Miikka Leinonen

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AI Made a Movie—and the Results Are Horrifyingly Encouraging

There’s really no nice way to put this: In his new film, <i>Zone Out</i>, <i>Silicon Valley</i> star Thomas Middleditch makes you want to do just that. It’s not …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management

<b>Bottom line:</b> Machine learning makes it possible to discover patterns in supply chain data by relying on algorithms that quickly pinpoint the most influential factors to a supply networks’ success, while constantly learning in the process.<p>Discovering new patterns in supply chain data has the …

Machine Learning

A game-changing carbon-capture power plant just passed its first big test

Net Power announced today that it successfully fired up a pilot plant near Houston that takes an entirely new approach to capturing carbon dioxide. …

Ocado, the tech startup you thought was a supermarket

IN A cavernous shed on an industrial park in Hampshire, hundreds of robots are at work in the “hive”. In Ocado’s latest Customer Fulfilment Centre …

The one retailer that Amazon can’t seem to destroy is in cosmetics

Amazon is becoming one of the most important channels in beauty.<p>In Beauty and Personal Care, each of the top 10 categories on Amazon’s US store are growing by at least 24% year over year, with some categories nearly doubling in size since the first quarter of 2017. Luxury products are particularly …

eCommerce

Gravity energy generator could revolutionise renewables | Reuters.com

Dutch inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars has built a gravity energy generator that harnesses the force of gravity to produce a new kind of renewable energy. Matthew Stock reports.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>Dutch inventor Janjaap Ruijssenaars has built a gravity energy generator that harnesses the …

Renewable Energy

Apple Car Makes Its Debut, But Don’t Expect To See Too Many On The Road

The "Apple car" project has turned into outfitting a Volkswagen van with self-driving capabilities to be used as a company employee shuttle.<p>Apple …

China is taking digital control of its people to unprecedented and chilling lengths | John Naughton

Examples of deductible behaviour can apparently include not showing up at a restaurant without cancelling your booking<p>Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he …

Kim Jong-un

Netflix is basically remaking all of TV now

Six years after it started releasing its own programming, Netflix is basically remaking all of TV.<p><i>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</i> might as well be an NBC sitcom. <i>The Crown</i> would be right at home on the BBC. <i>The Joel McHale Show</i>is <i>The Soup</i> with more adult humor.<i>Bright</i> would’ve bombed in theaters, but no …

TV

The CEO of the world's largest car company flexes on Tesla, touts best-selling electric cars, and says range anxiety is no longer an issue

Carlos Ghosn, the man who leads the world's largest car company, says people no longer care about range anxiety with electric cars, they just need to be less expensive.<p>Ghosn made the comments during a news conference in Hong Kong this week, where he also argued that autonomous-driving technology …

Google has been waiting for years to put Don't Be Evil out of its misery

Remember Don't Be Evil?<p>When Google became a verb in the early 2000s, the adage became a slogan that paid dividends for the tech company.<p>Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin enshrined it in the company's official code of conduct for employees, and inumerable news stories and TV segments gushed …

How a Pioneer of Machine Learning Became One of Its Sharpest Critics

Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.<p>Artificial intelligence owes a lot of its smarts to Judea Pearl. In the 1980s he led efforts that allowed machines to reason probabilistically. Now he’s one of the …

Microsoft wants to revolutionize MRIs with quantum-inspired algorithms and HoloLens

Microsoft gained some ground in the quantum computing race today by announcing it was using its technology to advance medical imaging beyond the capabilities of today’s computers.<p>The Redmond company, through a partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), will bring HoloLens technology …

This 3D-printed bicycle is stronger than titanium

The Arevo bicycle looks and feels like a high-end commuter bike, but it was made using 3D-printing technology and software. It's being hailed as the …

Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car

New service in collaboration with GM and Volvo will launch in 37 cities in the US<p>Last year, Amazon asked for permission to unlock your front door so it could leave packages inside your home, and a certain number of extremely trusting Amazon Prime subscribers (Amazon won’t say how many) said okay. …

Smart Homes

Japanese Banks Are Planning to Launch J-Coin, a Digital Currency Meant to Kill Off Cash

Japan's central bank is backing a scheme that could see the the cash-dependent country move toward a digital currency built on blockchain …

Making babies: How to create human embryos with no egg or sperm

YUE SHAO wasn’t trying to create an embryo. But, a few years ago, working in a lab at the University of Michigan, he witnessed something …

Ford's self-driving car network will launch 'at scale' in 2021

Ford hasn't been shy about its plans for a self-driving car network in 2021, including its hopes of fielding a purpose-built vehicle that year. However, there have been questions about the size -- will this be like the services we've seen so far, where one city gets a limited taste of the …

Why we should stop panicking about robots stealing our jobs | John Naughton

Predictions about an unstoppable growth of automation in the workplace ignore a multitude of variable factors<p>Ideology is what determines how you think when you don’t know you’re thinking. Neoliberalism is a prime example. Less well-known but equally insidious is technological determinism, which is …

The Future

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid …

Is This the Most Beautiful Ghost Town Ever? Drone Video Captures Chinese Village Reclaimed by Nature

As the shadows of the past loom around what’s left of the overgrown houses and pathways, videographer Joe Nafis has perfectly captured the rare charm …

Forces of Change: The Future of Mobility

The entire way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, spurred by a series of converging technological and social trends. The result is the emergence of a new ecosystem of mobility that could offer faster, cheaper, cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more customized travel. …

'The most significant development since the safety belt'

<b>Here is an extraordinary statistic: since the Volvo XC90 went on sale in the UK in 2002 it has sold over 50,000 vehicles, yet not a single person has been killed while driving it, or as a passenger.</b><p>It is, according to the independent laboratory Thatcham Research, the safest car it has ever …

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Why AutoML Is Set To Become The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

When businesses identify a problem that can be solved through machine learning, they brief the data scientists and analysts to create a predictive analytics solution. In many cases, the turnaround time for delivering a solution is pretty long.<p>Even for experienced data scientists, evolving machine …

Machine Learning

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 …

Escape From Hell: You Will Never Have to Land in a Hub Airport Again

The worst idea ever inflicted on air travelers is doomed—by a disruptive new wave of jets and airlines. And it’s about time.<p>Hub airports are, …

Apple is facing its toughest fight since the 1980s

Apple has done pretty well for itself these last few years. It’s got cash in the bank, healthy revenue, and it still sets the bar for what a modern smartphone should look like.<p>But while the iPhone is singularly important, both to Apple and to the category of devices it’s inspired over the last …

Artificial Intelligence

Protein Engineering May Be the Future of Science

Some scientists think designing new proteins could become as significant as tweaking DNA.<p>Scientists are increasingly betting their time and effort that the way to control the world is through proteins. Proteins are what makes life animated. They take information encoded in DNA and turn it into …

Why (almost) everything reported about the Cambridge Analytica Facebook ‘hacking’ controversy is wrong

<b>**NOTE** I added a follow up piece to clarify some of my positions and address some common criticisms I saw,</b> <b>you can find it here</b><b>.</b><p>If you follow the</i> …