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By Ann Bradley | Technology, products, start ups, and hot tech news.

Why Intelligent Optimism Is Crucial to Human Progress

There is nothing to be gained from blind optimism. But an optimistic mindset can be grounded in rationality and evidence. It may be hard to believe, …

Peter Diamandis

A new sensor gives driverless cars a human-like view of the world

Eyes on the Road<p>We’re closer to making self-driving cars a reality than ever before, but at the moment the best options available to the public are …

Lockheed Martin

Man who ‘threw away’ bitcoin haul now worth over $80m wants to dig up landfill site

A British man says he accidentally threw away over $80 million worth of bitcoin.<p>James Howells, an IT worker from Newport, claims to have …

Cryptocurrency

AI Powered Hive-Mind Turns Groups of Networked Users into Powerful “Lie Detector”

• December 8, 2017<br>• Artificial Intelligence<p>AI DETECTS DECEIT, AMPLIFYING SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE<p><b>Researchers from Unanimous AI and Oxford University</b> presented …

Nate Silver

This App Lets You Take Your Twitter Obsession into Augmented Reality

From media insiders to the halls of politics, news travels fast on Twitter, making it one of the most powerful social media channels for …

Augmented Reality

In just 4 hours, Google's AI mastered all the chess knowledge in history

Chess isn’t an easy game, by human standards. But for an artificial intelligence powered by a formidable, almost alien mindset, the trivial diversion …

Artificial Intelligence

San Francisco rent is so expensive a law firm bought a $3 million plane to fly its people in from Texas instead of having them live there

• <b>San Francisco's median rent price is $4,450, nearly three times the median rent in Houston, Texas.</b>• <b><br>Instead of hiring expensive local talent in the Bay Area, one Houston-based law firm flies its lawyers in on a private jet once a month to meet with clients.</b>• <b><br>The firm uses the jet — which costs $2,500</b> …

Silicon Valley

Another important Apple technology partner is losing staff to Apple

• <b>Apple is hiring staff away from Dialog Semiconductor, a British chip firm which supplies power management chips for the iPhone and iPad.</b>• <b><br>Dialog's shares crashed over the weekend after a report that Apple would bring some chip design capabilities in-house in 2018.</b>• <b><br>The situation bears resemblances to</b> …

Jony Ive

A former nuclear test site in San Francisco is turning into an $8 billion neighborhood for the middle class — take a look inside

In San Francisco, an influx of tech workers has driven up the cost of housing and pushed natives to the far reaches of the city. And in the remote waterfront neighborhood of Hunters Point, an entirely new community is rising on the site of a former nuclear testing facility.<p>Lennar Corp. — the …

Real Estate

Your Microbiome Is More Important than Facebook

<b>Forget Facebook and Instagram: You Will Be Known By Your Bacteria:</b><p>I am my microbiome. You can have Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook to explain …

Microbiome

How Bursts of Ultrasound Can Be Used to Flip Switches in the Brain

It sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King novel: a protagonist bolts up in bed, his unsuspecting brain picking up ultrasound waves crashing in …

The Brain

Faraday Future’s chief designer resigns, as some employees stop showing up to work

Richard Kim, who shaped the BMW i3 and i8, is the latest executive to leave<p>Trouble continues to mount for electric car startup Faraday Future: Richard Kim, the VP of design and the man behind the look of the company’s flagship car, the FF91, has resigned. Kim tendered his resignation on Tuesday, …

Automotive Industry

Here Are 4 Things We Can Do to Combat Climate Change Now

Earlier this month, 13 US government agencies (NOAA, NASA, DOE, etc.) concluded that climate change is real and caused mainly by human activity.<p>There …

Climate

The 22 Major Stores Online that Accept Bitcoin

There's a whole lot of Bitcoin places out there.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Apps, Money, Steam & Travel<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to …

Cryptocurrency

Okay, Let’s Talk About That ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Bitcoin Episode

It has to be done.<p>On Thursday night, <i>The Big Bang Theory</i>, easily one of the most-watched shows on television, introduced Bitcoin to millions of average people who might know a lot about their favourite sitcom but very little about digital currencies.<p>For the Bitcoin community, where people regularly …

Cryptocurrency

7 Undiscovered Add-On Boards For Your Raspberry Pi

It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned to the Pi, and I’m already seeing people using the same old default add-on boards all over the internet. …

Raspberry Pi

Not Your Father’s Analog Computer

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 mission, it was perhaps the greatest achievement in the …

Quantum Mechanics

How Blockchain Is Breathing New Life Into Virtual Real Estate

Virtual reality (VR) is projected to become a $40 billion industry by 2020. Innovations in both VR hardware and software have made for interesting applications, especially in gaming and entertainment. In addition, new products by companies like Oculus and Sony are making VR headsets more accessible …

Augmented Reality

HTC Invests in 26 More AR/VR Startups in Vive X Accelerator

<b>26 new start-ups receive support and resources as Vive’s global VR/AR accelerator expands to Tel Aviv.</b><p>When it comes to being a fresh-faced startup …

Virtual Reality

Coinbase Wins Partial Victory Over IRS, Government Data Request Reduced

Coinbase has won a partial victory in their ongoing legal battle with the IRS regarding the disclosure of private user information. According to …

Cryptocurrency

Scandal Moves From Hollywood To Silicon Valley: Google Affairs Unfold From Co-Founder To Android Creator

In the wake of Matt Lauer’s allegation claims and termination at the <i>Today Show</i>, an industry far from Hollywood’s spotlight is catching up on finding …

Silicon Valley

Bitcoin lost $2,000 in a single day, but that's okay - right?

Bitcoin made cryptocurrency enthusiasts’ heads spin this week when its value first crossed $10,000 two days ago, and then surged past $11,000. But it also alarmingly dropped by more than $2,000 within a few short hours of crossing that milestone.<p>Perhaps you don’t really need to worry – at the time …

Cryptocurrency

Who invented Bitcoin and who is mysterious founder, Satoshi Nakamoto?

<b>There has long been a mystery behind the owner of Bitcoin.</b><p>Satoshi Nakamoto is the alias of the shadowy creator of the virtual coins, but there has …

Bitcoin

Autonomous Driving is Today’s Biggest Game Changer

Intel and Warner Bros. Announce Partnership to Develop In-Cabin, Immersive Experiences in Autonomous Cars of the Future<p><b>By Brian Krzanich</b><p>So much of …

Transportation

DHL orders 10 Tesla Semi electric trucks, mainly for shorter routes

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Deutsche Post AG's (DPWGn.DE) DHL and Fortigo Freight Services Inc, one of Canada's largest fleet management companies, said on Tuesday they have pre-ordered Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) electric truck unveiled earlier this month to test on limited routes.<p>High-profile logistics and …

Tesla

Bitcoin sees sudden, sharp spike after smashing through $10,000

Bitcoin saw a massive, sudden spike just after it broke through a closely watched milestone Tuesday night.<p>The cryptocurrency traded at an all-time …

Cryptocurrency

How I got totally hooked on robotics

David Benady meets a young engineer who has discovered her passion in a futuristic field<p>Katie Winkle is studying for a PhD in assistive robotics, designing robotic systems for caring roles, such as looking after older people. She graduated from a four-year mechanical engineering degree at Bristol …

Careers

9 Robot Animals Built From Nature's Best-Kept Secrets

Millions of years of evolution have allowed animals to develop some elegant and highly efficient solutions to problems like locomotion, flight, and …

Robotics

7 Bitcoin Experts Who Can Teach You About Crypto

Once you understand Bitcoin it's hard to forget about it.<p>Cryptocurrency is a complicated business. There's the blockchain and the forks and the coin offerings and the changing prices. There are government policies and mining technologies, exchanges and Chinese dealers. Something happens almost …

Bitcoin