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Blockchain In Online Education: Impact And Benefits

In this article, I'll explain how blockchain is impacting the online education landscape and the benefits it can have for the future of online …

Blockchain

Gartner Hype Cycle 2017: Artificial intelligence at peak hype, blockchain heads for disillusionment, but say hello to 5G

The hype around artificial intelligence is at its peak, while those interested in blockchain might be heading for disillusionment.<p>That's according to …

In Brooklyn, you can now sell solar power to your neighbors

<b>(REUTERS/Kim White)</b><p>Brooklyn startup LO3 Energy is revolutionizing the way homeowners buy and sell electricity<p>Jeremy Deaton<p>May 27, 2017 1:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Grist.org.<p>In Brooklyn, you can buy honey collected from an urban bee hive. You can buy lettuce grown atop an old …

Renewable Energy

As Goldman Embraces Automation, Even the Masters of the Universe Are Threatened - MIT Technology Review

At its height back in 2000, the U.S. cash equities trading desk at Goldman Sachs’s New York headquarters employed 600 traders, buying and selling …

The 3 Stages of a Country Embracing Renewable Energy

The world is undergoing a transformation in how it gets its power. In Germany, we have a word for it: <i>Energiewende</i>. It means energy turning point. (We use the same word <i>Wende</i> to describe the fall of the Berlin Wall and all the dramatic changes that came with it.)<p>In this transformation, we are …

The best response to digital disruption

Companies that adopt bold offensive strategies in the face of industry digitization will come out the winners, write Jacques Bughin and Nicolas van …

Innovation

Shield AI raises $10.5m to build terrorist-hunting drones

A startup that aims to save lives with its artificial intelligence-powered drones has just raised $10.5 million in a Series A funding round led by …

Artificial Intelligence

Australian home builder to include a Tesla Powerwall in every new home

An Australian home builder has announced plans to include a Tesla Powerwall in all new homes. Arden Homes says they will outfit all their new homes …

How the Bot-y Politic Influenced This Election - MIT Technology Review

If your political conversations on social media seem mechanical and predictable, it might be because you are debating with a robot.<p>A study published …

Social Media

Three game changers for energy

New sources, mobility, and industry fragmentation are set to disrupt the system.<p><b>Change is afoot</b> in the energy system. Soaring demand in emerging …

The Trade-Off Every AI Company Will Face

It doesn’t take a tremendous amount of training to begin a job as a cashier at McDonald’s. Even on their first day, most new cashiers are good enough. And they improve as they serve more customers. Although a new cashier may be slower and make more mistakes than their experienced peers, society …

How Utilities Are Using Blockchain to Modernize the Grid

In New York state, neighbors are testing their ability to sell solar energy to one another using blockchain technology. In Austria, the country’s largest utility conglomerate, Wien Energie, is taking part in a blockchain trial focused on energy trading with two other utilities. Meanwhile in …

IBM Goes Live With First Commercial Blockchains

Tech giant IBM is set to unveil what it's calling the first "commercial application" of Hyperledger's open-source Fabric codebase.<p>Previously released …

The Biases That Keep Good R&D Projects from Getting Funded

Theodora chairs the R&D selection panel at a global professional service firm. She recently had to lead the committee in deciding whether to fund a proposal from an up-and-coming engineer and one of the company’s business leaders. The project focused on how to design rooms in intensive care units …

Fitbit for cows and the dark magic of machine learning

Seeing startups like pr.co, Monolith and Connecterra build their businesses upon the machine learning technology that he helped to create, makes Corrado smile from ear to ear:<p>This is exactly why we’ve created TensorFlow as an open-source tool: to enable this kind of innovation that would otherwise …

Machine Learning

Does contingent pay encourage positive employee attitudes and intensify work?

Abstract<p>This article explores the relationships between three dimensions of contingent pay – performance-related pay, profit-related pay and employee …

Augmented Reality Is Already Improving Worker Performance

The relationship between technology and jobs is center stage in the policy and academic debate. The discussion reveals a fascinating, troubling contradiction. On the one hand, there is widespread fear that innovation will lead to a loss of jobs and rising income inequality — the “race against the …

Google: 4 out of 5 US homes have solar power potential

A five kilowatt rooftop solar installation now costs just $12,500 on average after tax credits, and pretty soon, installing one might soon be a matter of re-tiling your roof. Whether it's right for you, however, depends in large part on how much sun your house gets. That's where Google's Project …

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut.<p>Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list.<p>In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops …

Solar Power

B.C. teen creates Facebook chatbot to help students stay organized

A Facebook tool that helps students be more productive and keep track of assignments developed by a Victoria teen has gone viral in an unexpected place.<p>Alec Jones, 14, says his chatbot, Christopher Bot, that helps students stay on top of their homework has garnered more than 3,000 subscribers, with …

How to Upgrade Judges with Machine Learning - MIT Technology Review

When should a criminal defendant be required to await trial in jail rather than at home? Software could significantly improve judges’ ability to make …

Machine Learning

Human Decisions and Machine Predictions

<b>NBER Working Paper No. 23180</b> <b><br>Issued in February 2017</b> <b><br>NBER Program(s):Law and Economics, Labor Studies, Public Economics</b><p>We examine how machine learning …

A Renewables Marketplace Promises to Turn Neighborhoods Into Power Plants - MIT Technology Review

A new renewables marketplace in Australia makes small-time energy moguls of homeowners, in order to make use of their solar hardware to smooth …

Clean Energy

Utilities and Blockchain Pilots: A Global Snapshot

As we enter the final months of 2016, it is becoming clear that the potential of blockchain in the energy and utilities industry could be vast. …

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play

Opportunity for President Donald Trump and his new administration. It will come in many shapes, sizes and, yes, even industries. To that end, while …

How Blockchain Applications Will Move Beyond Finance

To understand the transformation that’s being brought about by blockchain technology, it’s useful to start with its largest implementation to date: bitcoin.<p>In the fall of 2014 my colleague Catherine Tucker and I conducted a large-scale experiment at MIT, in which 4,494 undergraduate students were …

Blockchain in Energy and UtilIties

Utilities

5 books the head of MIT Media Lab thinks you should read

'Deep Work' by Cal Newport<p><i>Amazon</i><p>Notifications ding, beep, and buzz for our attention every minute. Author and professor Cal Newport knows this. He …

Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?

<i>Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in</i> Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Scientific American<i>’s sister publication, as “D</i><i>igitale Demokratie statt</i> …