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What Shopping in the Future Will Look Like

HONG KONG—The online world is interacting with brick-and-mortar stores in radically new ways, fueling a revolution in how people shop, said Connie Chan, a partner at the Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.<p>Ms. Chan said retailers are scooping up more data about shoppers and …

eCommerce

What Shopping in the Future Will Look Like

Stores will more deeply integrate artificial intelligence into the shopping experience, says Andreessen Horowitz’s Connie Chan<p>HONG KONG—The online world is interacting with brick-and-mortar stores in radically new ways, fueling a revolution in how people shop, said Connie Chan, a partner at the …

Artificial Intelligence

Is there a way to use social media for good? Scientists say yes

Is it time to turn social media off? After the flurry of stories on Cambridge Analytica, Zuckerberg and Congress, personal data and political …

Social Media

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A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A …

Robotics

Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution

(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.)<p>(Reuters) - Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution.<p>The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a …

Pollution

Animal Extinction Hidden in Plain Sight

A new study suggests that the overrepresentation of wild animals—lions, tigers, giraffes, etc.—in our everyday lives (toys, films, ads) makes us …

Wildlife

More than 95% of world's population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

Poorest are hardest hit with many developing countries falling behind on cleaning up toxic air pollution<p>More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising …

Pollution

TED 2018: Fake Obama video creator defends invention

<b>A researcher who created a fake video of President Obama has defended his invention at the latest TED talks.</b><p>The clip shows a computer-generated version of the former US leader mapped to fit an audio recording. Experts have warned the tech involved could spark a "political crisis".<p>Dr Supasorn …

Fake News

Government 4.0 – the public sector in the digital age

Digitalizing something as large and complex as the public sector is an enormous transformation task. Doing so would lead to a host of new policy …

Innovation

Google’s latest AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skills

Google’s work in natural language understanding is getting better all the time<p>Google today announced a pair of new artificial intelligence experiments from its research division that let web users dabble in semantics and natural language processing. For Google, a company that’s primary product is a …

Artificial Intelligence

Milan Design Week 2018: Google's Debut Installation "Softwear": A sensory show that explores the human aspect of our tech-drenched world

Envisioned by Ivy Ross, VP of Hardware Design at Google, "Softwear" marks Google's debut installation at Milan Design Week. The underlying concept is the brainchild of trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (also the curator of the show) who, in 1998, predicted that technology and nesting would combine …

Design

Watch Jordan Peele use AI to make Barack Obama deliver a PSA about fake news

What does the future of fake news look like? No one really knows, but here’s a little sampler from Jordan Peele and <i>BuzzFeed,</i> who teamed up to make the above PSA. Using some of the latest AI techniques, Peele ventriloquizes Barack Obama, having him voice his opinion on <i>Black Panther</i> (“Killmonger was …

Jordan Peele

The internet just crowdfunded billionaire Elon Musk a new couch

Elon Musk, CEO of multiple companies and part of the PayPal mafia, is worth around $20 billion dollars. He doesn’t need a handout. But that hasn’t stopped over 72 people from donating money on GoFundMe to buy the man a new couch for his office.<p>As of publication, over $1000 was raised to gift Musk a …

Tesla

The Guardian view on Facebook’s business: a danger to democracy

The conceit of data mining firms is that they could win elections by moulding electorates based on new identities and value systems – a process accelerated by the echo chamber of social media<p>Facebook sees itself as a commercial firm, not a social institution, and behaves accordingly. It makes money …

Social Media

Alibaba confirms developing self-driving vehicles

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has confirmed that it has been working on autonomous driving technology, the China Daily reported on …

Artificial Intelligence

Five Trends Shaping The Future Of Marketing

Marketing is in a transitional era. New technologies have changed so much about how marketers work — from the responsibilities of the chief marketing officer, to what content is created, and why.<p>At Fjuri, my team and I work with CMOs and marketing teams to improve their marketing strategies and …

Marketing

The myth of the online echo chamber

Contrary to popular belief, we now hear more diverse voices than ever before – studies suggest that most people do not live in Facebook or Twitter echo chambers and 'filter bubbles'. So why is global politics still so divided?<p>Back in the early 2000s many commentators were still marvelling at the …

Social Media

A**hole Design Is The Subreddit We Need Now

Finally, a cathartic place to shame the terrible UX and industrial design all around us.<p>I can’t stop laughing at the design work featured on the young subreddit known as r/assholedesign–or imagining the conversations that must have happened between their designers.<p>The site is a place where you can …

Product Design

The Blindness of Social Wealth

Bob Hall was a rancher. In 1936, in the midst of the Depression, he was suffering from a cancer that was eating the flesh on the side of his face. His ranch had dwindled to nearly nothing, and weeks after bankers took the last of his livestock, Hall died, leaving his family deeply in debt.<p>His sons …

Social Media

Huawei, Failing to Crack U.S. Market, Signals a Change in Tactics

SHENZHEN, China — In a grand hotel ballroom on Tuesday, Huawei executives laid out a soaring vision for the future. The Chinese electronics giant, already the world’s biggest supplier of the equipment that powers the wireless age, now wants to provide the digital backbone for artificial …

Customer Service

The Multi-Billion Dollar Industry That Makes Its Living From Your Data

In the ocean ecosystem, plankton is the raw material that fuels an entire food chain. These tiny organisms on their own aren’t that remarkable, but …

Metadata

Australian ministers to meet with Google, Apple in the name of cybersecurity

The federal government is meeting with US counterparts and a handful of tech heavyweights to advance Australia's cyber capabilities, sending also 60 …

Privacy

Why we should stop panicking about robots stealing our jobs

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots will steal your wages but not your job, Barclays predicts

Robots and computers are undermining wages by simplifying jobs and turning skilled work into unskilled ­labour.<p>Automation is spreading into office jobs and the services sector, meaning middle class careers and professions risk being undercut in a way never before seen.<p>It will squash pay packets …

Taxicabs

Experts warn Europe: Don't grant robots rights

Europe is thinking about giving advanced robots rights and responsibilities. Many experts say that's a terrible idea.<p>The European Parliament passed a resolution last year that envisions a special legal status of "electronic persons" for the most sophisticated autonomous robots.<p>The proposal is …

The Future

Apple should open a university that's free for everyone

Apple’s ability to create low-cost products and sell them at premium luxury prices has landed them with a cash pile greater than the Russian stock …

College & University

China's Weibo is purging violent and gay-themed content

Popular Chinese social network Weibo is removing violent and gay-themed content to comply with China's new cybersecurity regulations. The Twitter-like platform has announced that it's doing a three-month "clean-up campaign," which will mainly target "manga (Japanese comics) and videos with …

China

Google AI experiment has you talking to books

Google Research is giving us a (fun) glimpse of how far natural language processing in artificial intelligence has come. Mountain View's research division has rolled out a couple of what it calls Semantic Experiences, which are websites with interesting activities that demonstrate AIs' ability to …

Artificial Intelligence

Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert

<b>Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers.</b><p>The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending a concert by pop star Jacky Cheung in Nanchang city last weekend when he was caught.<p>Police said the …

Artificial Intelligence