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Facebook spares humans by fighting offensive photos with AI

Facebook’s artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do, marking a major milestone in the social network’s battle against abuse, the company tells me. AI could quarantine obscene content before it ever hurts the psyches of real people.<p>Facebook’s success in ads has …

It might be time to stop looking for the WeChat of the West

I was recently in China, which meant I was living on WeChat. All my meetings, from CEOs to academics to old friends, were arranged through the app. I authenticated my identity for free Wi-Fi at shopping malls with WeChat. I checked in for a flight by scanning a QR code through WeChat. I watched …

Chatbots

Facebook’s new DeepText AI categorizes everything you write

If Facebook knows what your status update is about, it can show it to people who care about that topic. If it understands the difference between “I just got out of the taxi” and “I need a ride” messages, it can ask if you want an Uber. If it detects that you’re trying to sell something in a status …

In defense of online lending

Ryan Weeks Contributor<p>Ryan Weeks is the editor of AltFi News, writing extensively about marketplace lending, crowdfunding and all forms of alternative finance.<p>The corks have been flying among the naysayers of online lending over the past few weeks. Fintech has been exposed as a pretender to the …

Dear auto entrepreneurs, please think outside the gearbox

With Tesla’s growing popularity, Uber’s continued global expansion, incessant rumors of Apple’s entry into transit, the ascent of drones, Google’s exploration of self-driving cars and the billion-dollar sale of Cruise Automation to GM, the transport sector has never looked hotter for aspiring …

Entrepreneurship

Spotify seeks more personalized playlists after Discover Weekly finds 40M users

Apple Music, Tidal and, until recently, Spotify, failed at music discovery because they stuck to a blog-style format. But Spotify has cracked the code with a Facebook News Feed-style personalized, frequently updated playlist called Discover Weekly. Spotify now says the playlists have seen 40 …

Apple Music

The intelligent app ecosystem (is more than just bots!)

Application intelligence is the process of using machine learning technology to create apps that use historical and real-time data to make predictions and decisions to deliver rich, adaptive, personalized experiences for users.<p>We believe that every successful new application built today will be an …

Europe eyes new rules for online platforms

The European Union’s executive body has today set out a series of proposals for new rules that would apply to a broad range of online platforms, from the likes of YouTube to Google to eBay, as part of ongoing efforts to boost competitiveness in the region under its Digital Single Market …

Social Media

Preparing for infrastructures of the future

Sandeepan Banerjee Contributor<p>Sandeepan Banerjee is the senior vice president of engineering at ClusterHQ.<p>There are many abstract notions about what the future of infrastructure will look like, but the truth is that the future is staring companies in the face. The adoption of hybrid cloud models, …

Can startups disrupt the $20 billion cyber insurance market?

Over the past few years, cyber insurance markets have been growing at between 25-50 percent CAGR each year. According to The Betterley Report 2015, annual policy premiums are approaching $2.75 billion. The ecosystem of insurance underwriters, intermediaries/brokers, analysts/management consultants …

Intellectual Property

Report: Southeast Asia’s internet economy to grow to $200B by 2025

There isn’t a lot of data on the potential of technology in Southeast Asia, which is why many in the industry have been excitedly flipping through a new report released today by Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek and Google. The biggest takeaway: Southeast Asia’s internet economy could be …

The rise of APIs

Matt Murphy Contributor<p>Matt Murphy is a managing director of Menlo Ventures, a seed to growth venture capital firm. Matt focuses on multi-stage investments across cloud infrastructure and AI-first SaaS applications.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>2017 will be a strong year for venture capital<br>• 10 …

Microservices

All the cool kids are doing Ethereum now

In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnashing of teeth and …

The mercurial nature of P2P lending

The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetter, Zopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and …

Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet

As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value.<p>It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses …

It’s time to remove “serial entrepreneur” from our vocabulary

In today’s tech-driven business world, the title “serial entrepreneur” is a coveted badge of honor. A quick look at Google, for example, yields no less than 830,000 mentions — with “how to become a serial entrepreneur” topping the list of popular searches. And all the while, the phrase increasingly …

Entrepreneurship

Google unveils Google Assistant, a virtual assistant that’s a big upgrade to Google Now

Google today said it was unveiling a virtual assistant tool at its annual Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View called Google Assistant.<p>This appears to be similar to what Google Now can do already, but it appears to be an upgraded version of it. You can ask a question for an answer, and …

Google Assistant

Google debuts Allo, an AI-based chat app using its new assistant bot, smart replies and more

Today at I/O, Google took the wraps off its latest foray into the world of communications: the company announced Allo, a smart messaging app supercharged with machine learning and Google’s new Google Assistant service (its answer to Amazon’s Alexa), giving users the ability not just to chat to each …

Google wants you to choose the final name for Android N

You get to choose the name of Google’s next Android release.<p>Traditionally, every Android release is named after something sweet: Marshmallow, Lollipop, KitKat, Jelly Bean, etc.<p>Previews are always named after the next letter in the alphabet at first (N, in the case of the latest release); Google …

Android News

Google takes a new approach to native apps with Instant Apps for Android

Mobile apps often provide a better user experience than browser-based web apps, but you first have to find them, download them, and then try not to forget you installed them. Now, Google wants us to rethink what mobile apps are and how we interact with them.<p>Instant Apps, a new Android feature …

Apps

Google asks the Internet for N-words — what could possibly go wrong?

What’s worse than asking the Internet at large to name your product? Telling them it has to start with N. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the stupefying magnitude of Google’s naiveté here.<p>I mean, right off the bat, asking the Internet for help with naming something is a losing proposal. Just …

Internet

Fintech doesn’t just disrupt banks, it makes them platforms

It’s easy to move your money between banks. What’s annoying is moving your apps.<p>There’s been a recent explosion of fintech products in spaces like stock trading, wealth management, payments, loans, remittance and insurance. It’s been fueled by a massive uptick in venture investment in private …

Disrupt NY

Only humans, not computers, can learn or predict

Joab Rosenberg Contributor<p>Joab Rosenberg is the former deputy head analyst for the Israeli government and CEO of Epistema.<p>Nature magazine announced in late January that a computer designed by Google’s DeepMind defeated a human master in the ancient Chinese board game, “Go.” This impressive …

Artificial Intelligence

The dehumanization of Facebook Messenger

I used to answer every message. Not any more. When Messenger buzzes, now I don’t know if it will be a friend or a bot. Every chime forces me to do a little Turing test in my head. Was I expecting to be pinged by a pal? Or is it 8:11pm again and TechCrunch’s bot is sending me another daily …

The next stop on the road to revolution is ambient intelligence

Gary Grossman Contributor<p>Gary Grossman is a futurist and public relations and communications marketing executive with Edelman.<p>It’s easy to see a rainbow when it’s in the distance, but more difficult to discern when you are in its midst. Though it’s still early days, we’re now in the midst of the …

Lightening the cognitive load

A longtime colleague and friend of mine used to love to say  “Let’s just make this easy for them” whenever we discussed an upcoming meeting. I think I winced the first few times I heard it. It didn’t seem like much of a negotiation strategy… at least, that is, until he helped me appreciate how …

Bots, Messenger and the future of customer service

In the 1970s, CFOs sat with CEOs and devised ways for upset consumers to not be able to get compensation easily. They put up automated phone systems and arcane and inflexible policies and rejoiced at how little the company had to “give up” to complaining customers.<p>And this system worked… until …

The next AI is no AI

Artificial Intelligence is starting to turn invisible from the outside in — and vice versa. The exact effects and workings of AI technologies are becoming more challenging to perceive and comprehend for humans. Even the experts themselves don’t always fully understand how an AI system …

A few words on chatbots

Lo and behold! A new wave of technology is preparing to crash down upon the unsuspecting consumer. Chatbots are surging towards our conversations at breakneck speed!<p>No, not the kind of chatbots that have been around for donkeys’ years, adding robotic interjections to irreverent chatrooms when the …

Chatbots

Asia’s mobile-first economy and how the West is feeling the effects

Matthew Dibb Contributor<p>Matthew Dibb is the founder of Incipient IT and co-founder and CEO of ChildsPass.<p>Asia Pacific leads the global digital infrastructure as home to half of the world’s mobile phone subscribers and the largest number of wireless Internet connections. However, the region also has …

Asia Pacific