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An ex-Google engineer is scraping YouTube to pop our filter bubbles - MIT Technology Review

If you’ve ever used YouTube, you’ve probably noticed that it’s easy to fall into a sort of viewing trance: you start out watching a funny cat video, …

Internet

Amazon, the Biggest R&D Spender, Does Not Believe in R&D

Maybe its approach to technology and content investment is one that other tech companies should think about copying.<p>In a series of letters that it sent to Amazon.com Inc. executives during the fall and winter and released to the public last week, 1 the Securities and Exchange Commission urged the …

AI-powered horse monitoring: Magic AI raises $1.2M to expand equine technology

Horse monitoring might not be the first application of computer vision-based machine learning that comes to mind. But investors like what they see …

This Elon Musk-approved documentary focuses on the wrong bits of AI

The challenges of artificial intelligence are huge, but they deserve better analysis than this<p><i>Do You Trust This Computer?</i> is not a particularly subtle watch. The documentary, from filmmaker Chris Paine, is dedicated to the dangers of artificial intelligence, and while it didn’t make a splash in …

This 22-year-old college student makes $10,000 a month off Amazon's Alexa

David Markey, a 22-year-old senior studying applied mathematics and economics at Brown University, got his first Amazon Echo during the e-commerce …

Susan Fowler's plan after Uber? Tear down the system that protects harassers

I think about what I went through … what would make it so this would never happen again?<p>Susan Fowler has a simple explanation for her decision to become a whistleblower: It was her only option.<p>The software engineer had no idea that a blogpost detailing her experience of sexual harassment and …

Sexual Harassment

Cloudflare's Plan to Protect the Whole Internet Comes Into Focus

The internet infrastructure company Cloudflare is adding an Internet of Things security service to its already long list of offerings. And though it …

How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever - MIT Technology Review

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian’s wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans …

Machine Learning

There's an algorithm to simulate our brains. Too bad no computer can run it

Scientists just created an algorithm capable of performing a complete human brain simulation. Now we just have to wait for someone to build a computer powerful enough to run it.<p>The team, comprised of researchers from Germany, Japan, Norway, and Sweden, recently published a white paper detailing the …

Ministers use artificial intelligence to target mass benefit fraud

Criminal gangs committing tens of millions of pounds worth of benefit fraud are being tracked down using newly-developed artificial intelligence, ministers have disclosed.<p>Experts at the Department for Work and Pensions have produced computer algorithms that have been gradually rolled-out over the …

Talon is a $129 motion-sensing ring, preorders start on January 9

Everything is becoming smart, so why not our rings? Titanium Falcon recently unveiled the Talon, its smart ring that can sense motion and be used to control a variety of devices in the home, from games to virtual reality experiences.<p>San Jose, California-based Titanium Falcon has been prepping its …

Meet the AI startup that wants to make a digital copy of every person in the world

“Oben,” in German means “above,” or to be on top. That, in a nutshell, is also the vision Nikhil Jain has for the AI startup ObEN, of which he’s CEO …

Startups

The food revolution may have just needed a cup of Blue Bottle

Each massive exit in the tech ecosystem usually follows the same cycle: an upstart becomes a huge business, it goes public or sells for a huge sum of money, many of the best people that built it take off and then they use their newfound wealth to start companies.<p>But in addition to tech, the venture …

Alphabet is finally taking the driver out of some of its driverless cars

It’s limited to an experiment in Phoenix, but this move marks the beginnings of Waymo’s driverless future.<p>After almost a decade, Google’s parent company Alphabet is getting closer to fulfilling its promise of rolling out cars that can take anyone anywhere without a driver behind the …

New Amazon S3 Encryption & Security Features | Amazon Web Services

Back in 2006, when I announced S3, I wrote ” Further, each block is protected by an ACL (Access Control List) allowing the developer to keep the data …

Comcast's nationwide outage was caused by a configuration error

Yesterday, folks across the country reported that Comcast internet was down -- an unusually large outage that lasted around 90 minutes. It turns out that the problem was caused by Level 3, an enterprise ISP that provides the backbone for other internet providers like Verizon, Comcast and RCN. "Our …

Internet

Apple TV Screensavers and their Locations Identified

- Nov 6, 2017<p>Apple TV shows fantastic screensavers when it’s left alone idle for a period of time. You can also hit “Menu” on the remote while you’re …

Hong Kong

Here’s why video is the future of content marketing

Credit: Jakob Owens/Unsplash.<p>Throughout the past 10 years, personal and desktop computers, laptops have been slowly evaporating from the market. People often turn to mobile phones or tablets to reach or even to create the content they desire.<p>What’s making it more possible today is the price. It’s …

Google showed misinformation about Texas shooter in search results

In the wake of a national tragedy, Google's search results were once again peppered with misinformation and conspiracy theories. Searching for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter by name last night as the news came out, you'd see tweets from <i>Info Wars</i> editor at large Paul Joseph Watson and …

Airbnb management service Hostmaker scores $15M Series B funding

Airbnb continues to be an ecosystem in its own right, with a number of startups building a business by making the lives of hosts easier and potentially more lucrative. One such company is London-based Hostmaker, an upmarket Airbnb management service, which today is announcing $15 million in Series …

Cheat sheet: How to become a data scientist

If you are interested in pursuing a career in data science, this primer is a good reference for information about salary, hottest job markets, …

Big Data

Stephen Hawking Isn't Sure Whether Artificial Intelligence Will End Poverty or Kill Us All

“Success in creating effective AI, could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don’t know.”<p>Those …

Google is mapping out air pollution levels on Google Earth

Google has undertaken yet another initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The company has teamed up with envirotech firm Aclima to measure air pollution levels in California and map out the findings on its Earth platform.<p>The effort will see the two …

Pollution

A.I. Researchers Leave Elon Musk Lab to Begin Robotics Start-Up

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — During a recent speech at the University of California, Berkeley, Pieter Abbeel played a video clip of a robot doing housework.<p>In the clip recorded in 2008, the robot swept the floor, dusted the cabinets, and unloaded the dishwasher. At the end of it all, it even opened a beer …

Everyone Wants to Run an AI Company - MIT Technology Review

As machine learning and AI become ever more powerful and useful, companies are scrambling to hire chief AI officers and to train their staffs to use …

AR navigation app promises better accuracy than GPS alone

You may have seen augmented reality navigation before, but the arrival of AR-native frameworks is making it considerable slicker and more accessible. Case in point: Blippar. Its just-launched AR City app for iOS uses Apple's ARKit to clearly outline where you have to walk, and highlights nearby …

Tesla Learned About Dyson’s Secret Car Plans Two Years Early

When Dyson Ltd. started developing an electric car -- a radical departure for a company known for vacuums and hand dryers -- executives knew it would …

Saudi Money Fuels the Tech Industry. It’s Time to Ask Why.

We need to talk about the tsunami of questionable money crashing into the tech industry.<p>We should talk about it because that money is suddenly in the news, inconveniently out in the open in an industry that has preferred to keep its connection to petromonarchs and other strongmen on the down …

Venture Capital

Comcast internet outage affects several major US cities

Comcast's Xfinity internet service is suffering major issues on Monday, the company confirmed.<p>Consumers in several US cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and New York, have reported outages, according to the website Down Detector. The site says 66 percent of the reports are about …

Internet

WikiLeaks thanks US government for blocking credit card donations

Founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange has taken to Twitter to publicly thank the US government for denying access to credit card and banking systems in …

Julian Assange