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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

A tiny startup could beat Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg at linking brains and computers

Two minds may be better than one, but one mind connected to millions of others would be infinitely superior.<p>That's the thinking behind several companies that are currently racing to link mind and machine by way of devices called brain-computer interfaces. The first to put the functionality of a …

Brainwaves

AI marks the beginning of the Age of Thinking Machines

Every day brings considerable AI news, from breakthrough capabilities to dire warnings. A quick read of recent headlines shows both: an AI system that claims to predict dengue fever outbreaks up to three months in advance, and an opinion piece from Henry Kissinger that AI will end the Age of …

Artificial Intelligence

Tech Tent: Can facial recognition fit with a fair society?

Rory Cellan-Jones @BBCRoryCJ on Twitter<p><b>Computers are getting ever better at recognising different faces - but on this week's Tech Tent we ask whether facial recognition technology is just too big a threat to privacy.</b><p>That is certainly the view of the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU.<p>Stream …

Surveillance

Facebook is building chips to analyze and filter live video

Facebook is in the process of making its own chips for filtering video content, chief AI scientist Yann LeCun revealed today in a talk at the Viva Technology industry conference in Paris.<p>Conventional methods are no longer sufficient as they require too much energy and compute power, LeCun said, …

Artificial Intelligence

Major US news websites are going down in Europe as GDPR goes into effect

The European Union’s new GDPR privacy rules came into effect today, but it seems that some organizations didn’t meet the deadline to comply with the changes. A handful of websites, including those of major news providers, went down in the EU, and they posted notes to readers about the new …

Privacy

Amazon Echo Secretly Recorded Couple's Private Conversation (Then Sent It to Employee Without Permission)

Some privacy experts are wondering what exactly is going on with Amazon's Alexa Echo smart device.<p>You know, I've always thought there was something kind of creepy about the voice-activated Amazon Echo (aka Alexa) smart speaker device that sits on a shelf in my office. Every once in a while, when …

Smart Homes

Flying drones legally gets easier in much of the U.S. today

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has been steadily expanding the ability of companies to fly drones for profit. Regulations still make Amazon-style deliveries impractical, but they’ve allowed a flourishing of camera-equipped missions. Popular gigs include monitoring construction sites, …

Drones

Microsoft's XiaoIce is an AI bot that can also converse like a human

It looks like XiaoIce could give Google's Duplex a run for its money.<p>Google's Duplex, which can carry on conversations with humans, may soon have a new competitor.<p>Microsoft is using a similar technology in China for its XiaoIce social chatbot. It's not identical to Google's Duplex, which can make …

Chatbots

Westworld-like 'Mesmer' robot comes alive in a UK factory

We all love <i>Westworld</i>, but its main premise -- that we'll be able to build robots identical to human in the near future -- still seems impossibly far-fetched. That said, a company called Engineered Arts is definitely exploring the edges of the uncanny valley. It has built a number of life-sized, …

Robotics

23 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple Watch

From messaging to productivity to advanced fitness tracking, Apple Watch has something for every user.<p>But not every Apple Watch feature is obvious from the get-go. Apple has filled the watch — which is now on its fourth iteration, the Apple Watch Series 3 — with neat tricks and helpful tools to …

Smartwatches

Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition

<b>Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET</b><p>Tech companies are trying to sell police real-time facial recognition systems, which can track and identify people as they walk down the street. As NPR reported two weeks ago, American police have generally held off, but there's new evidence that one police department — …

Surveillance

Explainable AI could reduce the impact of biased algorithms

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect across the EU, requiring sweeping changes to how organizations handle personal data. And GDPR standards have real teeth: For most violations, organizations have to pay a penalty of up to €20 million or 4 percent of …

Machine Learning

Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster

A billion operations per second isn't cool. Know what's cool? A million billion operations per second.<p>That's the promise of a new computing technique …

Quantum Computing
High-speed Rail

AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

Many companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development.<p>But what exactly is artificial intelligence? What does it involve? And how will it help the development of future …

Artificial Intelligence

The Army could have robots in every formation 'within 5 years'

The Pentagon is investing roughly $1 billion over the next several years for the development of robots to be used in an array of roles alongside combat troops, Bloomberg reported.<p>The US military already uses robots in various capacities, such for bomb disposal and scouting, but these new robots …

Military

Sprint: 5G will be 15 times faster than 4G, and T-Mobile merger will slash prices

Prior to the announcement of Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile, now-outgoing CEO Marcelo Claure told customers to expect higher 5G prices, and T-Mobile downplayed expectations for its initial 5G speeds. But Sprint’s new president and incoming CEO Michel Combes had some good news to share this week: …

T-Mobile

Intel finally made a 10nm processor

Around two years later and Intel is finally shipping its 10nm Cannon Lake CPUs. The chip itself is a bit of a bore, but given its legacy of delays and how long Intel has been talking about it, that they're finally being found in the wild is worth mentioning. The 8th-gen i3-8121U is a dual-core, …

Disability

AI Made These Paintings

Less than a year after he got his high school diploma and left Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., for Silicon Valley, Robbie Barrat began teaching computers …

Artificial Intelligence

Walmart Gives Up Replacing Store Cashiers With Machines

Walmart has given up replacing store cashiers with machines.<p>That’s according to a recent <i>Bloomberg</i> report, which reveals that the retail giant is getting rid of “Mobile Scan & Go” technology, which allowed customers to ring up their own purchases.<p>Apparently, the technology didn’t work for Walmart’s …

eCommerce

Net neutrality clings to life in big win by Senate Democrats

They came, they fought, they won. But the fight to save the existing net neutrality protections still has a long way to go.<p>Democrats in the Senate squeaked out a major victory in their effort to save Obama-era net neutrality protections.<p>A vote on a resolution to turn back the Federal Communications …

Net Neutrality

How the Enlightenment Ends - The Atlantic

Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my usual concerns—but the beginning of the presentation held me in my seat.<p>The speaker described the workings of a …

Artificial Intelligence

Wi-Fi EasyMesh wants to boost mesh hardware compatibility

Wireless mesh network hardware tends to be closed -- or slightly ajar -- systems. The Wi-Fi Alliance's new EasyMesh standard hopes to change that.<p>Mesh networks use multiple routers and satellites to boost Wi-Fi performance across large areas, such as big houses. Today, though, you generally have to …

Wi-Fi

Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Democrats will force a vote Wednesday to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission.<p>The measure, which is backed by all 49 Democrats and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, is …

Net Neutrality

Bot Technology Isn't Just for Russian Hackers. Here's What It Means for Your Business

Business owners need to get an education on bot tech before it's too late.<p>Bots have received a bad reputation in the last year, having featured prominently in the mainstream media due to accusations levied by the U.S. Democratic Party against President Donald Trump. "Russian Bots" have allegedly …

Chatbots

Anything but artificial, AI is evolving into anticipatory intelligence

Prediction is becoming cheaper, faster, more automated and more ubiquitous in our lives, and we have artificial intelligence to thank for that. AI is …

Artificial Intelligence

Brace yourself: SuitX industrial exoskeletons amplify human strength

Lift heavy packages or ease your life on the assembly line, but don't fantasize about becoming Iron Man yet.<p>Bad back begone!<p>A startup called SuitX has begun selling exoskeletal outfits that give a boost to your back, legs and shoulders. It's not going to fulfill any adolescent fantasies of hulking …

Robotics

Open source SDN project could let network admins duplicate production environments

The LiquidMetal SDN project, from Japanese software firm axsh, would allow for duplication of network elements including IP and MAC …

Virtualization

Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

Atlas really is off its leash now.<p>The most talked-about robot in Boston Dynamics’ futuristic fleet was out running through the park in a video …

Robotics