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By Michael Hartley CFP® | A Cultivating Change LLC curated collection of cutting edge technology blogs, articles, and books. www.cultivatingchange.com

How Augmented Reality Is Shaping the Future of Play

If you ask 13-year-old Keanu Snyder what he wants for his birthday, he won't tell you about Nerf blasters or Playstation games. He’ll tell you all …

Augmented Reality

Scientists Discover New Form Of Light That Could Change The Game In Quantum Computing

A team of physicists appears to have created a new form of light, one that could have some exciting implications in the field of quantum computing.<p>In …

Quantum Mechanics

Tesla Model 3 impresses German automaker after being reverse-engineered

A few weeks ago, we reported on two Tesla Model 3 vehicles spotted in air freight inbound for Germany. We assumed that they were purchased on the used market by a German automaker to be reverse-engineered and benchmarked.<p>Sure enough, a report from Germany now confirms our suspicion and gives us …

Tesla

This Might Be the First Drone-Related Aircraft Crash

A helicopter’s crash landing in South Carolina this week may have been triggered by a civilian drone, which would make it the first drone-related …

Drones

A brief history of technology

Technological progress is not the only thing rising at an exponential rate.<p>The rate at which newly commercialized technologies get adopted by …

Internet of Things

Bitcoin Mine Causes ‘Harmful Interference’ for T-Mobile Users

Authorities believe they have found the culprit that was causing static for T-Mobile US Inc. customers in southern Brooklyn: an energy-sucking, …

Caucasus

Inside China’s growing use of facial recognition technology

As China’s Lunar New Year approaches, citizens and tourists will spot the country’s police force with facial recognition glasses. These glasses will help officials use real-time ID verification to fight crimes during the celebrations around this year’s event. But interestingly, such facial …

Xinjiang

Intel just put a quantum computer on a silicon chip

Dutch quantum computing company QuTech, in conjunction with chip-maker Intel, yesterday unveiled a programmable two-qubit quantum computer running on a silicon chip.<p>Quantum computers are supposed to be capable of doing things no “classical” computer could possibly accomplish, such as complex …

Quantum Computing

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones, apps can now recognize faces in photos and translate from one language to another.<p>Artificial intelligence is here — and it’s bringing new …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple HomePod Launches With Big Sound—and Even Bigger Questions

Apple’s past week was all about sound.<p>After months of anticipation, Apple on Friday finally released its HomePod smart speaker. The device, which …

New York Police Department

There’s a Global Race to Control Batteries—and China Is Winning

Chinese companies dominate the cobalt supply chain that begins at mines in Congo<p>KOLWEZI, Democratic Republic of Congo—Miners push bicycles piled high with bags of a grayish-blue ore along a dusty road to a makeshift market. There, they line up at wholesalers with nicknames such as Crazy Jack and …

Stock Markets

Self-healing electronic skin will help robots have a sense of touch like humans

In the future, your robot babysitter will be able to tell if your child has a fever.<p>Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say they’ve developed the first fully rehealable and recyclable electronic skin, or <i>e-skin</i>. The technology mimics the functions and mechanical properties of human …

Robotics

AI-fueled edtech is our only hope for tech literate leaders

Imagine, if you will, a President of the United States that truly understands AI’s potential: how to use it, when to trust it, and how to stop it if necessary.<p>Is this prospect terrifying or exciting? It’s hard to say for sure. It seems obvious that up-and-coming generations will bring a new, if not …

Artificial Intelligence

Exclusive: World leaders just decided that the next step in AI is augmenting humans

Think that human augmentation is still decades away? Think again.<p>This week, government leaders met with experts and innovators ahead of the World …

Artificial Intelligence

A top venture capital firm predicts these 8 trends will take over cloud computing in 2018

Bessemer Venture Partners knows the cloud.<p>The Silicon Valley venture capital firm meets with over a thousand cloud companies each year and keeps close tabs on its dozens of investments in the cloud market. Just to round things out, Bessemer also researches 78 cloud companies that have already gone …

Venture Capital

Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

Engineering

Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy

Figuring out if you have diabetes could soon be as easy as strapping on an Apple Watch.<p>A new study from Cardiogram shows that by using heart rate monitors on wearables like the Apple Watch, neural networks can now detect whether the wearer has early signs of diabetes with astonishing …

Diabetes

Get Ready — Quantum Computing Is Finally Here

The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology that has been a dream of physicists and computer …

Quantum Computing

Here's why 100 qubit quantum computers could change everything

At 100 qubits a single quantum computer processor would, theoretically, be more powerful than all the supercomputers on the planet combined. We may be closer to that milestone than you think and the world isn’t ready.<p>Quantum computers are spooky devices that don’t follow the normal rules of …

Quantum Computing

How 5G couldchange everything from music to medicine

5G is going to be a really big deal.<p>The lightning quick "next generation" wireless technology is expected to power self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart cities and networked robots.<p>But what else can it do?<p>Ericsson (ERIC) has joined up with researchers from King's College London to dream up …

CNN

Adobe’s New Tech Can Track Shoppers In A Store In Real Time

The software company's new technology aims to make the supermarket experience more convenient for both customers and management

eCommerce

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Quantum Computing

Intel spin-out could launch AR smart glasses this year

Intel is reportedly working on a pair of AR smart glasses codenamed 'Superlite.' According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the wearable will be part of a new hardware division, possibly called Vaunt, and could launch later this year. Intel wants to sell a majority stake in the business, which it's currently valuing …

Augmented Reality

Steadicam Volt's cinematic smartphone stabilizer is a little fiddly

Steadicam is the company behind iconic tracking shots in films like <i>Rocky</i> and <i>Return of the Jedi</i>, so when parent Tiffen launched a smartphone stabilizer bearing its name at CES 2017, there was a ton of interest. The $195 Steadicam Volt nabbed more than $1 million on Kickstarter and is now on sale at …

Videography

The trillion-dollar prize: Plugging government revenue leaks with advanced analytics

Few fiscal opportunities are bigger than reducing revenue leakages from tax and payment abuse. Now, new sources of data and new analytics tools are …

Big Data

FCC gets ready to kick off $2 billion rural broadband fund

The FCC has taken the final steps toward finally opening its long-delayed Connect America Fund II, which will disburse $2 billion in federal money over 10 years to support new broadband infrastructure in rural areas throughout the country. A date for bidding and the final documentation of the …

Net Neutrality

Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

Thirty-nine million Americans now own a smart speaker device, but the voice app ecosystem is still developing. While Alexa today has over 25,000 skills available, a number of companies haven’t yet built a skill for the platform, or offer only a very basic skill that doesn’t work that well. That’s …

Amazon Alexa

A brief history of bitcoin mining hardware

Bitcoin mining was once nothing more than a lucrative hobby for nerdy cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The only hardware required, in the beginning, was a simple computer. Things have changed a lot in less than 10 years.<p>In 2009 the first bitcoin miners used standard multi-core CPUs to produce BTC at a …

Bitcoin

How to control a machine using your mind

<b>Imagine being able to make a machine do your bidding with your thoughts alone, no button pressing, typing, screen tapping or fumbling with remote controls, just brain power. Well, this sci-fi scenario could be closer to reality than you think.</b><p>Bill Kochevar's life was changed, seemingly irrevocably, …

The Brain