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AI might just live up to all the hype one day

If AI isn’t the most hyped technology of the 21st century, it’s certainly right up there with earlier manias for mobile, virtual reality, the internet of things, and big data. Companies large and small feel pressure to claim they use AI in some key way to drive their business.<p>But does AI deserve …

Tesla

San Francisco mayor's death signals tougher times for tech

Mayor Ed Lee died of cardiac arrest earlier this week — it's likely the end of sweetheart tax deals for tech firms<p>San Francisco mayor Ed Lee's sudden …

San Francisco

Bitcoin: New Financial System or Same Old Boys' Club?

As the price of Bitcoin soared to record highs this week—$10,000, $15,000, then $17,000—the meteoric rise that turned early investors into paper …

Tech Industry

Silicon Valley's Immortalists Will Help Us All Stay Healthy

In early 1954, Pope Pius XII summoned a venerable Swiss quack named Paul Niehans to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. The pontiff was nauseated …

Longevity

Vinny Lingham gets token sale advisory board role

Vinny Lingham, Civic CEO and BnkToTheFuture advisor.<p>South African-born tech entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has been appointed to the token sale advisory …

Startups

Why the #Metoo movement may turn out to be more dangerous for Trump than the Mueller investigation

The #metoo movement made the cover of Time Magazine, a fitting prominence given that it is bringing about the greatest gender shift since women were …

John Besh

7 little-known financial benefits of divorce

From the cost of the lawyer to the loss of a spouse’s income, divorce often comes at a high price. What’s more, spouses may walk away from the …

Retirement

How Blockchain Will Change Your Life

Regardless of whether the bitcoin rally charges ahead or goes down in flames, one trend looks certain: Mainstream companies and institutions will …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is No Longer Just a Man’s Game

The stereotype of the early Bitcoin adopter is one of a techie camped out in his mom’s basement mining Bitcoin by the hundreds, and now living the …

Bitcoin

Nature

SPOTLIGHT<p>New tricks from old dogs join the fight against ageing<p>The drive to find treatments that offer a long and healthy life is maturing.<p>Neil Savage<p>…

Longevity

Dow hits record high at market open

CNBC's Bob Pisani takes a look at what's moving in early morning trading, including a bump up in shares of Disney on the heels of its deal …

Markets

Term Sheet -- Friday, December 14

VENTURE DEALS<p>• <b>Ginkgo Bioworks</b><b>,</b> the Boston, Mass-based organism company, raised $275 million in Series D funding. Investors included <b>Viking Global, Y</b> …

Venture Capital

Here's why bitcoin prices are different on each exchange

Bitcoin prices vary depending on the exchange they're trading on.<p>For instance, as of 10:50 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Bitcoin was trading on these exchanges …

Cryptocurrency

Silicon Valley sends condolences after SF mayor Ed Lee’s sudden death

Lee passed away at the age of 65.<p>San Francisco mayor Ed Lee passed away early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. Lee, who rose to national fame for being the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco, was a close ally of the tech community. He was 65.<p>“It is with profound sadness and …

Technology

Bitcoin Began With Men. But Women May Be Cryptocurrency's Future

Something new is happening in the world of cryptocurrencies.<p>The roughly $460 billion digital currency world, spawned eight years ago from the almost …

Bitcoin

Recode Daily: The internet is ready for Thursday’s net neutrality vote to be over

Plus, an upset in Alabama, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee was a friend to Silicon Valley, Steve Bannon’s dirty-tricks campaign against Twitter, and Santa’s brand book.<p><b>Alabama elected Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate</b> — the first time the state has elected a Democrat to that seat in decades. Pundits argue …

Steve Bannon

Affirm joins unicorn club after $200 million round

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>US-based online point-of-sale (POS) financing provider Affirm has raised $200 million in a Series E round led by GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, with existing backers …

FinTech

Insilico to present the recent advances in AI for aging research at the 25th annual A4M Conference

Wednesday, 13th of December, 2017, Baltimore, MD - Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based company specializing in the application of artificial …

Peter Diamandis

Future of Work: Strategies For Creating an Inclusive Future For All

Study after study is telling us that the pace of change is <b>accelerating</b>. According to the World Economic Forum, four years from now, <b>35% of skills that</b> …

SXSWedu

South By Southwest: YouTube’s Lyor Cohen Set to Keynote

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced the addition of Lyor Cohen as a keynote speaker to its programming lineup for March. The …

Peter Diamandis

When Corporate Anti-Bodies Attack Innovation, This Is How Banks Fight Back

The connection between abundance and technology may have been immortalized in a TED Talk from Peter Diamandis, but that hasn’t stopped the fear-based conversations about robots greeting us in hotels or drone fleets delivering our packages.<p>Michael Leadbetter, Head of Strategy at ExO Works, picked up …

Innovation

Blockchain's Big Year: Competitive Job Market Grows More Than 200%

The number of blockchain jobs posted in the U.S. this year has seen a dramatic increase, according to data provided to CoinDesk from one of the …

Bitcoin

The Enchanted Loom | Lewis H. Lapham

<i>The light of the sun and moon cannot be outdistanced, yet mind reaches beyond them. Galaxies are as infinite as grains of sand, yet mind spreads</i> …

Human Genome Project

Announcing Keynote Lyor Cohen and Featured Speakers Common, Lena Waithe, Peter Diamandis and More for SXSW 2018

SXSW is pleased to announce <b>Lyor Cohen</b>, Global Head of Music at YouTube and Google, as the latest <b>Music Keynote</b> for SXSW 2018. Additionally, a new …

SXSW

8 of the Most Innovative Sports Organisations

New technology continues to drive innovation within the sports industry. Whether sports organisations are looking to provide enhanced experiences for …

Peter Diamandis

Max Levchin’s Affirm raised $200 million at nearly $2 billion valuation

Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing is getting some financing of its own.<p>The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also …

Startups

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

Consumer lender Affirm raises $200M at nearly $2B valuation

LendingClub may be floundering, but Affirm - which makes loans to consumers to pay for goods and services at more than 1.2K merchants - just closed a …

Business

Insider Q&A: PayPal founder talks digital payments, bitcoin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Max Levchin helped introduce the masses to the concept of a digital wallet when he co-founded PayPal in the late 1990s.<p>These days, he's still trying to use online services to reshape the world of finance. He is currently CEO of Affirm, a San Francisco startup that offers …

Max Levchin

Startup Affirm Nears $2 Billion Valuation After Investment

Financial-technology startup Affirm Inc. said Monday that it raised $200 million in new equity as it battles larger players getting into its core business of lending to consumers for retail purchases.<p>GIC, a Singaporean sovereign-wealth fund, led the fundraising round, which gave a private-market …

FinTech