Enrique Dans

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The EU Would Very Much Like Airbnb to Know That the Rules Are Different in Europe

Airbnb is facing fresh regulatory pressure in Europe. But this time it’s not about the short-term home rental platform’s core business model—it’s …

Hospitality

A Student Was Rejected By A College Because Of China's "Social Credit System"

People in China are criticizing the college, saying that it was unfairly punishing a high school student over his father's actions.<p>A prestigious college in Beijing that reportedly tried to bar a student because his father was on a government blacklist is causing huge controversy in China.<p>According …

China

WeWork takes meat off the menu as part of environmental policy drive

WeWork, the co-working startup that’s valued at ~$20 billion and has some 200,000 members across 200 locations globally plus nearly 6,000 staff of its own, will no long allow employees to expense meat. It will also no longer serve meat at company events. The policy shift is intended to reduce the …

Agriculture

Why Some of Instagram's Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts

More meme accounts are going private. Their owners say it’s a new way to gain followers on a crowded platform.<p>Over the past six months, some of Instagram’s biggest meme pages—like Shithead Steve, with more than 2.5 million followers, howitlook.s (8 million), couplesnote, (8.2 million) …

Social Media

Why Most of Us Fail to Grasp Coming Exponential Gains in AI

By now, most of us are familiar with Moore’s Law, the famous maxim that the development of computing power follows an exponential curve, doubling in …

Singularity

What if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?

If we don’t quickly create a new economy that isn’t based on constant expansion, we’re going to run out of planet.<p>When Donald Trump says “Make America Great Again,” he’s alluding, at least in part, to the promise of economic growth. Just as when Bill Clinton said, “it’s the economy, stupid,” he was …

Costa Rica

Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!

Robert M. Hertzberg’s hatred of bots is personal.<p>Mr. Hertzberg is a state Senator from California and last year, after he introduced a bail reform bill, he noticed that automated accounts on Twitter and Facebook were attacking him and his position. He is currently seeking re-election, and one of …

Artificial Intelligence

Rolls-Royce unveils its concept for a hybrid flying taxi

The race to launch flying taxis hotted up over the weekend, as Rolls-Royce revealed its interest in designing one. Fun fact: it’s not the luxury car brand from the UK that you’re thinking of. It’s actually the parent company that shares the same name that made the announcement. Besides owning a car …

Engines

Will AI Be Able to Predict Your Dreams?

Have you ever had an unsettling dream about some random person you went to high school with? Or a dream that predicted the future in some idiosyncratic way, like foreseeing a traffic jam on your way to work? Or how about some nonsense dream with random creatures and characters, with no discernable …

Machine Learning

The future of online shopping: Ads that let you try things on

Some of the biggest U.S. social media giants are beginning to roll out ads that feature augmented reality, giving marketers the ability to let users …

Augmented Reality

Digital ads are starting to feel psychic

Targeted advertising has become so uncanny, it feels like we’re being surveilled. Two artists want to hear these stories.<p>Earlier this year, my friend …

Social Media

‘Copyright’s True Purpose Is Dead, It Never Existed’

We’re all familiar with the statement that piracy is “killing” the music industry.It’s one of the main arguments used to argue in favor of stronger …

lunney

How Much Safer Should Self-Driving Cars Be? Try 0%

Two car accident victims stumble into a bar. The first tells the bartender, “it came out of nowhere.” The second has already sent pre-crash video …

Autonomous Cars

The number of bike-sharing programs worldwide has doubled since 2014 — and the number of public bikes has increased almost 20-fold

On Monday, Lyft announced its acquisition of bike-sharing company Motivate, which is responsible for operating a number of popular shared-bike systems like New York City's Citi Bike and San Francisco's GoBike.<p>In fact, Lyft says Motivate is responsible for 80% of the trips on shared bikes in the US, …

Ridesharing

Car dealers don't want you to have electric vehicles

The <i>Nature Energy</i> analysis shows that salespeople steer people away from EVs to get them behind the wheel of a traditional gasoline car. Because plug-in vehicle technology is still new, and people’s experience at a car dealership influences their decision, the dismissive attitude of dealers towards …

Electric Vehicles

Mueller’s map: What 35 indictments and pleas tell us

Mueller has now indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three Russian companies. Vox's tally: "four former Trump advisers, 26 Russian …

Russian Military

Quick guide to understand the hype around ‘deep learning’ Quick guide to deep learning

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘deep learning’ bandied about in conversation, or maybe you’ve read about it in a post like this one. It seems like almost every tech conversation happening today somehow touches on the topic of AI, machine learning, or deep learning.<p>These technologies are coming …

Machine Learning

3D printed guns are now legal… What’s next?

On Tuesday, July 10, the DOJ announced a landmark settlement with Austin-based Defense Distributed, a controversial startup led by a young, charismatic anarchist whom Wired once named one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world.<p>Hyper-loquacious and media-savvy, Cody Wilson is fond of telling …

Guns

Apple is a luxury goods maker

Being an Apple fan is an expensive hobby.<p>Earlier this week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup, and as The Verge pointed out, the most expensive model now costs just shy of $6,700. It’s the most expensive MacBook Pro the company has ever released, if likely not the most popular.<p>Apple is no …

MacBook Pro

US food regulators are fighting over who gets to oversee cell-cultured meat

There’s a turf war unfolding between two US federal agencies, both of which claim to have the authority to regulate high-tech, cell-cultured meat companies.<p>On July 12, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting in Washington DC to discuss regulatory considerations for the …

Agriculture

Unidentified Plane-Bae Woman’s Statement Confirms the Worst

This is “not a romance” but “a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.”<p>Last week, an unsuspecting woman boarded a plane from New York to Dallas and switched seats with a woman named Rosey Blair, who had asked to sit next to her boyfriend. The woman ended up with a …

Social Media

Here's how Netflix's record-breaking nomination numbers stack up to the other networks and platforms

On Thursday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences shared the annual list long-awaited by television industry professionals, networks, and - more …

Television Industry

For Startups, The ‘Copy To China’ Tactic Has Ended. ‘Copy From China’ Is Beginning.

<i>By David Cheng</i><p>Venture capitalists are familiar with the “Copy-to-[Insert Country]” model. It goes like this — find inspiration in business models or …

Startups

Facebook will not remove fake news

<b>Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards.</b><p>The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares "fake news is not our friend".<p>But it said publishers often had "very different points of view" and …

Internet

Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend

Amazon has already been in the crosshairs of the White House when it comes to threats of antitrust investigations, and while some say this is simply Trumpian bluster that has a slim chance of going anywhere, some new numbers out from the researchers at eMarketer could prove to be a fan to the …

eCommerce

Huawei Embracing AI With ‘Project Da Vinci’ – Report

Huawei is seeking to embrace artificial intelligence technologies across a wide variety of product categories through Project Da Vinci, an internal …

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI battle over your social lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family. In the background, it's utilizing the phone's gyroscope to detect subtle movements that come from breathing. It's measuring how quickly you tap on the screen, and …

Internet

A new hope: AI for news media

To put it mildly, news media has been on the sidelines in AI development. As a consequence, in the age of AI-powered personalized interfaces, the news organizations don’t anymore get to define what’s real news, or, even more importantly, what’s truthful or trustworthy. Today, social media …

Machine Learning

Trump administration appeals court loss in AT&T/Time Warner case

AT&T completed Time Warner buy last month, but will still face DOJ appeal.<p>The US Department of Justice will appeal the court ruling that allowed AT&T …

Time Warner

Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies

The mantra about the best way to respond to online abuse has only made it worse<p>According to the conventional wisdom of the internet, there’s one simple guideline for responding to trolls: don’t feed them. Ignore them, don’t react to them, don’t give them the attention they want. The axiom has …

Feminism