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5 Real Life Blockchain Implementations Outside of Cryptocurrency

What do Pied Piper and blockchain tools have in common? Both are always “coming soon.”<p>By now most of us are familiar with blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Outside of cryptocurrency, blockchain has many purported use cases in scenarios that require …

Blockchain

Tech in a time of travesties

“Violence is like XML,” a hacker friend once said to me sardonically, re the USA’s endless flailing military presence in Afghanistan, “if it doesn’t work, you’re obviously just not using enough of it.”<p>This is true of the tech and Valley attitude towards life in general. When all you have is a …

Tech Industry

Who Knew Blockchain Could Make Government This Easy? This Italian CIO, That’s Who.

The Italian province of South Tyrol is best known for its alpine mountains and ski resorts. With the highest concentration of Michelin-starred …

Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

<b>Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.</b><p>When a "normal" algorithm generated by artificial intelligence is asked what it sees in an abstract shape it chooses something cheery: "A group of …

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 …

Why Adobe is giving designers its UX design software for free

Starting today, Adobe is making its interface design software free to anyone in the world. The XD CC Starter kit includes desktop and mobile versions of Adobe XD, a program that enables designers to create and share prototypes of websites, apps, and other user interfaces.<p>Since moving to a …

UX Design

The military just created an AI that learned how to program software

Tired of writing your own boring code for new software? Finally, there’s an AI that can do it for you.<p>BAYOU is an deep learning tool that basically …

Google’s Sergey Brin warns of the threat from AI in today’s ‘technology renaissance’

Google co-founder says the company is giving ‘serious thought’ to problems like job destruction<p>Google co-founder Sergey Brin has warned that the current boom in artificial intelligence has created a “technology renaissance” that contains many potential threats. Writing in the company’s annual …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers trained an AI to create Flintstones cartoons

Machines are quickly bridging the creative gap between human and artificial intelligence. Last year we were amazed by Nvidia’s AI’s ability to generate realistic images of fake people, but yesterday a group of researchers unveiled one capable of making original videos of “The Flintstones” from text …

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 …

TED Talks

Researchers teach AI to think like dogs and find out what they know about the world

They say AI trained on dog behavior could be useful for teaching robots<p>What can artificial intelligence learn from dogs? Quite a lot, say researchers from the University of Washington and Allen Institute for AI. They recently trained neural networks to interpret and predict the behavior of canines. …

Element wants to give identity to the whole world, raising $12M Series A

Who are you? That’s both an existential question, and also a very practical administrative concern. Today, identity is often exchanged through the use of government ID cards and official paperwork, but what happens when someone loses that paperwork or it is destroyed? Or, as is often the case in …

Microsoft now offers public courses for building AI skills

Microsoft has added an AI track to its Professional Program courses. The track is open to the public and is comprised of nine online courses -- each of which take eight to 16 hours to complete -- as well as a final project. "The program provides job-ready skills and real-world experience to …

Learning

Cloudflare’s new ‘privacy-focused’ DNS service speeds up your web browsing

Cloudflare decided to use April Fool’s Day (4/1) to share some news about four 1’s that could help speed your internet browsing. The company announced today that it’s launching a DNS service for consumers called 1.1.1.1<p>The company’s tool — which is not some super nerdy April Fool’s joke — will …

DNS

Cloudflare makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history

If you're privacy-minded, you probably aren't thrilled that governments seem hell-bent on giving internet providers free rein over your browsing data. Cloudflare just gave you a tool to fight back, however. It launched 1.1.1.1, a free Domain Name System service (the technology that translates IP …

Privacy

Think Your Company Needs a Data Scientist? You're Probably Wrong.

Ask yourself these four questions before jumping on the data science bandwagon.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I started my career in data 15 years ago, I could never have envisioned a sexy rebranding of my work with the coining of the term "data …

Machine Learning

How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever - MIT Technology Review

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian’s wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans …

Social Media Use in 2018

A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and …

Social Media

Chris Messina: Alexa leads the ‘god bot’ wars because Amazon gets the most interest from developers

A little over two years ago, before Facebook Messenger or iMessage opened to third-party bots, and before the arrival of Google Assistant, conversational AI champion Chris Messina helped coin the term “conversational commerce.”<p>Messina, who is perhaps best known as the creator of the hashtag, has …

Forces of change: The future of mobility

A number of forces are converging to change the way people and goods travel from point A to point B. The resulting new mobility ecosystem could have …

Ontology & Linked Data

Ontology - Linked Data<p><b>What is Linked Data?</b><br>The Web enables us to link related documents. Similarly it enables us to link related data. The term Linked …

Job One for Quantum Computers: Boost Artificial Intelligence

In the early ’90s, Elizabeth Behrman, a physics professor at Wichita State University, began working to combine quantum physics with artificial …

Mozilla announces an open gateway for the internet of things

Apple, Google, Amazon and Samsung have all been working hard to create their own standard to control all the connected devices around your home. Mozilla just announced that anybody can now create an open gateway to control the internet of things. The organization also confirmed that it is still …

Amazon Echo

German API integration startup CloudRail announces $672K seed investment

Just about every startup has aspirations to be a platform play. One of the main issues companies typically face on that journey is that just because they build an API doesn’t mean developers are going to adopt it. German API startup CloudRail wants to help.<p>It not only provides a set of tools to …

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Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'

The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net …

Net Neutrality

15 Lessons Learned while Converting from ASP.NET to .NET Core

At Stackify we have been doing a lot of work with .NET Core over the last few months. We ported StackifyLib and our logging appenders over. We have …

Software Development

2016 Best of the Web Winners Demonstrate Technological Innovation, Service Delivery Improvements

The public sector is adopting the same modern technologies and nimble operations used by its private industry counterparts. This is reflected in …

Tim Sweeney: Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform Must, And Will, Die

Strong words coming from Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney today. Microsoft has recently been making a push to unify the Windows platform across PC, Xbox and mobile, and Sweeney is not a fan. In an editorial in The Guardian, the veteran game developer argues that Microsoft is trying to close down the Windows …

Why Migration To The Cloud Requires An IT Management Upgrade

Management practices in the world of IT range from the most advanced forms of automation as found in the lights-out data centers at Facebook, Google and Amazon, to the most haphazard and informal back-of-the-envelope stuff implemented by cousin Jimmy who “knows about computers.” The problem in the …

America deals with Australia's terrible Internet in hysterical 'Wife Swap' parody

Australia. The lucky country, except when it comes to Internet.<p>In a parody of <i>Wife Swap</i>, everyone's favourite show where everyone freaks out, <i>WiFi Swap</i> …