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Why Most of Us Fail to Grasp Coming Exponential Gains in AI

Why Most of Us Fail to Grasp Coming Exponential Gains in AI By now, most of us are familiar with Moore’s Law, the famous maxim that the development of computing power follows an exponential curve, doubling in price-performance (that is, speed per unit cost) every 18 months or so. When it comes to applying Moore’s…
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Big Tech Should Take the Lead on Climate Change—Here’s Why

Big Tech Should Take the Lead on Climate Change—Here’s Why At Collision, which calls itself “North America’s fastest-growing tech conference,” former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres threw down a challenge to tech titans: move the world from incremental to exponential action on climate change. The digital tech sector is the wild card in fossil-fuel…
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Bot vs. Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans?

Bot vs. Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans? The internet, as it stands, is a global system of interconnected computer networks that allows humans to interact with each other, do business, gain knowledge, and be entertained. Google allowed us to find everything we need. Amazon allowed us to buy everything we…
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Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare

Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare We are on the brink of a revolution in healthcare. AI is making the drug discovery process >100X faster and cheaper, and 90 percent more likely to succeed in clinical trials. Mobile health is predicted to become a $102 billion market by 2022, putting a virtual doctor, on-demand,…
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VR Fireside Chat: Inside a Virtual World Full of Surprises

VR Fireside Chat: Inside a Virtual World Full of Surprises Two weeks ago, I gave my first virtual reality presentation—a virtual fireside chat with my friend Philip Rosedale, the CEO of High Fidelity and creator of Second Life. At the time, in conjunction with the event, my blog revisited a conversation I had with Philip…
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The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better

The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better From autonomous cars to flying taxis to electric-powered aircraft, technological innovations in transportation vehicles seem to be moving faster than Elon Musk’s express loop underneath Chicago. But when it comes to regular roads and traffic systems, we still seem to be stuck in…
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This New Chip Design Could Make Neural Nets More Efficient and a Lot Faster

This New Chip Design Could Make Neural Nets More Efficient and a Lot Faster Neural networks running on GPUs have achieved some amazing advances in artificial intelligence, but the two are accidental bedfellows. IBM researchers hope a new chip design tailored specifically to run neural nets could provide a faster and more efficient alternative. It…
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Microsoft’s Wild New Project Puts Servers at the Bottom of the Ocean

Microsoft’s Wild New Project Puts Servers at the Bottom of the Ocean Last week, a few miles off the northern coast of Scotland, a cylinder the size of a shipping container was carefully lowered to the bottom of the ocean floor. Sounds like a clever (if complex) way to bury evidence, or treasure, or something…
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Will Bitcoin Use as Much Electricity as All of Austria by the End of the Year?

Will Bitcoin Use as Much Electricity as All of Austria by the End of the Year? Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were designed to be efficient, low-friction alternatives to traditional financial systems. But it seems their creators maybe didn’t think too hard about their sustainability. An analysis published in the journal Joule this week predicts the Bitcoin…
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This DeepMind AI Spontaneously Developed Navigation Neurons Like Ours

This DeepMind AI Spontaneously Developed Navigation Neurons Like Ours When Google DeepMind researchers trained a neural network to tackle a virtual maze, it spontaneously developed digital equivalents to the specialized neurons called grid cells that mammals use to navigate. Not only did the resulting AI system have superhuman navigation capabilities, the research could provide insight…
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