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The United Nations Looks at Security Of Artificial Intelligence

I recently had the privilege of attending at the United Nations an invited gathering of individuals active in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space. The meeting was hosted by UNOPS with a view to consider how AI can be better deployed to support the UN mission. The attendees included leaders in AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Oh Snap! Instagram Stories Is Killing The Competition

Instagram Stories is only eight months old, yet it it’s already more popular than Snapchat. Facebook, who owns Instagram, states that 200 million people are using Instagram Stories every day, compared to 160 million daily users for Snapchat.<p>Snapchat is showing a significant decline in viewership. …

Instagram

Brexit: No Easy Options for Britain’s Bankers

Hopes for a simple solution for single-market access are misplaced<p>Brexit is about the art of the possible. U.K. lobbyists won plaudits last week for dropping demands to keep full single-market access for London finance. But hopes that they can open doors using a simpler so-called equivalence …

Brexit

This Man’s Bank Wanted To Read All His Emails To Approve A Credit Card

All your info are belong to us.<p>On Jan. 10, Twitter user @coderzombie was applying for a credit card online when his bank sent him a link to verify his email address.<p>When he clicked, this is what he discovered.<p>It turns out that his bank, HDFC, used a third-party company called Verifi.Me, whose …

Twitter

Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Nintendo’s New iPhone Game

Nintendo's famed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has spent his career developing some of the world's most iconic and cherished video games, from …

Inside the secret meeting where Apple revealed the state of its AI research

Apple has long been secretive about the research done within its Cupertino, California, labs. It’s easy to understand why. Conjecture can spin out of even the most benign of research papers or submissions to medical journals, especially when they’re tied to the most valuable company on the …

Amazon Lightsail vs. DigitalOcean

Amazon released a new VPS hosting service called Lightsail that directly competes with the value proposition of DigitalOcean. This post dives into …

Something weird happens to companies when they hit 150 people

The dynamics of companies change fundamentally when they exceed roughly 150 people, in ways that startup founders can struggle to address.<p>“It’s one of the magic numbers in group sizes,” contends Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox, who joined in 2005 when the internet company had fewer than …

Management

Bank of England to reveal stress test results for UK's biggest banks

Snapshot assesses resilience of six banks and one building society as well as risks to post-Brexit financial system<p>The Bank of England is due to provide a snapshot of the strength of Britain’s biggest lenders after assessing their resilience to a dramatic economic downturn and sharp fall in house …

Banking

Bank of America unveils an AI-powered bot to help customers with their personal finances

Bank of America debuted a virtual assistant bot today at Money2020, a fintech conference being held this week in Las Vegas.<p>Named Erica, the bot uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to learn your personal spending habits and offer helpful advice.<p>The bot will be available by voice …

Banking

See The Difference One Year Makes In Artificial Intelligence Research

An improved way of learning about neural networks<p>Last June, Google wrote that it was teaching its artificial intelligence algorithms to generate images of objects, or "dream." The A.I. tried to generate pictures of things it had seen before, like dumbbells. But it ran into a few problems. It was …

Uber offering debit cards in Mexico - will other markets follow?

Despite facing resistance from local transportation entities, Uber has proven to be a successful transportation method in Mexico. But there seems to be another issue at hand – some debit cards limit e-commerce purchases, making it hard for many users to take advantage of the ride-sharing …

Banking

Microsoft to hike UK enterprise prices after Brexit pounds sterling

UK businesses that buy enterprise software or cloud services from Microsoft are facing a price hike from January 1.<p>On Friday Microsoft quietly released the news of changes to pricing for volume licensing products via its UK TechNet blog for IT professionals — saying it was revising pricing in pound …

Next Generation Powerwall 2.0 and New Tesla Charger, On The Way!!

October 28th 2016 will be an exciting day for Tesla and all its many fans, partners, and investors for it will be unveiling not one, but three …

Autos

In Opinion: Who Will Win the AI Battle, Amazon or Google?

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7 Ways to Introduce AI into Your Organization

I’m teaching a new course this semester on cognitive technologies (AKA artificial intelligence) to Babson MBAs. Many of them are new to this set of technologies, and seeing the topic through my students’ eyes has made me realize how overwhelming it can be. There are so many different types of AI, …

Machine Learning

AI, autonomous cars and moral dilemmas

You’re a train conductor speeding along when you suddenly see five people tied up on the tracks in front of you. You don’t have enough time to stop, but you do have enough time to switch to an alternate track. That’s when you see there’s one person tied up on the alternate track. Do you pull the …

Stephen Hawking: AI will be 'either best or worst thing' for humanity

Professor praises creation of Cambridge University institute to study future of artificial intelligence<p>Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”, and praised the creation of an …

Google Pixel review: Nearly everything you'd want in a flagship phone

Google couldn't have picked a better time to hit reset on its flagship phones. Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is literally burning up in flames, and that's created a gaping hole in the premium Android market.<p>The company's new Pixel and Pixel XL replace the Nexus phones. The names are new and they're …

Phones

Apple hires its first director of AI research

Carnegie Mellon professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov has been chasing one of the holy grails of machine learning.<p>Apple is getting serious about artificial intelligence. How serious? It's just hired its first director of AI. And not just anyone -- it's hired Ruslan Salakhutdinov, an associate professor in …

Artificial Intelligence

Blockchain is an enabler, not a disruptor

Gautam Jain, Global Head, Digitisation & Client Access, Transaction banking, Standard Chartered, spe...

Banking

The new CEO of Wells Fargo reassured Wall Street, but no one else

Anyone dialing into Wells Fargo’s earnings call today (Oct. 14) hoping to hear about a bold new vision or transformational change was likely disappointed.<p>Instead they heard newly appointed CEO Tim Sloan deliver a carefully calibrated description about reforms being made by the scandal-ridden bank …

Aire's Authorisation Signifies a Move to Modernise Credit Scoring

LONDON, October 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --<p>Aire, a startup that gives people a new credit score to help them qualify for essential financial products, is …

FinTech

Fintech credit scoring startup Aire gets green light from FCA

Aire is the first significant entrant in this sector which typically has been led by the 'big three' bureaus. The company also announced that it …

Banking

Five European Fintech Startups To Watch

From fledgling businesses with brilliant ideas, to hi-po startups already scaling fast, Europe’s fintech sector has never looked so buoyant, or so appealing to investors. The sector itself is already evolving, with the focus starting to shift away from payments solutions to investment management, …

FinTech

Whatever happened to…11 startups graduating from Barclays Techstars 2 years ago

2 years ago I attended the Barclays Techstars graduation day pitch in London. My report from then is here. I was excited and impressed, but knew the …

Startups

Buying a Tesla is So Simple, it Makes Auto Dealers Obsolete, Fearful and Furious (TSLA)

Tesla Motors Inc is not in the good graces of auto dealers because it bypasses the traditional middlemen and sells its cars directly to buyers. …

Autos

'Giant meteorite' unearthed in northern Argentina

An excavating team in Argentina have unearthed a rock weighing over 30 tonnes it is thought could be one of the world’s largest meteorites.<p>It was unearthed from an area 1,000 kilometres north of Buenos Aires that is littered with craters and is believed to have experienced a powerful meteorite …

European News

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Can Now Balance on One Foot

Today, gravity. Tomorrow, the world!<p>The robot uprising may be closer than you think. Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot, which previously demonstrated its ability to walk across rough terrain and take all kinds of abuse from its creators, has now mastered a new, and even more terrifying skill: balancing …