17 Dec 2015

Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain

“SEVERAL MAJOR COMPANIES from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and State Street—have joined forces to create an alternative to the blockchain, the global online ledger that underpins the bitcoin

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16 Dec 2015

China Touts Its Great Firewall in Push for Internet Control

“Chinese President Xi Jinping called for individual countries to have broad authority to regulate the Internet at home, outlining a digital future in which governments could set online standards and challenge the free flow of information and content across borders. Speaking to an international audience at the kickoff of China’s

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16 Dec 2015

FBI: San Bernardino attackers didn’t show public support for jihad on social media

“The two attackers who opened fire in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this month had not posted publicly on social media sites about supporting jihad, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday. The husband-and-wife duo were ‘showing signs in their communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom’ through

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16 Dec 2015

Bitcoin tech approved as a way to issue shares

“For the first time, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is allowing a company to issue public shares using the technology behind Bitcoin. The honor went to Overstock, which was also the first retailer to accept Bitcoins from the public for purchases. It built its own crypto-currency tech via

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12 Dec 2015

Dell: ‘big data’ the next trillion dollars

“If you look at companies today, most of them are not very good at using the data they have to make better decisions in real time. I think this is where the next trillion dollars comes from for our customers and for our industry.” Source: Dell: ‘big data’ the next

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11 Dec 2015

OpenAI artificial intelligence chaired by Elon Musk and Sam Altman

“Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Y Combinator President Sam Altman will be co-chairs of OpenAI, ‘a non-profit artificial intelligence research company’ announced today. ‘Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return,’ says

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04 Dec 2015

Top VC Says Gene Editing Is Riskier Than Artificial Intelligence

“When it comes to existential threats facing the human race, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is more concerned about new technologies that can be used to remove genes in embryos that cause illness than he is about artificial intelligence.” Source: Top VC Says Gene Editing Is Riskier Than Artificial Intelligence –

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09 Nov 2015

MIT Is Opening An Innovation Center In Hong Kong

“Hong Kong is to be the location for a startup accelerator-style center of innovation from famed tech-focused U.S. university MIT. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (better know as MIT) announced today that it will open its first ever ‘Innovation Node’ in the Asian city-state next summer. The center will be a startup incubator

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09 Nov 2015

Pentagon Wants to Pair Troops with Machines to Deter Russia, China

“Pentagon leaders believe pairing soldiers with machines in combat will give American troops an edge on the battlefield of the future. The ambitious effort is the centerpiece of what the Pentagon is calling the “third offset,” a strategy that seeks to deter countries like Russia and China from waging war against

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24 Oct 2015

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

“Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets. But before they can become widespread, carmakers must solve an impossible ethical dilemma of algorithmic morality.” Source: Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill | MIT Technology Review

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