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Let Telegram Try to Build a Digital Nation

This upcoming ICO aims to bring cryptocurrencies to the masses.<p>Messenger apps have proven that they can double as powerful payment platforms -- just look at the trillions being spent using WeChat in China. But can it work for cryptocurrencies as well? Pavel and Nikolai Durov, the brothers who …

Cryptocurrency

We used a cryptocurrency miner as a heater this winter and it really worked

Surfing through the web back in October, I stumbled upon an odd but genuinely fascinating contraption: a Russian cryptocurrency miner that leverages the heat it generates from stacking Ethereum to keep your room warm.<p>Shortly after I wrote about this unusual device, Comino – the Russian-based …

Bitcoin

Ubisoft's new AI wing melds gaming and scientific research

Game developers were researching AI well before it became a tech industry trend, but they haven't had much incentive to share their work with the academic world. It's a competitive advantage, after all. Ubisoft, however, is trying to find a happy middle ground. It recently established an AI …

San Francisco Bay Area

Google’s mobile search results now include videos of celebs answering your questions

Google is testing a new feature that will allow celebrities and other notable figures to answer users’ search queries directly in the form of “selfie” videos posted in the Google Search results. The company says this program is initially being piloted on mobile with a handful of people for now, …

U.S. Presidential Election

Google’s AI builds its own AI child and it’s better than anything humans have made

Is this the beginning of the end for humanity?<p>Google’s AI-building AI actually went ahead and built a fully-functional AI child that, as it turns …

Amazon joins Facebook and Microsoft in support of open-source AI platform

Amazon yesterday announced its ONNX-MXNet package to import Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) deep learning models into Apache MXNet, signifying the company is on-board with Facebook and Microsoft in efforts to open-source AI.<p>With the ONNX-MXNet Python package, developers running models based on …

Artificial Intelligence

This AI Learns Your Fashion Sense and Invents Your Next Outfit - MIT Technology Review

Artificial intelligence might just spawn a whole new style trend: call it “predictive fashion.”<p>In a paper published on the ArXiv, researchers from …

Artificial Intelligence

Baidu unveils home robots and smart speaker

Baidu today unveiled its first smart speaker and two home robots to be powered by DuerOS, its conversational AI technology similar to Amazon’s Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana. The three new devices, part of the new Raven series, made their debut on stage today at the Baidu World conference in …

Baidu

The case for an artificially intelligent God

A former engineer for Waymo, one of Google’s sister companies under Alphabet, recently filed paperwork to become the “CEO” of a religion based on the worship of an AI. He’s not the first person to suggest that technology can be spiritual, and it’s easy to dismiss it as silly or offensive. But his …

Sex Robot Samantha Will Free Humanity From Work, Says Its Creator

Sergi Santos has a big plan for the future.<p>Sergi Santos wants everyone to have an A.I.-powered guardian angel from birth, and his first step toward …

Robotics

Huge private sector investment puts Paris climate target in reach, says report

Global investment could hold the key to fighting climate change, with one trillion dollars already invested in solutions such as renewables and energy efficiency, says International Finance Corporation<p>At least one trillion dollars are being invested globally in ways to reduce the threat of climate …

Renewable Energy

MIT's prize-winning Mars city concept topped by domed tree habitats

Most plans for Mars bases make becoming a colonist about as desirable as setting up house in an oil drum, but an MIT team has come up with a plan for …

Habitats

Google's AI is a "new paradigm" that unites humans and machines

Google’s AI Investment<p>Google is fully aware of artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential — DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI is one of today’s most well-known …

Saudi Arabia's Newest Citizen Is a Robot And She Just Had a Go at Elon Musk

Last year this robot said she would destroy humans.<p>An empty-eyed humanoid named Sophia has become the first robot in the world to be granted a …

Robotics

Elon Musk gets OK to start digging in early step toward hyperloop dream

Maryland has given transportation pioneer<p>Elon Muskpermission to dig tunnels for the high-speed, underground transit system known as a hyperloop that Musk wants to build between New York and Washington.<p>Representatives of Maryland Gov.<p>Larry Hogansaid Thursday the state has issued a conditional …

Dubai just appointed a "State Minister for Artificial Intelligence"

A New Phase<p>Governments around the world are beginning to understand the potential and importance of artificial intelligence (AI). International …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple brought back Braun design, but Google is bringing back Olivetti

1960s/70s Italian industrial design was led by Olivetti, featuring products with "touches of joy that enliven everyday tasks" featuring bright color …

Cory Doctorow

Harman Kardon Invoke review: A fun, powerful Cortana speaker

There are a lot of smart speakers out there today, but only one with Microsoft’s Cortana inside. The long-anticipated Harman Kardon Invoke, which first made its debut this spring at the Microsoft Build conference, is a fun, smart, and powerful speaker. Cortana still has more integrations and …

Google's artificial intelligence computer 'no longer constrained by limits of human knowledge'

The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring “intuition” has become even smarter, its creators claim.<p>Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught — a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

Amidst narratives of machine learning complacency, Apple is coming to terms with the fact that not talking about innovation means innovation never happened.<p>A detailed blog posting in the company’s machine learning journal makes public the technical effort that went into its “Hey Siri” feature — a …

Machine Learning

Don’t believe the (AI) hype

TODAY’s buzzphrase is artificial intelligence (AI). It’s everywhere. Every category of business-oriented solution coins the phrase to the extent that …

Artificial Intelligence

Raspberry Pi laptop teaches code with modular innards

The power and affordability of the Raspberry Pi has given rise to a new type of computer. One that goes beyond the credit-sized board, with colorful shells and displays that make it feel like a normal laptop or PC. The latest is the all-new Pi-Top, a modular laptop with a unique sliding keyboard. …

Amazon’s Alexa now delivers personalized results for up to 10 voices

Amazon today announced that Alexa-enabled devices can now recognize unique human voices, giving the assistant the power to deliver a personalized experience when it hears you speak.<p>Once a Voice Profile has been created — by reciting 10 phrases to the Alexa app — whenever Alexa hears “Play music” or …

Xiaomi's Mi Robot vacuum cleaner is on sale for just $276

I love the Mi Robot vacuum, mostly because it saves me from having to clean the house every weekend. The vacuum has a white color scheme and a …

Mobile Technology

10 tech trends: Professional chatbots?

Chatbots for professional services, time to mobile-optimize your firm’s Web site, and eight other recent technology-related news items, and how …

Chatbots

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Fossil Fuels

Dow Jones said that Google was buying Apple, and the bots bought it

There you have it. Steve Jobs’ will + Dow Jones + Apple Park = Google’s buying Apple. I think we finally have algorithmic transparency.<p>This morning Dow Jones shot some fake news out over the wires announcing that Google was acquiring Apple for $9 billion. For a brief second, the news sent Apple’s …

Dow Jones

Chatbots are here to stay, what the data is telling us about the people that use them

We know businesses are loving them thanks to better service times for customers and for certain problems to be solved automatically without the need for a (paid) human to jump in, but what about other statistics and interesting facts revolving around chatbots? Are people happy with them? Do they …

Google's Stunning New Toy Shows the Wild Future of Machine Learning

Teach a machine with nothing but your webcam.<p>Everyone from politicians to tech companies themselves are pushing the "learn to code" agenda. On the one hand, it could create a more employable tech workforce, and on the other drive, it may serve to drive down the wages for what is today a very …

Machine Learning