14 May 2019

Starbucks, Nordstrom And Whole Foods Now Accept Bitcoin

A new payments application allows for the use of cryptocurrencies in popular retail stores. While the half-hearted step requires the use of a special application as opposed to accepting cryptocurrencies via a wallet/blockchain transaction, it does offer a new use case for spending cryptocurrencies at popular vendors and retailers. “Companies

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14 May 2019

Grindr is the latest victim of US-China tensions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had previously identified the foreign ownership stake in Grindr as representing a security risk to the United States. Now CFIUS has reached an agreement with the company Beijing Kunlun Tech which acquired a 60% stake in Grindr to sell its

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14 May 2019

IARPA Launches “Superforecaster” Challenge with $250k in Prize Money

IARPA has announced a follow-on to their first super forecasting contest that seeks to integrate a 20% improvement over the last competition which was won by researches at the University of PA. “Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge 2 encourages novel approaches that embrace non-traditional methods and harnesses the collective community, while offering

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13 May 2019

More Expert Context On How The rise in Artificial Intelligence Will Change the American job market

Investigative Journalist James Rosen has been digging deep into how the rise of Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact the job market in the U.S. In a recent video report, Rosen interviewed expert Dion Hinchcliffe, principal analyst at Constellation Research. Context from Hinchcliffe included: “The world economic forum says

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13 May 2019

SEC Approves The Long-Term Stock Exchange: a stock exchange built for tech startups

For tech companies, going public is often fraught with pressure — they’re suddenly expected to deliver positive news every quarter, and they might push innovation to the wayside in the quest to become profitable. They should soon have a better alternative, though. The SEC has approved the creation of the Long-Term Stock

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13 May 2019

SpaceX Starlink satellites shown on a Falcon ready for launch

Elon Musk shared a picture on Twitter showing the first 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites loaded into a Falcon. First 60 @SpaceX Starlink satellites loaded into Falcon fairing. Tight fit. pic.twitter.com/gZq8gHg9uK — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2019 Just imagine a network 12,000 satellites flying in low Earth orbit, sending Internet

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13 May 2019

Google wants to be a company that ‘helps you get things done’

Listening to Google execs on-stage at its annual developer’s conference this week, there was a very clear and deliberate message: “Helpful, helpful, helpful. Google wants to be more helpful.” The mantra was set into motion by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during his opening remarks on Tuesday. Google has evolved from “a company that helps

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13 May 2019

Researchers Use Common ML Algorithm To Improve Ability To Predict Death

A machine-learning technology has surpassed human capabilities when it comes to predicting the chances of death or heart attacks, according to research presented today at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac in Lisbon, Portugal. In testing, the algorithm, known as LogitBoost, analyzed 85 different variables from 950 patients—for

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13 May 2019

Most Americans Are Interacting With Chatbots: But it doesn’t mean we like it!

Salesforce predicts the use of chatbots by customer facing service teams will continue an astronomical growth of over 135% over the next 18 months. Clearly chatbots are here to stay. A recent study by B2C text messaging solution Zingle surveyed over 1,400 Americans to find out about how they felt about their interactions

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09 May 2019

Artificial Intelligence May Not ‘Hallucinate’ After All

A new MIT study suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) may sometimes misidentify objects not because it sees things that aren’t there, but because it sees the world in ways that humans cannot. In previous studies, researchers discovered that while machine learning algorithms can be used to train AI to classify

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