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The iPhone only exists because Steve Jobs 'hated this guy at Microsoft'

Former head of iOS, Scott Forstall, opens up about how Apple’s iconic device came from late CEO’s dislike for the husband of one of his wife’s friends<p>If it wasn’t for one particular executive at Microsoft, whom Steve Jobs seemingly hated with a passion, Apple may never have created the iPhone or …

Steve Jobs

The Sci-Fi Guru Who Predicted Google Earth Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.<p>Way back in 1992, author <b>Neal Stephenson</b> published his breakthrough novel, <i>Snow Crash,</i> a cyberpunk …

Virtual Reality

Solar Pumping: A Cheaper and Cleaner Way to Access Groundwater

Many communities around the world have limited access to water. To reach deep groundwater reserves, diesel generated electricity is used in rural …

Energy

Improve Your Astrophotography Focus With a Bahtinov Mask

Finding razor-sharp focus when shooting astrophotography can be hard – stars appear as point light sources, and there are no detailed surfaces to aid …

Photography

Netflix launches new 'interactive shows' that let viewers dictate the story

Netflix is putting a new spin on the old Gamebook genre.<p>Today the company announced that it’s launching an all-new interactive format that ultimately turns viewers into legitimate storytellers. In comparison to standard television, these so-called interactive shows put the viewers in charge, …

Netflix

Look Inside Spain’s Bizarre Baby Jumping Festival

This unorthodox baptism dates back to the 17th century and has roots in paganism.<p>Once a year in mid-June, devils run wild in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia.<p>A blend of Catholic and pagan rituals meant to represent the triumph of good over evil, the festival of El Colacho dates back to …

Festivals

This Infinite Loop Timelapse Spins the Earth While the Stars Stay Still

If you point your camera at the sky and film, the stars will arc overhead. That’s because your camera is attached to a giant spinning orb called …

Earth Science

Man Buys Two Metric Tons of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning

Jacques Mattheij made a small, but awesome, mistake. He went on eBay one evening and bid on a bunch of bulk LEGO brick auctions, then went to sleep. …

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence can now use a person's image and audio to create fake videos

<b>London</b>: Oxford scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can create fake videos of a person by using their still image and …

This designer uses Pantone swatches in the coolest way

If you've only gathered Pantone swatches to test out paints, you might want to take things up a notch and learn a thing or two about the versatility of the swatch from Andrea Antoni.<p>The Italian designer's Instagram is filled with beautiful photographs in which he cleverly uses Pantone swatches to …

Graphic Design

Google's speech recognition error rate is now under 5%

It's no secret that one of Google's strengths in recent years has been voice recognition. In my own experience, my Google Home picks up what I am …

Silicon Valley billionaires are appalled by normal schools — so they created this new one

Silicon Valley is working on ways to change the way that we drive, eat, live, and now thanks to a new type of school, the way our children learn. The school is called AltSchool, and it's the brainchild of a former Google executive, Max Ventilla. The school merges traditional education with the type …

Education

The Best Photography Advice You Never Got

<b>If you’re anything like me, then you tend to learn things the hard way—through personal experience. I’ve learned that life will continue to present</b> …

Photography

To Lead a More Fulfilling Life, Minimize Choice

Simplify your work and life for maximum mental well-being<p>In these complex days of sensory and information overload, I have become increasingly interested in how to simplify our work and life.<p>One way to simplify anything is to minimize choice (a la Barry Schwartz's Paradox of Choice). Designers …

Marcel Duchamp

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 Mechanics

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 …

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 …

Machine Learning

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 …

Agile Development

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 …

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 …

U.S. Army

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Artificial Intelligence

A Google Exec Just Claimed The Singularity Will Happen by 2029

Robots with human-level intelligence.<p>Ray Kurzweil, Google's Director of Engineering, is a well-known futurist with a high-hitting track record for …

Singularity

Why no job is safe from the rise of the robots

Hollywood got it wrong. The highly intelligent machines that will be unleashed in the near future won’t be coming for our lives. They’ll be coming …