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Why Google Backed This Uber-Cool B Corp

Google recently announced a $500,000 grant to Rose Broome’s uber-cool B Corp startup, HandUp. Rose’s venture allows donors to hyper-focus their donations to individuals with specific needs, an approach that is rocking the non-profit world.<p>Rather than panhandling for spare change, HandUp, with the …

Why every photo storage startup dies or gets acquired

Picturelife didn't want to sell, but it had to<p>In November 2013, when the photo storage service Everpix went down, the CEO of rival Picturelife offered assurances to his company’s customers. "We have lots of cash and ramping revenue," Picturelife CEO Nate Westheimer said in a tweet. "All signs say …

Hacking the Tripping Mind: A Fantastic Voyage Through Inner Space

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Why a Reporter Will Create the next Great Startup

The journalist-launched journalism startup is a relatively established concept, with Time’s Dan Fletcher and the Beacon crowdfunding platform being one recent example. But now, journalists are also pushing into other areas, a trend that will only continue as the news business continues to …

Elon Musk and Other Visionaries Are Worried About the Future of AI

Will artificial intelligence wipe out humanity, or help us live forever?<p><i>(Photo Credit: Pascal Cyborg/Progress/Flickr)</i><p><b>Elon Musk has joined everyone</b> from the Unabomber to James Cameron (sometimes) to grandfathers worldwide in their fear of future technology. The difference is that Ted Kaczynski is a …

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This Scientist Is Building A Robot Version Of Himself, And It's The Most Uncanny Thing Ever

Ishiguro is the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Osaka, Japan and one of the world's leading roboticists. For nearly a decade, Ishiguro has dedicated his life to creating the most lifelike android possible.<p>Once at the lab, Whitton was struck by the casualness of Ishiguro's …

Evolution: Why do your eyes face forwards?

Why don’t we have peepers protruding from the sides of our heads? It's partly for 3D vision, but as Jason G Goldman discovers, that's not the only reason.<p>Take a stroll through a zoo and, if you're paying attention, you might notice that most animals can be sorted into two groups. There are those …

How computers change the way we learn

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.<p>“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. …

Humans Aren't Creating Superintelligent Machines For Scientific Reasons — We Are Making Them For Love

Modern science fiction fans are not the only ones enthralled by the prospect of intelligent machines; the idea of intelligent robots has been a part of human culture since ancient times, going back to Greek mythology, and actual automatons have existed ever since the ancient Egyptians created …

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …