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'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Quantum Mechanics

Google futurist and director of engineering: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

As it becomes apparent that artificial intelligence will replace ever-more jobs in the coming years, a growing number of politicians, nonprofits, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have started thinking about how we'll cope with a world in which not everyone can — or needs to — work.<p>Basic income …

Huawei releases a mesh Wi-Fi system it claims has ultrafast connection speeds

Speeds of up to 1867 Mbps, when the global internet speed is around 20 Mbps<p>Huawei doesn’t just make smartphones and laptops; it’s also getting into mesh Wi-Fi. Yesterday at CES, the China-based company announced a hybrid whole-home Wi-Fi system.<p>Like other mesh Wi-Fi systems, Huawei’s Wi-Fi Q2 …

Circular Economy — the future of Disruptive Design – Muzli -Design Inspiration

Circular Economy — the future of Disruptive Design<p>With the Industrial Revolution, we set our eyes on the prize, that being money. So it doesn’t come …

Pushpin — An Open Source Library That Turns REST APIs into Realtime APIs

An intro to evented APIs and how to build them with Pushpin<p>“Real-time” is becoming an omnipresent force in the modern tech stack. As consumers demand …

Philips’ new professional monitors have built-in USB-C docks

Only in Europe for now<p>Back at IFA, Philips announced a pair of new high-end monitors focused for professional use: the 328P6AU and 328P6VU. They are 32-inch displays that offer 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution and 3840 x 2160 4K resolutions, respectively, as reported by <i>Anandtech</i>. Earlier this week, the …

Software Design Is In Crisis. Here’s How To Fix It

Design is struggling to scale with the applications it supports because design is still bespoke–full of tailor-made solutions for individual problems. InVision’s Marco Suarez’s proposes a way forward.<p>In the 1960s, computer technology began outpacing the speed of software programming. Computers …

The impossibility of intelligence explosion

In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI):<p>Let an …

Physicists just found a loophole in graphene that could unlock clean, limitless energy

By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act …

The Next User You Design For Won’t Be A Human

Welcome to the age of Centaur Design.<p>The era of human-centered design is coming to an end. That’s because the next user you design for won’t be human at all. It will be a human-machine hybrid built to do more than any person or computer could accomplish alone. Welcome to the age of Centaur …

The former vice chairman of GM just predicted the car industry’s future: it has no future

It’s not every day a titan of industry predicts the demise of his own. But Bob Lutz, the former vice chairman of General Motors, believes the auto industry is not long for this world.<p>“It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era,” he writes this month for Automotive …

Automotive Industry

New Steam survey shows Windows 7 is now the most popular OS among gamers

While Windows 10 has been most Steam users’ OS of choice for quite some time, the last few months have seen Windows 7 slowly gaining ground on the …

SaaS Interface Design: Trends, & Best Practices for Designing a SaaS UI

You're reading SaaS Interface Design: Trends, & Best Practices for Designing a SaaS UI, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, …

Why you should talk to strangers

"When you talk to strangers, you're making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life -- and theirs," says Kio Stark. In …

Escape One XL is a two-storey micro home on wheels

This recreational vehicle masquerading as a tiny cottage is clad in charred wood and sleeps up to eight people.<p>The Escape One XL was launched this …

Consumer Reports no longer recommends Microsoft Surface devices

<i>Consumer Reports</i> has pulled the “recommendation” rating it awarded to four Microsoft Surface devices.<p>The publication says the change was made as a result of “poor predicated reliability,” and said the estimated breakage rate for Microsoft tablets and notebooks was higher than that for most other …

James Damore has sued Google. His infamous memo on women in tech is still nonsense.

Don’t be taken in by the document’s faux-reasonable tone.<p><i>James Damore, the man fired by Google last year after he wrote a memo arguing that there may be biological reasons why women are underrepresented at Google and other tech companies,</i> <i>has sued</i> <i>his former employer. The suit alleges that Google</i> …

Top 10 Most Influential Fonts in Graphic Design

10 highly professional fonts that had a strong influence on the history and evolution of contemporary typography and graphic design.Of course, there …

Chinese Wind Power Giant Wants to Be App Store of Energy World

Envision Energy, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, has bigger ambitions.<p>Chief Executive Officer Lei Zhang laid out a vision for …

Kano's Pixel Kit is a charming introduction to coding

We all know the importance of code. It's the backbone of computing, the internet and so much else we come into contact with on a daily basis. But learning to code is still a tricky and poorly defined pursuit. I've booted up Codecademy a few times, only to try a couple of courses and realise I have …

MacBook Pro

Nate Silver: 'Bubble mentality' is affecting the way we understand data

The 2016 presidential election led many to second guess the soundness of political polling. But Nate Silver, the editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, says the polls are just fine. It's the media and the public who could use a Stats 101 lesson.<p>In the media world specifically, Silver said, "a bubble …

Are you cashing in on the ‘Fintech Revolution’ happening now?

<i>This story is sponsored by IBM.</i><p>A cashless economy encourages widespread adoption of digital technology<p>Today, making a money transfer or making a …

Scared robots will take your job? Just get a new one, says this CEO

The race to create A.I. and robotic technology that will change the way we work and live is dominating countless industries.<p>But the chaos and …

An AI researcher explains what scares him the most about robots

It's perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, "Matrix"-like, as some sort of human battery.<p>And yet it is hard for me to look up from the evolutionary computer models I use to develop …

Jefferies gives IBM Watson a Wall Street reality check

IBM’s Watson unit is receiving heat today in the form of a scathing equity research report from Jefferies’ James Kisner. The group believes that IBM’s investment into Watson will struggle to return value to shareholders. In recent years, IBM has increasingly leaned on Watson as one of its core …

The High Costs of GDPR Compliance

Looming, increasingly strict EU privacy regulations are pushing privacy spending to the top of IT priorities and budgets.

Code-teaching app SoloLearn wins FbStart Apps of the Year competition

Facebook has announced its “FbStart Apps of the Year”, which is an event which recognizes the most successful apps from the global FbStart program. This year’s Grand Prize winner is <br>SoloLearn (iOS/Android] which is a free mobile-first app for anyone who wants to learn how to code.<p>SoloLearn’s CTO …

Robinhood's plan to open financial markets to the masses

While most were following the closure of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns during the 2008 financial crisis, there was another important change occurring: the rise of algorithmic trading. Due to the inefficiency and excess of humans coordinating trades, computers began processing about 95% of the …

Robin Hood

The Art of Platform Thinking

The digitally-savvy customer has highly sophisticated - and ever-evolving - expectations for engagement and brand experience at every touchpoint. …