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Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn

First proposed in the 1950s, neural networks are meant to mimic the web of neurons in the brain. But that is a rough analogy. These algorithms are really series of mathematical operations, and each operation represents a neuron. Google’s new research aims to show — in a highly visual way — how these mathematical operations perform discrete tasks, like recognizing objects in photos.

MoviePass adds 500,000 subscribers within a month

  • Every time a member watches a movie, the service pays for that subscriber’s ticket at full price. It loses money for every member that watches two movies a month, and its accountants apparently already warned the company that its system might not be viable in the long run. AMC shares the same sentiment and once called the business model unsustainable. It’s like turning “lead into gold,” the theater chain said in a statement last year.
    Seriously? Sounds like Uber’s business model of discounting the rides by giving incentives to the drivers! Is this being subsidized by the Venture capital money and only sustainable by raising the next round of money until you reach a point of not being able to raise the next round?

Cryptocurrency market could hit $1 trillion this year with bitcoin surging to $50,000, experts say

  • “Increasing regulatory recognition of cryptocurrency exchanges, the entrance of institutional capital and major technology developments will contribute to the market’s rebound and push cryptocurrency prices to all new highs this year,” Thomas Glucksmann, head of APAC business development at cryptocurrency exchange Gatecoin, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.
    “There is no reason why we couldn’t see bitcoin pushing $50,000 by December.”

Where do we go now?

 

Betting on crypto is a bet on a new way of doing this. I discussed analogs to this current market to a fascinating investor who has watched the rise and rise of the Internet and she equated the current crypto market to the Internet in 1993 – it was there, it wasn’t popular, and it would take a few short years to enter our lives and change it permanently. We also must remember that computer networking has been around since the late 1960s yet it did not permeate our lives until about the turn of the century. In 1993 we were reading email on Elm and editing our away messages with Vim. Now we think nothing of dashing off a Word document to someone a thousand miles away and expecting it to arrive safe and unharmed.

TO ADVANCE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, REVERSE-ENGINEER THE BRAIN

YOUR THREE-POUND BRAIN runs on just 20 watts of power—barely enough to light a dim bulb. Yet the machine behind our eyes has built civilizations from scratch, explored the stars, and pondered our existence. In contrast, IBM’s Watson, a supercomputer that runs on 20,000 watts, can outperform humans at calculation and Jeopardy! but is still no match for human intelligence.

The iced tea company that changed its name to include ‘blockchain’ retracts on bitcoin mining operation

 

Remember the iced tea company that changed the name Long island block chain company and the stock shot up 500%? They just dropped the block chain from their name!! Reminds you of the dot com boom when everyone was branding themselves as .com and poof it did not turn out that well for them? Signs of the bubble and the coming bitcoin bust?

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Ever wonder whats happening behind the scene

in an ICO? No more need for Venture capital! Just

a promising team, a white paper and backed by crypto

faith of the early adopters. Is this the future of fund raising?

Should VCs be worried? very worried?

5 Industries That Blockchain Will Likely Disrupt by 2020

The real value of blockchain is that it renders intermediaries obsolete. They make a living off being a third party that establishes “trust” between parties unknown to each other. Blockchain replaces these middlemen. This is the reason the world’s biggest firms are investing in blockchain. They are trying to become the disruptor, not the disrupted.

2018 Will be an Emotional Year for Robots

“There’s research showing that if you’re smiling and waving or shrugging your shoulders, that’s 55% of the value of what you’re saying – and then another 38% is in your tone of voice,” describes el Kaliouby. “Only 7% is in the actual choice of words you’re saying, so if you think about it like that, in the existing sentiment analysis market which looks at keywords and works out which specific words are being used on Twitter, you’re only capturing 7% of how humans communicate emotion, and the rest is basically lost in cyberspace.” Will 2018 be the year of emotional AI?

Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store

There was ‘Bodega’ and now’Robomart’. Will they supplement the convenience stores or try to disrupt the corner store? While looks like its another glorified kiosk, how will it replace the emotional connection the residents in the neighbor hood have in walking into it, having small talk and greeting others in the neighborhood and exchanging niceties etc. Will it have the impact Amazon had on retail or just become another failed idea rejected by the market completely?

LG Electronics to Sell Robots to Replace Hotel, Airport, Supermarket Employees

The first one is a server robot that can deliver food and drinks to customers at hotels and airport lounges. It can essentially replace the work done by the waitstaff and be able to do it around the clock,” CNBC explained. “Second is a porter robot that can handle check-in and check-out services at hotels and carry luggage to rooms.”Finally, LG’s third new robot is made to work with customers at a supermarket, telling them the price of products and then guiding them through the aisles. There it starts – Robo Sourcing!!

WHY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS NOT LIKE YOUR BRAIN—YET

A “deep learning” system running on 16,000 processors taught itself to identify cats—with 75 percent accuracy—after analyzing 10 million images. A toddler can nail that on a walk to the playground. So all this Muskian/Hawkingian/Singularitarian talk of “summoning the demon” and “existential threats” to our “survival”? Eh, let’s just worry about that tomorrow. The author has a point!!

Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

Super intelligent AI, Strawberry fields, Extermination of human race! Interesting article on the parallels between super intelligent AI and corporations, silicon valley startups. We need for the machines to wake up, not in the sense of computers becoming self-aware, but in the sense of corporations recognizing the consequences of their behavior. Just as a superintelligent AI ought to realize that covering the planet in strawberry fields isn’t actually in its or anyone else’s best interests, companies in Silicon Valley need to realize that increasing market share isn’t a good reason to ignore all other considerations.

 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS KILLING THE UNCANNY VALLEY AND OUR GRASP ON REALITY

With AI, Machine learning we are about to enter the world of real vs fake! Digital content can easily be manipulated using AI fooling the masses. Now is that a real speech by Trump, a real yelp review, the real version of the video or just edited by AI? Have you been speaking to a real person or an AI bot? What is real and what is not? That audio recording, that video clip could perhaps not be admissible in court!

What do made-for-AI processors really do?

What are the chip makers doing to support the AI, Machine learning, Neural Network revolution? They are coming up with chips to support image recognition, listening to a hot word etc. Apple’s A11 bionic uses neural engine to support faceid, Animoji etc. Imagine all the calculations needed to determine if its you and mapping your expressions onto a talking panda!The key difference is now machine learning tasks can be done on the device rather than on the cloud! More security, more power to the user and we will see an explosion of fantastic features users can enjoy on their devices!

Google AI helped find the first solar system outside our own with 8 planets

Google explained on a call announcing the discovery that it essentially used the same tools it’s employed to do things like identify cats and dogs in photographs to comb through the data collected by Kepler over its four year data collection mission. Its great that Googlers are not looking to apply AI to bigger problems!! Can they answer ‘Are we alone?’ question with AI and Machine Learning?

THE RESEARCHER WHO WANTS TO BRING AI TO FACTORIES

AI is set to change the manufacturing landscape by a large measure. Its an opportunity for the AI experts but well, there will be tremendous disruption for the factory workers. How many of them can actually retrain and move up the value chain with upgraded AI skills? Are there enough number of replaceable jobs for all the displaced?

ROBOTS ARE FUELING THE QUIET ASCENDANCE OF THE ELECTRIC MOTOR

Whats driving these robots? Electrical motors called actuators.. Actuators make robots leap and run and do backflips and lift 500-pound pipes (different robots, mind you, thank God. The lower the cost of these actuators become and they are easy to use we will have tipping point in robotics. Like personal computers which reached masses, we would probably see personal robots of several use cases? A robotic arm to hand you things, a robotic arm to hold your drink? Future looks bright and convenient!

Ford exec: Hybrids are better suited for self-driving cars than EVs

While Ford is making a conservative choice to stick with gas-powered autonomous cars, it’s hoping to eke out an edge with longer ranges than competitors’ electric vehicles. After all, it’s a lot quicker to fill up a gas tank than fully recharge an EV. More to the point, that time off the road is time spent not making money. Ford plans to keep its autonomous hybrids driving for about 20 hours per day, Ford’s president of global markets Jim Farley told Automotive News: “Anytime you’re not carrying goods and people, you’re losing money,” Farley said. “The most important thing is uptime and profitability. What we see is the [hybrid] is a much better cost-of-ownership model. Interesting argument if there is an use case for using these around the clock in future. Electric vehicles can counter with faster charging, longer ranges and more service stations etc. Electric vs Hybrid ?? Would you take the complete leap of faith on electric or just play safe with a hybrid?

In spite of digital transformation, 2017 did not yield the desired financial results for GE

As former CEO Jeff Immelt put it back in 2014, “If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up a software and analytics company.”  As more and more traditional companies claim they are software companies and are at digital transformation, the road is not smooth and change is hard! Read on about GE’s digital transformation experience!

 

Graphene running shoes will hit the market next year

I want one of these asap! Graphene, after all, is the thinnest material around and about 200x stronger than steel. The researchers heated it and added tiny particles to the shoes’ soles. “Our unique formulation makes these outsoles 50-percent stronger, 50-percent more stretchy and 50-percent more resistant to wear than the corresponding industry standard rubber without graphene.

NVIDIA’s ‘most powerful GPU’ ever is built for AI

Volta is NVIDIA’s latest microarchitecture designed to double the energy efficiency of its predecessor, and Titan V can apparently deliver 110 teraflops of raw horsepower or around 9 times what the previous Titan is capable of. This powerful new GPU’s target? Scientists and researchers working on AI, deep learning and high performance computing.

What is Artificial Intelligence Exactly?

Every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it.
An attempt will be made to find how to make machines use language, form abstractions and concepts, solve kinds of problems now reserved for human, and improve themselves. In essence AI is a machine with the ability to solve problems that are usually done by humans using our natural intelligence.

WHEN ROBOTS INVADE THE KITCHEN – Robo Chefs!!

Chef, I want Pasta Primavera for dinner asap while I couch surf! Would this in future cause trouble for take out places as a robot can whip up your Italian food one day, Chinese the next and pizza on game nights? Would it become a standard in future in all kitchens. Definitely it could change what we mean by ‘cooking’ – by human or a robot?

THE MILITARY SHOULD TEACH AI TO WATCH DRONE FOOTAGE

In 2011 alone, the US Air Force amassed over 325,000 hours of drone video—that’s about 37 years of video gathered by one military service in one calendar year, and that was six years ago. y ceding video analysis to machines, the military will be able to leverage all the collected data instead of the extremely small percentage currently examined—a Defense department official tells us that 99 percent of all drone video has not been reviewed. If the Pentagon can tap into that trove of video, it could obtain a depth of knowledge about its adversaries and areas of operations that would be unrivaled by any nation or non-state organization.

Talk with the first-ever robot politician on Facebook Messenger

Now you can address a real robot that plans on running for office — or at least, that’s what its creators intend. SAM is an AI chatbot ‘representing’ New Zealand’s constituents that you can talk with on Facebook Messenger right now! Can robots lie with a straight face? At the least this can provide increased access in future to the political representatives.

How bad decision making could undermine good innovation

Could Kodak have had a different fate? Change is scary for big organizations and the management who have built their careers around the existing business model, products and services. How do you see the change coming and steer a big elephant you have built towards the change? Outsiders and badass startup founders are good at thinking in unconventional way and building the future while the seasoned executives are still grappling on how to deal with something until it hits them hard. New age digital leaders in large organizations with ongoing digital organizations need to talk and act like startup founders in embracing change and foster innovation!! You dont want this kind of Kodak Moment !!

SO, BMW WANTS TO BUILD NETWORKS OF ELEVATED CYCLING PATHS

This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technologies, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, revealed its idea of building a network of bike lanes above street level. It’s called the E3 Way—that’s for elevated, electric, and efficient—and BMW says it could help growing cities everywhere fight congestion and ease emissions by making cycling a safer, more convenient, and thus more popular way to get around

Putting the “AI” in ThAInksgiving

Nothing to do with the AI and the Turkey you are having for Thanks giving dinner :). Nice article to explain AI, Machine learning and current state and the apprehension for future/target state. Where will be end up in future! In hindsight this could be similar to perhaps when Edison demonstrated Tesla’s AC current could kill you by frying an elephant, or apprehension about cars (Henry Ford’s contraption) and the quotes, every business will be eCommerce site in future with no brick and mortar stores at all. Zip, zilch all gone and all of are sitting at home shopping! May be its not going to be that bad if we steer the AI, ML technology growth carefully and perhaps put in regulation etc.

WHAT IS A ROBOT?

Good Article! When is machine considered a robot? robot is a machine that senses and acts on its world. And soon enough, our world will be full of them. Just probably not in, you know, a The Day the Earth Stood Still kind of way.

Uber signs deal to buy up to 24,000 autonomous vehicles from Volvo

Arbib said Uber drivers shouldn’t worry about getting a new job immediately but should take note of the company’s long-term strategy.
“You’ll probably be okay for the next three or four years,” he said, “but it would be wise to begin planning for a different long-term future.” So much for being caller a uber ‘partner’! Atleast the company will probably not face the issue of full time employees vs contractors they faced. The robot revolution will hit the transportation industry faster than we all imagined becos it is YUGE!

The Boring Company, first tunnel, Cutterhead & electric sled 125mph (200 km/h) test run

Its going to be a hell of a ride. Beats sitting in traffic and wasting one’s life!! Once people, goods start moving in these underground tunnels driving should be a better experience with lesser traffic. Do we still need these four seaters lugged in the tunnels forever though with a passenger or two sitting in it most of the time. Whats the future is it still the four seater sedan? Time will tell !!

This is the Tesla semi truck

Musk appeared Thursday night in Hawthorne, California, to show off his company’s newest vehicle, promising a range in the neighborhood of 500 miles for the Class 8 heavy-duty vehicle. Earlier reports pegged the range between 200 and 300 miles, but Musk delighted in besting those numbers in his remarks, including his claim that the truck has a 400-mile range with 30 minutes of charging. Musk had also promised self-driving abilities, and Tesla says this delivers at least semi-autonomous capability. The Tesla Semi truck is a hulking and menacing hauler, with the presence of Darth Vader lurking from above when cast in the black hue, or more like an apparition in metallic silver-white

‘New Concorde’ could be in the skies as early as next year

“Baby Boom” will, the company says, fly at Mach 2.2, and be capable of speeds of up to 1,451mph (2,330kph), while a full-sized version of the plane will be even swifter, at 1,687mph (2,330kph) – 100mph faster than Concorde. Time is valuable and business travellers and first/business class passengers would love saving time. Would the option trickle down to the economy segment in future like Tesla has done in the car industry?

A retired Navy SEAL commander does 2 things every night before bed so he can attack the next day the minute he wakes up

— Prepare your gym clothes tonight. “Doesn’t matter if it’s going for a walk around the block, going for a jog, doing some calisthenics, lifting weights, going to a pool and swimming — you name it,” he said. “But do something that gets your blood flowing and gets your mind in the game.”                                                                           — Finish making tomorrow’s to-do list “Don’t think in the morning,” Willink said. “That’s a big mistake that people make. They wake up in the morning, and they start thinking. Don’t think. Just execute the plan. The plan is: The alarm clock goes off, you get up, you go work out. Get some.”

 

 

Sean Parker says Facebook ‘exploits’ human psychology

We need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.” “It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.” — Social validation really is working, while we wait like puppies for likes and comments and feel good, its raining dollars on these billionaires!!

Ford tests exoskeleton to ease strain on factory workers

Certain Ford employees do these tasks up to 4,600 times per day and up to a million times per year, the automaker noted in a press release. The non-powered EksoVest, designed by Ekso Bionics in partnership with Ford, helps lift five to fifteen pounds, easing the strain on users’ upper bodies and preventing some fatigue. That assistance could help prevent workplace accidents resulting from tired muscles and minds.

There’s so much going on in this breathtaking new Hubble photo you could stare at it for years

The photo, which NASA says is of “a random patch of sky” is absolutely stunning, and it’s packed with lots of different objects in all different shapes and sizes. You’ve got bright blue spiral galaxies, bold orange clusters of galaxies, and smudges of deep red which indicate galaxies that are so far away the expansion of the universe itself has warped their color.

 

WORKERS DISPLACED BY AUTOMATION SHOULD TRY A NEW JOB: CAREGIVER

The key skills for Care giving jobs are empathy and the ability to make a human connection. The very definition of empathy is feeling someone else’s feelings; a machine cannot do that as well as a person. People thrive on genuine connections, not with machines, but with each other. You don’t want a robot taking care of your baby; an ailing elder needs to be loved, to be listened to, fed, and sung to. This is one job category that people are—and will continue to be—best at. Valid point but how many of the factory workers, number of truck and taxi drivers, postal workers, and warehouse clerks are suited for care giving jobs??

 

HOW AI COULD (REALLY) ENHANCE IMAGES FROM SPACE

I want to get people to stop working on cat videos and start working on something that matters,” says Har-Noy. There are, he adds, a lot of artificial intelligence experts working on cat videos. What a waste of brilliant minds! Sounds similar to brilliant minds of silicon valley spending time on silly apps, Online Advertising clicks, CTR, optimizing online ads bs when they should be spending their brain power on problems that really matter to society!

Can Japan burn flammable ice for energy?

Japan’s relationship with the energy sector is, at best, complicated.
Having virtually no oil, coal or natural gas to fire its power plants, Japan was forced to import over 90% of its energy in 2014. It is the world’s third largest importer of oil and coal, and the number one importer of liquefied natural gas.
In 2016, its gas bill was a staggering $28.9 billion.

PREPPING SELF-DRIVING CARS FOR THE WORLD’S MOST CHAOTIC CITIES

Unstructured Driving:Even Patriots fans look like goody two-shoes compared to developing world drivers who have little to zero respect for lanes, traffic signals, warning signs, and speed limits.”There are no rules here. Everything is possible,” said Daniel Asmar, a computer-vision expert and engineering professor at the American University of Beirut. “Humans can deal quite well with that, even if they get frustrated and honk at each other.” For computers, the chaos would be an enormous challenge.

 

Here’s our first look at Elon Musk’s Boring Co. LA tunnel

Musk’s LA tunnel is a pilot project designed to test the feasibility of his plan to dig tunnels at a lower cost and more efficiently than current tunnel boring companies operate, with the eventual aim of supplying cities and regions with underground tunnel networks that can transport goods and services while avoiding surface obstacles and traffic. Thats what we are talking about! Building a Minimum Viable Product to access feasibility, product market fit and then scale it across the globe. After all this solves a real problem of not getting congested in traffic for billions of people on earth and people will pay for it!! (Paying customers, not just eye balls here)

Toyota wants to get us truly crushing on cars

Toyota is very invested in love. The automaker has a central philosophy of making vehicles that inspire ‘Aisha,’ a concept that literally means “beloved car” in Japanese.The key to making ‘Aisha’ work in this new era, Toyota believes, lies in using artificial intelligence to broaden its definition, and to transform cars from something that people are merely interested in and passionate about, into something that people can actually bond with – and even come to think of as a partner.

$1,000 tea infuser startup Teforia shuts down

“However, the reality of our business is that it would take a lot more financing and time to educate the market and we simply couldn’t raise the funds required in what is a very difficult time for hardware companies in the smart kitchen space”. Seriously, 11 million dollars is not enough funding? The deck of cards supported by excess venture capital funding collapsed again like another startup Juicero did. If they raised 11M did they have enough sales to support the valuation or it was another bloated tech valuation because of excessive capital available in the VC industry with VCs sprinkling capital and chasing the elusive unicorn!

Is AR eyewear ready for consumers? Are consumers ready for AR eyewear?

For mass-market adoption, AR glasses will need to be priced comfortably under $1,000; early adopters are likely to opt for a pair of high-functioning glasses if they cost about the same as a high-end phone ($700 to $900).
In a few years, after several cycles of innovation and applications of Moore’s Law, carriers might well subsidize AR glasses, or at least sell them at wholesale prices, which would significantly drop prices, reduce the perceived risk and lead to increased sales among early majority and late majority consumers. Will AR glasses become like the Iphone Phenomenon or be more like the Google glass kaput! What do you think?

How Elon musk started

They say a cat lives nine Lives! Elon is topping that from his track record of over achievement. Seriously, are you Musking in your life yourself? Visualizing bigger things that impact humanity as a whole and executing that vision with grit. Well, may be you are not that ambitious but well start Musking by getting done more at work, home by parallel processing, getting more done and making your life count more. If a meow cat can have nine lives, so can you by Musking!!

 

Why Being a Workhorse Is the Path to Successful Leadership

The one trait these effective leaders have shared is inspiration through actions. They’ve executed their way to credibility. They’ve delivered on promises. They’ve built trust one event at a time, one challenge at a time, one initiative at a time. They all seem to realize that, over time, it’s about how they act (and react) that defines them. In moments of truth, their actions shine; they become the embodiment of a shared mission.

Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less Lucrative

Thanks to rapid advances in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence, jobs are falling to machines left and right. And it’s not just blue-collar jobs that are being taken over by automation. It’s white-collar professions as well. According to an Oxford study, 47 percent of U.S. jobs could fall to automation in the next 20 years.

What’s The Difference Between Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence?

The difference between ML and AI is the difference between a still picture and a video: One is static; the other’s on the move. To get something out of machine learning, you need to know how to code or know someone who does. With artificial intelligence, you get something that takes an idea or a desire and runs with it, curiously seeking out new input and understandings.

 

Are those 80,000 pound trucks tailgating each other? Soon it may be perfectly normal — and safe

If you look to the next lane and see two 18-wheelers roar past at 70 mph with just 10 yards between them, you’ll probably think they are dangerously close.A wave of new technology intended to make trucks safer — using radar, cameras and reflective light scanning — is sweeping the industry. By next year, much of it may be combined to put pairs of trucks on the road at a distance that before would not have been possible or safe.

Kickstarter Backers Like Novelty or Usefulness, Not Both

Our data show that claims of novelty or usefulness, taken separately, do increase the total pledge amount. As a matter of fact, they have a very large initial effect, meaning that even one claim for usefulness (or novelty) greatly boosted the total pledged sum (as compared with projects devoid of either claim). However, it is also important to pick one or the other, not combine them.

These Giant Printers Are Meant to Make Rockets

Ellis and Noone have spent the past two years working to build a rocket using only 3D printers. Their startup, Relativity Space Inc., is betting that removing humans from the manufacturing equation will make rockets way cheaper and faster to produce. The going rate for a rocket launch is about $100 million; Relativity says that in four years its price will be $10 million. “This is the right direction,” says Ellis, the chief executive officer, during the first-ever press tour of the company’s headquarters. “The 3D printing and automation of rockets is inevitable.”

 

Things You Need To Look Out For In Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Before The End Of 2017 From Google, Amazon And Other Tech Giants

Two domains: AI and Machine Learning. These terms are not exchangeable. Machine learning, a totally unique approach to program a PC via training it with a massive sea of sample information, is genuine and is set down deep roots. General Artificial Intelligence remains a distant goal and is perhaps 5-20 years away depending on the specific area of the “intelligence” being learned.

Why Universal Basic Income Is a Pipe Dream

Automation doesn’t kill jobs, it changes jobs. Incidentally, it makes those jobs pay much more than they ever did. UBI proposes giving every adult $1,000 per month, maybe $500 extra for each child. In other words, enough to provide some minimum lifestyle — for an individual, $1,000 per month would put you at about the bottom 9% . It would cost US something like $3.6 trillion per year.

How to author authenticity

The person who narrates his or her career with emotion, including its ups and downs as if it were the life of any ordinary person, tells a memorable story.I found that those who reflected on the “why” of their choices, revealing motivation in their stories, were perceived as more authentic.

 

How to Decide with Speed and Conviction

Some decisions are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible – one-way doors – and these decisions must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and consultation…But most decisions aren’t like that – they are changeable, reversible – they’re two-way doors… you don’t have to live with the consequences for that long. You can reopen the door and go back through.

How to Be an Inspiring Leader

Inspiring leaders are those who use their unique combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions – and hold them accountable for results. And they unlock higher performance through empowerment, not command and control.

Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos’ mentor used a simple test to figure out who is a true leader

“Basically, how you make that happen is if you believe that leadership is not about putting greatness into people, leadership is about recognizing that there’s a greatness in everyone and your job is to create an environment where that greatness can emerge,” Smith told Business Insider. “That’s our definition of leadership. We don’t think leadership is the same as people management.”

HOW TO BUILD A SELF-CONSCIOUS MACHINE

In laboratories all around the world, little AIs are springing to life. Some play chess better than any human ever has. Some are learning to drive a million cars a billion miles while saving more lives than most doctors or EMTs will over their entire careers. The field of AI is full of people working to replicate or simulate various features of our intelligence. One thing they are certain to replicate is the gradual way that our consciousness turns on.

Here’s what quantum computing is and why it matters

The reason it’s quantum is that it doesn’t use binary logic. By its nature a quantum computer is a yes/no/both device. When a developer makes a logic choice they aren’t limited by “if this then that,” they can also ask “if this, then that — or both” and that makes all the difference in the world. Quantum computers can assess more than one probability at a time, through something called “quantum entanglement.”

Want to appear confident? Poke fun at yourself

People who breezily crack jokes at their own expense actually ooze self-confidence. It is also clear this can backfire: exposing any form of feebleness in the office is risky. Endless self-deprecation is tiresome.There may be a far greater risk for those who refuse to poke fun at themselves or indeed their competence.

 

Passenger Drone lives up to its name with manned flight

Passenger Drone has been quietly working on its tech for the last three years and it has produced a lightweight, car-sized drone that can fly autonomously, be maneuvered remotely or be controlled manually. It’s lifted by 16 rotors and produces zero emissions. Passenger Drone says it plans to build five more prototypes and log over 1000 hours of flight time before proceeding with commercial production.

 

Stop Looking For The Next Silicon Valley: America Is Full Of High-Tech Talent

Programmers in Washington state — home to Amazon and Microsoft — are more skilled than their counterparts in California. And the small concentration of developers in Wyoming takes second place. Additionally, developers in New Mexico, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Nevada all scored higher than their counterparts in New York, which has the second-largest number of developers.

The Cyber Age Has Hardly Begun

The information sector accounts for less than 10% of gross domestic product. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show the entire information sector accounts for under 5% of employment, with a flat trend line. The productivity and jobs benefits software could produce for the rest of the economy have yet to arrive.

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL KILL PEOPLE. WHO DECIDES WHO DIES?

Like any computer, a driverless car will not do anything unless instructed. A programmer can’t simply give it instructions for most scenarios and avoid thinking about edge cases. At the same time, a driverless car must make decisions within a fraction of a second. There is no opportunity to present the circumstances to an external, human “road jury” for review.

CLEVER MACHINES LEARN HOW TO BE CURIOUS (AND PLAY SUPER MARIO BROS.)

You can think of curiosity as a kind of reward which the agent generates internally on its own, so that it can go explore more about its world,” This internally generated reward signal is known in cognitive psychology as “intrinsic motivation.” artificial intelligence researchers are starting to view intrinsic motivation as an important component of software agents that can learn efficiently and flexibly—that is, less like brittle machines and more like humans and animals.

Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Automotive industry is transitioning from per-vehicle to per-mile economics. Historically, the automotive industry has been measured by how quickly it assembles cars, pushes them to customers, lends money against them, and collects money to maintain and upgrade them.
Tomorrow, the industry will be measured by how many miles it moves passengers, and how much margin it generates on every mile traveled.

Being a Virgin leader – what does it take?

The organisation gets to decide who the managers are, by assigning job titles, salary bands and organisation structures. But only the people who work in the organisation get to decide who the leaders are. And they do this by choosing to follow. And it doesn’t matter what someone’s job title is or how much they get paid. If they inspire others around them enough for them to choose to follow, then they are leaders.