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With this browser, ads can’t steal your attention — they have to pay you for it

Online ads are a special kind of terrible. They’re invasive, they’re distracting, and worst of all — they’re necessary.<p>Despite the fact they’re …

#MeToo Movement Turns to Ethereum to Evade Censorship

Inspired by the "#metoo" movement, students in China are coding messages onto the tamper-proof ethereum blockchain to escape Chinese internet …

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them.<p>That’s because in …

Wind Power

Inside the Jordan refugee camp that runs on blockchain - MIT Technology Review

A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through the aisles of a grocery store stocked with bags of rice, a small selection of fresh …

Blockchain

Cryptocurrency Gives Artists More Power In The Music Industry

Bitcoin isn’t just for geeks and hackers anymore.<p>Rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan will launch two cryptocurrencies with the startup Cream …

Coins and Tokens Aren’t the Same; Difference Between Cryptocurrency Coins and Tokens

Even though cryptocurrencies have boomed recently, few people understand the technicalities behind them. There are tons of different factors behind …

The International Monetary Fund Has a Dystopian Vision for the Blockchain

IMF head Christine Lagarde wants to “fight fire with fire” in order to regulate cryptocurrencies.<p>The International Monetary Fund is an ideological enemy to Bitcoin and decentralized virtual currencies in general. The Washington, DC-based organization centrally controls a global system of payments …

The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches

I usually write in Google's online word processor Google Docs, even when noting the company's shortcomings. This article is different: it was drafted …

Report examines how police use fingerprints of dead people to unlock iPhones & how Face ID is also vulnerable

The topic of using the fingerprint of a dead person to unlock an iPhone with Touch ID has been brought to light in the past, and now a new report from <i>Forbes</i> dives into a bit more into details regarding the practice. The report includes anecdotes from various law enforcement and FBI sources who …

How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever - MIT Technology Review

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian’s wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans …

Machine Learning

The Role Of Artificial Intelligence And Language

Dr. Joseph Reger, Fujitsu Fellow, and Chief Technical Officer EMEIA, Fujitsu says that 2018 will be the rise of ubiquitous virtual assistants. He predicts that over the course of the year, we’ll see an increase in the number of virtual assistants and chatbots, but that by 2020 consumers won’t even …

Artificial Intelligence

Japanese scientists just created an AI that can “read” human minds

Nope, this isn’t just fodder for the new series of Black Mirror<p>As computer scientists attempt to make machines think and learn like humans, the …

Machine Learning

Microsoft Wants to Use Artificial Intelligence to Make CRISPR More Accurate

The gene-editing technology CRISPR could very well one day rid the world of its most devastating diseases, allowing us to simply edit away the …

Google's AI can now predict heart disease just by scanning your eyes

As if Google doesn’t already have its fingers in enough pies, the company is now taking aim at cardiovascular disease with the help of machine learning.<p>In a paper published in Nature’s Biomedical Engineering journal (PDF), the search giant’s health subsidiary Verily detailed a method to predict …

Machine Learning

Here's how Canada can be a global leader in ethical AI

Canada’s research expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to significant recent investment. But far fewer resources have been dedicated to …

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to interpret contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted by …

Artificial Intelligence

​Midas IT launches AI recruitment solution

The Korean firm's inAIR solution automates the recruitment process and uses AI to conduct online interviews.<p>South Korean company Midas IT has …

Voicera raises $14.5 million for AI that draws insights from meeting notes

Voicera, whose AI assistant Eva creates transcripts from voice recordings of meetings, today announced the closure of a $14.5 million funding round, which includes backing from a few tech giants with plans to put their own assistants in the workplace. Formerly Workfit, Voicera uses natural language …

‘Deep Voice’ Software Can Clone Anyone's Voice With Just 3.7 Seconds of Audio

Using snippets of voices, Baidu's ‘Deep Voice’ can generate new speech, accents, and tones.<p>With just 3.7 seconds of audio, a new AI algorithm developed by Chinese tech giant Baidu can clone a pretty believable fake voice. Much like the rapid development of machine learning software that …

How your supermarket could manipulate you for your own good

Supermarkets have always played tricks on your mind. Can they help you to eat better?<p>Supermarket design is not neutral. Food retailers know how to make you lean towards certain choices and products. But, can they apply the same skills to make people buy healthier food?<p>Psychologists, marketing …

Agriculture

China’s facial-recognition startups can probably pick you out of a crowd

Chinese facial-recognition companies are getting very, very good at what they do.<p><b>Locking 'em up:</b> A police department in China went from capturing a …

Storing data in DNA is a lot easier than getting it back out - MIT Technology Review

Humanity is creating information at an unprecedented rate—some 16 zettabytes every year (a zettabyte is one billion terabytes). And this rate is …

Biology

Here are the secrets to useful AI, according to designers

Thinking about how us meatbots actually work could deliver AI that’s more useful and fair.<p><b>Secrets to good AI:</b> Designers at Google spent three years …

China’s big brother: how artificial intelligence is catching criminals and advancing health care | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

The lifts rising to Yitu Technology’s headquarters have no buttons. The pass cards of the staff and visitors stepping into the elevators that service …

China's first AI-based TCM clinic opens in Wuzhen

China's first Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic based on an artificial intelligence (AI) diagnosis system opened in Zhejiang Province on …

Artificial Intelligence

Experts See New Ways to Track Learning Experiences with Blockchain

By Erin BreretonUniversities look for a secure, low-maintenance way to manage and share students’ academic data.

Blockchain

The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel

As more of us flock to urban living, city designers are re-thinking buildings’ influence on our moods in an era of “neuro-architecture”.<p>“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of …

Urban Design

Will robots create more jobs than they destroy?

As advancing technology changes the face of employment in the 21st century, is the human workforce being made obsolete?<p><i>Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley software firm and the author of</i> The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment<i>. Geoff Colvin is senior editor</i> …

Social Media

Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software - MIT Technology Review

Tech companies and investors have recently been piling money into artificial intelligence—and plenty has been trickling down to chip maker Nvidia. …

Machine Learning

Should cashiers be humans or machines?

Self-service tills mean headaches for some shoppers, but bring convenience – and a few unexpected benefits – for others.<p>Earlier this week, BBC Future published a story about shoppers’ disdain for self-service checkouts: many people find them poorly designed and irritating to use. While these …

Customers