

'Machine learning' is a revolution as big as the internet or personal computers

It used to be the case that you had to program a computer so that it knew how to do things. Now computers can learn from experience.<p>The breakthrough is called "machine learning." It's unimaginably important for understanding where technology is going, and where society is going with it.<p>Netflix's …

The two misconceptions dominating the encryption debate

Cybersecurity is a massive challenge affecting everyone –- startups, government, corporate systems and consumers, costing the global economy billions of dollars annually.<p>Tragically, the one solution we are seriously considering — mandating encryption backdoors — will undermine the integrity of our …

Smartwatches just hit a major milestone

We first saw the report on 9to5Mac.<p>According to Strategy Analytics, 8.1 million smartwatches were shipped during the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 7.9 million Swiss watches that shipped in the same period.<p>It's a pretty big jump from a year ago, when only 1.9 million smartwatches shipped in …

Christianity Is Transhumanism

Christianity is transhumanism.<p>It's not just that they are compatible. Christianity is a distinctly transhumanist viewpoint that sprung up in the first century, and set out to reshape both the world and human nature.<p>Transhumanism...affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally …

Malcolm Gladwell: This Is How You Develop True Expertise

The best-selling author explains his 'haphazard method' for becoming an expert on just about anything.<p>Malcolm Gladwell has made his own cottage industry out of explaining complicated topics to the masses.<p>Last week, Gladwell sat down with <i>The Sacramento Bee</i> to discuss how he tackles subjects as …

A Layman’s Visual Guide To Google’s Knowledge Graph Search API

Google released their much-delayed Knowledge Graph Search API on December 16, 2015, which was announced in a post on Google Plus by Freebase. (They …

We Need To Change The Way We Think About Technology

I recently got a call from my mother asking me to help her watch <i>House of Cards</i> on Netflix. She was frustrated and as I tried to walk her through it, she complained, “I keep pressing the thing and nothing happens!” It was hard to get her to understand I had no idea what thing she was pressing or …

These New Wearables Aren't For Your Wrist

By<p>People’s wrists are being overrun by the machines.<p>Apple (aapl) last year finally debuted the gadget maker’s first foray into the world of watches. …

Will 2016 Be The Year Of The Unicorn Apocalypse In Silicon Valley?

We saw a stampede of unicorns (companies worth $1 billion or more on paper) in 2015. Most of them are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Will these mysterious creatures shape-shift into revenue horses? Profit ponies? Cash cows? Or will they gallop away into the annals of internet history and …

We got a glimpse at how the cancer test that Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates just invested in will work

Using Illumina's technology, a new company called Grail will look for a way to measure circulating nucleic acids (CNAs) — bits of DNA that circulate in the blood outside blood cells. While most of our DNA is inside our cells, scientists use CNAs as a noninvasive way to test for cancer and other …

Dear Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking: The Problem isn’t Artificial Intelligence. It’s Giant Killer Robots

In the last couple years some of humanity’s brightest people have begun warning the rest of us dummies that the development of artificial …

Google takes quantum leap into artificial intelligence | The Star

Ever since the 1980s, researchers have been working on the development of a quantum computer that would be exponentially more powerful than any of …

Microsoft failed to tell thousands of Hotmail users that they had been hacked by the Chinese

On Wednesday, after a series of requests for comment from Reuters, Microsoft said it will change its policy and in the future tell its email customers when it suspects there has been a government hacking attempt.<p>The company also confirmed for the first time that it had not called, emailed or …

Hotmail

Theresa May wants to see your internet history, so we thought it was only fair to ask for hers

The Home Office has refused to make Theresa May’s internet browsing history public under freedom of information rules, arguing that a request to do …

Privacy

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

Developing Countries

This AI expert says that a robot economy will force us to give people unconditional free money

At least, that's what data scientist and artificial intelligence expert Jeremy Howard believes.<p>According to Howard, <b>the pool of displaced workers will just keep growing exponentially, and the solution is to level the playing field.</b><p>Howard delivered this argument in a recent panel discussion held at …

9 crazy things that could happen after the singularity, when robots become smarter than humans

Futurists say that our destiny will be shaped by the Singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.<p>Scholars don't agree on the details, but they say it will happen between 30 and 1000 years from today, with most predicting it will emerge in the next century.<p>It …

Singularity

Microsoft 'Translator' app gets two-device support for easier foreign language conversation

Today, Microsoft brings two-device support to its popular Translator app.<p>Personally, this is one of my favorite mobile apps, and as a gringo living in Mexico, it’s easily one of my most-used.<p>The speech recognition is top-notch, translations are generally good and the speed at which it does this …

A bunch of huge companies are creating a free technology to radically change how business is done

The companies involved include ANZ Bank, Cisco, CLS, Credits, Digital Asset, Fujitsu, IC3, IBM, Intel, London Stock Exchange Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MFUG), State Street, SWIFT, VMware and Wells Fargo.<p>Their goal is to create a distributed ledger that can be used by anyone and is …

LifeLock Pays Big to Settle FTC Suit Over Weak Data Security

It’s bad enough that people have to worry about their personal data getting stolen. Now they have to worry about the companies responsible for …

The Leadership Behavior That’s Most Important to Employees

For the last 20 years, I’ve studied the costs of incivility, as well as the benefits of civility. Across the board, I’ve found that civility pays. It enhances your influence and performance — and is positively associated with being perceived as a leader.<p>Being respectful doesn’t just benefit you, …

Congress snuck a surveillance bill into the federal budget last night

After more than a year of stalemate, Congress has used an unconventional procedural measure to bring a controversial cybersurveillance bill to the floor. Late last night, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a 2,000-page omnibus budget bill, a last-minute compromise necessary to prevent …

Russia and China are building highly autonomous killer robots

During a national-security forum on Monday, Work said that China and Russia are heavily investing in a roboticized army, according to a report from Defense One.<p>"We know that China is already investing heavily in robotics and autonomy and the Russian Chief of General Staff [Valery Vasilevich] …

IoT Startup: The Ethereum Computer is Going to Change Everything

Altcoins<p><b>The German startup</b> <b>Slock.it</b> <b>which specializes in</b> <b>Ethereum</b> <b>blockchain data and focuses on the</b> <b>Internet of Things</b> <b>(IoT) has announced over their blog</b> …

States expanded gun rights after Sandy Hook school massacre

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which a mentally troubled young man killed 26 children and educators, …