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Emmanuel Macron’s Bittersweet Victory

As the celebration fades, the new president of France faces a harsh reality: Voters didn’t really buy what he was selling.<p>After the shock of Brexit in June and the surprise victory of Donald Trump in November, France experienced a political earthquake of a different kind Sunday by electing a …

Inside Baidu's Billion Dollar Push To Become An AI Global Leader

To Chinese search engine operator Baidu, the future is set in stone. The company, dubbed the Google of China, has been investing heavily in artificial intelligence, betting that smart machines will disrupt industry after industry.<p>Of the 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) Baidu spent in research and …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump is distracting last chance efforts to save the world from irreversible global warming destruction

Paris (AFP) - For the first time since Donald Trump's ascent to the White House, UN negotiators gather next week to draft rules to take forward the climate-rescue Paris Agreement he has threatened to abandon.<p>The mid-year round of haggling in Bonn is meant to begin work on a crucial rulebook for …

Here's What Real Climate Scientists Have to Say About Global Warming

Too often, the media focus their attention on climate-change deniers, and as a result, when scientists speak with the press, it’s almost always a …

Will Blockchain Be the Ultimate Disrupter? Harvard Says Yes | Inc.com

"Imagine a technology that could preserve our freedom to choose for ourselves and our families, to express these choices in the world, and to control our own destiny, no matter where we lived or were born. What tools and jobs could we create with those capabilities? What new business and services? …

Blockchain

Fintech investor: 'Anything that has machine learning or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x'

Andy Stewart, a managing partner at Motive Partners, said at the International Fintech conference in London last week: "I would call valuations right now frothy in general... tech generally is frothy."<p>A frothy market is one where valuations become detached from the underlining performance of a …

Is The Market At Its Top? Is It Time To Bail?

<i>The current bull market is eight years old. A few bull runs have lasted longer, but not many. Stocks are down a bit from their highs in March. What if we have seen the top, and it’s time for a harrowing descent. What do we do? For one thing, listen to some advice from a wise investing adviser,</i> <i>Rick</i> …

Stock Markets

Weekend Roundup: With Cyber, There Are No Front Lines In War Or Peace

Just as the internet has connected people beyond borders, weaponized information is reshaping war, espionage and propaganda globally.<p>“There are no front lines in war or peace,” the late Israeli leader Shimon Peres told me in an interview way back in 1995 when the influence of the internet was first …

Trump Talks Tough on U.S.-China Trade but Delays Real Action

SHANGHAI — President Trump appeared to follow through on Friday on his promises to get tough on trade with China, less than a week before he is to meet with President Xi Jinping of China.<p>In two executive orders, Mr. Trump called for tighter enforcement of tariffs imposed in anti-dumping and …

Germany criticizes Trump orders on trade deficits, import duty evasion

© Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony of executive orders on trade, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and …

The startup that's an expert at predicting what you want to do next just raised $20 million

He responds with one of the his company's core values: "Provide omotenashi."<p>The Japanese philosophy of whole-hearted hospitality is one that powers both the business and the company's culture.<p>"The easiest literal translation [of omotenashi] is the ability of the host to predict what his or her …

China’s energy strategy: power and independence

What are the implications of China’s announcement last week that it will be spending $360m over the next four years to build up its renewable energy …

The African economies to watch in 2017

With the consequences of Brexit and an increasingly inward-looking United States still unfolding, 2017 is likely to be an economically tumultuous year. Some African countries, however, could see sustainable growth beyond the usual narrative of Africa alternatively “rising” and “reeling.”<p>“The …

Africa

Indian firm makes carbon capture breakthrough

A breakthrough in the race to make useful products out of planet-heating CO2 emissions has been made in southern India.<p>A plant at the industrial port of Tuticorin is capturing CO2 from its own coal-powered boiler and using it to make baking soda.<p>Crucially, the technology is running without subsidy, …

Carbon Capture and Storage

Science Can’t Save the Earth This Time

Politicians seem to hope we’ll be able to ‘science the s**t’ out of global warming’s consequences at some point in the distant future—but the point …

DEUTSCHE BANK: 'Globalization is under siege'

Josh Feinman, Deutsche Asset Managment's global chief economist, says in a recent note to clients that anti-globalization sentiment has "unleashed a political backlash, an anti-establishment revolt— "a politics of rage" —that has contributed to the UK vote to leave the EU, the U.S. election of …

This rock climbing treadmill wall will give you the ultimate workout

This machine lets users practice their rock climbing skills even in confined spaces. Manufactured by Joyride, Climbstation is a rock climbing wall with a rotating system that enables users to climb indefinitely.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b>On Facebook

Become an Ethical Hacker Bonus Bundle | Popular Mechanics Shop

<b>Ethical Hacking from Beginner to Advanced Techniques</b><p>Get Paid to Hack Computer Networks When You Become a Certified Ethical Hacker<p>You hear about it all the time: companies getting hacked, having their websites shut down or their customers' data compromised. When that happens, it's time to call in …

Information Security

Canada well on its way to a renewable-energy future

<i>Christopher Barrington-Leigh is assistant professor in the School of Environment at McGill University</i><p>In 2016, renewable energy surpassed coal as the largest source of installed power capacity in the world. China's carbon emissions peaked. The German upper house, the Bundesrat, voted to ban …

NOBEL ECONOMIST: 'I don’t think globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are'

Angus Deaton, who won the Nobel Prize last year for his work on health, wealth, and inequality, told the Financial Times he believes robots are a much greater threat to employment in the US than globalisation.<p>Addressing the theory that Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections was …

World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

The world’s largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other strategic decision-making.<p>Bridgewater Associates has a team of software engineers working on the project at the request of billionaire founder Ray …

Artificial Intelligence

Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy

A newly designed futuristic power plant complex, EXOSPHERE, pioneers a unique paradigm for sustainable buildings in the Dominican Republic. Four wind …

Big Utility Sees Pathway to $10 Oil

The oil industry must brace for five energy “tsunamis” that threaten to drag prices as low as $10 a barrel in less than a decade, according to Engie …

This Startup Uses A Particle Accelerator To Make Solar Panels Much, Much Cheaper

The process makes them cheaper and more efficient–and could hasten the end of coal.<p>The cost of solar panels is dropping exponentially, and solar power is now 80% cheaper than it was in 2010. A new startup plans to make it even more of a threat to fossil fuels, while also making panels much more …

Here's a super-quick guide to what traders are talking about right now

Dave Lutz, the head of Exchange Traded Funds at JonesTrading, has a brief overview of what traders are watching on Monday:<p><b>Markets</b>:<p>Very Quiet globally. US Futures up small with Industrials leading. In Europe, Quiet trade with defensive stocks including utilities, real estate and technology firms …

Why 2017 will be the year of AI

AI is more than machine learning, and 2017 could be the year it goes mainstream<p>If there’s a single technology trend that defined 2016, it’s the rise …

Wall Street could keep the rent “too damn high”

<b>A rental home owned by Blackstone is shown in Riverside, California (Reuters/Mike Blake)</b><p>Blackstone’s forthcoming IPO shows rent-backed securities are growing. Critics say that’s helping drive up rent<p>Angelo Young<p>December 19, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>The bursting of the U.S. housing bubble in 2008 upended …

Automation Won't Create New Jobs Like Technology Did In The Past

“Increased productivity leads to more wealth, cheaper goods, greater spending power and ultimately, more jobs,” said the Wall Street Journal in the latest entry in the counterpoint to articles declaring the end of work.<p>People should trust things will work out and know the weight of historic …

Economics

Jeffrey Sachs: Economics is “horrendously misguided” and obsessed with “completely unimportant things”

The economics profession has lost its moral groundings, according to one of its most outspoken practitioners. As a result, economists are failing to provide a basic service: helping people.<p>According to Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, the problem started centuries ago. Back then, economics …

Economics

Passwords and hacking: the jargon of hashing, salting and SHA-2 explained

From Yahoo, MySpace and TalkTalk to Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder, personal information has been stolen by hackers from around the world.<p>But with each hack there’s the big question of how well the site protected its users’ data. Was it open and freely available, or was it hashed, secured …

Information Systems