Bitcoin is making banks nervous. Here’s why

Technology blogs and financial news networks are buzzing about blockchain, a cryptographic, distributed trust technology. The key innovation is how it reduces the need for central third-party institutions to serve as central authorities of trust — banks, courts, large corporations, stock markets and even governments,...

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New frontier for fake news? This AI can put words in Barack Obama’s mouth

In news that has made pranksters around the world pay attention, there is now a computer program that can create a realistic simulated video of someone speaking. Researchers at the University of Washington have proved their point by creating a lip-synced video of former US president...

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A computer was asked to predict which start-ups would be successful. The results were astonishing

In 2009, Ira Sager of Businessweek magazine set a challenge for Quid AI's CEO Bob Goodson: programme a computer to pick 50 unheard of companies that are set to rock the world. The domain of picking “start-up winners” was - and largely still is - dominated...

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Opening up data can make a real difference to the Global South

The modern era is marked by growing faith in the power of data. “Big data”, “open data”, and “evidence-based decision-making” have become buzzwords, touted as solutions to the world’s most complex and persistent problems, from corruption and famine to the refugee crisis. While perhaps most pronounced...

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Researchers have created a battery-free phone that is powered by sunlight

Instead of batteries, a new cell phone harvests the few microwatts of power it needs from a different source: ambient radio signals or light. Researchers were also able to make Skype calls using the battery-free phone, demonstrating that the prototype—made of commercial, off-the-shelf components—can receive and...

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L’intelligence artificielle a-t-elle été confisquée par une poignée d’êtres humains ?

L'intelligence artificielle est au cœur de la révolution technologique que nous vivons. L'avènement d'une IA supérieure pourrait bousculer le monde comme aucune invention auparavant. Mais si son pouvoir est capté par quelques-uns, ce sera pour le pire. Nous sommes en août 1956, en Nouvelle-Angleterre. Nichés entre...

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These futuristic spacecrafts could nudge asteroids away from us

NASA has given the go-ahead for work to design a spacecraft that will test nudging an Earth-threatening asteroid out of its menacing orbit. The space agency’s OK kicks off the preliminary design phase for DART, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission. “DART is a critical step in...

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How much screen time is too much?

In today’s media-rich world (or media-saturated, depending on your view), one rarely has to look far to find parents concerned about the ways that kids engage with technology. Recently, managing “screen time” seems to be on everyone’s mind – particularly during these summer months when...

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Why we might need an ‘interpreter’, to build our trust in AI

A team of researchers is working to build trust between humans and artificial intelligence (AI) by creating an “interpreter” that can explain how an AI arrived at the answer to a specific question. In an age of self-driving cars and autonomous drones, AI is becoming a...

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How new IT operating models stave off digital disruption

Companies are facing a digital imperative to revamp business operations to better serve customers. To accommodate these shifts, CIOs are making sweeping organizational changes, adding new key roles, setting up innovation labs and tapping modern technologies to meet strategic mandates issued by their CEOs and...

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