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Numerai will give $1 million in crypto tokens to Kaggle users who sign up to its crowdsourced hedge fund

You may have heard of Numerai — the unorthodox hedge fund that crowdsources predictive stock market models from data scientists around the world. It is now seeking more brain power and announced today that it is giving away $1 million worth of cryptocurrency to Kaggle users who sign up. The San …

Hedge Funds

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in …

Cambridge Analytica

Seven creatures with skills that easily beat humans

Britt Spencer<p>What scientists learn about animal cognition helps unravel the mysteries of intelligence.<p>You think you’re so smart. Well, a wave of research into animal cognition reveals that just about anything you do, other creatures can do too. Sometimes, they can do it far better.<p>To probe the …

University of Sheffield

Japan's latest supercomputer is dedicated to nuclear fusion

This year, Japan will deploy a Cray XC50 that will be the world's most powerful supercomputer in the field of advanced nuclear fusion research. It will be installed at the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science (QST) and used for local nuclear fusion science and to support ITER, …

eBay uses augmented reality to help sellers find the right box for their product

eBay is continuing its augmented reality (AR) embrace with the launch of a new feature for sellers to easily find the right box to fit their products.<p>Available on some Android devices in the U.S. from today, eBay is tapping Google’s ARCore software development kit (SDK) to leverage motion-tracking …

12 Home Projects Designers Say Pay For Themselves Over Time

You don't have to spend big bucks to make a big impact on your space.<p>It's normal to get the itch to update your home, <i>especially</i> when new trends are cropping up every day. But, sadly, even DIY renovations aren't free. So we asked some of our go-to designers which projects are worth the investment.

Home Improvement

Say ‘No’ and change your life

We live in a world where ‘yes’ is the default. But we need to tame our inner ‘chimp’ and embrace the power of ‘no’<p>My old friend Mick calls me with an invitation to his 50th birthday party. It sounds brilliant. Mick has rented a house for a week. Lots of people I know will be there. I want to go. I …

TED Talks

Desktop Metal raises $65 million to bring metal 3D printing to more manufacturers

Metal 3D printing company Desktop Metal has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by Ford, with participation from Future Fund.<p>Founded in 2015, Burlington, Massachusetts-based Desktop Metal is setting out to make 3D metal printing more accessible to manufacturers and engineers outside highly …

3D Printing

Mastercard will support cryptocurrencies, if they're backed by governments

It seems Mastercard is gradually softening its stance on cryptocurrency, after CEO Ajay Banga downplayed non-government mandated digital currencies as “junk” back in October last year.<p>In a conversation with Financial Times, Ari Sarkar, Mastercard co-president for the Asia-Pacific region, said the …

How to Reset Your Mac's Bluetooth Module to Fix Connection Issues

Bluetooth is what your Mac uses to connect to wireless devices like keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers, and other peripherals. Generally, it's a reliable technology. At some point however, the chances are you'll run into difficulty establishing a Bluetooth connection with one or more of your …

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

Why Russia, Assad, and Iran combined don't stand a chance against just 2,000 US troops in Syria

Since the US-led effort against the Islamic State has reclaimed almost all of the terrorist group's territory in Syria, 2,000 or so US forces remain in control of the country's rich oil fields.<p>And though Russia, Syria's government forces, and Iran's militias all oppose that remaining US presence, …

Middle East

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

I was a student of Stephen Hawking's – here's what he taught me

Like many students of my generation, Stephen Hawking had already had enormous influence on me long before we ever met. When I was hesitating about my …

Physics

A Rape in Paradise? The Alleged Victim Has Shocked the Shady Elites of the Seychelles

Until recently, travelers were clueless about the dangers lurking at luxury resorts overseas. The case of Anna Karabash puts a dramatic spotlight on …

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …

Hospital rooms in 9 countries around the world reveal the global disparity in healthcare

From the most high-tech infectious disease units in Berlin to ad-hoc vaccination clinics in rural Sierra Leone, there's a huge disparity in the quality of healthcare around the world.<p>According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 400 million people worldwide don't have access to basic …

Disease

A Journey into the Worst Corners of the Dark Web

Author Eileen Ormsby immersed herself in the drug markets and murder sites of the dark web. Quite quickly she found herself meeting its key players.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i>.<p>Last month, 29-year-old Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder was sentenced to 32 years in prison for a list of …

Dark Web

The impact of self-learning software now and in the foreseeable future

We’ve spent so long wringing our hands and worrying about artificial and virtual intelligence that we forgot to roll out the welcome mat when they finally arrived.<p>Now, when major tech companies give their annual keynotes, they can’t help but pepper the narrative with phrases like “machine …

Artificial Intelligence

A Better Brain: 14 Best Books to Understand How the Brain Works

Neuroscience Hacks to Work Smarter, Better, Happier<p>This revolutionary guide uses the most up-to-date research in brain science to reveal how our thoughts affect our career performance. Neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius and leadership expert Dr. Hans W. Hagemann present easy-to-follow tips for …

What zero-knowledge proofs will do for blockchain

Zero-knowledge (ZK) proofs are generating excitement in financial circles lately due to their potential for increasing privacy and security for blockchain participants. The concept itself is not new, as cryptographers have been working with zero-knowledge/interactive proofs for years. But the …

Blockchain

The end of the cloud is coming

We’re facing the end of the cloud. It’s a bold statement, I know, and maybe it even sounds a little mad. But bear with me.<p>The conventional wisdom about running server applications, be it web apps or mobile app backends, is that the future is in the cloud. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are adding …

Blockchain

Stephen Colbert uses candy to brutally destroy Donald Trump Jr.'s Halloween tweet

Stephen Colbert has no time for born-rich people making obnoxious points about socialism, using innocent children.<p>We're referring to Donald Trump …

The intriguing puzzle of extreme sleepiness

Shortly after his 21st birthday, Henry Nicholls realised he had the symptoms of narcolepsy. His quest to find out why led him to a fascinating tale of scientific discovery, involving luck, foresight... and some surprisingly sleepy dogs.<p>One of my first jobs was to keep a lookout for lions. There are …

Insomnia

T-Mobile introduces an unlimited talk and text plan with no data

T-Mobile has been known for some unorthodox moves, but this one is unusual even for it. The company that has championed unlimited data is now introducing a new plan with unlimited talk, text, and no data.<p>It sounds strange, but it’s true. You can call and text to your heart’s content, but you won’t …

5 characteristics of AI technologies worth investing in

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are timely subjects that spark the public imagination. In 2016, between $26 billion and $39 billion was invested in AI, according to recent estimates from the McKinsey Global Institute, a leading private-sector think tank. That number is three times the …

Artificial Intelligence

The rise of predictive maintenance is upon us

In McKinsey & Company’s June 2017 report, “Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier,” the institute writes about how artificial intelligence will induce a shift from preventative to predictive maintenance “in the future.” This is absolutely true. But it’s also true that this capability …

Artificial Intelligence

So That's Why Some People Are Night Owls And Others Are Up At The Crack Of Dawn

Evolution may be working against our solid eight hours per night.<p>Sleep experts say adults should be getting a seven-to-nine hour block of sleep each night. Sleep that lasts that long has been linked to numerous health benefits. Bonus points go to those who tend to be early risers ― there’s some …

Sleep

Forget the cloud. Computing is heading into the fog.

Fog computing leverages and unifies a surprising number of cutting-edge technologies into a comprehensive whole.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>Many scary movies have at least one …

Believe Me When I Tell You These Little-Known Facts About Color Are Fascinating

Who knew the Dutch were responsible for the prevalence of orange carrots?

Claude Monet