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On This Blockchain-Based Version Of Airbnb, There’s No Middleman

The crypto world is taking aim at platform companies, with the idea of creating true peer-to-peer networks. They just need users first.<p>Yes, Airbnb just reached cashflow profitability and could be heading to IPO promised land. But, in the long-term, could the technology that gave rise to bitcoin and …

A quantum algorithm could help us bring AI to life

A Modern Tech Combo<p>Artificial intelligence has a sort of buzzword recently, and one that could be put to use in a varied number of fields. In the …

Quantum Computing

The impossibility of intelligence explosion

In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI):<p>Let an …

Here's a list of everything Elon Musk says he'll do by 2030

Elon Musk: A Man of Many Dreams<p>To say that billionaire tech-preneur Elon Musk is a busy man would be an understatement. Musk finds himself at the …

The internet has altered the meaning of "truth" and "trust"

As children, we were always told to avoid strangers. Yet today we’re comfortable getting into their cars via Uber or Lyft, or staying in their homes …

FCC says 7.5 million pro-net neutrality comments were faked

Sham Support Contra Net Neutrality<p>Last week, the Federal Communications Commission outlined its plan to repeal net neutrality. In recent months, the …

Experts say universal basic income would boost US economy by staggering $2.5 trillion

UBI in the U.S.A.<p>In recent months, everyone from Elon Musk to Sir Richard Branson has come out in favor of universal basic income (UBI), a system in …

I just coded my first AI algorithm, and oh boy, it felt good

I am no programmer, coder, or mathematician. I was required to take one computer-science class in college, and I barely passed—and that was over 20 years ago. Yet here I found myself, in my forties, sitting on my porch with my new best friends Python and Numpy, voluntarily trying to build my first …

Deep Learning

Learning Diverse Skills via Maximum Entropy Deep Reinforcement Learning

Haoran Tang and Tuomas Haarnoja Oct 6, 2017<p>Deep reinforcement learning (deep RL) has achieved success in many tasks, such as playing video games from …

Ethereum May Very Well Leave Bitcoin Eating Its Dust Over the Long Run

Ethereum appears to have the preferred blockchain relative to bitcoin, but there's no guarantee either cryptocurrency has staying power.<p>Since the …

280 Million Reasons to Avoid Investing in Ethereum

The number of cryptocurrency investing nightmare stories is growing.<p>Historically, the stock market has been the greatest creator of wealth. Over the …

Cryptocurrency

Disrupting Tech Monopolies & AI Tycoons — Part 1

<i>Blockchains & Artificial Intelligence is not just a technical innovation: it’s an economic paradigm shift 💰💰💰</i><p>>>Blockchains combined with AI will …

See light from a supernova echo off a dust cloud

The Hubble Space Telescopes catches sight of a rare light echo from an exploding star as it ripples like a stone dropped into a lake.<p>Space is full of visual wonders. The Hubble Space Telescope captured a fascinating phenomenon when it documented a rare "light echo" where the light from a supernova …

Universe

Scientist Wants to Replicate Google Street View With Drones

Google Street View can pretty much show you every location in the world, even the Faroe Islands thanks to camera-yielding sheep, from the ground. …

Drones

These people never existed. They were made by an AI.

Better Than Doodles<p>Back in June, an image generator that could turn even the crudest doodle of a face into a more realistic looking image made the …

We can extend human life by slowing aging, but we can't stop it

Catch-22<p>The aging process is a constant in life that binds every single living creature on the planet – and for generations, there have been those …

Cancer Cells

Unlocking the secrets of an ancient organism may show us how to live for centuries

For thousands of years, we’ve been searching for a way to extend our lives — without much luck. The average human lifespan in developed countries has …

We can't alter the course of time but, according to physics, we can bend it

Traveling in Time<p>Most of us have dreamed of traveling through time, backward or forwards, faster than those around us. And surprisingly, recent work …

We've finally created an AI network that's been decades in the making

A New Network<p>Despite all of the arguably worthwhile hype over artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial neural networks, current systems require …

Microsoft wants to use AI and machine learning to discover a cure for cancer

Microsoft Takes on Cancer<p>Earlier this year, Microsoft launched Healthcare NExT, a new initiative that aims to bring together artificial intelligence, …

A controversial new AI could identify people with suicidal thoughts

Scientists claim brain imaging could be a vital tool in suicide prevention, thanks to new research that suggests machine learning can identify those …

Three researchers left Elon Musk's AI company to launch a start-up

Leaving Elon<p>Not content to simply transform the worlds of energy, transportation, and space exploration, in 2015, Elon Musk founded OpenAI, a San …

Colonize or become extinct: is there any real rationale for colonizing another world?

The Path Towards Extinction<p>If we stay on Earth, some believe, humans will cease to exist. In an article published in June, Elon Musk warned of this …

Experts May Have a Viable Alternative to Universal Basic Income

At Brain Bar Budapest, a large hall that was plastered in dark and leafy plants struggled to hold a sea of attendees. The crowd gathered to watch …

Quantum computers could crack Bitcoin, but fixes are available now

Shor, we need a new sig schemeAn international group of quantum boffins reckons Bitcoin could be broken by the year 2027.

Quantum Computing

8 Books To Read Before Getting Into Your Next "Fake News" Debate

While Kellyanne Conway has been credited with inventing “alternative facts” and a Donald Trump White House proclaims everything from crowd sizes to …

In Gig Economy, Faster Payments No Longer an Option

Share Email<p>They’re college students earning money around class schedules, laid-off professionals waiting for a recruiter to call back and mothers …

Machine learning is making it difficult to tell humans and computers apart

Goodbye, CAPTCHAs?<p>If you’ve ever been browsing the internet, spotted something interesting like a video or an article that you wanted to read, only …

Scientists made a two-dimensional material that's never been seen in nature

Unlike Anything in Nature<p>A team of researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has reportedly made a “once-in-a-decade discovery” that …

Nanotech

Watch the Marines Snag a $4 Million Drone with a Bungee Cord

The technique eliminates the need to use runways for takeoff and landing.<p>The RQ-21 Blackjack is a small tactical unmanned air system used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It provides forward reconnaissance using a variety of cameras and sensors, and it's built by design to be a catch and release drone. …