Christian Renard

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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and a group of influential billionaires are investing in 2 startups that could solve the biggest problem with renewable energy

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and a host of their uber-rich compatriots are investing in two energy startups that could solve one of the biggest problems with renewable energy.<p>They are investing through a $1 billion fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, known as BEV, which announced last …

Bill Gates

Here Are 18 Things You Might Not Have Realized Facebook Tracks About You

Including: information about your online and offline actions and other devices on your Wi-Fi network.<p>When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he said he'd have his team follow up on questions he couldn't answer in full …

15 of the Best and Most Unusual Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

Improve your outlook, boost your marketability and get a leg up on trends with these digital lesson sessions.<p>Real-world experience is the world’s best teacher, but there’s a wealth of knowledge online to help teach ourselves what we don’t have the opportunity to learn from a mentor or navigating …

Entrepreneurship

Here's everything Google Assistant can do on your phone

Google Assistant is starting to roll out to all Android phones running Marshmallow and Nougat. There's a lot of pretty cool things it can do to make …

Google Assistant

5 TED Talks Every Business Owner Needs to Watch

When you’re running a small business, the last thing you need is to waste time watching videos online. That is, unless those videos might help your …

4 Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

Learning is no longer something we just do in schools.<p>The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning new things.<p>Learning is no longer something we just do in schools. We can't rely on just the …

Google's amazing AI experiments let you play with neural networks

Google is known for its funky experiments with web technology — just take a look at its Chrome Experiments page, where the company has accumulated over a thousand creative web apps using its web technology.<p>A lot of Google’s products today use machine learning to better serve its users.<p>For example, …

Machine Learning

The future is here: Drones are delivering Domino’s pizzas to customers

It’s a brave new world—for pizza.<p>For residents of the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand, Domino’s pizza is now just a short drone delivery away. The company announced today that it delivered its first pizzas to actual customers using drones, after testing the service out this summer.<p>To order a …

Customers

MIT Ranks the World's 13 Smartest Artificial Intelligence Companies

From chatbots to robots, these global leaders combine brains with business sense.<p>Editors at the <i>MIT Technology Review</i> recently weighed in with their annual review of the world's 50 Smartest Companies. This list celebrates the most effective pairing of innovation and business across the globe. For …

How to approach machine learning as a non-technical person

The last few years have seen an explosion of interest in machine learning technology and potential applications. As a non-expert, you’ve probably either had to assess ML technology for your product and business or as a potential investment. The jargon around ML technology is vast, confusing and, …

Facebook isn’t just fighting ad blockers, it’s fighting the underlying causes of blocking

Independent publishers are terrified of platform dependency these days, and for good reason: According to Parse.ly, Facebook is the No. 1 source of traffic to their sites.<p>Facebook and Google together account for 65 percent of digital ad revenue, according to Pew’s State of the News Media 2016 …

Welcome to the hardtech era

Good news, my friends! The day we have all ostentatiously longed for has arrived. I come to announce that the days of sugar water are over. The era of SoLoMo photo apps, messaging copycats, new niche social networks, “Uber for X”, and on-demand delivery of artisanal civet coffee is behind us at …

Productivity Commission wants Australians to be given right to opt out of data collection

Commission calls on government to create ‘comprehensive right’ that would give Australians greater control of personal data<p>The Productivity Commission wants to revolutionise how personal data is collected and handled in Australia.<p>It is calling on the federal government to create a “comprehensive …

Why Siri Needs to Get Smarter Faster

Apple is surprisingly good at building great AI. But is it good enough to beat Google?<p>Apple is the most successful company in the world. But future success for Apple depends to a surprising degree on artificial intelligence.<p>When you think of Silicon Valley’s AI leaders, Apple may not immediately …

DeepMind’s First Medical Research Gig Will Use AI to Diagnose Eye Disease - MIT Technology Review

Every week, Moorfields Eye Hospital in London performs 3,000 optical coherence tomography scans to diagnose vision problems. The scans, which use …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Debuts Its Amazon Echo-Killer, Home

Google has introduced a voice-controlled home automation hub, intensifying a battle among tech giants over devices that respond to your questions, …

Microsoft’s speech recognition is now just as accurate as humans

Robots are now just as good at transcribing speech as humans.<p>According to a paper published yesterday, a team of Microsoft engineers in the Artificial Intelligence and Research division reported their system reached a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, a figure that is roughly equal to that of …

Google's 'DeepMind' AI platform can now learn without human input

DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.<p>In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it …

Workplace by Facebook opens to sell enterprise social networking to the masses

After 20 months in a closed beta under the working title Facebook at Work, (as we predicted it would the other week) today Facebook is finally bringing its enterprise-focused messaging and social networking service to market under a new name, Workplace.<p>It’s not only armed with a new brand: …

Apple is shifting the focus of its secret car project

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple may not become an automaker, but it still wants to develop its own self-driving technology.The iPhone-maker's automotive …

Silicon Valley

The Roots of Religion

For as long as modern human beings have existed, ritual has played a part in the development and promotion of group life. Such rituals include …

NOW NEW NEXT: How growth champions create new value

To generate new organic growth for both the short and long term, businesses need to explore three horizons for action.<p><b>How do companies</b> such as LEGO, …

Why Google Is Snapping Up This Startup for $625 Million

Google just announced it is buying Apigee, a specialist in application programming interfaces (APIs), for approximately $625 million in cash.<p>The …

Why Organizations Need to Take Trust, Security and Privacy Seriously

In this high-tech world driven by technology, change and disruption, we should never forget the human component. Ultimately, the world is ruled by …

Personal Information

Six New Groups of Molecules Could Be Key to Delaying Aging

<i>Summary: Researchers claim six previously identified plant extracts could help to delay aging.</i><p>Source: Concordia University.<p><b>Montreal researchers clear</b> …

Microsoft is allegedly creating a Slack competitor

If you can't buy them, compete with them.<p>That seems to be Microsoft's motto, since recent reports from MSPowerUser speculate that the company is …

The best free online business courses starting in September

Close your eyes and imagine the future. Go ahead. What do you see?<p>If you're cynical, you probably picture a fallen world. Nations battle over food and water, as heat swelters and lungs clog with sulfur and nitrogen oxides.<p>However, the optimists among you surely envision a place where scientists, …

Online Life

What is OMTM and 5 innovation metrics and how to test them?

That doesn’t mean there’s only one metric you care about from the day you wake up with an idea to the day you sell your company. It does, however, …

The new Fortune Global 500 is out. It shows a shift in the world's business landscape

The growth of Chinese business is the most striking feature of the 2016 Fortune Global 500 list, with more than 100 of the world’s biggest companies …

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