Mads Pedersen

686 Added | 2 Magazines | 183 Likes | 15 Following | 21 Followers | @madspedersen | Digital Media Manager @ Grundfos. Flipping stories about business-driven development, creative use of digital media and technology, social business.

Speech-imitating algorithm can steal your voice in 60 seconds

Machine learning algorithm can mimic other peoples' voices or create new ones from scratch.<p>A Canadian start-up has developed a voice imitation …

Machine Learning

LinkedIn Launches Tools For Audience Targeting

LinkedIn has launched Matched Audiences, a suite of three targeting tools that aim to connect marketers with their audiences through site retargeting …

LinkedIn

With the release of Amazon Lex, AWS asks: Developers, can you build me a chatbot?

Now that Amazon Web Services has made public its Amazon Lex technology, which makes Alexa fetch another case of LaCroix from Amazon Prime at your …

Chatbots

The augmented reality gold rush is afoot

Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup.<p>This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there are suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be …

Augmented Reality

Google’s New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

John Martinis has given himself just a few months to reach a milestone in the history of computing.<p>He’s leader of the Google research group working …

Quantum Computing

Today will be the first day the UK was powered without coal since the industrial revolution

The seismic shift in global energy production was powerfully in evidence today (April 21), when all electricity in the UK was produced for a 24-hour period without burning a single shovelful of coal—for the first time since the industrial revolution.<p>Britain led the world into industrialization in …

Renewable Energy

Creating Simple Rules for Complex Decisions

Machines can now beat humans at complex tasks that seem tailored to the strengths of the human mind, including poker, the game of Go, and visual recognition. Yet for many high-stakes decisions that are natural candidates for automated reasoning, like doctors diagnosing patients and judges setting …

Data Science

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i><p>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.<p>“I …

AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

An estimated 20 million people die each year due to cardiovascular disease. Luckily, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor.<p>The American …

Machine Learning

Will Blockchain Technology be the Ultimate Disruptor? Harvard Says Yes!

Say goodbye to the middle-man for your financial transactions. Blockchain technology will change the way you do everything.<p><i>"Imagine a technology that could preserve our freedom to choose for ourselves and our families, to express these choices in the world, and to control our own destiny, no matter</i> …

Bitcoin

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies. Two years into this stealth project, backed …

Virtual Reality

Jeff Bezos Just Shared His Secret For Amazon's Success (And Yours As Well)

This one concept captures beautifully all of the trials, tribulations, and magic of the entrepreneurial spirit.<p>Every so often you come across a concept so elegant in its simplicity that you can't help but be drawn to it because of how easily it reduces even the most complex set of ideas into …

Business Strategy
Instagram

The leadership principle my grandfather shared with me as a child is the same one I now teach Fortune 500 execs

When I was a child, my grandfather asked me, “Subir, between zero and nine, which number is the most powerful?”<p>Without hesitation, I responded, “Nine, of course — it’s much larger. Zero is nothing.”<p>“You are mistaken,” he told me. “It is true that zero does not have any value on its own. But when …

Leadership

When Pixels Collide

Last weekend, a fascinating act in the history of humanity played out on Reddit.<p>For April Fool's Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave …

The hoverbikes are coming

Autonomous passenger drones might be coming to Dubai this summer, but in Russia I had the chance to check out this startup which literally wants to build a hoverbike.<p>Emerging from the Skolkovo “startups and science park” just outside of Moscow, human-carrying drone maker Hoversurf has created a …

Drones

California is getting so much power from solar that wholesale electricity prices are turning negative

The extraordinary success of solar power in some pockets of the world that combine sunshine with high investment in the technology mean that governments and energy companies are having radically to rethink the way they manage—and charge for—electricity.<p>California is one such a place.<p>On March 11, it …

Renewable Energy

These Species Can Recode Their Own Genetics

Gene Editing<p>A team of scientists led by Joshua Rosenthal at the Marine Biological Laboratory and Noa Liscovitch-Braur and Eli Eisenberg at Tel Aviv …

The 16 Best Graphs of Velocity 2010: A snapshot of the current web performance landscape

While at Velocity last week, I took in so many sessions and workshops, by the end it felt like data was shooting out my eyeballs. Fortunately, my …

Mastodon's sudden popularity should serve as Twitter's wakeup call

There's a hot new social network these days and it's called Mastodon. Well, it's not that new -- it's been around since September 2016 -- but it's gained tens of thousands of users in the last few days. The reason for the growth? According to its founder, Eugen Rochko, it has a lot to do with …

Social Marketing
Elon Musk

The Most Important WeChat Features for Digital Marketers Targeting Chinese Consumers

The renowned social network ‘WeChat’ is of great interest to western marketers currently, and it should well be.<p>With 700 million active users it has …

WeChat
Chatbots

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance; that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

Drones

Google’s Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

ASK THE GOOGLE search app “What is the fastest bird on Earth?,” and it will tell you.<p>“Peregrine falcon,” the phone says. “According to YouTube, the …

Google

Google Scrambles After British Government, Media Outlets Pull Ads

Google is scrambling to respond to criticism of its advertising policies after a wave of British media outlets—including <i>The Guardian</i> and the …

Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system. Images look better, too.<p>Google has developed and open-sourced a new JPEG algorithm that reduces …

A West Virginia teen taught himself how to build a rapping AI using Kanye West lyrics

Robbie Barrat started building AI on a bet.<p>His high school programming club was arguing about whether artificial intelligence could ever accomplish tasks better than humans. Barrat thought the answer was obvious. A few of his peers, however, weren’t so easily convinced and asked for proof by the …

A Conversational Interface In A Contact Form ... Why?

As time goes by, everyone is trying to make their web experience as meaningful, compelling, and <b>human</b> as possible.<p>Conversational interfaces allow the …

Chatbots