Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities

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Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in… Read more »

Technology reveals fear and other emotions

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The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings.  The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in Vancouver.  The ability to hide emotions is becoming “a thing of the past”, she said.  The professor believes… Read more »

Meet the gargantuan air freighter that looks like a whale

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Passenger aircraft are built in sections around the world then assembled in various locations, so how do you transport huge parts like wings and fuselages? Meet the super-transporters – giant planes for giant jobs. Source: BBC Technology of Business Date: April 6th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43641665 Discussion 1) “why not simply build everything in one place to do away… Read more »

IBM, Maersk Form New Blockchain Company for International Cargo

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IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders. Source: BusinessWeek Date: January 16th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-16/ibm-maersk-form-new-blockchain-company-for-international-cargo Discussion 1) It is becoming more and more apparent that blockchain technology is going to… Read more »

Bitcoin gamble: Canadian couple pours life savings into bitcoin mine

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Mining for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin isn’t the first “crazy” idea Dan Ingram has come up with, according to his wife Amanda Ryland.  “Most of his endeavours have been profitable,” Ryland said. “They may sound crazy, but I trust him.”  Entrepreneurs at heart, the Langley, B.C., couple sees real potential in the somewhat complicated world of cryptocurrencies. But… Read more »

A Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

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In 2015 Ant Financial was one of eight tech companies granted approval from the People’s Bank of China to develop their own private credit scoring platforms. Zhima Credit appeared in the Alipay app shortly after that. The service tracks your behavior on the app to arrive at a score between 350 and 950, and offers… Read more »

A Tiny New Chip Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT

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The challenge with internet of things security so far has been the cost of implementing hardened features. It’s cheaper and faster to develop a product without spending time and resources on security. Devices rush off the line without adequate protections, often riddled with bugs, and rarely have a mechanism for manufacturers to distribute patches. An attacker who… Read more »