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The EOS Blockchain Launch: What Should Happen (And What Could Go Wrong)

The world's fifth most valuable cryptocurrency is set to formally release its software this weekend.<p>First announced in 2017, the EOS project has been …

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society<p>Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by <i>The Verge</i> offers a stunningly ambitious and …

Social Issues

Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Six Cyber Threats to Really Worry About in 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Hackers are constantly finding new targets and refining the tools they use to break through cyberdefenses. The following are some significant threats …

Cybersecurity

Dr. Ben Goertzel, Founder And CEO Of Singularity Net–An Online Platform At The Intersection Of Block

Singularity

Decentraland shows the potential of blockchain and VR combined

Blockchain-based virtual reality universe Decentraland is holding its first property auction today. The virtual world is a social space linked to crypto coin-based transactions. You can buy a patch of virtual land, build something on it, share that experience with friends and family, or even turn …

Stephen Colbert has the only net neutrality explainer you need to watch

Unless you were living under a rock yesterday, you probably heard that the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn the net neutrality …

Microsoft patent points to folding dual-screen notebook

New patent filings from Microsoft appear to hint at that foldable notepad we've heard rumors of for a while, <i>The Verge</i> reports. Filed earlier this week, the patent contains a number of images depicting a unique hinge and a few that show a foldable, two screen device that appears to work in a number …

What do made-for-AI processors really do?

Tech's biggest players have fully embraced the AI revolution. Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei have made mobile chipsets that are designed to better tackle machine-learning tasks, each with a slightly different approach. Huawei launched its Kirin 970 at IFA this year, calling it the first chipset with a …

How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future

<i>Rudy de Waele is a Technology Innovation Strategist and Author/Curator of Shift 2020.</i><p>The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was when I participated to the Singularity University Executive Program in the spring of 2011. It was a place that offered corporate executives and entrepreneurs the …

London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October.<p>A number of things are driving it. …

How to Tame Your Work Phone and Be Productive

When you're in the middle of work, the shrill ring of your phone can be an annoying disruption. Here's how to ensure this doesn't derail you …

Make a Water Filter Out of a Tree Branch

In our pursuit of advanced technology, we forget that mother nature has already patented all the best ideas. With just a hose clamp, some plastic …

Engineering

How The Internet Killed Profit

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tom Goodwin is the founder of Tomorrow Group, a marketing and advertising consultancy for the post-digital age.</i><p>New eras in technology have always brought a fear of job losses and the devastation of legacy industries, but the Internet has taken us beyond “creative destruction.” It’s …

Governments are buying tools that track your phone nearly anywhere

Don't think that widespread cellphone surveillance is the sole province of big nations like the US and UK; apparently, it's within reach of just about any country with enough cash and willing carriers. The <i>Washington Post</i> understands that "dozens" of countries have bought or leased surveillance …

The EU's Right To Be Forgotten Is A Mess & How Google's Making It Worse

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” the saying goes. There are plenty of good intentions with the EU’s Right To Be Forgotten mandate, …

Aereo alternatives for recording free over-the-air TV (roundup)

Aereo promised a breakthrough service for cord-cutters: the ability to watch and record over-the-air TV without the hassle of an antenna or additional hardware for $8 to $12 a month.<p>Wednesday's Supreme Court decision against Aereo means the company's current service is effectively illegal. (CBS, …

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