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This travel agency doesn't reveal your destination until your plane takes off

<i>This interview is part of our series of Growth Stories. We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. We asked them about their companies, their companies’ culture, and their lives, trying to understand how these three factors played a role in the achievement</i> …

What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

As many as 375 million workers around the world may need to switch occupational categories and learn new skills.<p><b>The technology-driven world</b> in which …

LaserOrigami: laser-cutting 3d objects

AI creates fake celebrity porn for Redditors to fap to

Artificial intelligence is a game-changer. Never in the history of human existence has there existed a technology with the power to wipe out cancer, end traffic accidents, and perhaps even formulate an actionable plan to reverse climate change. And fortunately for us, some of the smartest people in …

Aubrey Plaza

How An Entirely Fake Restaurant Became London's Hottest Reservation

A London-based writer has illustrated how easy it is to manipulate review sites like TripAdvisor, by pushing an entirely nonexistent restaurant to …

Real estate crowdfunding expands into more niche markets

The growing investment model is attracting institutional and individual investors alike<p>To those unfamiliar with real estate crowdfunding, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell development in Portland may be just the kind of wacky, esoteric project one envisions when imagining what happens when strangers pool …

The Tipping Point: Artificial Intelligence In B2B

While Gartner predicts that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a top-five investment priority for more than 30% of CIOs by 2020, for B2B executives, questions linger. Particularly, will the hype around AI greatly exceed reality, or can it bring real value to their organizations? Since the 2016 …

Artificial Intelligence

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

Intel’s New Self-Learning Chip Promises to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence | Intel Newsroom

<b>By Dr. Michael Mayberry</b><p>Imagine a future where complex decisions could be made faster and adapt over time. Where societal and industrial problems can …

Machine Learning

These 3D-printed objects don't need batteries to connect to Wi-Fi

One of the big tradeoffs that comes with the convenience of having smart devices run your home is the hassle of keeping them powered, either with batteries or by plugging them into the wall. But a new project devised by researchers at the University of Washington could one day help guide the …

Blockchain Funding: How It Can Help Companies Win The Innovation Race

Blockchain is ushering in disruption in various industries. Even big multinationals like IBM and Deutsche Bank are working on their own blockchain projects, hoping to maximize the technology’s capabilities, such as immutable records and smart contracts. Pharmaceutical giants are also banding …

Bitcoin

Inside Airbus' modular plane concept

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

• <b>New bitcoin is created by computers solving complex cryptographic problems, a process known as "mining."</b>• <b><br>PowerCompare.co.uk says the amount of electricity used by computers mining bitcoin so far this year eclipses the annual usage of countries like Ireland and most African countries.</b>• <b><br>Bitcoin's</b> …

'Ghost In The Shell' VR arcade game is a four-on-four firefight

For everybody that's watched <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> and thought to themselves, "yes, I too would like to experience tearing tanks apart with my bare hands," your day has come. Well, sort of. After a four-month delay, Bandai Namco's VR Zone Shinjuku is finally ready to launch its <i>Ghost in the Shell: Arise</i> …

Physicists Just Found a Loophole in Graphene That Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

Ops 4.0: Digital enablement, driving journeys from end to end

Lean management’s end-to-end perspective revealed the power in remaking customer journeys. Adding digital and agile makes these transformations …

Scientist Sleuths Used DNA to Track Spread of Superbug

When an outbreak occurs, in order to effectively figure out how to stop it, researchers typically try to figure out how it started. The answer to …

A $88-a-month startup that wants to help straighten your teeth just raised $15 million

• <b>Candid Co., a startup that wants to ship you clear aligners without you having to step foot in the orthodontist office, just raised $15 million.</b>• <b><br>For $1,900 (or $88 a month), the company will straighten your teeth under the remote supervision of an orthodontist.</b>• <b><br>The direct-to-consumer option is a lot</b> …

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Report: Impact of Emerging Technologies on Business

<b>Tech Trends report from Deloitte shows how technologies such as Mixed Reality are being adopted by industry.</b><p>The <i>Technology in the mid-market: Closing</i> …

Somaliland's voting technology shows how Africa can lead the world

Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves skipping stages and moving rapidly to the …

New study links natural disaster with revolutions | Ars Technica

Data sheds light on violent chain reactions started by volcanic eruptions 2,200 years ago.<p>From 305 BCE to 30 BCE, ancient Egypt was ruled by the …

Gartner's Top 10 Predictions For IT In 2018 And Beyond

• In 2020, AI will become a positive net job motivator, creating 2.3M jobs while eliminating only 1.8M jobs.<br>• By 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.<br>• By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be versatilists, holding multiple roles, most of which will be business, rather than …

Intelligence

Why Toronto is the ideal place to build a neighbourhood of the future

<i>Daniel Doctoroff is chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs and former deputy mayor of New York. Eric Schmidt is executive chairman of Alphabet.</i><p>Two years ago, Google (now Alphabet) formed Sidewalk Labs with the belief that emerging technologies could help tackle the world's toughest urban challenges. …

Cities

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System?

To stop society’s unsustainable demand for ever-more resources, we need to decentralize and localize our economy. Combining the new ledger technology with UBI may be the way to make that happen.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast …

Innovation

First facility grabs CO₂ from the air and stores it underground | Ars Technica

Swiss hardware piggybacks on existing Icelandic storage project.<p>In a press conference presentation Wednesday, Reykjavik Energy’s Edda Aradóttir …

Scientists have discovered this drug fixes cavities and regrows teeth

Goodbye, Fillings<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called Tideglusib. Developed …

Breakthroughs