Human brain size has tripled. Here’s why

  Anthropologists have been curious about the evolution of human intelligence for many decades. The main lines of research have involved archaeological finds concerning the use of fire, tools and so on. But what about looking for evidence in fossil skulls, the place where the…

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Meet the robots with talents you can only dream of

  It can move faster than most of us can run, and happily tackles 1.2 metre vertical jumps. Welcome to the awesome (and slightly scary) abilities of Handle, the two-wheeled, four-legged creation from Google-owned robotics firm Boston Dynamics. [embedded content] So agile is Handle that…

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With deep learning, the data-rich get richer

The greatest potential for deep learning is in adding business-relevant structure to less-structured, sense-like data — such as images, audio and other sensor data. How quickly does the tone and affect of a support call from a frustrated customer change, broken down by support rep?…

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LinkedIn ramps up its sales tool offering

When Microsoft announced that it was acquiring professional social network LinkedIn, many people gasped at the huge price tag. The fact that Microsoft was engaged in a bidding war against Salesforce for the network helped in that regard, but most people took the perspective that…

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Why great chief data officers are so hard to find

Chief data officers (CDOs) are among the most highly sought-after executives among corporations for whom data analytics has become a cornerstone of digital strategies. But the rush to promote data-crunching experts to the CDO role has created a new challenge: Finding a leader who can…

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