Michael H. Cox

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Blockchain is a waste of time, energy and mental space — please stop.

Investor Opinion<p>I have been running an angel investment group for 3 years now and have seen dozens, if not hundreds, of Blockchain proposals of one …

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both<p>In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but …

Experts Have Come Up With 23 Guidelines to Avoid an AI Apocalypse

Take note, future robot overlords.<p>It's the stuff of many a sci-fi book or movie - could robots one day become smart enough to overthrow us? Well, a …

SolarEdge unveils new home electric car charger integrated with a solar inverter

SolarEdge, an Israel-based tech company, unveils today a new product that merges the worlds of residential solar and electric vehicles.<p>The company announced its new home electric car charger integrated with a solar inverter.<p>Tesla hinted at such a product last year when CEO Elon Musk said that the …

Facts are the reason science is losing during the current war on reason

You’d think scientists could answer simple questions like ‘when did the dinosaurs live?’. But the truth about science is bad news for those seeking certainty<p>With controversy about science communication, facts and alternative facts hitting the headlines recently, I’ve been having a number of …

Science

How Breaking One of the Most Basic Physical Laws Might Explain Dark Energy

Fudging the law of conservation of energy offers a new perspective on dark energy.<p>A group of theoretical physicists from France and Mexico has offered a fun new what-if for dark energy, one of physics' most profound outstanding mysteries. As described in the current <i>Physical Review Letters</i>, this …

The 5 Biggest Questions About the Universe (and How We're Trying To Answer Them)

From the discovery of gravitational waves to locating our nearest Earth-like planetary neighbor, 2016 was a banner year for astronomy. In fact, it’s not only been a good year for space science, but a great few decades. Many of the biggest puzzles in astronomy and cosmology have been solved.<p>Take the …

9 IoT global trends for 2017

Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, healthcare IoT, industrial IoT, and wearables are some of the topics of conversation …

Internet of Things

Virtual assistants, chatbots poised for mass adoption in 2017

Experimentation with voice-activated assistants and text-triggered chatbots blossomed in 2016, enabling users to order from Taco Bell using Slack’s …

The best leg exercises to do at home

Our new Home Workouts series focuses on quick, fuss-free, targeted routines that you can complete at home.<p>Led by personal trainer and founder of That Girl London Christina Howells, each episode demonstrates moves to target different areas of the body including exercises for your legs, back and arms.<p>…

Solar Cabin: modular refugee housing with an energy-generating solar field

1/6<p>Solar Cabin Refugee Housing Home Away From Home<p>As scores of refugees seek safety in the Netherlands, the government is scrambling to provide …

Renewable Energy

Hubble’s shining view of deep space beyond the stars

The first ultra-deep, ultra-wide field view of the Universe heralded what the 2010s would bring.<p><i>“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there,</i> …

Reverse-engineering artificial intelligence

India’s patent laws allow for reverse-engineering of certain technologies. A prime example of this reverse-engineering is in the pharmaceutical …

Artificial Intelligence

Ethereum for web developers

I have been learning about Ethereum blockchain platform for some time and the more I learn, the more exciting it looks. There are lots of resources …

2017 could be the tipping point for super efficient solar panels

Sam Stranks is convinced solar panels could solve our fossil-fuel dependency - if only they were more energy-efficient. "Solar could well be the …

10 Best Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Programs I Found in 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, it is time to bring you the best 10 Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) programs I have come across during this year. Some …

Linux

West Africa now has its own digital currency

<i>Correction: The original version of this story referred to the West African eCFA using blockchain-based technology. It does not.</i><p>Senegal will soon begin using a digital currency in 2017. It’s another opportunity for financial technology (fintech) to help emerging markets leapfrog traditional banking …

West Africa

How blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer

Ben Dickson Contributor<p>Ben Dickson is a software engineer and the founder of TechTalks.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology<br>• Can you trust crypto-token crowdfunding?<p>As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of …

Blockchain

How one guy lost millions of dollars of bitcoin to a hacker

A hacker called up T-Mobile and convinced the customer service representative that he was Jared Kenna. T-Mobile believed the hacker and transferred …

Google tinkers with Chrome cryptosecurity to fight quantum hacks

Today's encryption is an arms race as digital security experts try to hold off hackers' attempts to break open user data. But there's a new tech on the horizon that even the NSA recognizes as crucial to protect against: quantum computing, which is expected to dramatically speed up attempts to crack …

Post-quantum crypto startup PQ bags $10.3M Series A

Being first to market with complex technology doesn’t usually make for a simple sales proposition. Nor does trying to pioneer an alternative approach as a small security startup vs established industry practices.<p>UK-based Post-Quantum, aka PQ, which was founded all the way back in 2009, has been …

Customers

An interview with Sean Parent

During C++Now I had the opportunity...

Google Buys Machine Learning Startup Moodstocks

Google has acquired Paris-based machine learning startup Moodstocks as part of its ongoing effort to improve visual recognition technology.

Machine Learning

‘The Unknown Universe’: From Stuart Clark’s Fascinating Guide to Modern Cosmology

<i>Modern cosmology has a civic duty to provide a guide for those of us who aren’t in control of its instruments or math. The ideal guide would be</i> …

Machines Are Taking All The Jobs? What Decision-Makers Say And Do

A new PwC survey provides fresh and illuminating data on the burning questions of the day: Are machines going to take over our jobs? And how much do we rely (or over-rely) today on machines, automation, and algorithms?<p>Experts are confident that machines are going to replace many workers. A …

This ‘Other’ Form Of Solar Energy Can Run At Night, And It Just Got A Big Backer

Converting sunlight directly into electricity, the photovoltaic (PV) solar panel industry has dominated the solar generation market recently because …

Renewable Energy

10 stores to buy cheap patio furniture in Toronto

Cheap patio furniture in Toronto is tough to find outside of box stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot. Fortunately, there are a handful of shops …

Ask Ethan: Do Gravitational Waves Exhibit Wave-Particle Duality?

Now that LIGO has detected their first gravitational wave signal, the part of Einstein’s theory that predicts that the fabric of space itself should have ripples and waves in it has been confirmed. This brings up all sorts of interesting questions, including this one from reader (and Patreon …