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

What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes us up on its shore while it continues, unstoppable. Time flows. It moves ever forwards. Or does it? Poets also tell us that time stumbles or creeps or …

Physics

Blockchain and the sharing economy — a match made in heaven? This startup plans to prove it

These days, it seems that consumers are willing to share just about everything in an effort to save a bit of their own money or to earn something extra. From renting a bike to get around in urban areas to monetizing your car as a Lyft driver, it seems like almost everyone has gotten involved in the …

Blockchain

You don’t understand blockchain unless you understand this simple data structure

The blockchain is an immutable, ordered, back-linked list of blocks of transactions. If you want to truly understand blockchain you need to …

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is a time-travel adventure full to the brim with ideas

A sharp, optimistic time travel adventure<p>Time travel is a classic trope in science fiction, posing questions about fixing the past, paradoxes, or simply spectating in a time long before your own. In her new book, <i>Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach</i>, author Kelly Robson spins out a fantastic story …

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Marketing

• 84% of marketing organizations are implementing or expanding AI and machine learning in 2018.<br>• 75% of enterprises using AI and machine learning enhance customer satisfaction by more than 10%.<br>• 3 in 4 organizations implementing AI and machine learning increase sales of new products and services by more …

Machine Learning

Attribution & A/B Testing in Marketing Landscape

Recently we published our take on the marketing technology landscape. We studied enterprise marketing trends, brands that are undergoing digital …

Building a FAQ Chatbot in Python – The Future of Information Searching

Introduction<p>What do we do when we need any information? Simple: “<i>We Ask, and Google Tells</i>”.<p>But if the answer depends on multiple variables, then the …

Data May Be the New Oil, but Having Lots of It May Not Make You Rich

AI is coming. That is what we heard throughout 2017 and will likely continue to hear throughout this year. For established businesses that are not Google or Facebook, a natural question to ask is: What have we got that is going to allow us to survive this transition?<p>In our experience, when business …

Google’s AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code

Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise — build custom image recognition models. While Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, the …

What You Need To Start Using AI At Your Company

It’s no secret that businesses from a wide spectrum of industries are beginning to utilize AI. A McKinsey study (download required) showed that in 2017, over 60% of AI-aware firms had partial or full adopters of AI in at least one department. Most of the time, decision makers with the power to …

Artificial Intelligence

30 Amazing Machine Learning Projects for the Past Year (v.2018)

<b>For the past year</b>, we’ve compared nearly 8,800 open source Machine Learning projects to pick Top 30 (0.3% chance).<p>This is an extremely competitive …

Move over GUI, now's the time for the Intelligent User Interface

Our Human Machine Interface (HMI) is broken. Designed in 1973 at Xerox PARC, the technology waits for a demand from the human before responding, and …

Artificial Intelligence

How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree

This article will explore what it’s like to be a Data Scientist, the skillset required, and how to acquire these skills using mostly free or cheap …

Data Science

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human | Inc.com

Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an actual woman.<p>Things are about to get a lot more interesting. Google …

Text-To-Speech

AI and Deep Learning in 2017 – A Year in Review

The year is coming to an end. I did not write nearly as much as I had planned to. But I’m hoping to change that next year, with more tutorials around …

Machine Learning

AI Dominated 2017. Here’s What’s Coming Next

Experts predict where AI will go in 2018–and the role designers are destined to play.<p>Artificial intelligence was one of the hottest topics of 2017. AIs developed new languages in which to converse; the debate raged over whether AI will automate our jobs or augment our skills; and the insidious ways …

How to break a CAPTCHA system in 15 minutes with Machine Learning

Let’s hack the world’s most popular Wordpress CAPTCHA Plug-in<p>Everyone hates CAPTCHAs — those annoying images that contain text you have to type in …

Famous Chinese ‘Rooftopper’ Falls to Death from 62-Story Building

A well-known Chinese ‘rooftopping’ photographer fell to his death from the top of a 62-story skyscraper after the stunt he was attempting went …

You don't need to build a rocket to prove the Earth isn't flat – here's the simple science

Could 2,000 years of belief be wrong? Are we in fact living on a disc rather than a globe? One believer from the Flat Earth Society is determined to …

New SEO Ranking Factors Study Suggests Possible Shift in Google Search Algorithms | Inc.com

Image source: SEMrush<p>Here's an overview of their findings.<p>Direct Website Traffic is the Most Influential Ranking Factor!<p>This was an extremely unusual finding because generally "direct website traffic" (when a user heads straight to a site rather than say, navigating via some other channel like a …

SEO

28 High-ROI Ideas for Promoting Your Product on Facebook

Here are more than two dozen ways to use Facebook ads to increase sales.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Facebook is arguably the best platform for promoting your product, considering that you can reach 1.3 billion daily active users.<p>There's only one caveat -- you need …

Google Is Quietly Building a Facebook Page Killer for Local Businesses

In case you missed it, topping the 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index, which evaluates how users feel about internet social media companies, …

The Incredible Ways Heineken Uses Big Data, The Internet of Things And Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Every industry can benefit from Big Data, IoT and AI, and that includes brewers. Dutch brewer Heineken has been a worldwide brewing leader for the last 150 years, but today, as the No. 1 brewer in Europe and No. 2 in the world they are ramping up their results thanks to the use of big data and AI. …

Artificial Intelligence

How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table

You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine.<p>You got this.<p>First, you know that the state of crypto is very, very good. This has been a banner …

Cryptocurrency

Google DeepMind is making artificial intelligence a slave to the algorithm

Google’s role in university artificial intelligence courses alarms Sheila Hayman<p>Your article (Hi-tech brain drain threatens British university research, 2 November) contains one particularly chilling revelation: that Google DeepMind now runs artificial intelligence courses at UCL and Oxford.<p>Having …

Artificial Intelligence

AI is revolutionizing neuromarketing

An unfortunate fact about humanity is that people lie. While this is a chronic issue for human relations, it’s one that may be less of an issue for marketers of the future, thanks to non-human intervention.<p>For most of marketing history, the best way to find out if consumers liked a proposed product …

Artificial Intelligence

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

19 Tools for Creating Engaging Social Media Videos, Images and GIFs in Minutes

Creating social media content takes time. And creating great social media content takes even more time.<p>This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>Creating social media content takes time. And creating great social media content takes even more time.<p>You don’t just need to think about what types of …

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

A new idea called the “information bottleneck” is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might …

Deep Learning