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10 (More) Beautiful Staircases, Part II

We’ve already presented a selection of staircases made from beautiful materials, and are back for round 2! With different types of materials and …

Prenatal acetaminophen may affect masculinity

When we have a headache or a cold, many of us pop a Tylenol without a second thought. But acetaminophen - the active analgesic ingredient in the drug …

Google Sheets adds machine learning chart creation, sync with Docs and Slides, and more

I get it - spreadsheets aren't the most exciting thing in the world. Still, Google has continued to improve the mobile and desktop apps, most …

Yes, we’ve got Trump, Putin, and North Korea, but is the world really more volatile than ever?

Rarely does history give us such a compelling juxtaposition—both in time and in character—as what happened one hundred years ago this Spring.<p>On Apr. 2, 1917, president Woodrow Wilson delivered his “War Message” to Congress outlining the rationale for the US to enter World War I. Just four days …

Geopolitics

Wingman is the dating app that lets you play matchmaker for your friends

Have you ever wanted to grab your friend's phone and seize control of their disastrous dating life? Now you can.<p>Enter Wingman, a new app launching …

Analyze one year of radio station songs aired with SQL, Spark, Spotify, and Databricks

<i>Note: This post was originally published on Medium</i><p>Whenever I drive or code, I listen to music, as this happens a lot, and in order to find new songs, …

‘AI-powered’ is tech’s meaningless equivalent of ‘all natural’

What does artificial intelligence have in common with the price of eggs?<p>Say you’re trying to decide between 9 or 10 different varieties of eggs at the store. One catches your eye: “All natural.” Well, that’s nice, natural is good and they’re only 30 cents more — you buy those. Now, those chickens …

Artificial Intelligence

If you’ve been stuck in an airport recently, you already know how bad a highly automated society will be

We’re already in purgatory.<p>Last month, I wrote about Amazon’s new concept for a grocery store, Amazon Go, where you would be able to walk in, pick up what you want, and leave, as computers and sensors track you and your phone’s every move. I argued that it, combined with increasingly algorithmic …

Flying

Slack invests in 11 new bot startups

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Last week, workplace collaboration tool Slack announced that it invested in 11 new bot startups to build out its portfolio of bots, VentureBeat reports.<p>This is the …

The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today

Ejected from a fighter, the tiny drones collaborate to accomplish their mission—with not a single human involved.<p>An arm of the Pentagon charged with fielding critical new technologies has developed a drone that not only carries out its mission without human piloting, but can talk to other drones to …

The rise, fall, and comeback of the Chinese economy over the past 800 years

China was so far ahead, in fact, that economic historian Eric L. Jones once argued that the Chinese empire "came within a hair's breadth of industrializing in the fourteenth century."<p>At the start of the 15th century, China already had the compass, movable type print, and excellent naval capacity. …

Chinese Economy

The Best Thing About This Video Is NOT Amazon Go

No lines. No checkout. At a shopping store. No, seriously! Yes, the future is here, the video that is making rounds on the internet and leaving …

Apple’s online support system now lets you book repairs with authorized third parties

Apple has updated its online support system to make it easier for customers to find somewhere to get their phone or computer repaired. As first spotted by <i>MacRumors</i>, the company has added details for authorized third-party service providers to its online site, meaning that when you log in to find …

Internet search engines give people a wildly exaggerated view of their own intelligence

(NaturalNews) Having immediate access to the sum of human knowledge and experience via the internet is inimitably amazing. However, new research …

Google's Trusted Contacts app lets people know you're safe

In the event of an emergency, it's not always easy to notify people that you are safe. Google knows that, so it's created Trusted Contacts, a new app that can automatically share your status and location with friends or loved ones. It's available today on Android and will soon be available on iOS …

Apps

Design your dream drone with MIT's program

Most of today's commercially available drones have four rotors and more or less look the same (other than that one that's foldable). So if you wanted to own a drone that had, say, five copters or a completely different design altogether, you'd probably have to make your own, which can be a really …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. WPP has formed a new unit that wants to create a rival to Google, Facebook, and Apple ID.</b> The new data and technology unit "mPlatform" is being formed by GroupM, WPP's media investment group.<p><b>2.</b> <b>Accenture spoke to Business Insider why it bought UK ad agency Karmarama.</b> Brian Whipple, who heads the …

Advertising

This AI personal assistant took 3 years and millions to build — it completely fooled me

Amy and I exchanged eight emails fixing up a date and then another five when Blomfield had to rearrange. Only then did I spot something odd in Amy's email signature: "Artificial intelligence for scheduling meetings."<p>It turns out that I had been talking to an algorithm the whole time.<p>"I'm very happy …

Artificial Intelligence

Putin brings China's Great Firewall to Russia in cybersecurity pact

The Kremlin has joined forces with Chinese authorities to bring the internet and its users under greater state control<p>Russia has been working on incorporating elements of China’s Great Firewall into the “Red Web”, the country’s system of internet filtering and control, after unprecedented cyber …

Eli Lilly's promising Alzheimer's drug fails in clinical trial

<b>(CNN) —</b> A large trial of a drug to treat dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease has ended in failure after people receiving the treatment showed no significant improvements to those taking a placebo.<p>The failure of the much anticipated drug, which showed promise in earlier results, is being seen as …

Dementia

UN aid plan for east Aleppo awaits Syrian and Russian approval

Rebels have agreed to plan but green light is needed from Moscow and Assad government, says humanitarian adviser<p>Syrian rebels in besieged east Aleppo have agreed to a United Nations plan for aid delivery and medical evacuations, but the UN is awaiting a green light from Russia and the Syrian …

Best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA

NASA recommends one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space<p>While architects are raving about the benefits of plant-covered facades, you don’t need to entirely mask your building with greenery in order to get the same benefits. Starting in the 1980s, NASA scientists began to study the …

Trump's populism is only the beginning. Here come the robots.

Populism is sweeping the nation, but it's likely just getting started.<p>Donald Trump's win is a wake-up call that voters are angry with a system that's mademiddle-class jobs tougher to come by, and increased inequality.<p>As pronounced as the trend already is, it's only just the beginning, experts …

Artificial Intelligence

Men's Boots for Fall

Doesn’t it seem like you’re constantly buying something to accommodate the seasonal changes? Like, didn’t summer just happen? Didn’t I just buy new …

Google's new website lets you play with its experimental AI projects

Google is letting users peek into some of its most experimental artificial intelligence projects.<p>The company unveiled a new website Tuesday called …