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 brain resided? The...

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This battery could store 10 times as much energy as current designs

  Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful—but flammable—lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete with...

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AI is coming. Here are 5 ways to win when it arrives

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is the great story of our time. Decades in the making, AI-infused machines will soon change our lives and work in ways that are easy to imagine but hard to predict. Consider: • Stock trading: In 2015, six of 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 even the robotic...

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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? It's...

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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 the...

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Data the key ingredient for restaurant chain success

Businesses have more data than ever about their operations, supply chains and customers. The problem is often they can’t see it, don’t know where it is, and don’t have an easy way to pull it all together and analyze it. So, they are unable to...

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How to use data analytics to improve outcomes of project

Ted Friedman, vice president and analyst at Gartner, predicts the following three trends will drive fundamental changes in the use of data and analytics: Instead of just reflecting business performance, data analytics will become the driver of operations. Data and analytics will become infused in...

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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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SAP adds new features to Vora and readies a cloud version

SAP has added some new capabilities to SAP Vora, its in-memory distributed computing system based on Apache Spark and Hadoop. Version 1.3 of Vora includes a number of new distributed, in-memory data-processing engines, which accelerate complex processing, including ones for time-series data, graph data and schema-less...

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