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Doctor, border guard, policeman – artificial intelligence in China and its mind-boggling potential to do right, or wrong | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

The lifts rising to Yitu Technology’s headquarters have no buttons. The pass cards of the staff and visitors stepping into the elevators that service …

China

China's ban on foreign rubbish leaves Australian recycling industry eyeing opportunities

When you put out the recycling bin, do you stop to think about where your waste ends up? And would you be surprised to learn the answer, in some …

Recycling

How Normal People Are Falling For Flat Earth Conspiracies

Don't fall down a YouTube rabbit hole. Only bad things happen there.<p>Sometimes, a conspiracy subreddit gets it right.<p>Researcher Kohske Takahashi calls …

The global dominance of white people is thanks to the potato

In his economic masterwork <i>The Wealth of Nations</i>, the great Scottish economist Adam Smith reveals himself to be a deep admirer of Irish poor folk. Or, more specifically, their preferred food, potatoes.<p>“The chairmen, porters, and coal-heavers in London, and those unfortunate women who live by …

Agriculture

After advertising on Facebook, this start-up sought a way to 'get on with your life'

No one would mistake Ben Cogan and Jesse Horwitz for "brogrammers", the jockish male coders swaggering across the tech landscape. Nor are they …

Advertising

The Blockchain Could Make Trust Accessible to Everyone

Thomas Hedger<p>The blockchain isn’t just about transferring money—it’s also changing how people worldwide access data, keep and access records, and prove ownership.<p>You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin, the digital currency that many techies and Redditors have been promoting since its mysterious …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin retreats as start of futures trading nears

Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday (Saturday AEDT), having surged more than 40 per cent in the preceding 48 hours, …

Cryptocurrency

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Artificial Intelligence

What You Should Know About Bitcoin's Ridiculous Surge In Value

The price of Bitcoin came close to hitting $20,000 today before settling down around a still-insane $16,000. The cost of one Bitcoin began the year …

The Winter Getaway That Turned the Software World Upside Down

How a group of programming rebels started a global movement.<p>Snowbird, Utah, is an unlikely place to mount a software revolution. Around 25 miles outside Salt Lake City, Snowbird is certainly no Silicon Valley; it is not known for sunny and temperate climes, for tech-innovation hubs, or for a …

Project Management

A Painfully Accurate Parody Of That Guy In Your Office Who Bought Bitcoin

"Look it's called blockchain... you wouldn't get it."

The Bitcoin Whales: 1,000 People Who Own 40 Percent of the Market

On Nov. 12, someone moved almost 25,000 bitcoins, worth about $159 million at the time, to an online exchange. The news soon rippled through online …

Cryptocurrency

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult

I often think about a piece I read in 2015 in the Atlantic, by Julie Beck, called "How Friendships Change in Adulthood." I suspect it will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I'm saying.<p>I do think, however, that Beck left out an interesting piece …

Housing

Google and Amazon May Have Just Started Tech’s Next Big Platform War

You can’t always tell that a war is starting when the first shots are fired. It’s the response, the escalation, the deepening enmity, and the …

Mobile

Inside Baidu’s Bid to Lead the AI Revolution | Backchannel

<b>Presumably, Robin Li wanted attention</b> last summer when he decided to launch Baidu’s bid for the future of self-driving cars from the front seat of a …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside Elsagate, the conspiracy-fueled war on creepy YouTube kids videos

In June, a moderator from a little known subreddit who goes by TheLocalGamer decided to sound the alarm on something strange he was seeing across YouTube. The title of the post was simple: “I think it’s time more people knew about Elsagate.”<p>“Elsagate is a conspiracy in the works, being hosted on …

Social Media

Weaponized Outrage Is a Threat to Free Speech

The tweet was clearly meant to scare me. Jack Posobiec, an alt-right bottom-feeder best known for promoting the Pizzagate and Seth Rich conspiracy …

Mike Cernovich

Google leads in the race to dominate artificial intelligence

COMMANDING the plot lines of Hollywood films, covers of magazines and reams of newsprint, the contest between artificial intelligence (AI) and …

Artificial Intelligence

How Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon—With a Little Help From Facebook

This is social media in the age of “patriotic trolling.”<p>Rodrigo Duterte walked down the aisle of a packed auditorium at De La Salle University in …

Philippines

Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud

It shouldn’t have come to this<p>Amazon has just responded to Google’s decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website,” a spokesperson told <i>The Verge</i> by email. “We hope to …

Amazon

The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try. It’s a small, internet-connected video camera, the kind you might use for security or to keep tabs on your dog or your baby.<p>On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras …

Amazon

Can 10,000 Humans Clean Up YouTube? - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>Today<p>Can 10,000 Humans Clean Up YouTube?<p>The algorithms aren’t working. YouTube, like Facebook, comes …

Susan Wojcicki

Bots Are Ruining Christmas By Beating Humans to Online Checkouts - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>Today<p>Bots Are Ruining Christmas By Beating Humans to Online Checkouts<p>Call it the Software Grinch. …

Artificial Intelligence

The Apple Watch can accurately detect hypertension and sleep apnea, a new study suggests

A new study out from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.<p>Cardiogram and UCSF previously demonstrated …

Diabetes

This is the first-ever FDA approved accessory for Apple Watch

As of today, AliveCor's KardiaBand is the first Apple Watch accessory to be FDA-approved.Heart-monitoring technology company AliveCor announced in a …

Smartwatches

EU regulators threaten legal challenge to U.S. data agreement

EU regulators threatened to challenge the Privacy Shield pact, a EU-U.S. agreement on the cross-border transfer of personal data, if their concerns …

Privacy

Bitcoin tops $13,000, less than 24 hours after topping $12,000 for the first time

Bitcoin climbed above $13,000 Wednesday afternoon after topping $12,000 Tuesday night.<p>The digital currency began the year below $1,000 and its gains have accelerated as investor interest grows. Chicago-based CBOE Global Markets is planning to launch bitcoin futures on Sunday, while the world's …

Cryptocurrency

Apple to Save an Astounding $47 Billion Under Tax Reform, Report Finds

The impending tax reform package is expected to lower rates across corporate America, but one company—Apple—will get a significantly bigger one-time …

U.S. Treasury