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To combat extreme heat, cover your roof in hungry, sweaty plants

Green roofs and white paints are a heat-buster's best friends.<p>Like hot dogs on Memorial Day or fireworks on the Fourth of July, melting roads are now an essential marker of summertime. In 2013, police closed parts of the M25 highway, which encircles the city of London, England, after asphalt …

Green Roofs

Amazon Revolutionized Order Fulfillment, But This Company Is Creating Prime-Like Shipping For All

When Amazon launched their Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) service in 2006, it was a groundbreaking program. Sellers could leverage Amazon’s vast network of fulfillment centers to store, pick, pack and ship their customer’s orders, all for a predictable fee—no matter where the item was shipped …

eCommerce

Salesforce Chief Product Officer: Only 15% Of Companies Prepared For Fourth Industrial Revolution

In the beginning was steam. Then electricity, and most recently computing. But the fourth industrial revolution, Salesforce chief product officer Bret Taylor says, is characterized by the rise of intelligence.<p>And only 15% of companies are ready for the shift.<p>“We’re currently in the fourth …

Salesforce

Boeing GoFly winners unveil exotic personal flying machines

The jetpack has long been at the forefront of our vision for futuristic personal flying transportation.<p>In 2017, a Boeing-sponsored competition challenged the world to invent a new kind of flying machine though the GoFly Prize, and hundreds of designs flew in. GoFly announced the 10 Phase 1 winners …

A company is paying work-from-home teachers $20 an hour, and you don't even need experience

Working from home certainly seems to be increasing in popularity, and it's not hard to see why. Not only does it mean you can stay in your pajamas, but you'll also save money in gas and — perhaps the best part — no actual co-workers you have to pretend to like.<p>Dozens of companies are jumping on the …

How You Can Improve UX with Microinteractions. Part II

In the first part of the article, I talked about the definitions and types of microinteractions and why they work for your product UX. Here, I will …

UI Design

Apple introduces the AI phone

At Apple’s WWDC 2018 — an event some said would be boring this year with its software-only focus and lack of new MacBooks and iPads — the company announced what may be its most important operating system update to date with the introduction of iOS 12. Through a series of Siri enhancements and …

Siri

Alibaba’s new autonomous robot delivers packages at a modest pace

Unlike its car vending machine concept, Alibaba's ideas for robots have been more mundane and mainly confined to warehouses (the same kind that Amazon uses). But today, the Chinese ecommerce titan introduced a package-delivering 'bot that uses LiDAR to navigate around. The package locker it carries …

Autonomous Tech

Here Are Three Factors That Accelerate The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence

Undoubtedly, Artificial Intelligence is the next big thing of the high-tech industry. The research and innovation led by the top technology companies are influencing industry verticals including healthcare, automobile, finance, manufacturing and retail. Though technology has always been an …

Machine Learning

With GDPR coming into effect from 25 May, will it restrict the use of Artificial Intelligence by marketers?

In today’s era of rapid advancement in all domains, while shopping online you would definitely prefer a website that predicts your purchase based on …

Hugging Face raises $4 million for its artificial BFF

Chatbot startup Hugging Face has raised a $4 million seed round led by Ronny Conway from a_capital. Existing investors Betaworks, SV Angel and Kevin Durant are also participating.<p>I already reviewed Hugging Face so I won’t write the same thing again. But the startup has been building a chatbot app …

Adobe to acquire Magento for $1.68B

Adobe announced today that it was acquiring Magento for $1.68 billion. The purchase gives Adobe a missing e-commerce platform piece that works in B2B and B2C contexts and should fit nicely in the company’s Experience Cloud.<p>It should also help Adobe compete with Salesforce, which offers its own …

Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup Semantic Machines

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Semantic Machines to bolster its conversational AI offerings — like Cortana, the Azure Bot Service, and Microsoft Cognitive Services. Semantic Machines works in areas like speech synthesis, deep learning, and natural language processing.<p>VentureBeat …

The New Arms Race In Retail: Convenience

The new point of sale is wherever you are or wherever you want it to be, and it’s driven by a demand for convenience. Want us to deliver to you? No problems. Want to click and collect? You got it. Rather hit the store but not go near the checkout? Whatever’s easiest for you.<p>Convenience is the big …

Forget the Turing Test—give AI the F. Scott Fitzgerald Test instead

Scott Fitzgerald pinned human intelligence on its tolerance of paradox. But what kind of artificial intelligence could pass his test?<p>In his 1936 essay “The Crack-Up,” Fitzgerald writes that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, …

Artificial Intelligence

Dashdash, a platform to create web apps using only spreadsheet skills, nabs $8M led by Accel

Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools on the market tailored to help workers with different aspects of doing their job and organising their information, in part to keep them from simply dumping …

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

<b>By Roger Parloff</b><p>Illustration by Justin Metz<p>September 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT<p>Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and …

Businesses on Instagram Are Getting Calls to Action, Direct Messaging Improvements

Instagram followed up its limited rollout of native payments with the addition of call-to-action buttons on select business profiles, as well as new …

Microsoft 365 now includes machine learning tools

Today at Microsoft's annual developer conference, the company announced a slew of new tools for its Microsoft 365 suite, which combines Windows 10, Office 365 and its Enterprise Mobility + Security package. Among the additions is Windows Machine Learning, a new platform that will help developers …

Retrobatch for Mac means you can finally ditch Photoshop

Acorn is one of the two best1 Mac image editors for normal humans. Retrobatch, from the same developer, is a batch-processor for images, letting you build simple or fancy workflows that can do pretty much anything to your images, automatically. If you regularly resize photos, remove location data, …

Doctors raise alarm about ancient HTLV-1 virus: 'Prevalence is off the charts' in Australia

<b>(CNN) —</b> An ancient virus infecting residents across Australia's Northern Territory is leaving death and despair in its path, and doctors are now calling for greater efforts to stop the spread of infections.<p>The rates of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, infection are exceeding 40% among …

For the First Time, Consumers Are More Likely to View Ads Online Than on TV

GroupM unveiled its 2018 “State of the Digital” report, which predicts where people worldwide are expected to consume content in the coming year. And …

Rock star physicist Carlo Rovelli on why time is an illusion

“I found something extraordinarily beautiful and extraordinarily radical. And I thought, wow, this is better than LSD”<p>At the outset of Julian …

R and Python are joining forces, in the most ambitious crossover event of the year—for programmers

Hadley Wickham is the most important developer for the programming language R. Wes McKinney is among the most important developers for programming language Python. The two languages, which are free to use, are often seen as competitors in the world of data science. Wickham and McKinney don’t think …

Data Science

Experimental Lung Treatment Could Make Breathing Easier

An engineer in California has an invention that she hopes will someday help people with damaged lungs breathe easier.<p>Stanford University's Annelise Baron has developed a synthetic version of something called lung surfactant. Lung surfactant coats the tiny air sacs in the lung. Without it, every …

surfactant

Scientists have successfully inserted "false" sensations into the brain, could they one day edit our memories?

Controlling neurons with holographic projections could be revelatory for how we control prosthetic limbs<p>A technique has been developed for “editing” …

Data Science vs Machine Learning vs Data Analytics vs Business Analytics

This article gives a broad overview of data science and the various fields within it, including business analytics, data analytics, business …

Don't Study the Competition. Study Winners in Other Industries.

Studying the competition leads to failure.<p>6 min read<p>You shouldn't pay any attention to your competition. I don't. I work with entrepreneurs who are generating seven, eight and even nine figures with their businesses and none of them focus on the competition either. They are aware of the …

These Chinese workers' brain waves are being monitored

Employees' brain waves are reportedly being monitored in factories, state-owned enterprises, and the military across China.<p>The technology works by …

PTSD veterans 'cured' with ecstasy treatment in weeks, say scientists

Treating soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the party drug ecstasy effectively cures the condition within weeks, according to a new study.<p>Scientists found that administering the illegal MDMA improved veterans’ receptiveness to traditional psychotherapy.<p>Published in …