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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

Bluetooth is getting a big upgrade to make it better for smart homes

Yay, another smart home standard<p>There’s a long-running fight between wireless standards to be the one and only to connect all the smart devices in your home. And with an upgrade today, Bluetooth is making a good case for itself.<p>Bluetooth SIG, the group that oversees the Bluetooth standard, is today …

Wi-Fi

Robots with better eyesight and intelligent drones

<b>Researchers in the west of Scotland have developed an artificial intelligence system that can automatically recognise different types of cars - and people.</b><p>Among its many possible applications are robots with better eyesight - and drones to spot defects in buildings before they collapse.<p>It is the …

Machine Learning

5G needs to avoid the awkward history of 4G

Earlier this year, Verizon and Ericsson used one race, the Indianapolis 500, to try and get ahead in another one — the race to be the first to roll out 5G wireless technology to the masses.<p>While the trial was no doubt a step in the right direction, like most 5G testing it was still done in a vacuum …

Telecoms

Eyeing Specialty Contractors As Microsoft Addresses The Rural Broadband Problem

While some may grumble, there is little question that chips are becoming the new fabric in our increasingly connected lives. From how we communicate, shop, learn, consume content and transact on a multiple number of levels, we have become used to if not reliant upon being connected be it through …

Telecoms

AR vs VR: Why Augmented Reality Has A Definite Advantage

Not too many people knew about virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) till last year, and some even confused the two terms. However, toward …

Augmented Reality

To Truly Fake Intelligence, Chatbots Need To Be Able To Change Your Mind

To achieve social intelligence, AI needs to be able to be persuasive, argues researcher.<p>Could you ever imagine yourself in a heated argument with a chatbot? Like, really passionate, deeply reasoned position-taking—argument, counterargument, countercounterargument, countercountercounterargument. …

Chatbots

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Artificial Intelligence

Hyperloop One conducts first full-scale test of superfast transportation system

Before long, passengers will be able to travel at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket to destinations around the world. How so? By boarding …

Transportation

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.<p>More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge. It is now the first …

DNA

3 ways to massively fail with machine learning (and one key to success) - TechRepublic

Machine learning is hard, but open source projects like Google's TensorFlow promise to help foster the kind of culture necessary for success.<p>Though …

Machine Learning

We compared popular cloud storage options so you don’t have to

Almost everyone has files scattered across several devices and platforms. Getting our files where we need them, when we need them, can become a chaotic endeavor.<p>This handy guide should help clear things up. Here are the five most popular mobile cloud storage options. Each one presents storage …

Cloud Computing

Microsoft finally releases its secret weapon in the cloud wars with Amazon and Google

Microsoft has long maintained that it has a secret weapon in the cloud wars against the Amazon Web Services juggernaut.<p>The weapon is Microsoft's existing inroads into the business software market. And the strategy was never more apparent than in May 2015, when the company announced Azure Stack, a …

Amazon Web Services

This Is How Google Wants to ‘Humanize’ Artificial Intelligence

Google’s plans a big research project aimed at making artificial intelligence more useful.<p>The search giant debuted an initiative on Monday that …

Artificial Intelligence

McKinsey's State Of Machine Learning And AI, 2017

• Tech giants including Baidu and Google spent between $20B to $30B on AI in 2016, with 90% of this spent on R&D and deployment, and 10% on AI acquisitions.<br>• Artificial Intelligence (AI) investment has turned into a race for patents and intellectual property (IP) among the world’s leading tech …

Machine Learning

3 Technologies You Need to Start Paying Attention to Right Now

The next big thing always starts out looking like nothing at all<p>At any given time, a technology or two captures the zeitgeist. A few years ago it was social media and mobile that everybody was talking about. These days it's machine learning and block chain. Everywhere you look, consulting firms are …

Innovation

Volvo's parent company acquires flying car startup

Geely -- the Chinese company who owns Volvo -- has just acquired the startup behind the world's most promising flying car. Known for the impressive vertical takeoff and landing vehicle called the "Transition", Terrafugia is the company that's come the closest to making flying cars a reality. Now, …

Startups

Bill Gates made these 15 predictions in 1999 — and it's scary how accurate he was

In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled "Business @ the Speed of Thought."<p>In the book, Gates makes 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous.<p>But as business student Markus Kirjonen pointed out on his blog, Gates' forecasts turned out to be "eerily prescient."<p>Here are the 15 …

Bill Gates

What Is Quantum Computing? A Super-Easy Explanation For Anyone

It’s fascinating to think about the power in our pocket—today’s smartphones have the computing power of a military computer from 50 years ago that was the size of an entire room. However, even with the phenomenal strides we made in technology and classical computers since the onset of the computer …

Quantum Mechanics

Supercool breakthrough brings new quantum benchmark

Their system allows theories of superconductivity and related quantum effects to be precisely checked against experiment, to see whether the theories …

Quantum Mechanics

Qantas extending free on-board Wi-Fi to second aircraft | ZDNet

Qantas has built out new ViaSat Wi-Fi technology onto a second domestic aircraft ahead of extending the service to an additional eight planes by the …

Wi-Fi

Your drone may soon have to ID itself to officials while it's in the sky

The proliferation of consumer and commercial drones in the last few years has unfortunately mirrored a rise in incidents of the flying machines going places they shouldn't. Think airports, prisons, and events where large amounts of people are gathered.<p>With these potentially dangerous flight …

Drones

Robots to aid tourists, clean floors at South Korean airport

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Robots will start roaming South Korea's largest airport this summer, helping travelers find their boarding gates and keep its floors clean as the country prepares for its first Winter Olympics game.<p>Starting this month, Troika, a self-driving robot made by LG Electronics, …

Robots

Here are 50 Companies Leading the AI Revolution

We know that artificial intelligence will soon reshape our world. But which companies will lead the way? To help ­answer that question, research firm …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple Working on 'Improved' Security System for iPhone 8 That Replaces Touch ID With Facial Recognition

Following a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting the next-generation "iPhone 8" will do away with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely, <i>Bloomberg</i> says Apple is working on an "improved" security system that will let customers unlock their iPhones and make Apple Pay payments with facial …

Apple

Robocalpyse now? Central bankers argue whether automation will kill jobs

The bankers are not yet ready to buy into dystopian visions in which robots render humans superfluous. But they are seriously discussing the risk …

Economics

Alibaba Voice Hub Would Compete With Amazon’s Echo

Chinese tech giant Alibaba will introduce a voice-controlled device to compete with Amazon’s Echo, with an official announcement coming as soon as …

Amazon

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Elevators

Toshiba Flash Memory Breakthrough Could Usher In Faster, Higher-Capacity Solid State Devices

TAEC, Toshiba America Electronic Components, just announced a new type of flash memory that could usher in a wave of fast, high-capacity solid state storage products. The company announced that its next-generation BiCS FLASH three-dimensional (3D) flash memory will feature 4-bit-per-cell, or …

Toshiba

Blockchain and Renewable Energy Are Utterly Disrupting Society as We Know It

The Grid of the Future<p>Renewable energy and blockchain are two technologies that are worth betting on. The former is considered to be the most …

Renewable Energy