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The Hidden Biases in Big Data

This looks to be the year that we reach peak big data hype. From wildly popular big data conferences to columns in major newspapers, the business and science worlds are focused on how large datasets can give insight on previously intractable challenges. The hype becomes problematic when it leads to …

How the West got rich and modern capitalism was born

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Sven Beckert is a professor of American history at Harvard University. His latest book, “Empire of Cotton: A Global History,” has just …

Globalization

How a Sneak Attack By Norway’s Skiing Soldiers Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

After handing them their suicide capsules, Norwegian Royal Army Colonel Leif Tronstad informed his soldiers, “I cannot tell you why this mission is …

Navalism — Quotes & Perceptions by Naval Ravikant

Most of the time I refer to him as Yoda. Naval Ravikant has long been one of my favorite thinkers, and has helped to shape the way that I percieve my …

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions. But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. Today you can put a corporate dashboard in place to manage them and tweak the settings to try to …

70 years of VC innovation

How old is venture capital? Probably as old as the first hunter/gatherer. Yet, until the mid-20th century, it was mostly practiced by wealthy individuals and families. Chris Columbus himself pitched various rulers for seven years until the Spanish monarchs eventually financed his first travel to …

New Research Aims to Solve the Problem of AI Bias in “Black Box” Algorithms - MIT Technology Review

From picking stocks to examining x-rays, artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to make decisions that were formerly up to humans. But AI …

How to boost your WiFi speed: Top tips how to avoid interference and patchy signal

New study from Post Office Telecoms suggests people still make common mistakes.<p>Many people are still not aware of the simple mistakes they are making …

Artifical intelligence and creativity: imagining the unimaginable

How artificial intelligence can be used creatively is an often asked, and perpetually unsolved, question.<p>Of course, the term “AI” itself can be …

These AI Hotshots Plan to Reboot Manufacturing by Jumping Inside Robots - MIT Technology Review

Robots are taking over a growing number of manufacturing chores, but they remain relatively clumsy and slow to program.<p>A startup called Embodied …

Jeff Bezos asks 3 questions before bringing a new hire onto an Amazon team

If you're looking to give yourself a crash course in cutting-edge business thinking, you could do a lot worse than taking a leaf out of VC Li Jiang's book. An investor at GSV Capital, Jiang recently set himself an intriguing project — read every one of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Letters to …

Jeff Bezos

Watch This Neural Network Learn How To Play ‘Mario Kart’

Artificial intelligence just keeps getting better at beating us at games, and what game more lends itself to a computer being a cheating, blue-shelling bastard than <i>Mario Kart</i>? That’s the idea behind MariFlow, a <i>Mario Kart</i>-playing neural network programmed by Seth Bling based upon a neural program …

Mario Kart

The Surprising Science of Backpacking

Scientists investigate hip straps—the benefits aren’t as obvious as you think<p>In the summer of 2005, Jamie Pigman was deployed as a Navy medic to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan with a scout sniper platoon. His three-man team ventured out on missions ranging from a few hours to a few weeks, with …

Backpacking

The Coming Software Apocalypse

A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.<p>There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a busy signal. One Seattle woman dialed 911 at least 37 …

Benedict Evans on the Future of Cars

Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about two important trends for the future of personal travel--the …

Hung Up

16 Startup Metrics

We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of …

Ben Horowitz

Accenture: The Era of the Intelligent Enterprise

Accenture published their annual prediction of the technology trends that will shape the future of companies in the next three years. According to Accenture Technology Vision 2017, an annual report that predicts the most significant technology trends over the next three years, people hold the power …

Machine intelligence: Technology mimics human cognition to create value

Artificial intelligence is only the beginning. CIOs are helping their organizations become more insight-driven, and a suite of fast-evolving …

The Life of the Mind: Oliver Sacks’s 121 Formative and Favorite Books from a Lifetime of Reading

From Descartes to Curie to the Oxford English Dictionary, a biblio-anatomy of an unrepeatable mind.<p>A Galileo of the mind and a Goethe of medicine, <b>Oliver Sacks</b> (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015) considered his patients “more instructive than any book.” And yet he enchanted the world with their stories …

Literature

Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important

Automation anxiety reached new heights in 2013, when Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, researchers at the Oxford Martin School, published a paper estimating that 47% of all U.S. jobs were “at risk” of being computerized over the next two decades. Although the jury is still out about robots …

One Startup’s Vision to Reinvent the Web for Better Privacy - MIT Technology Review

Venture capitalist Albert Wenger has done well by investing in Web businesses—he was an early backer of Etsy and Tumblr. But at his urging, Union …

Blockchain

A Brief History of Blockchain

Many of the technologies we now take for granted were quiet revolutions in their time. Just think about how much smartphones have changed the way we live and work. It used to be that when people were out of the office, they were <i>gone,</i> because a telephone was tied to a place, not to a person. Now we …

Google's Dueling Neural Networks Spar to Get Smarter, No Humans Required

The day Richard Feynman died, the blackboard in his classroom read: "What I cannot create, I do not understand."<p>When Ian Goodfellow explains the …

Detroit passes Silicon Valley as center for self-driving research

Silicon Valley has been the epicenter of all major tech advancement in the past decade, but when it comes to self-driving, Detroit could snatch that the title away.<p>A new report from Navigant Research shows two of the ‘Big Three’ Detroit auto companies, Ford and General Motors, ahead of auto and …

Computer security is broken from top to bottom

OVER a couple of days in February, hundreds of thousands of point-of-sale printers in restaurants around the world began behaving strangely. Some …

‘Artificial Intelligence’ Has Become Meaningless

It’s often just a fancy name for a computer program.<p>In science fiction, the promise or threat of artificial intelligence is tied to humans’ relationship to conscious machines. Whether it’s Terminators or Cylons or servants like the “Star Trek” computer or the <i>Star Wars</i> droids, machines warrant the …

Spotlight: Anthropologist and Professor Wayne Van Horne

<b>My name is</b> Wayne Van Horne, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kennesaw State University, and <b>my medium is</b> anthropology.<p><b>My love of</b> trying to understand everything about human behavior—what makes us tick, why we do the things we do, why people act so differently in cultures all around the …

Anthropology