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Crypto-artwork of a rose sells for $1 million

A piece of crypto-artwork sold for $1 million on Valentine's Day.<p>The digital photo of a red rose sold to a group of 10 collectors who split the cost evenly in cryptocurrency. This is thought to be the highest price ever paid for virtual artwork.<p>The project, called the Forever Rose, was produced by …

Cryptocurrency

17 WTF Items From Donald Trump's Budget

He gave the rich a tax cut – and now the president's budget takes aim at the poor<p>Donald Trump has unveiled his budget for next year – a document no …

Donald Trump

The Disturbing Details of Silicon Valley's Underground Sex Party Scene

Women trying to break into the bro-centric world of Silicon Valley apparently must also navigate another minefield: invitations to exclusive, …

The $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy has turned the world against Amazon — and we'll see the sparks fly next year

The tech industry loves to talk about small, nimble startups.<p>In reality, though, the tech game plan today is all about bulking up and getting as big as possible.<p>Megamergers, such as Broadcom's pending $105 billion acquisition of Qualcomm and Dell's $67 billion purchase of EMC in 2016, underscore …

Whole Foods

For how long can Indian and Pakistani Muslims resist the Saudi influence?

The two-way traffic of the nineteenth century, when Muslim scholars of South Asia and the Middle East—including clerics of Mecca and Medina—were in a conversation, is something of the past.<p>Indeed, as shown by Ayesha Sidiqqa, the “madrasa system in Pakistan now represents a one-way traffic in which …

South Asia

Former Facebook president Sean Parker: 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains'

Facebook has been attacked by one of its founding members for "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology" and putting children's mental health at risk.<p>Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook who joined Mark Zuckerberg's company in its first months, said the company's founders …

Social Media

Is your ISP throttling your internet speed? Here's how to find out

While the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers was a victory for all, there is growing concern that ISPs could go on with business as usual with clever tricks designed to skirt the rules of the classification.<p>While knowingly stepping outside the boundaries of the Title II …

Net Neutrality

These photos of growing up in the Bay Area suburbs tell a story of innocence and disaffection

Mimi Plumb captured the clearing of orchards and farms for subdivisions<p>Since the 1950s, exponential growth has pushed the San Francisco Bay Area …

John F. Kennedy

Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

| <b>Published —</b> Thursday 26 October 2017<p>Sophia the android addressed the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh yesterday to the delight of hundreds of …

Robotics

10 Simple Code Snippets for Creating Beautiful Tabs

Tabs are a fundamental part of the web, and they’ve been around for years, but with even more developers going open source there’s a whole world of …

Web Design

Inside futuristic Amazon warehouse staffed by dozens of ROBOTS

Spanning over a million square feet - this is what it looks like inside the huge Amazon warehouse less than an hour’s drive from Liverpool.<p>Open 24 …

Forget Uber vs Lyft, the real funding battle is between Saudi princes and Canadian teachers

In the bitter battle for ride-hailing supremacy, Lyft has always played the nice guy: and, until recently, it seemed destined to finish last. How …

Science says there’s a very, very good reason why you’re afraid of spiders

If just the sight of a spider or snake is enough to send a shiver up your spine you already know you’re not alone, but did you ever stop to think …

Biology

Turned on again – Buzzcocks' Orgasm Addict sleeve revisited

To mark 40 years since the release of Orgasm Addict by Manchester punk legends Buzzcocks, Design Manchester and DR.ME invited a new generation of creatives (and some old friends) to reinterpret its bold and controversial cover art by Malcolm Garrett and Linder Sterling

Watch out Google! Blockchain will set us free from data tyranny

Credit: RF Clipart<p>Do you know how much data you actually own?<p>You would think it would be a lot, right? We’re constantly feeding the internet with our personal information, traits, habits, and characteristics — so at least some of that data should belong to us personally.<p>That would be the case in a …

Blockchain

Amazon rumor sends Bitcoin surging to record highs

Bitcoin yesterday reached a new all-time high as cryptocurrency insiders try to figure out why. According to several industry analysts the mere rumor of Amazon acceptance is partially responsible, with tales of China reversing its exchange ban providing further market optimism.<p>Rumors that Amazon …

Cryptocurrency

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.<p>Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, proclaimed …

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Neural Networks

Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures and …

Deep Learning

Here's what the images that just won the Nobel prize in chemistry look like and why they’re so transformative

In order to understand something — even if it's microscopic and invisible, like a protein or a virus — you need to know what it looks like.<p>A recently developed technique called cryo-electron microscopy creates 3D visualizations of biological molecules like proteins, DNA, and RNA, making them …

Nobel Prize

Silicon Valley's race gap is getting worse, not better, new research shows

SAN FRANCISCO — Despite pledges from technology companies to crack the minority ceiling, Silicon Valley has a race problem, and it's getting worse.<p>Black and Hispanic representation is declining even as strides have been made in closing the gender gap in San Francisco Bay Area technology companies, …

Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy—it’s replacing it

If you want to understand the threat that Silicon Valley poses to culture at large, consider Apple’s $5 billion headquarters. The Cupertino, California, building may seem like paradise to some, with striking architecture—a donut-shaped building featuring the world’s largest piece of curved …

Silicon Valley

The computers being trained to beat you in an argument

<b>Humans are used to being outdone by computers when it comes to recalling facts, but they still have the upper hand in an argument. For now.</b><p>It has long been the case that machines can beat us in games of strategy like chess.<p>And we have come to accept that artificial intelligence is best at analysing …

Artificial Intelligence

Can Anyone Beat Jeff Bezos?

Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook have remade the economy in their image. So what happens if they turn on each other?<p>It was getting close to midnight at the Slanted Door, Charles Phan’s renowned Vietnamese restaurant in the Ferry Building, overlooking San Francisco Bay. Outside, Teslas and …

Disney built a blockchain, and now its creators are trying to turn it into a commercial platform to compete with Ethereum

<b>-It's designed to be more private than other popular blockchains like the bitcoin and ethereum protocols.</b><p><b>-Now some of the developers behind the technology want to build a commercial business to make it easy for less technologically savvy businesses to get involved.</b><p>From animatronics to digital …

Blockchain

Stop glorifying colonialism. Have we already forgotten the starvation, plundering, and sheer brutality?

Recently an academic article, asserting the historical benefits of colonialism, created an outcry and a petition with over 10,000 signatures calling for its removal.<p><i>The Case for Colonialism</i>, published in <i>Third World Quarterly</i> by Bruce Gilley, argues Western colonialism was both “objectively …

World History

The End of Moore's Law Will Change How We Need To Think About Innovation

A shift from disrupting markets to tackling grand challenges<p>In 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore published a remarkably prescient paper which predicted that computing power would double about every two years. For a half century, this process of doubling has proved to be so remarkably consistent …

Innovation

Face-reading AI will be able to detect your politics and IQ, professor says

Professor whose study suggested technology can detect whether a person is gay or straight says programs will soon reveal traits such as criminal predisposition<p>Voters have a right to keep their political beliefs private. But according to some researchers, it won’t be long before a computer program …

Coders In Wealthy and Developing Countries Lean on Different Programming Languages

But does it matter?<p>Stack Overflow is far and away the reigning king of developer forums. It's more than just a handy resource or meeting ground for distressed tech professionals, it's a form of default documentation for programming technologies. As a result, the site has access to all kinds of …

Stack Overflow

Python Top 10 Articles (v.August 2017)

Python Top 10 Articles for the Past Month (v.August 2017)<p><b>For the past month,</b> we ranked nearly 1,700 Python articles to pick the Top 10 stories that …

These photos of the radical Left riot in Grand Central show Yippies and cops squaring off

Pranking the system gets a little too real in 1960s New York City<p>True to their name, on Friday March 22, 1968, the Yippies filed into Grand Central …

Grand Central Station