Erick Watson

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How tech's richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse

It’s a reduction of human evolution to a video game won by finding the escape hatch and bringing BFFs along for the ride<p>The very essence of what it means to be human is treated less as a feature than bug<p>Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I …

Singularity

The question of who owns the moon is about to get very complex

Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the first US flag planted on the Moon. For those who knew their world history, it also rang some alarm bells. Only less than a century ago, back on Earth, planting a national flag in another part of the …

Space Exploration

This Is The Fastest Rotor Humans Have Ever Built, And It's Bending Our Understanding of Physics

Mind-boggling.<p>Scientists have created a tiny rotor that rotates at speeds of up to 60 billion revolutions a minute – the fastest-spinning human-made …

Physics

Introducing the First Natural Language to SQL API

Talk to your data!<p>What if, instead of running complex SQL scripts, you could simply ask your database a question? What were my sales yesterday? What …

Databases

Most of AI’s Business Uses Will Be in Two Areas

While overall adoption of artificial intelligence remains low among businesses (about 20% upon our last study), senior executives know that AI isn’t just hype. Organizations across sectors are looking closely at the technology to see what it can do for their business. As they should—we estimate …

Artificial Intelligence

How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There - WSJ

HAMILTON, Ohio—Jobs at the paper mills and safe manufacturers on this stretch of the Great Miami River mostly dried up by the early 2000s, leaving behind closed factories and an abandoned downtown.<p>Today, a spruced-up waterfront, loft apartments and help-wanted signs give the appearance of economic …

Wall Street

China wants an “orderly exit” from bitcoin mining

Bitcoin mining could be on its last legs in China.<p>The country’s top internet-finance regulator, the Leading Group of Internet Financial Risks Remediation, issued a notice asking local governments to “guide” bitcoin-mining operations to make an “orderly exit” from the business, according to a leaked …

The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

Mining

This fund will let you invest in Uber or Spotify before they go public

An investment​ firm plans to give Britons the chance to back Silicon Valley’s most high-profile companies before they go public.<p>Star Tech, founded by a group of investors, is raising $5m (£3.9m) to invest in the likes of Uber and Airbnb and it claims to be the first company of its kind in Britain …

Under Trump, a growing number of US citizens are hiding their internet use like living in a 'repressive' regime

That's because there's a fear that internet providers could sell that data to insurance companies and influence the patient's insurance rates, says David Gorodyansky, CEO and founder of AnchorFree.<p>Many might be tempted to think these fears can be brushed off as urban legend. The big internet …

Here’s how to tell if your web traffic travels through an NSA listening point

If you’ve ever wondered whether the National Security Agency (NSA) is monitoring your internet activity at any given moment, there’s now an app for …

How to Anonymize Your Browsing with a Tor-Powered Raspberry Pi Hotspot

If you’ve been thinking about trying out Tor to anonymize all your web browsing, you could just download a browser and give that a spin, but it’s …

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the …

How to Become a Guest-Post Contributor to Industry Websites and Blogs: A Comprehensive Guide

Why would you want to guest-post? The answer should really start with a rhetorical "why wouldn't you?"<p>But the reality is that we often come up with …

Stimulate your brain with a lifetime subscription to Brain.fm for just $50

Constant access to the internet and mobile tech make it easy to lose focus and procrastinate when we are trying to get work done, and the glow of …

SoftBank Drops $100 Million Investment in iPhone Rival

Masayoshi Son’s decision to scrap deal with creator of Android software reflects unpredictable style<p>SoftBank Group Corp. scrapped a planned $100 million investment in a smartphone startup founded by the creator of Google’s Android software, partly because of the Japanese investor’s increasingly …

SoftBank Group

Superscreen turns almost any phone into a tablet

Your iPhone is packing all the power it needs to be a tablet; it’s just lacking the big screen. But a team of designers and inventors from California are hoping to change that.<p>Superscreen harnesses the power of your smartphone and wirelessly turns it into a tablet. It has its own speakers and …

US applications for New Zealand citizenship jump 70 percent

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It's one thing to talk about changing allegiance to another country when a new president is elected. It's another …

Immigration

Team Fortress 2 Sentry Gun Controlled By Arduino (video)

Makers looking for a project to keep them busy this weekend may be interested in this awesome Arduino -controlled Team Fortress 2 Sentry gun model …

Arduino

You probably should have majored in computer science

If you’re looking for a college major that gives you an incredible job outlook, we have two words for you: computer science.<p>There are almost 10 times more US computing jobs open right now than there were students who graduated with computer science degrees in 2015.<p>That year, the most recent for …

Labor Economics

This cutting edge AI startup from Finland is challenging tech giants and universities alike

When asking around to find the coolest startups in Helsinki, Curious AI was put forward. The company does not disappoint – even its approach to being a startup is unique.<p>Curious AI is a research-based company founded 2015 as a spin-off from Aalto's Deep Learning Research Group. While conventional …

Machine Learning

A 31-year-old who retired with $1 million in the bank explains what too many people do wrong with their money

Shen, who runs the blog Millennial Revolution and who retired at age 31 with $1 million in the bank, says many people are making the same mistake when it comes to spending their money: They aren't keeping track of where it goes.<p>"I feel like people are not tracking the money," Shen told host …

Personal Finance

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Quantum Physics

A Visual Guide To Statistics

A Brown University student creates math lessons for the more visually inclined among us.<p>Statisticians are one of the fastest growing jobs in the country–and for good reason. “As data becomes more and more a part of people’s lives, statistics is becoming more a part of people’s lives,” says Daniel …

These Are the 25 Best-Paying Jobs in America

Looking to score the big bucks? A new report finds that the best paying jobs in America are concentrated in health care, technology, and …

Health Care

How Silicon Valley Decimated the Middle Class and Fueled the Rise of Trump

Silicon Valley likes to think of itself as a bastion of progressive social values. Indeed, tech CEOs regularly speak out in favor of equal rights for …

Silicon Valley

An evolutionary psychologist explains why you will always be haunted by high school

For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, sexual awakening, parental pressure and, above all else, competition—social, athletic, academic.<p>There’s even an entire genre of entertainment that …

Psychology

This online course will help you master Microsoft Excel’s more advanced functions

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Alfonso de Tomas / ShutterStock Excel is probably the most powerful tool on your computer <i>if</i> you know how to use it.<p>Many of us know the basic …

Software

Artificially inflated: It’s time to call BS on AI

First there was "open washing," the marketing strategy for dressing up proprietary software as open source. Next came "cloud washing," whereby …

Windows 10

New Evidence for the Strange Idea that the Universe Is a Hologram - Facts So Romantic

One of the great mysteries of modern cosmology is how our universe can be so thermally uniform—the vast cosmos is filled with the lingering heat of …