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This sci-fi author predicted everything about the smartphone, now he has insights for our AI world

StreetScape TV<p>Science fiction writers are some of the great creative forward-thinkers of our time.<p>Hard science fiction is the particular category within the genre that matters the most in imagining our shared future, where the laws of physics are adhered to, usually with specified accuracy. The …

The Top 5 Books on How to Build and Maintain a Values-Driven Business

These books share wisdom on how you can have a successful business while sticking to your core principles.<p>Many people get into business with a clear vision of what they want to accomplish. This often is based on using specific personal values and principles as a foundation--how you want your …

The best coding courses for getting started

To quote the late, great Steve Jobs: “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” Here’s our …

How the Music Industry Messed Up Legal Streaming the First Time Around

Lessons from the music industry’s initial consumer-hostile reaction to the Napster saga. Going from $16 CDs to unlimited streaming is really hard.<p><i>A version of this post originally appeared on</i> <i>Tedium</i><i>, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.</i><p>It wasn’t always this way, but …

Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

Someone Made A 3D Game Engine In Microsoft Excel Using Nothing But Formulas

Why bother with Unity, Unreal or even Game Maker, when you can fire up Excel and whip up a game made up of formulas? Sure, you're spending sanity …

Game Development

9 Things I Never Knew About Cruises Until I Ran the World’s Largest Ship

At a time when travelers are feeling more precious than ever about “authentic experiences,” the cruise industry is doubling down on the exact …

Royal Caribbean

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

Inside Joymode, a subscription service saving you from buying all of the things

Surveying the retail world right now, it’s hard to see anything but Amazon.<p>The company offers a degree of convenience for buyers of stuff that’s never been equalled (which, while being hyperbolic may also be true), and it has made consuming new crap nearly effortless. In the process it’s become the …

Top 10 websites for Programmers to learn coding

Best books of 2016: The fiction we loved

With its heady mix of books that both spoke to our time and ripped us right out of the present and down the rabbit hole, 2016 was a good year to be a …

War Algorithms Will Save Lives Unless They Kill Us All

When is a weapon "fully autonomous?"<p>Imagine, if you can, you’re a navy sailor out at sea. Your country’s at war, and suddenly, an enemy missile is …

A Hobbit-style apartment building rises in Japan

Green roofs for days<p>If hobbit homes were conceived as apartment complexes, they’d look like this new project completed in Takamatsu, Japan by architect Keita Nagata. Built over two and a half years, the five-unit building follows the mountainside site’s hilly terrain, piling one residence over …

Why Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all desperately need you to know that the robots are coming

Instead, the biggest companies in tech, especially Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, spent their 2016 hyping up something a little more abstract: their ongoing quests to build a so-called "general artificial intelligence," and all the extra smarts they're adding to the product while they're …

Artificial Intelligence

Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday

Now, there's a new addition to that lineup: the Apple Watch.<p>Apple doesn't usually talk about its plans or future products until it's ready to unveil them to the world. But the company wants us to know that big improvements for the Apple Watch are coming.<p>"Third-party apps will get much better," Jeff …

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