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A 32-year-old with ties to Elon Musk wants to upend America with these 4 utopian ideas

As the president of Y Combinator, the tech world's most prestigious startup accelerator, Altman makes a living discovering world-changing ideas and helping them grow into giants.<p>YC has given life to companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, Zenefits, and Reddit. But Altman also dabbles in a host of side …

Should We Really Fear Artificial Intelligence? | Inc.com

There's a lot of talk these days about AI and automation and the role it will have in the future. New machines, smart devices, and AI technology are being added to a number of industries and already having a big impact. No one really knows for sure what will happen, but we can guess based off what …

Artificial Intelligence

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

Earth Science

Violent past, digital future: Angela Merkel's remarks at Davos

Two world wars and a genocide have a way of focusing the mind.<p>Maybe that’s why references to “lessons of the past” are almost ritualistic in …

Automation creates greater risk for women's jobs, Davos report finds

Women are more likely than men to be knocked out of their jobs in the U.S. by automation over the next eight years, and they'll find half as many opportunities to land new positions unless there's a new effort to retrain them.<p>Those conclusions, from a study released last week at the World Economic …

World Economic Forum

How people in English, psychology, and other non-STEM fields can benefit from the coming robot revolution

Research warns that artificial intelligence could leave millions unemployed. But there will be plenty of opportunity for people to work side by side …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft and Google prepare for big leaps in quantum computing

The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology that has been a dream of physicists and computer …

North and Midlands 'most likely to lose out to robots'

<b>Workers in northern England and the Midlands are most at risk of losing their jobs to robots, a report claims.</b><p>The Centre for Cities estimates that by 2030 nine areas could lose more than a quarter of jobs to automation and artificial intelligence (AI).<p>Roles in shops, administration and warehouses …

71% of Aussie retail workers are concerned this will steal their jobs

Employment worries and ethical concerns are a barrier to the adoption of artificial intelligence, with over 71% of Australian workers concerned AI …

Artificial Intelligence

The future of work: human-robot collaboration

Scientists predict that in the future robots will interact with us more and more in daily life.<p>A new research project underway in Italy is developing behavioural models that can be applied to humanoid robots and make them our partners in the workplace.<p>The AnDy Project’s field of application ranges …

How Should Millennials Prepare For The Coming Robotic Revolution?

Are you prepared for the robotic revolution? We’re not talking about a Terminator-scale apocalypse, driven by machines that are focused on making humans obsolete. We’re talking about the rise of machine learning and AI platforms having a dramatic effect on your work life.<p>Thanks to advances in these …

Universal Basic Income

AI and robotics to wipe out 141,000 Liverpool jobs in the next 12 years

As many as 141,000 existing jobs could disappear from the Liverpool City Region by 2030, according to an influential study published today.<p>The rise …

Rise of the robots: More than 100,000 North East jobs 'to be taken by machines'

The rise of the robots could put around a quarter of North East jobs at risk by 2030, a new report warns.<p>It highlights Sunderland as particularly …

United Kingdom

The ‘Killer Robots’ Are Us

At a meeting of the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva in November, a group of experts gathered to discuss the military, legal and ethical dimensions of emerging weapons technologies. Among the views voiced at the convention was a call for a ban on what are now being called …

Robots

Blockchain engineer, robotic surgeon: AKQA illustrates Davos’ jobs of the future

The unimaginable but probable careers of the future have been brought to life by AKQA, the illustrator Florian de Gesincourt and Misk Global …

World Economic Forum

Rise of the robots 'could put 230,000 Scottish jobs at risk'

<b>Automation could cost Scotland 230,000 jobs over the next decade, according to a report.</b><p>Jobs in Dundee are most at risk from the rise of robot labour, with Edinburgh and Aberdeen better placed to adapt to the changes ahead, it said.<p>The Cities Outlook report is an annual health-check of city …

The killer robots have arrived: but could they also save your life?

It sounds like something from the Terminator films, but it’s looking increasingly likely that robots are going to take over on the battlefield.<p>The …

Robert Afzal is developing powerful laser blasters for the U.S. military

Dynamite with a laser beam.<p><b>Lasers can map planets, cut metal, play your</b> old CDs, zap tattoos, and send cats into furry frenzies of clickbait. But Robert Afzal, who leads Lockheed Martin’s advanced laser systems program, wants them to do more. He wants them to shoot stuff. Really big stuff. From the …

U.S. Army

‘Alien’ manuscript from 15th century decoded using AI

Scientists have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to unlock the secrets of an ancient manuscript that has baffled experts.<p>Discovered in …

Artificial Intelligence

VR storytelling beguiles Sundance with new breakthroughs

The film fest is the year's first pitstop for virtual-reality storytellers hoping to wow the world. Here's what impressed a key player in the field.<p>Sundance is over, but the virtual-reality projects that debuted there are just getting started.<p>The Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday in …

Virtual Reality

Apple could deliver 3 new Macs with custom chips in 2018

Apple is said to be planning “at least three” new Macs with custom security co-processors for 2018. Two of the machines will be updated MacBooks, while the other will be a desktop, according to a source familiar with the plans.<p>Apple has been designing its own mobile processors for the iPhone, iPad, …

MacBook Pro

Voicelabs launches Alpine to bring retailers to the voice shopping ecosystem

Voicelabs, a company that has been experimenting in the voice computing market for some time with initiatives in advertising and analytics, is now pivoting its business again – this time, to voice-enabled commerce. The company is today launching its latest product out of stealth: Alpine.AI, a …

4 AI Stocks That You Need to Be Watching Now

These companies are making better use of smarter machines, and have the patent applications to prove it.<p>Artificial-intelligence stocks can feel like …

Machine Learning

This psychologist’s “gaydar” research makes us uncomfortable. That’s the point.

Michal Kosinski used artificial intelligence to detect sexual orientation. Let him explain why.<p>In September, Stanford researcher Michal Kosinski published a preprint of a paper that made anoutlandish claim: The profile pictures we upload to social media and dating websites can be used to predict …

Handheld device sequences human genome

<b>Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome.</b><p>They say the feat, detailed in the journal Nature Biotechnology, opens up exciting possibilities for using genetics in routine medicine.<p>It is a far cry from the effort to sequence the first human genome …

Artificial Intelligence’s ‘Black Box’ Is Nothing to Fear

Alongside the excitement and hype about our growing reliance on artificial intelligence, there’s fear about the way the technology works. A recent MIT Technology Review article titled “The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI” warned: “No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. …

Artificial Intelligence

A First Look At The Spheres, Amazon’s Wild New Corporate Biodome

Stuffed with foliage rather than gadgetry, the company’s newest office space is unlike anything that it–or anyone else–has ever built.<p>When I toured the Amazon Spheres with one of the building’s lead architects, its head horticulturist, and Amazon’s real-estate chief, they didn’t conceal their …

Dutch tax office, banks hit by DDoS cyber attacks

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The national tax office in the Netherlands said its website briefly went offline on Monday due to a DDoS cyber attack, after the country's largest banks were targeted.<p>ABN Amro and ING said they were both targeted by hackers, temporarily disrupting online and mobile banking …

Cyber-attacks

Amazon Just Expanded Its HQ in Seattle. Now It Has a Rainforest

Earlier this month, the online retailer narrowed 238 applications for its second headquarters to 20.<p>Amazon on Monday opens a rainforest-like office …

RBC funding new cybersecurity lab at University of Waterloo

WATERLOO, Ont. -- The Royal Bank of Canada is opening a cybersecurity lab at the University of Waterloo and investing $1.78 million into research to …

Cybersecurity