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Violent crime prediction algorithms are racially biased

When a criminal defendant faces sentencing in the United States, a judge can use several factors to determine a punishment that fits the crime. Increasingly, one of those factors is what is known as a "risk assessment score" -- a number meant to predict whether or not the defendant will commit …

Pepper the robot is getting Android compatibility and a San Francisco home

He really spiced up our lives<p>Pepper, the doe-eyed humanoid robot developed by SoftBank and Aldebaran Robotics, will soon be open to more developers. At Google I/O this week, SoftBank announced that little Pepper is getting an Android SDK. The Japanese company will also open a Pepper-centric outpost …

Robotics

'No Man's Sky' Finally Has A Release Date, And A Price

It feels like <i>No Man’s Sky</i> has been being hyped for as long as I can remember. The procedurally generated space sim made a splash at the 2013 VGX awards, and has been a press conference mainstay ever since, in addition to media appearances, plenty of coverage, and that elusive to define but easy to …

No Man's Sky

Google’s secret VR weapon is Project Tango

Putting the pieces together<p>The next few months are going to be awash with virtual reality news. In a couple weeks, we should learn a lot more about the Playstation VR. Then, nearly four years after we first tried the Oculus Rift, it’s finally going to be officially released on March 28th. Not long …

Virtual Reality

Uber Launches A Motorbike Taxi On-Demand Service, Initially In Thailand

Uber is expanding its services from four wheels to two after the U.S. company launched a motorbike taxi on-demand service in Thailand.<p>‘UberMoto’ is initially a pilot service in Bangkok, a city where motorbike taxis are already a popular way to beat the city’s dreadful traffic and get from A to B …

Transportation

These Netflix Socks Will Pause Your TV When You've Fallen Asleep

Grab your needles.<p>Netflix recognizes that it's easy to fall asleep during a long binge-watching session. The streaming service has developed a pair …

Knitting

Great Leaders Know They’re Not Perfect

It’s not unusual for executives to enter a new job with deep-seated feelings of being an impostor. Our research studying thousands of leaders rising into bigger jobs revealed 69% feel underprepared for roles they assume. Forty-five percent had minimal understanding of the challenges they would …

Employment

Dubai Is Buying Jetpacks For Its Firefighters

Sky-high prices are no obstacle to sky-high rescue<p>The future is already here -- it’s just mostly in Dubai. This week, the city, part of the United Arab Emirates, signed a deal with real-life jetpack maker Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks for first responders. Why do rescue workers …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

Design

Scientists Witness The Development Of Baby Planets For The First Time

They grow up so fast<p>It's thought that the galaxy is teeming with planets--like, 100 billion of them. The Kepler telescope has spotted nearly 1,900 of these planets, but we have yet to catch a glimpse of one that's still developing.<p>Until now, that is. As explained in a paper in <i>Nature</i> today, a team …

Universe

Atlassian files for IPO — and it's been profitable for the last 10 years

The company, which was reportedly valued at $3.3 billion earlier this year, does not specify the amount or price of shares it intends to sell in the IPO. It plans to list its stock on the Nasdaq Global Market under the stock ticker TEAM.<p>The filing reveals that Atlassian, whose customers include …

Project Management

Google is giving away a big part of its machine learning software

TensorFlow is open sourced<p>Google has just announced that it's open sourcing TensorFlow under the Apache 2 license. That awfully nerdy sentence means that part of the software that Google uses to power its machine learning systems — the stuff that can translate words on a sign with your camera or …

Machine Learning

Facebook No Longer Counts Third-Party Apps And Still Has 1.55 Billion Users

Some say Facebook inflates its monthly active user count by including people who shared from or used a Facebook-connected third-party app. But today Facebook quieted those critics with a 10-Q update to its SEC filing that says it now only counts people who used Facebook or Messenger directly. That …

Apps

Activision Blizzard Acquires Candy Crush Maker King Digital Entertainment For $5.9 Billion

Well here’s a blockbuster acquisition for you. Gaming mothership Activision Blizzard has entered into an agreement to acquire King.com, maker of the wildly popular game Candy Crush and probably other games that I have nor ever will play. Mobile. Games. It’s all of the hot things.<p>Oh, and King says …

Activision Blizzard

Australia Post is testing the use of drones and 3D printers

The times they are a-changing, and Australian postal service Australia Post is the next in line for a major shakeup thanks to new …

New Google Doodle Honors Prolific Mathematician George Boole's 200th Birthday

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Google Doodle

Taxis get a tech update to compete with Uber and Lyft

Taxis are about to get a technology makeover.<p>Flywheel, the Redwood City, Calif., technology company that works with the taxi industry, announced Thursday it will begin piloting in San Francisco an all-in-one GPS-based smartphone taxi meter, which will replace existing technology in participating …

MIT researchers have developed a device that can identify people through walls

Paranoid about technology chipping away at our privacy? You might want to skip this article.<p>If all goes to plan, a product will become commercially available in 2016 that can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to see the silhouette of a person standing behind a wall. It can distinguish …

Computer Science

Twitch launches a new hub where users can watch artists as they work

Twitch Creative hopes to spotlight a fast growing population of artists broadcasting their process<p>Twitch is best know as the world’s biggest live-streaming platform for video games, a place where casual gamers and high-profile e-sports teams broadcast their action for millions of fans. That …

Livestreaming