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Ripple-backed crypto wallet BRD ventures into enterprise blockchain market, aiming to serve banks and others

BRD, a cryptocurrency wallet provider that is backed by Ripple and Japanese financial services giant SBI Holdings, has ventured into the enterprise blockchain market.

Block.One Will Not Launch Its Social Network on EOS

In June when Block.one, the company behind the largest initial coin offering (ICO) in history, announced its Facebook-challenging social network, Voice, it promised the blockchain would run on the EOS mainnet. Plans have changed. Voice is meant to be a new kind of social network, one with crypto built in and one that defeats bots

How machine learning and automation can modernize the network edge

If you want to know the future of networking, follow the money — right to the edge. Applications are expected to move from data centers to edge facilities in record numbers, opening up a huge new market opportunity. The edge computing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 36.3 percent

Deepfakes are getting easier to make and the internet’s just not ready

One of the coolest videos I’ve seen in the past year is a YouTube clip from The Late Show with David Letterman featuring actor and comedian Bill Hader. Or… was that actually Tom Cruise? It’s hard to tell sometimes because they keep seamlessly switching back and forth. So, what exactly are you watching here? Well,

The big differences between 4G and 5G

The development of ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, was made possible by 4G. With 5G, ridesharing cars could one day navigate themselves — no human driver required. Self-driving cars are just one of the many potential applications of 5G, the next generation wireless network that is steadily being rolled out across the United

IoT in 2020: It’s all Coming Together

Technology commentators are predicting that 2020 is going to see an acceleration of new tech entering the market including 5G wireless connectivity, blockchain technology (beyond cryptocurrency) and AI/ML. While each of these technologies has its own applications, what’s more, interesting is how they can work together, especially with IoT already moving out of the hype

Facebook Invented a New Language for Machines to Solve Complex Math Equations

Despite being built by calculus, linear algebra, and an army of statisticians around the world, neural networks have trouble understanding math. Or at least, they have trouble understanding how humanity writes math equations. Facebook’s AI research team, however, claims to have developed a new approach to turn complex math problems into machine-readable data. And using the same

How DeepMind is unlocking the secrets of dopamine and protein folding with AI

emis Hassabis founded DeepMind with the goal of unlocking answers to some of the world’s toughest questions by recreating intelligence itself. His ambition remains just that — an ambition — but Hassabis and colleagues inched closer to realizing it this week with the publication of papers in Nature addressing two formidable challenges in biomedicine.

An algorithm that learns through rewards may show how our brain does too

In 1951, Marvin Minsky, then a student at Harvard, borrowed observations from animal behavior to try to design an intelligent machine. Drawing on the work of physiologist Ivan Pavlov, who famously used dogs to show how animals learn through punishments and rewards, Minsky created a computer that could continuously learn through similar reinforcement to solve a virtual

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers can now drive cars, beat world champions at board games like chess and Go, and even write prose. The revolution in artificial intelligence stems in large part from the power of one particular kind of artificial neural network, whose design is inspired by the connected layers of neurons in the mammalian visual cortex.

How AI, ML, and automation can improve cybersecurity protection

Traditional cybersecurity tools such as mere anti-malware software or login audits aren’t going to be sufficient in 2020–additional resources will be needed to protect organizations and their employees from cyberthreats. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are making productive inroads in the cybersecurity space.

Minds at War: China’s Pursuit of Military Advantage through Cognitive

The United States is starting to confront unprecedented challenges to the military and technological superiority that it has enjoyed in recent history. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is emerging as a powerhouse across a range of emerging technologies, and Chinese leaders recognize today’s technological revolution as a critical, even historic, opportunity to achieve strategic

Is There A Difference Between Assisted Intelligence Vs. Augmented Intelligence?

In the conversation around the application and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies, two recurring types of solutions usually come up: AI solutions meant to work in conjunction with people to help them accomplish their tasks better, and AI solutions meant to function entirely independent of human intervention.The sorts of solutions where AI

Op-Ed: Using artificial intelligence to diagnose cancer could mean unnecessary treatments

The new decade opened with some intriguing news: the journal Nature reported that artificial intelligence was better at identifying breast cancers on mammograms than radiologists. Researchers at Google Health teamed up with academic medical centers in the United States and Britain to train an AI system using tens of thousands of mammograms. But even the

Artificial intelligence: How to measure the ‘I’ in AI

Last week, Lee Se-dol, the South Korean Go champion who lost in a historical matchup against DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm AlphaGo in 2016, declared his retirement from professional play. “With the debut of AI in Go games, I’ve realized that I’m not at the top even if I become the number one through frantic efforts,” Lee told

As Bitcoin Struggles, This Minor Cryptocurrency Is Up Almost 500% Over The Past 12 Months

Bitcoin has had a mixed start to the new year. The price has climbed, most likely for potentially controversial reasons—but, meanwhile, at least one minor cryptocurrency is going from strength to strength. The bitcoin price has climbed over the first few days of 2020 but has failed to make meaningful gains and breakout of its

AI trained to spot brain tumours faster than humans

Scientists at New York University have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) that can diagnose brain tumours faster and more accurately than human doctors. First, the researchers used an advanced form of imaging called stimulated Raman histology (SRH) that uses lasers to highlight areas of the brain that would not usually be visible in a scan.

5G is about to change the world in ways we can’t even imagine yet

We live in a time when words meant to represent significant or unique ideas are so overused they have been trivialized. “Revolutionary” is such a word, a victim of hyperbolic marketing that has rendered meaningless a term meant to evoke profound change to our world. When everything is “revolutionary,” nothing is.  

The Organisation of Tomorrow, How AI, blockchain and analytics turn your business into a data organisation, reviewed

The Organisation of Tomorrow presents a new model of doing business and explains how big data analytics, blockchain and artificial intelligence force us to rethink existing business models and develop organisations that will be ready for human-machine interactions. It also asks us to consider the impacts of these emerging information technologies on people and society.

How AI is Transforming the Entertainment Industry

How AI is Transforming Nowadays, the entertainment industry is changing drastically because of the advent of artificial intelligence. AI technology has already penetrated our daily lives. And today AI technology companies not only offer outstanding solutions for the professional environment but are also actively altering the entertainment industry. We are all now on the edge

Bitcoin-gold: The uncanny relationship between the two assets

For a long time now, Bitcoin has been referred to as “digital gold” by many crypto enthusiasts, yet the topic of actual correlation remains a controversial one. Bitcoin’s price rose at the same time as events in Iran heated up, in line with other traditional assets, such as gold and oil, that saw similar price

Canada’s DMG Blockchain Installs 1,000 New Bitcoin Mining Rigs for US Client

Canadian tech company DMG Blockchain Solutions has installed 1,000 new Bitcoin (BTC) mining machines at its Christina Lake mining-as-a-service facility in British Columbia. Per a Jan. 6 press release, DMG has purchased the new miners from Chinese mining giant Bitmain, with the total power consumption of approximately 1.5 megawatts.

Crypto Tax Reporting Failures Can Be Expensive, Even Criminal By Coint

The Internal Revenue Service is aware that millions of cryptocurrency transactions may still remain unreported. Taxpayers may think they will not be caught, and many Coinbase users may have thought their information would be protected until the John Doe summons proved otherwise. The best way to avoid penalties is to disclose and report as accurately

How to Hire the Most-Qualified Person in the Future

Eighty-five percent of job seekers lie on their resume and during the hiring process. Forty-six percent of hires fail in their first 18 months costing companies $10,000 per entry-level workers and $40,000 per manager. And on top of that, 30 percent of job seekers’ references are fake. Hiring is highly flawed. What’s the fix? Blockchain.

North Korean Hackers Now Using Telegram to Steal Crypto: Kaspersky – CoinDesk

A cybersecurity firm has warned cryptocurrency users to expect more attacks from North Korea, as its hackers develop “enhanced capabilities” to deliver malware through popular messaging app Telegram. Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs has been analysing new attacks from the Lazarus Group, a cybercrime group with links to North Korea, to determine how its techniques have developed

Warner Bros. signs AI startup to help decide which films to back

Storied film studio Warner Bros. has signed a deal with Cinelytic, an LA startup that uses machine learning to predict film success. The studio will use Cinelytic’s algorithms “to guide decision-making at the greenlight stage,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, though Cinelytic’s CEO Tobias Queisser stressed that the software is only an assistant.

OrCam Unveils Wearable Personal Assistant, New Technologies for People With Disabilities

With new natural language processing abilities and other AI technologies, OrCam’s devices help vision and hearing impaired people navigate day-to-day life with greater ease. Humans have already trained artificial intelligence technologies to see, hear, speak, and think. Israeli company OrCam Technologies Ltd. is leveraging AI technologies to help vision and hearing impaired people navigate their

Warner Bros. Plans to Use AI Technology to Help Decide Which Movies You Watch

Warner Bros. has unveiled a wild new plan to use Cinelytic’s AI technology to streamline the process of getting movies greenlit, Engadget reports. The aim is to make the process quicker and easier for executives, but it could influence which films actually make it onto the big screen. While the AI system won’t have the final

Physicist Max Tegmark explains why AI will help humanity flourish

Max Tegmark warns us to think quickly and openly about the big problems we will face in the near future, when artificial intelligence may move us in directions we are unprepared for as a species. Tegmark is a cosmologist and currently a Professor of Physics at MIT in Cambridge MA.

Airbnb could soon scan your social media to detect if you’re a psychopath

It’s one of the most popular short-term rental sites, but a new patent suggests that Airbnb could soon start scanning its users’ social media to detect if they’re psychopaths. The patent details new ‘trait analyser’ technology that could let Airbnb vet guests before agreeing to let them rent properties.

As 5G, Edge Computing And Hybrid Multiclouds Converge, Industries Will Be Transformed

Each January, the world looks to CES in Las Vegas to see the next generation of consumer technologies that promise to transform how we live, work and play. One topic that will be a major focus this year is the fast-emerging wireless technology, 5G, and the rollout of 5G-enabled devices.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): Seeking AI and ML experts for data-driven drug discovery and development

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) data-first approach to drug discovery and development comes directly from chief executive officer (CEO) Emma Walmsley and chief scientific officer (CSO) Hal Barron. Their goal is doubling the chance of successful medicines being produced by using genetically validated targets. And that demands a strong team in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML).

How Will Artificial Intelligence Shape Up the Future of the Internet

The future where people can delegate mundane tasks to a machine is not far from happening. From starting the laundry down to cooking dinner after a long day is about to be over. Artificial Intelligence has really helped shape our internet today. After all, we can already communicate with virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri and

Directors of Alleged Crypto Pyramid Scheme Dunamiscoins Stand Trial By

Two directors of Dunamiscoins, an alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme in Uganda, appeared before court on Monday to face 65 counts tied to obtaining money by false pretense. Local news site The Observer reported on Jan. 8 that state prosecutors had logged over 4,000 complaints against Dunamiscoins Resources Ltd., a suspected fraud that ran its course

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken sees 49% yearly increase in law enforcement information requests

If you’ve been following the world of cryptocurrency, it should come as no surprise that law enforcers are working hard to track down criminals that use digital assets. In its yearly compliance report, cryptocurrency exchange Kraken says that global data requests from law enforcement agencies in 2019 are up 49 percent over 2018.

20 Blockchain Predictions for 2020

As a Managing Partner at Digital Asset Risk Management Advisors (DARMA Capital), and former Head of Global Business Development at blockchain software powerhouse ConsenSys, I’ve had an inside look at the rapid development of blockchain technology, the extreme volatility of crypto markets, and the emerging ecosystem and culture of decentralization. And let me tell you:

US SEC Prioritizes Crypto Compliance in 2020, But Hints at Kinder Gent

The United States Securities Exchange Commission continues to scrutinize crypto as its compliance office adds fintech and digital assets to its annual priorities list. Per a Jan. 7 announcement from the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), the agency has put new financial technologies including digital assets among major concerns in the coming

Google Assistant can read entire articles to you out loud

The Google Assistant just picked up some new reading skills. Google on Tuesday announced new technology for its digital helper software that lets it read long-form text out loud. For now, the feature is meant mainly for listening to articles, blog posts and short stories on the web.  

Achieving Paperless Operations and Document Automation with AI and ML

Paper is an essential commodity for office operations. Most conventional offices rely on paper for completing the simplest tasks. Even after digitization, the dream of a completely paperless office is far from reality. Humans are used to a standard form of note-taking and documentation. Here is how to achieve paperless operations and document automation with

23 Tech predictions for 2020

Forecasting the future can be tricky, but when you’re steeped in an industry it is possible to assess where things are likely headed. Here are nearly two dozen predictions about what will happen with tech this year, made by founders and executives who are experts in their spaces.

‘Make technology the backbone of Society 5.0’

To mark the start of 2020, Mint has been inviting policy makers, thought leaders and heads of corporate to share five ideas that will impact the decade ahead. Keshav Murugesh, chairman, NASSCOM, tells Nandita Mathur.

8 AI trends we’re watching in 2020

We see the AI space poised for an acceleration in adoption, driven by more sophisticated AI models being put in production, specialized hardware that increases AI’s capacity to provide quicker results based on larger datasets, simplified tools that democratize access to the entire AI stack, small tools that enables AI on nearly any device, and

The next era of digital disruption

The media landscape is always changing—and new technology has greatly accelerated the pace of that change. Now, some experts say this next wave of change will be even more disruptive than the rollout of the internet. Mobility with 5G and the increased use and effectiveness of artificial intelligence will have profound impacts on how digital

Chinese fintech firms flock to Singapore

Chinese financial services providers are flocking to Singapore to offer banking services for both retail and wholesale customers, as one of Asia’s major financial hubs opens up the sector. Singapore’s move to attract more online financial services platforms poses serious competition to another financial hub in Asia – the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)

Watch Adobe show off its impressive AI-powered vertical video tech

Intel has Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe Creative Cloud, and his fabulous head of hair to thank for the most entertaining part of its CES press event. The chipmaker’s executive VP, Gregory Bryant, said he often gets asked why AI and machine learning are important on PC. He then brought Levine on stage

Why nature is the most important stakeholder of the coming decade

As companies realign their purpose to serve all stakeholders ethically, it is essential that we are also inclusive of all non-human stakeholders; that economies prioritize our ecology, that rights take precedence over revenues, that our wellbeing is centered around improving the well-being of natural systems, and that our partnerships are regenerative for the planet.

Here are 3 ways AI will change healthcare by 2030

By 2030, AI will access multiple sources of data to reveal patterns in disease and aid treatment and care. Healthcare systems will be able to predict an individual’s risk of certain diseases and suggest preventative measures. AI will help reduce waiting times for patients and improve efficiency in hospitals and health systems.

Facebook Announces Plans to Ban Some Deepfake Videos

Facebook says it is banning “deepfake” videos, the false but realistic clips created with artificial intelligence and sophisticated tools, as it steps up efforts to fight online manipulation. The social network said late Monday that it’s beefing up its policies to remove videos edited or synthesized in ways that aren’t apparent to the average person,

LG shows off AI-powered ‘smart’ washer for dumb people

LG isn’t even trying to hide it anymore. The South Korean electronics company known for its TVs, smartphones, and home robots (that don’t really work) has a soon-to-be-released AI-powered washing machine that loudly and clearly sends one particular message: LG doesn’t think too highly of its customers.

The Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends Everyone Should Be Watching In 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has undoubtedly been the technology story of the 2010s, and it doesn’t look like the excitement is going to wear off as a new decade dawns. The past decade will be remembered as the time when machines that can truly be thought of as “intelligent” – as in capable of thinking, and

Will AI take over? Quantum theory suggests otherwise

Will artificial intelligence one day surpass human thinking? The rapid progress of AI, coupled with our standard fear of machines, has raised concerns that its abilities will one day start to grow uncontrollably, eventually leading it to take over the world and wipe out humanity if it decides we are an obstacle to its goals.

You need to start making home cybersecurity a big priority

Individuals will have to become their own chief security officer – finding a way to manage and control access to all of their digital assets, cloud services, social media profiles, personal communications and private devices. As our personal digital universes expand exponentially, so will the necessity of controlling our data and digital identities.

10 More Extraordinary Gadgets We’ve Spotted at CES

Most people who have dealt with temporary or chronic exposure to air pollution are familiar with lightweight 3M 95 face masks. A Portland, Oregon-based startup called AO has built what it thinks is an even better solution: A plastic mask called the Atmos that goes over your mouth and nose and, with the help of

6 Industries Blockchain Technology Will Revolutionize

In line with new evolving computer technologies, a lot of issues previously found complicated are now seen as an easygoing task, for example, e-commerce, contactless payment, secured online transactions, and ride-hailing. All thanks to blockchain, a new technology that massively revitalized all-around sectors, equipping the financial industry with enhanced solutions with less or no additional

Why Bitcoin Investors’ HODL Mentality Means a Price Surge Is Coming

If you’ve perused Crypto Twitter at all, you’ve likely heard the term “HODL” mentioned time and time again in relation to “Bitcoin.” A misspelling of the word “hold,” HODL is an industry joke used by cryptocurrency investors who believe that the price of BTC will appreciate with time, primarily due to adoption and the asset’s

Eerily Accurate Analyst Expects Bitcoin to Hit $25,000; Here’s Why

After Bitcoin briefly breached $20,000 in December of 2017, the cryptocurrency began a precipitous decline, with its price plummeting from the heights of five digits to $3,150 within 12 months’ time, representing an 80% decline. Since the decline began, crypto investors across the board have been wondering when Bitcoin will find itself above $20,000 again,

Bitcoin Selling for $24,000 in Iran Based on ‘Official’ Exchange Rate

Iran-based sellers on peer-to-peer trading platform LocalBitcoins are currently asking for around 1 billion Iranian rials or over $24,000 per Bitcoin (BTC), based on the official exchange rate from the country’s central bank.

South Korea Works to Bring Cryptocurrency Into the Mainstream

South Korea is considering legislation to bring cryptocurrencies into the mainstream and mulling whether to tax crypto assets. When Bitcoin was created in 2009, the idea of a cryptocurrency was new and a largely unregulated field. As more cryptocurrencies have been developed there has been a growing push to regulate the industry internationally and in

Inside The Cryptocurrency Revolution

Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond.

With 2 New Unicorns, 49% Funding Growth, 2019 Was Really The Year For Enterprise Tech

By the end of the 2010-2019 decade, the Indian startup ecosystem had hit a series of milestones in its journey to global domination — the total capital inflow (2014-2019) in Indian startups crossed at $50 Bn in 2019, while the number of deals went over the 5K mark with approximately 2,984 unique startups funded.  

China Continues to Streamline Its Blockchain Patent Application Process

The National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) in China continues to clarify the guidelines for blockchain patent applications, which are set to become effective as of Feb. 1. At the end of December 2019, the NIPA announced the revised guidelines to patent applications for new emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, and business

Iran may launch “destructive” cyberattacks against the US, experts warn

The US killing of Iran’s top general, Qassim Suleimani, could have consequences that imminently spill over into cyberspace, experts and officials said after the deadly missile strike in Baghdad.  One senior cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, Christopher Krebs, warned American companies and government agencies to “pay close attention” to critical systems and

Here’s what AI experts think will happen in 2020

It’s been another great year for robots. We didn’t quite figure out how to imbue them with human-level intelligence, but we gave it the old college try and came up with GPT-2 (the text generator so scary it gives Freddy Krueger nightmares) and the AI magic responsible for these adorable robo-cheetahs…

How to Ensure Your Data is Providing Trustworthy Insights

For building owners and managers, data is the fuel behind their smart building operations. Leveraging the surplus of data that is readily available to them, owners and managers are making informed decisions for their facility that can create long-term performance enhancements and help them achieve goals such as improved efficiency and occupant comfort. Here is

Most firms are failing in the drive to become data-driven. Here’s why

In this era of data-driven business, way too few companies are walking the walk. That’s the gist of the 2020 Big Data and AI Executive Survey by NewVantage Partners LLC to be released Monday. In their introduction to the report, authors Tom Davenport and Randy Bean mince few words about their disappointment with the progress responding organizations are

How AI is transforming the way we collect market insights

Amazon’s digital voice assistant Alexa is much more than just a convenient tool for setting reminders, streaming music and controlling the lights in our homes. It is a very real application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a technology that has fast become an integral part of our daily lives. With all of the hype surrounding the more

Automation and AI will launch a golden age of marketing

Marketers are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing, both when it comes to user demands and the future of the marketing industry. At the moment, many of these conversations focus on automation and AI. While they’ve become the buzzwords of the year, their introduction to the marketing sphere has the potential to

U.S. government limits exports of AI software

The Trump administration took measures on Friday to crimp exports of artificial intelligence software as part of a bid to keep sensitive technologies out of the hands of rival powers like China. Under a new rule which goes into effect on Monday, companies that export certain types of geospatial imagery software from the United States

AI can now outperform doctors at detecting breast cancer. Here’s why it won’t replace them.

An AI system developed by Google Health, Google-owned DeepMind, and several medical centers is so good at detecting breast cancer that it can outperform actual doctors, according to a paper published this week in the journal Nature. The AI analyzes mammograms — the X-rays commonly used to check for breast cancer — to determine whether

AI Is Getting Better Than Humans at Catching Cancer

Artificial intelligence can diagnose breast cancer with greater accuracy than human radiologist, according to study published in Nature where Google Health programmers explained their findings and methods.  

What the hell is Samsung’s ‘artificial human’ project?

For the past few weeks, a Samsung subsidiary named STAR Labs has been teasing what it calls “Neon” — an “artificial human” that will be unveiled at CES 2020 next week. But what exactly is Neon, and what is an artificial human? So far, we have very few official details, but most signs point toward

Technology Trends That Will Disrupt The Future Of Work In 2020

There was a not-so-quiet revolution on the technology front in 2019. Software as a service (SaaS) came into its own. Artificial intelligence got smarter, and augmented reality became real. All of this not only changed the way we live, but how we work. And I believe the transformation will continue in 2020, driven by several

6 Predictions for the Future of Artificial Intelligence in 2020

The business world’s enthusiasm for artificial intelligence has been building towards a fever pitch in the past few years, but those feelings could get a bit more complicated in 2020. Despite investment, research publications and job demand in the field continuing to grow through 2019, technologists are starting to come to terms with potential limitations

Facebook’s Libra has failed in current form – Swiss president

Facebook’s (FB.O) Libra project has failed in its current form and needs reworking to be approved, said the president of Switzerland where the cryptocurrency is seeking regulatory consent.

Chinese Regulators Worry About Crypto Resurgence, Issue New Warning

China’s securities regulators has urged Beijing authorities to carry out relevant actions aimed at preventing the usage of cryptocurrencies by the public. In a Dec. 27 announcement on the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) website pointed out the risks of the resurgence of digital currencies, such as the escalation of crypto trading activities, digital currency

How AI will change medicine in the 2020s

For decades, there has been a steady erosion of the practice of medicine, with progressively less time between patients and doctors, a global epidemic of physician burnout that has now reached a crisis, a doubling of medical errors when doctors have symptoms of depression and most serious errors attributable to bad clinical judgment.  

These are the 5 most dystopian technologies of 2020 and beyond

Tech is always both good and bad. But we live in a time when everything gets weaponized—ideas, images, ancient texts, biases, and even people. And technology provides the tools to do it easier, faster, and with less resources.  

McKinsey Looks Ahead At Marketing

Year-end forecasts seem more grounded when accompanied by efforts to put the existing year in context. For a sense of where we stand at the close of 2019 and to help us better anticipate what could lie ahead for marketers in 2020, I reached out to Jason Heller, partner and global lead, digital marketing operations

Facebook has turned data against us. Here’s how we fight back

The more data the recommendation algorithms that power Facebook and Google have about us, the more disempowered we become. Data-driven personalisation has become central to our life online. Curated recommendations govern our online experiences: the search results we receive, the music we listen to, the content that fills our social media feeds.

As 2019 closes, a look back at what happened to the altcoin boom

Today we’re peeking at what’s gone on in the world of altcoins recently, the other cryptocurrencies aside from bitcoin. As 2016 came to a close, altcoins like ether and XRP saw their value soar. Toward the end of 2016 through early 2018, bitcoin’s relative share of the aggregate value of all cryptocurrencies fell to about

Chinese Police Seize Thousands of Miners, Arrest Dozens of Scammers

In the last couple of days, Chinese media have reported on police forces in one province of the vast Asian country seizing close to 7,000 mining rigs using stolen electricity and in another province arresting 72 multi-level marketing scheme operators for alleged fraud.

Ten Years Of Fintech Megatrends For The Next Decade

Tis the season for predictions as we close out the last ten years and head into 2020 and a new decade of bold technological innovation. I am not a huge fan of predictions, here are three of my favorite past predictions: 1.   “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson,

Four Creepy Applications That Will Change Your Business In 2020

If you want to stay ahead of where business technology is going it’s always best to follow the money. And – for someone like me who runs a technology business and also covers technology – one of the best places I go to see where the money is going is a boutique venture capital firm

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 rumored to have first-ever foldable glass display

2019 was the year foldable phones became more than a trade show demo, but only barely. The Galaxy Fold launched after a multi-month delay for $2,000, and it’s still troublingly fragile. The Galaxy Fold 2 might be a bit more robust. The latest round of leaks say this could be the first foldable with a

A Whole New World: How technology is driving the evolution of intelligent banking in Europe

In the short term, open banking presents practical challenges. Longerterm, it poses strategic questions about the future of Europe’s banking sector In Europe, as in the rest of the world, technology is setting the agenda for the banking sector. This year, European respondents to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s global retail banking survey identify new technologies

Artificial intelligence approaches to improve kidney care

Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to improve diagnosis and prognostication for acute and chronic kidney diseases. Studies with this objective published in 2019 relied on a variety of available data sources, including electronic health records, intraoperative physiological signals, kidney ultrasound imaging, and digitized biopsy specimens.

Top 3 Most Funded AI Startups in Retail – An Overview

The retail industry could be losing nearly $1 trillion in sales annually due to business process errors that could be automated by AI, such as restocking in eCommerce. In this article, we discuss the top 3 most well-funded AI startups selling to the retail industry and how their solutions could help retailers and eCommerce sites save money lost to fraud

Jack Ma says this is the number one mistake that most startups make

What’s the biggest mistake new entrepreneurs make? They always say they don’t have money, according to Jack Ma, the charismatic co-founder of China’s largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. “I think most of the startups the number one mistake they have that they always say I don’t have money. If I have money I

3 Ways Tech Startups are Using AI to Revolutionize Customer Experience

Artificial intelligence is the latest trend in technology, and its application cutting across all fields. It’s all about technology mimicking biological intelligence. Here are three ways tech startups are using AI to revolutionize customer experience.  

Bitcoin Suddenly Soars In Surprise Pre-Christmas Boost

Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies have soared over the last 24-hour trading period with bitcoin adding around 6% and climbing as high as $7,600 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange.

Israeli Fintech Investor: The Banks We Know and Loathe Will All Be Gone in 10 to 20 Years

The reason, says Dovi Frances, is the bad taste lingering from the 2008 financial crisis and the new smartphone-focused generation. Without anybody noticing, the Israeli financial technology sector has suddenly become fertile ground for unicorns startups valued at $1 billion or more. The fintech revolution has begun, says Dovi Frances,…

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Technology is Transforming the Financial Markets

Finding complex solutions to financial challenges has become achievable with advancements in technology. Practitioners are daily seeking ways to use computational applications to offer modeling, forecasting, and robust trading solutions in the financial sector. Here are five ways artificial intelligence technology is transforming the financial markets. Notably, the cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology is mainly transforming

How The 22-Year-Old Founder Of Scale AI Built A Billion-Dollar Business

When we think of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropping out of college to start companies that have become household names, a couple of ideas come to mind: They Had Incredibly Early Interests: Most Computer Science students don’t necessarily know what sub-fields they like until much later in their careers; Zuckerberg and Gates capitalized on

Big Tech Is Coming for Banking: Experts Predict Fintech’s 2020

Financial technology startups will enter the next decade with a little more street cred than the last time around. Nearly 60 upstarts focusing on financial services — from Stripe Inc. to Chime Inc. to Plaid Inc. — have garnered valuations of more than $1 billion in recent years, according to CB Insights.

Ripple: XRP Price Lost 95% in 2 Years — Is It Time Now to Get Bullish?

Altcoins dropped severely during the recent retracement of Bitcoin (BTC) price to $6,400, which increased Bitcoin’s dominance above 70%. One of these coins is XRP, which took a hit of 20% and is currently valued at $0.19 per coin — or the lowest value in over two years — after hitting as low as $0.178.

China’s new digital currency ‘isn’t bitcoin and is not for speculation’

The Chinese central bank official in charge of a new sovereign digital currency said it would not be open to speculation like other cryptocurrencies, shedding some light on a plan that is still largely shrouded in secrecy.

China should step up regulation of artificial intelligence in finance, think tank says

China should introduce a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence in the finance industry, and enhance technology used by regulators to strengthen industry-wide supervision, policy advisers at a leading think tank said on Sunday.

AI has a privacy problem, but these techniques could fix it

Artificial intelligence promises to transform — and indeed, has already transformed — entire industries, from civic planning and health care to cybersecurity. But privacy remains an unsolved challenge in the industry, particularly where compliance and regulation are concerned.

Why Cognitive Technology May Be A Better Term Than Artificial Intelligence

One of the challenges for those tracking the artificial intelligence industry is that, surprisingly, there’s no accepted, standard definition of what artificial intelligence really is. AI luminaries all have slightly different definitions of what AI is. Rodney Brooks says that “artificial intelligence doesn’t mean one thing… it’s a collection of practices and pieces that people

A Whole New World: How technology is driving the evolution of intelligent banking in North America

New competitors pose an immediate threat to the North American banking order. Will banks be able to offer the level of customer experience needed to attract and retain clients? North American bankers sense danger more than most when new entrants join their market, according to a global retail banking survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence

Make edge computing a key investment for 2020

Traditional technologies are no longer addressing the growing needs of modern business; that’s why a massive quantity of tech and telecom vendors, and now a significant amount of enterprises and government agencies, are all expanding their investments in edge computing for 2020 — and why you should do the same.

XAI—Explainable artificial intelligence

Recent successes in machine learning (ML) have led to a new wave of artificial intelligence (AI) applications that offer extensive benefits to a diverse range of fields. However, many of these systems are not able to explain their autonomous decisions and actions to human users.

Scientists harness AI to reverse ageing in billion-dollar industry

Who wants to live forever? Until recently, the quest to slow ageing or even reverse it was the stuff of legends – or scams. But, today, an evidence-based race to delay or prevent ageing is energising scientists worldwide.

Scientists Develop ‘Absolutely Unbreakable’ Encryption Chip Using Chaos Theory

The trouble with encryption is that everyone needs it, and every threat actor wants to break it. Thankfully, current cryptographic techniques are still at least one step ahead of the cracking curve. That could, scientists say, all change in the not too distant future as quantum computers enter the encryption battlefield.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Totally Changing Everything

Back in Oct. 1950, British techno-visionary Alan Turing published an article called “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” in the journal MIND that raised what at the time must have seemed to many like a science-fiction fantasy. “May not machines carry out something which ought to be described as thinking but which is very different from what

This Surprising Cryptocurrency Could Spark the Next Market Wide Rally

The cryptocurrency markets have been caught in the throes of immense volatility over the past few days, with Bitcoin plummeting to lows of $6,400 earlier this morning before posting a strong rally back up towards $7,000.

That $2B Ponzi scheme caught dumping Bitcoin just moved its $105M Ether stash

Just days after cryptocurrency analysts suggested that a $2 billion Chinese Ponzi scheme was stifling Bitcoin‘s price, its enormous Ethereum stash is on the move. The transfer was detected by Twitter-based transaction monitor @whale_alert earlier today. In total, PlusToken goons shifted 789,525 ETH, worth more than $105 million at the time.

Is Cryptocurrency Coming Back or Going Away for Good? 6 Experts Weigh In.

Cryptocurrencies have kept a relatively low profile in 2019 following a record-breaking rise in 2017 and then a spectacular crash in 2018. Are they worth revisiting in 2020? We asked these experts and Advisors in The Oracles to share where they think crypto is headed next.

Is fintech overhyped or understated?

In the first three quarters of 2019, fintech startups received $24.6 billion in funding. The sector’s unicorns—58 companies including the likes of China’s Ant Financial, the US’s Stripe, and Germany’s N26—are valued at a combined $213.5 billion. Fintech went from being virtually unheard of a decade …  

Why Bitcoin is having an un-merry Christmas

In a trend that is fast becoming a pattern, Bitcoin price crashed suddenly yesterday, losing as much as $200 of its value in 30 minutes. The cryptocurrency is currently trading below $7,000, a price band it recovered from this past May. This is not the first time that Bitcoin price has shocked analysts this year.

Bitcoin price slump blamed on Ponzi scheme, miners selling, thin volume

Bitcoin has tumbled 7% in three days. A billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, miners cashing out, and a market correction could be responsible. The biggest cryptocurrency skyrocketed from about $4,000 at the start of this year to nearly $13,000 in June, but has almost halved to below $6,700 in the past six months. It now trades at

Artificial Intelligence in Medical Diagnostics Systems Report 2020

AI is rocking medical diagnosis with its potential to incite drastic improvements to hospital processes. AI can process images and patient health records with more accuracy and expediency than humans are capable of, lessening physician workload, reducing misdiagnosis, and empowering clinical staff to provide more value.  

Latest AI That ‘Learns’ On-The-Fly Is Raising Serious Concerns, Including For Self-Driving Cars

Humans typically learn new things on-the-fly. Let’s use jigsaw puzzles to explore the learning process. Imagine that you are asked to solve a jigsaw puzzle and you’ve not previously had the time nor inclination to solve jigsaw puzzles (yes, there are some people that swear they will never do a jigsaw puzzle, as though it

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medicine

The biomedical world is awash in data. We have terabytes of genomic information from mouse to human, troves of health metrics from clinical trials, and reams of so-called real-world data from insurance companies and pharmacies. Using powerful computers, scientists have scrutinized this bounty with some fine results, but it has become clear that we can

7 (Realistic) Predictions for How Banking Will Look in 2020

It’s that time of year again: experts from all industries are taking out their respective crystal balls to foresee what major shifts might befall their businesses in the year ahead. And the fintech world is no different.

AI startup Intel bought for $2 billion sparks questions on AI strategy

Intel just bought another AI chip startup, the Israel-based Habana Labs, for $2 billio — a move that the tech giant says “advances” and “turbo-charges” its AI strategy. But the purchase is a head scratcher for a Wall Street analyst who said the purchase send a puzzling signal and appears to muddle …

AI experts urge machine learning researchers to tackle climate change

At the Tackling Climate Change workshop at this year’s NeurIPS conference, some of the top minds in machine learning came together to discuss the effects of climate change on life on Earth, how AI can tackle the urgent problem, and why and how the machine learning community should join the fight.

Artificial intelligence may help scientists make spray-on solar cells

Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy. A research team at the University of Central Florida used Machine Learning, aka Artificial Intelligence to optimize the materials used to make perovskite solar cells (PSC). The Organic-Inorganic halide perovskites material used in PSC converts

Report: Facial Recognition Should Be Banned From Everyday Life

The artificial intelligence group AI Now released its annual report on the state of the field and — more importantly — how the technology is being used in society. The report came with a grim warning, MIT Technology Review reports. It argues that because AI tools like facial recognition, and especially emotion-detecting algorithms, can be

Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Every day we can read about the latest artificial-intelligence advances from research labs, startups and large companies. AI technologies are approaching or surpassing human levels of performance in vision, speech recognition, language translation, playing championship-level Go, and the early detection and diagnosis of various forms of cancer. But can AI help address broad, open-ended and

Highest in 2 Years: 65% of Bitcoin Hash Power Is in China, Report Finds

For all of bitcoin’s promise of being the world’s first decentralized, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, 65 percent of the total hash power resides in China. That’s the highest in at least two years according to a recent report by CoinShares Research. Skeptics like economist Nouriel Roubin often claim there is a massive centralization of power among miners

Why the ECB Is Getting in on the Stablecoin Game

Welcome to The Breakdown with Nathaniel Whittemore. Starting off this episode we discuss European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde’s comments on stablecoins that inflamed Crypto Twitter yesterday. She said projects in the space indicated clear demand even as she gave bitcoin a bit of a backhanded compliment.

Notorious dark web criminal makes $100k bitcoin price prediction from prison

Bitcoin is on the brink of another massive price surge that will take its value up to $100,000 (£75,000) in 2020, according to the founder of the world’s most famous dark web marketplace. Ross Ulbricht is currently serving a double life sentence in a US prison for creating the now defunct Silk Road, which was the

‘Questionable’ Death Prompts Call to Exhume Quadriga CEO’s Body

Skepticism around the demise of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange founder Gerald Cotten just won’t go away. The “questionable circumstances” behind the death of QuadrigaCX’s chief executive last year in India at 30 led lawyers representing customers of the collapsed trading platform to request his body be exhumed.

Everything you need to know about the $722 million crypto Ponzi scheme

Yet another report of a crypto Ponzi scheme. On Tuesday, prosecutors charged three men with running a massive fraud involving cryptocurrency. The latest deviants to allegedly besmirch the cryptocurrency industry did so under the guise of a bitcoin mining investment group, known as BitClub.

How to integrate robotic process automation in big data projects

Information Services Group (ISG) reported in 2018 that 92% of companies were aiming to adopt robotic process automation (RPA) by 2020 because they wanted to increase operational efficiencies. This large number reflects how eager companies are to automate routine business processes.

ASX gears up to take on IBM and Microsoft in blockchain-as-a-service

When the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) completes the build of its blockchain platform mid-next year to replace its legacy Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS), it will mark the launch of its commercial business as a blockchain service provider. “We’re entering a competitive space. This [will be] little ASX in Australia competing with the global

This Bitcoin Rival Just Crashed By A Shocking 70% In An Hour

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets are well known to be highly volatile but a sudden 70% plunge in under one hour is extreme even for the scandal and scam-ridden crypto market. Matic, a digital token used on the blockchain scalability-focused Matic Network, suddenly crashed around 70% last night, before a slight recovery.

Blockchain Adds to Swiss Money Laundering Risks, Finma Warns

Switzerland’s financial regulator warned the nation is “particularly exposed” to money laundering risks given its traditional role as a magnet for the world’s wealthy as well as emerging threats from blockchain and banks’ lower profit margins.

Incredible Artificial Intelligence Brings Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa To Life (VIDEO)

She turns her head, frowns, her eyes move and she even seems to talk to us… Samsung have given life to the Mona Lisa through an impressive artificial intelligence-based simulation. The result is remarkably realistic…

10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective Of Marketing Technology

3% of B2B marketers are going to focus more and invest in data analytics in 2020 according to a recent survey by Dun & Bradstreet. Spending on AI-based marketing technology (martech) solutions is projected to reach $52.2B by 2021, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 46.2% from 2016 to 2021, according to the International

The next generation of user experience is artificially intelligent

These days, in any discussion about enterprise computing, the action is at the front end — delivering superior user or customer experiences and user interfaces. Artificial intelligence-based technologies are providing developers and IT teams the power they need to deliver, while reducing the repetitive, manual tasks that have characterized UX, CX and UI.

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

If you had a symptom of cancer, what kind of doctor would you look for? Would you look for a doctor with a high IQ who can diagnose your condition with great accuracy but has an arrogant and demeaning attitude; or a high EQ (emotionally intelligent) doctor who treats you with care and compassion but

That AI robot that had an emotional meltdown in space got an upgrade

SpaceX was finally able to launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station this week after the initial launch was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions. The spacecraft is carrying a whole bunch of neat stuff to the ISS, including an upgraded version of an AI-powered floating robot that lost its cool when

U.S. Says Accused Apple Secrets Thief Had Patriot Missile File

When U.S. prosecutors charged an Apple Inc. engineer in January with stealing trade secrets for a Chinese startup, a search of his home turned up something else, they said: a classified file from the Patriot missile program that belonged to his ex-employer, Raytheon Co. The discovery has added a striking national security wrinkle to an

Big Tech may pose risk to financial stability – FSB

In a new report released Sunday, the Financial Stability Board called for “vigilant monitoring” of the tech industry’s shift into financial services. “The risks are similar to those from financial firms more broadly, stemming from leverage, maturity transformation and liquidity mismatches, as well as operational risks.” They would also crimp the ability of banks to

Is Ant Financial still worth $150 billion?

It has been more than a year since Chinese fintech giant Ant Financial’s record fundraising of $14 billion—the most ever for a private company—which valued it at $150 billion. The transaction made Ant the world’s most valuable fintech, at a valuation double that of Goldman Sachs. However, a lot has …

A guide to the biggest beasts in the fintech unicorn herd

There are too many unicorns. That is what the founder of one of Europe’s highest-valued fintech unicorns told me on the sidelines of Web Summit, a conference in Lisbon where some 70,000 delegates were hoping unicorn dust would rub off on their own endeavors. He’s not the only one who thinks a cull of the

Apple Issues New Warning For Millions Of iPhone Users

Yesterday Apple was caught red handed and now the company has admitted that the settings in millions of iPhones are misleading users about their use of location data, and promised to fix it. The admission, issued to TechCrunch, follows research published by security specialist Brian Krebs which reveals Apple’s new iPhone 11 range are seeking

How suspicions of spying threaten cross-border science

An intelligence startup warns that China is exploiting Western quantum scientists for military ends. The evidence is thin, but tensions are rising. Quantum technology has the potential to alter the face of both cyber and kinetic warfare, with advances like ultra-secure communications, radar that can spot “stealth” aircraft, and new navigation systems. China, the United

This Year’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) Breakthroughs

When it comes to AI (Artificial Intelligence), VCs (venture capitalists) continue to be aggressive with their fundings. During the third quarter, 965 AI-related companies in the US raised a total of $13.5 billion. In fact, this year should see a record in total fundings (last year’s total came to $16.8 billion). Some of the deals have been,

Google, Intel, MIT, and more: a NeurIPS conference AI research tour

This Sunday begins the annual NeurIPS conference on artificial intelligence, one of the most prominent gatherings in the field. It’s being held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. As always, the first thing you want to do, even before the conference starts, is to look over the accepted research papers. All the papers are posted

Bitcoin’s ‘Multi-Trillion Dollar’ Question

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have been written off by many as nothing more than a flash-in-the-pan fad, riddled with scams and criminals. The bitcoin price, which looks set to close the year at twice its January price, has remained highly volatile—while sluggish bitcoin adoption continues to worry those in the crypto industry.

Financial industry fears AI could decimate high-paying positions

At a two-hour hearing in Washington, D.C. on Friday, lawmakers questioned experts on bias in artificial intelligence, the struggle to attract skilled workers, and how to navigate and regulate an increasingly data-driven financial market, Bloomberg reports. Why it matters, per Bloomberg: “The use of algorithms in electronic markets has automated the jobs of tens of

Banks May Need Political Help to Survive Big Tech: a Nordic View

First there was the financial crisis of 2008. Then years of negative interest rates. Now, banks face what one financial regulator calls the “real game changer.” Jesper Berg, the head of the Financial Supervisory Authority in Denmark, says the next big threat for banks is the rapid spread of big tech into financial services. The

Scientists Crack Longest, Most Complex Encryption Key Ever

Scientists in France have cracked the most complex cryptography algorithm attempted to date. The algorithm they solved is still much, much weaker than the practical cryptography used in real security, but to solve even this smaller algorithm is a big accomplishment in computing. The scientists used a bunch of computers working simultaneously around the world

HEX Project: Why it’s a Good Idea to Stay Away By Cryptovest

The HEX project, previously known as Bitcoin HEX, launched this December 2, and quickly raised skepticism among the crypto community. The HEX token, envisioned by Richard Heart, started with an airdrop, and allows for the creation of more tokens in exchange for Ethereum (ETH).

The IRS has a new tax form out and wants to know about your cryptocurrency

Tax season is still months away, but the IRS will want to know about your cryptocurrency holdings. The IRS just released a new Schedule 1 for the 2019 tax season, spelling out the details on above-the-line deductions, including the tax break for student loan interest and health savings account contributions.

Trump Scolds World Bank Over Low-Interest Loans to China

President Donald Trump added to the criticism of the World Bank’s plan for low-interest loans to China. “Why is the World Bank loaning money to China?” Trump said in a Twitter post on Friday night. “Can this be possible? China has plenty of money, and if they don’t, they create it. STOP!” His tweet came

Invest in Crypto Stocks Instead of Actual Cryptocurrency

Just a few short years ago, buying up cryptocurrency was all the rage. In theory, you could spend a little on Bitcoin or one of the other popular cryptocurrencies, and cash out with an astonishing rate of return. But as you might have noticed, Bitcoin and some of its contemporaries are now in the post-hype

VA establishes new National Artificial Intelligence Institute

NAII will work with veterans and partners across federal agencies, the private sector and academia to prioritize AI research and development for better health. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the National Artificial Intelligence Institute, with the aim of boosting the health and wellness of veterans through advanced AI and machine learning technologies.

Robots in Finance Could Wipe Out Some of Its Highest-Paying Jobs

Robots have replaced thousands of routine jobs on Wall Street. Now, they’re coming for higher-ups. That’s the contention of Marcos Lopez de Prado, a Cornell University professor and the former head of machine learning at AQR Capital Management LLC, who testified in Washington on Friday about the impact of artificial intelligence on capital markets and

If Bitcoin Looks Like It Isn’t Trading, It’s Because It Isn’t

On Dec. 17, 2017, bitcoin hit its highest level ever—$19,783. It was a stunning move for an asset that traded under $1,000 at the beginning of the year. The manic rally enticed everyone from high-tech disciples to grandparents. In the last week of November, with bitcoin trading at around $7,000, …

Thai Police Arrest 24 Chinese Nationals for Alleged Bitcoin Scam

Thai immigration officials have arrested 24 Chinese nationals who were running an alleged cryptocurrency scam call center in the Rama III neighborhood of Bangkok. According to an official announcement on Dec. 2, the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police arrested 24 individuals, seized 61 laptops, 424 mobile phones and several routers.

Here is the worrying truth behind China’s digital currency

New details have been revealed on China’s upcoming digital currency, which appear to confirm speculation that it will be fully centralized. According to local reports, the digital currency will offer speeds of 220,000 transactions per second, quite a distance from Bitcoin’s seven.

AI Can Now Make Medical Predictions from Raw Data. But Can Deep Learning Be Trusted?

In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that

10 Health Care Predictions for 2020

As we near the end of 2019, it is time for us to look ahead and share what we believe 2020 has in store for the health care ecosystem. But first, let’s look back and assess how we did with our 2019 predictions. Overall, we got about half correct (five or six out of 10

The Internet Of All Things

Ericsson has put out the 5 Internet of Things (IoT) trends that will drive change in 2020. Writing on the official blog, Ericsson’s Head of IoT Kiva Allgood while detailing the IoT trends of 2020 has said 2020 will see even more telecom operators partnering with Cloud providers, IoT platforms being deployed, AI and ML

8 Signs You’re Truly Entrepreneurial

I define “entrepreneurial” as being creative, positive, resilient and resourceful. True entrepreneurs are focused and diligent, not scatty and impulsive. They aren’t dodgy dealer, Del Boy-type people. They aren’t those with a million domain names and a different project on the go each week. You won’t see them haggling over a tenner because they think

These Are the Top Skills Leaders and Their Teams Are Learning Online, According to LinkedIn

Learning isn’t supposed to be something you pick at once in a while like string cheese–it’s meant to be a lifelong quest that constantly evolves and improves you. And it’s not just those at the top who understand this, with new research revealing that access to employer-paid education is one of the most popular perks

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit: Henrik Von Scheel on moving beyond the hype of Industry 4.0

Henrik Von Scheel, the originator of Industry 4.0, explains why the globally transformative shift matters and – more importantly – how manufacturers can start applying the tools and techniques within their own operations. The epicentre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is manufacturing, a shift that has reshaped the way things are made and it is

Amazon Web Services Launches Quantum Computing-as-a-Service

Getting an early start on what many will feel will eventually become a huge industry, Amazon Web Services has launched a fully-managed quantum computing service, called Braket. The service will acts as a marketplace for a number of different quantum computing hardware vendors, initially three. It is named after Bra-ket notation, which is commonly used to

141 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2020

Serial cybersecurity entrepreneur Shlomo Kramer said in a 2005 interview that cybersecurity is “a bit like Alice in Wonderland” where you run as fast as you can only to stay in place. In 2020, to paraphrase the second part of the Red Queen’s observation (actually from Through the Looking Glass), if you wish to stay

Predictions 2020: Edge computing makes the leap

The emerging category of edge computing has been steadily rising in importance and maturity, and 2020 will be the most interesting year yet for vendors and users in this exciting space. Fifty-seven percent of mobility decision-makers surveyed in the Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics Mobility Survey, 2019, said they have edge computing on their roadmap

Andrew Yang Is Right – The US Is Losing The AI Arms Race

On November 20, 2019, Andrew Yang, during a Democratic Candidates debate, stated that the US is losing the AI arms race to China.  A little over a year ago, I argued the same thing.  Yang is right (after Yang’s comment, Pete Buttigieg agreed).  A couple of other candidates on the stage also wanted to chime in about AI,

California’s Fintech Startups Are Invading New York

hen two Irish brothers started Stripe Inc. together in 2010, there was little question about where they should put their headquarters. It had to be San Francisco. Now, though, Stripe is leaving the metropolitan tech mecca, awash in tech talent and investor cash, and is in the process of moving its main office about 10 miles to

Vitalik Buterin Supports Petition to Free Arrested Blockchain Dev

Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has declared his solidarity with Virgil Griffith, the American citizen arrested for his blockchain educational activities in North Korea. In a tweet posted on Dec. 1, Vitalik shared a link to a blog post penned by blockchain firm CEO Enrico Talin, which had appealed directly to the Ethereum co-founder to

Bitcoin Is Facing Major Crossroad as Sell-Off Proves Relentless

Bitcoin is nearing a critical juncture as its recent sell-off shows few signs of abating. The largest digital token is nearing a crucial inflection point as its price inches closer to the lower band limit of the Trading Envelope Indicator. The gauge smooths moving averages to map out higher and lower limits, with a break

‘Crypto Is Unstoppable’—Is Bitcoin Really On The Cusp Of A Huge Santa Rally?

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets have been trapped in a downward trend for months, but with just a few weeks until Christmas and bitcoin bulls still upbeat, could we be in for (another) Santa rally? The bitcoin price is around half its year-to-date highs, with most altcoins (but not all) struggling to keep pace with bitcoin

OKCoin exchange’s operator to invest $140M in China for blockchain adoption

OK Group, the operator of cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin, is set to invest $140 million in China to facilitate blockchain adoption. The group will set up an “Asia Pacific Innovation Center” in the Hainan province of China with the investment, according to an announcement shared with The Block on Sunday. OK Group plans to work with

As Bitcoin Suddenly Bounces, A New Central Bank Crypto Rival Could End ‘Evil’ Bitcoin

The threat of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were mostly laughed off by central bankers before this year but social media giant Facebook’s libra project changed that. The bitcoin price has doubled since the beginning of this year due to interest in bitcoin and crypto from the world’s biggest technology companies but its recovery stalled after Facebook’s

4 Things to Know About Tencent’s New Growth Engine

Tencent is often known as the world’s top video game publisher and the owner of WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China. Yet Tencent’s gaming and advertising units both struggled in recent quarters due to tighter regulations on games, competition from other game publishers, and the Chinese economy’s slowdown choking sales of digital ads.

SoFi founder Mike Cagney’s already well-funded new startup is raising another $100 million

Figure Technologies, a nearly two-year-old, San Francisco-based fintech cofounded by Mike Cagney, the founder of the more established fintech company SoFi, is raising a whole lot of money — again.

China launches mandatory face scans for mobile users

A new rule requiring face scans of customers signing up for new mobile plans in China came into effect Sunday (Dec. 1), amid widespread adoption of facial-recognition technology across the country. In September, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the change (link in Chinese) in a notice to telecom operators, saying it would

The Convergence of Technology and Medicine – The Ancient Art of Collaboration

We can’t look at the latest news items without seeing that a think-tank or an edgy platform speaker is talking about the coming convergence of medicine and technology, spotlighting the latest idea from the engineer’s bench that’s moved into the doctor’s examination room. Many who are just opening their eyes to the possibilities of digital/health,

How an exec at Amazon Prime turned into a quantum computing pioneer at IonQ

How does a guy go from being the engineering director for Amazon Prime to serving as the CEO of a quantum computer company? It’s a classical move for Peter Chapman, the president and CEO of IonQ, which provides the firepower for Microsoft’s recently announced Azure Quantum cloud computing platform.

Nvidia uses federated learning to enable AI in hospitals

Nvidia Corp. wants to make artificial intelligence a staple of the healthcare industry with a new distributed learning technique announced today that can train machine learning models while protecting patient privacy. AI holds great promise, but for industries such as healthcare where data privacy is of paramount importance, tapping into that potential is a big

What will cyber security look like in 2020?

It’s true; the future of cyber security is AI. It’s advancing daily, and eventually, all antivirus and general security protection will be provided by AI-enabled analysis. But we’re some way off this yet, and despite advances, AI is only one element in building our security defences against future cyber threats.  It is important to take

The democratic benefits of digital banking

If you look at the numbers alone, you’d be logical to think the retail banking sector is in crisis. For one, the number of branches and people employed in the financial services sector is drastically declining. At least a third of British bank branches have closed in the past five years. And the UK now

The 20 fastest-rising and sharpest-declining tech skills of the past 5 years

Indeed Hiring Lab released a report on Tuesday identifying the fastest-growing and sharpest-declining tech skills of the past five years. Docker, an open-source utility tool, topped the list of fastest-growing skills, with a 4162% increase from 2014 to 2019, and the programming language Clojure had the sharpest decline, with an 80% drop in the same

5 Technologies That Will Change Everything

Sometimes a technology comes along and changes the way we live forever. It often starts quietly. The tech might have to pass through a few iterations before its value becomes clear. The first cars needed three operators, including one to walk in front of the vehicle while waving a red flag. Thomas J. Watson, former

AI is Coming Closer to Deciphering Lost Languages

Since the invention of writing several thousands of years ago, humans have come up with myriad scripts that turn the phonetic sounds of spoken languages into something visual. Most of these written languages have already been deciphered, from Egyptian hieroglyphics to Maya inscriptions to ancient Chinese writing. In some cases, linguists have simply gotten lucky when

The Artificial Intelligence Industry and Global Challenges

Whoever controls the strongest artificial intelligences controls the world. Artificial intelligence is the most important technology of the 21st century. It is therefore important to understand global ambitions and movements. In this article I examine the global artificial intelligence industry and in this context consider the aspects of politics, data, economy, start-ups, financing, research and

How robotics and artificial intelligence are changing the fashion industry and warehousing sector

The fashion industry is investing huge amounts of money in artificial intelligence systems that can provide what is called “sentiment analysis”, which is similar to customer feedback, except that it’s indirectly acquired. Typically, sentiment analytics systems can gather information from social media pages as well as through natural language processing, perhaps through listening to customer

Shell’s Companywide AI Effort Shows Early Returns

Energy giant has 280 AI projects in various stages, using the technology to prevent malfunctions and find new sources of oil and gas, among other things Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s two-year-old strategy to embed artificial intelligence across its operations is helping the oil giant lower costs and avoid …

IBM’s AI debated itself on whether AI is good or evil, and it could help human learning

Last week, IBM’s artificially intelligent debating machine faced off against experts at Cambridge University’s hallowed Union chambers – but that was “just the beginning”, according to one of its creators, Dr Noam Slonim. In an attempt to fully demonstrate its deductive powers, Project Debater took…

AI will now watch for fraudsters on the world’s largest stock exchange

The Nasdaq stock market is an attractive target for fraudsters. As the world’s largest stock exchange by volume, it must be constantly monitored for attempts to illicitly beat the system. These can include manipulations to inflate a stock’s closing price; churning (rapidly buying and selling stocks) to give the false impression of a lot of

These AI-powered swim goggles are the wave of the future

The pool swimmer’s routine is one of monotony and repetition: You bounce back and forth, from wall to wall, completing laps. The view doesn’t change, and it’s easy to lose track of how long you’ve been at it. But AI-powered wearable technology can help make the endeavour more interesting and track your laps for you.

The Quantum Era Is Coming, But It’s Not Here Yet

There’s been a lot of interesting discussion around quantum computing, especially after the recent article from Google in Nature about its 53-qubit quantum computer delivering “quantum supremacy” for a specific problem. The definition of quantum supremacy, as proposed by John Preskill in 2012, was to describe the point where quantum computers can compute something that

DeepMind Unveils MuZero, a New Agent that Mastered Chess, Shogi, Atari and Go Without Knowing the Rules

Games have become one of most efficient vehicles for evaluating artificial intelligence(AI) algorithms. For decades, games have built complex competition, collaboration, planning and strategic dynamics that are a reflection of the most sophisticated tasks that AI agents face in the real world. From Chess, to Go to StarCraft, games have become a great lab to

Edward Snowden on the Dangers of Mass Surveillance and Artificial General Intelligence

Getting its world premiere in Frontlight, Tonje Hessen Schei’s gripping AI doc “iHuman” drew an audience of more than 700 to a 10 a.m. Sunday screening at the incongruously old-school Pathé Tuschinski cinema. Many had their curiosity piqued by the film’s timely subject matter—the erosion of privacy in the age of new media, and the

Crypto Market’s Overreaction to Xi’s Blockchain Remark Prompts Tougher Crackdown

Call it a self-defeating prophecy. When President Xi Jinping praised blockchain technology as an opportunity that China should pounce on last month, many took it as an auspicious sign for the cryptocurrency market in the world’s second-largest economy. This rosy interpretation led to the return of speculative fever surrounding not just major cryptocurrencies but also

Why China’s Blockchain Plan Is Winning And The U.S. Should Pay Attention

Last month Chinese leader Xi Jinping gave a speech where he encouraged Chinese enterprises to ‘seize the opportunity’ in using and accelerating the development of blockchain technology. This was a significant event in China’s perspective of the technology and cemented several previous public statements regarding blockchain. It took the markets by surprise as the shares

The computing power needed to train AI is now rising seven times faster than ever before

In 2018, OpenAI found that the amount of computational power used to train the largest AI models had doubled every 3.4 months since 2012. The San Francisco-based for-profit AI research lab has now added new data to its analysis. This shows how the post-2012 doubling compares with the historic doubling time since the beginning of

A giant, superfast AI chip is being used to find better cancer drugs

At Argonne National Laboratory, roughly 30 miles from downtown Chicago, scientists try to understand the origin and evolution of the universe, create longer-lasting batteries, and develop precision cancer drugs. All these different problems have one thing in common: they are tough because of their sheer scale. In drug discovery, it’s estimated that there could be

Can We Force AIs to Be Fair Towards People? Scientists Just Invented a Way

Artificial intelligence, it seems, can figure out how to do just about anything. It can simulate the Universe, learn to solve a Rubik’s Cube with just one hand, and even find ghosts hidden in our past. All these kinds of advancements are meant to be for our own good. But what about when they’re not?

America’s F-35 Stealth Fighters and B-2 Bombers Are Powerful, But AI Will Make Them Truly Unstoppable

In the near future, F-35 pilots will be able to leverage AI to control a small group of drones flying nearby from the aircraft cockpit in the air. Fighter jets will control attack drones from the cockpit, bombers will avert air defenses and real-time intelligence data will be available to attacking forces more quickly —

Internet companies prepare to fight the ‘Deepfake’ future

SAN FRANCISCO — Several months ago, Google hired dozens of actors to sit at a table, stand in a hallway and walk down a street while talking into a video camera. Then the company’s researchers, using a new kind of artificial intelligence software, swapped the faces of the actors.

Artificially Conscious Machines

What is consciousness? Is it the same as having the ability to think? Or is it like having a soul? Are plants conscious? These are some general questions which arise after reading the title. Defining consciousness in words is difficult although according to Dr Harry H. Porter III, there are roughly three meanings of consciousness[1]:

Why you should keep your crypto away from exchanges

This week, Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, was linked to the loss of customer funds—worth some $450 million—from the now-shuttered WEX cryptocurrency exchange. And on November 15, the Shanghai Internet Finance Rectification Agency announced it was cracking down on domestic crypto-exchanges, according to Asia Times. 

Not Your Keys: 92% of Institutional Investors Keep Crypto on Exchanges

Cryptocurrency institutional investors overwhelmingly keep their wealth on exchanges despite the inherent security risks, new data claims. Compiled by cryptocurrency exchange Binance on Nov. 22, a survey asked 76 institutional investors who used its platform about their trading habits.

JPMorgan’s Blockchain Products, Explained by Ex-JPM Tech Leads

JPMorgan Chase — whose CEO, Jamie Dimon, once notably expressed skepticism over cryptocurrency — was actually one of the first financial institutions to “learn to love the blockchain.” In 2015, the bank created a division dedicated to exploring emerging technology such as blockchain.

Much-hyped cryptocurrency website goes bust, revealing ties to binary options

The Israeli company behind the cryptocurrency exchange DX.Exchange is going through bankruptcy proceedings after 78 of its former and present employees petitioned an Israeli court to wind it up. The petition, which was filed on October 24, contained several surprising claims and revelations linking the once highly publicized cryptocurrency exchange, promoted by the likes of

Bitcoin Drops Below $7,000 as China Euphoria Fades

When Chinese leader Xi Jinping touted blockchain technology in October, the price of bitcoin surged, searches for “blockchain” on one of China’s biggest search engines soared and shares of related companies jumped.

Cryptoqueen: How this woman scammed the world, then vanished

Ruja Ignatova called herself the Cryptoqueen. She told people she had invented a cryptocurrency to rival Bitcoin, and persuaded them to invest billions. Then, two years ago, she disappeared. Jamie Bartlett spent months investigating how she did it for the Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, and trying to figure out where she’s hiding.

From Bitcoin To No Coin, Crypto World Under Pressure As Governments React

Things are stirring in the cryptocurrency world. There is a burgeoning debate about central bank issued digital currencies, and in the past month bitcoin has fallen by over twenty percent. In its short life as a trading asset, bitcoin has appeared to move in sync with equities, so this recent move may spark some concern.

Bitcoin’s Macro Outlook is Insanely Bullish, But BTC May First Visit Sub-$5,000

Bitcoin has been facing intense volatility over the past month, which first began when it incurred an explosive rally that sent it from $7,300 to highs of $10,600. In the time since this occurred, BTC’s bears have been firmly in control, erasing nearly all of the gains that were produced in this rally. In the

4 VCs talk innovations and trends to watch in payments – Business Insider

We spoke to investors at Andreessen Horowitz, Bain Capital Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Insight Partners to learn where they see the next innovations and opportunities in payments tech. Mostly, they’re looking out for ways that payments companies can do more than just process transactions. That may be through add-on services, or even machine-initiated payments.

Fintech: The Fourth Platform – Part Two

This is part two of a two-part essay diving into the future of fintech. Read part one. In part one of this essay, I discussed how fintech was moving from being a business model unto itself, to being an ingredient used in other technology businesses. This is what we refer to as the “fourth platform,” joining

An AI Bot Just Beat Poker Pros In Six-Player Texas Hold’em

The best poker players in the world can cash in on millions of dollars in a game. Played in casinos, poker clubs, private homes and on the internet, the game demands skill and strategy. Now scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) bot that can best even the top human players. And this new AI

Robot debates humans about the dangers of artificial intelligence | New Scientist

An artificial intelligence has debated with humans about the the dangers of AI – narrowly convincing audience members that AI will do more good than harm. Project Debater, a robot developed by IBM, debated on both sides of the argument, with two human team mates for each side helping it out. Speaking in a female

An artificial intelligence predicts the future

This publication draws on a wide range of expertise to illuminate the year ahead. Even so, all our contributors have one thing in common: they are human. But advances in technology mean it is now possible to ask an artificial intelligence (AI) for its views on the coming year. We asked an AI called GPT-2,

AI Is Learning Quantum Mechanics to Design New Molecules

A new machine learning algorithm could probe the quantum behavior of molecules, giving chemists a better ability to design new compounds from scratch. The AI system, with the ridiculous-sounding name “SchNOrb,” can look deeper into the structure and behavior of molecules than previous chemist-assisting algorithms, Inverse reports. Though SchNOrb — “SchNet for Orbitals” — hasn’t

Text-Savvy AI Is Here to Write Fiction

A few years ago this month, Portland, Oregon artist Darius Kazemi watched a flood of tweets from would-be novelists. November is National Novel Writing Month, a time when people hunker down to churn out 50,000 words in a span of weeks. To Kazemi, a computational artist whose preferred medium is the Twitter bot, the idea

What the future of work looks like today

Projections of job changes from automation reach decades into the future, but the early shoots of these changes are visible already. Why it matters: Today’s workplace, with its social inequities and imbalanced power dynamics, will define the future of jobs. Driving the news: A report out this week from New America is built on 40 in-depth interviews

Influencer Fatigue: Paid Influencers Are Out and Brand Communities Are In

Consumers, especially younger ones, are losing trust in paid influencers and looking instead to organic grassroots communities where their like-minded peers are sharing content and commentary about brands and products they actually love. Savvy retailers and brands are evolving their influencer marketing to meet consumers’ changing expectations and looking for more authentic engagement models that

Four Uses of Machine Learning and AI in Email Marketing

Content Selection, Data-Segmentation, Send-Time Automation, and Delivery Optimization are Helping Thousands of Businesses Save Time and Money. Marketers strive to personalize emails in the quest for relevance. This is not new to seasoned marketers, who have been using marketing automation platforms to create customer journeys or leveraging segmentation and/or personas.

As Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, And Litecoin Lose Billions, This One Small Coin Has More Than Doubled

The bitcoin and cryptocurrency market has lost a combined $170 billion since its year-to-date high set in June, with major tokens ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, and litecoin all falling steeply. The bitcoin price has almost halved, dropping from almost $14,000 to trade at around $7,600 today (though some heavyweight crypto investors remain upbeat).

A Guide to What’s Happening in the Fintech Revolution

Few industry combinations are as alluring to investors as finance and technology. For the past decade fintech startups have offered new ways to help people handle money. As startups face more competition from tech giants and deep-pocketed banks, investors are turning their attention to fintech in new markets. Here’s a look at some of the

Is Machine Learning Really AI?

One of the downsides to the recent revival and popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that we see a lot of vendors, professional services firms, and end users jumping on the AI bandwagon labeling their technologies, products, service offerings, and projects as AI products, projects, or offerings without necessarily being the case. On the other

Google’s new AI tool could help decode the mysterious algorithms that decide everything

While most people come across algorithms every day, not that many can claim that they really understand how AI actually works. A new tool unveiled by Google, however, hopes to help common humans grasp the complexities of machine learning. Dubbed “Explainable AI”, the feature promises to do exactly what its name describes: to explain to

Bill Gates: Artificial Intelligence Benefits From Open Research

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates discussed protectionism in technological research around topics like artificial intelligence. Gates argued that open systems will inevitably win out over closed ones. He speaks with John Micklethwait at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Beijing.

China quantum research team uses AI to crack processing time in supercomputer race

Artificial intelligence is set to transform quantum research with a huge boost in processing speed that could ultimately pave the way for a supercomputer a billion – or even a trillion – times faster than existing technology. According to a new study by scientists in China – which has established some of the world’s largest

Why DNA Might Be the Data Storage Solution of the Future

In the late 1990s, geneticists began studying extinct species’ DNA, analyzing hair and bone preserved in frozen tundra. At that time, most computers stored data on floppy disks that held just 1.44 megabytes of memory — smaller than the average selfie. Today, those disks might as well be Ice Age artifacts, too. Not only is

Workers in Large Cities Will Most Likely Be Impacted by AI

Reports have predicted that about a quarter of jobs in the United States will be affected by automation, with positions involving routine tasks being most at risk. Contrary to popular belief, the people most exposed to changes brought about by automation are highly skilled workers living in concentrated urban areas, according to a new report

The making of the HoloLens 2: How advanced AI built Microsoft’s vision for ubiquitous computing

The first time people don the new HoloLens 2 on their heads, the device automatically gets to know them: It measures everything from the precise shape of their hands to the exact distance between their eyes. The artificial intelligence research and development that enabled those capabilities “was astonishingly complicated” but essential to making the experience

AI will disrupt white-collar workers the most, predicts a new report

A surprise finding: Conventional wisdom says robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation will radically alter work for blue-collar truckers and factory workers. In fact, white-collar jobs will be affected more, according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institution. The analysis: Researchers looked at the text of AI patent and job descriptions, and quantified the overlap

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Solve America’s Impending Mental Health Crisis

Five years from now, the U.S.’ already overburdened mental health system may be short as many as 15,600 psychiatrists as the growth in demand for their services outpaces supply, according to a 2017 report from the National Council for Behavioral Health. But some proponents say that, by then, an unlikely tool—artificial intelligence—may be ready to

Vanished Ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Returns to Tech Scene With a Surprise Venture

Yahoo’s former CEO Marissa Mayer, the youngest chief executive in the company’s history, was once one of the most high-profile figures in the tech industry. But after a tumultuous five-year tenure at Yahoo, she vanished from the spotlight completely in 2017 after the tech media company sold its core business to Verizon for $4.5 billion.

ProtonMail Reveals It’s Been ‘HODLing’ Its Bitcoin Payments for Years

Swiss-based email service, ProtonMail, has revealed on Nov. 16 that it hasn’t cashed in any of the Bitcoin (BTC) it has accepted as payment for its premium service in years. The tweet was in response to a customer who complained that he felt guilty for spending Bitcoin ion a ProtonMail invoice instead of holding or

What Is Deep Transfer Learning and Why Is It Becoming So Popular?

As we already know, large and effective deep learning models are data-hungry. They require training with thousands or even millions of data points before making a plausible prediction. Training is very expensive, both in time and resources. For example, the popular language representation model BERT, developed by Google, has been trained on 16 Cloud TPUs

Quantum Computing, CRISPR, Drones, Are Put on Chinese Kids’ Reading List

Chinese students should learn about quantum computing, drones, military equipment, artificial intelligence and even gene editing, based on a new national list of book recommendations for elementary, middle and high school libraries issued by the Ministry of Education. A quarter of the 422-page list of 7,000 books focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

Quantum Leap for Computing Is a Small Step for Computers

In a landmark paper published in 1950, the mathematician Alan Turing proposed the eponymous Turing Test to decide whether a computer can demonstrate human-like intelligence. To pass the test, the computer must fool a human judge into believing it’s a person after a five-minute conversation conducted via text. Turing predicted that by the year 2000,

Cambridge Quantum Computing Announces New Release of Updated Software Stack t|ket⟩™

CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQC”) today announced the release of pytket 0.4 – a major upgrade of the python version of their already best in class software stack and quantum compiler framework t|ket⟩. CQC’s t|ket⟩ offers a flexible workflow to develop quantum chemistry and quantum machine learning applications. t|ket⟩ is a

Bristol professor’s secretive quantum computing start-up raises £179m

A secretive US start-up founded ­using technology developed at the University of Bristol has raised $230m (£179m) as it seeks to beat Google and IBM in the race to develop a working quantum computer. PsiQuantum, founded by former Bristol professor Jeremy O’Brien, has secured the funds from investors ­including a venture capital fund started by

The 6 Career – Defining Tech Trends In 2020 Everyone Must Prepare for Now

Our workplaces are changing thanks to new technologies that are being deployed. These technologies, including natural language processing, robotics, chatbots, and more, promise the opportunity to enhance the customer experience, create efficiencies, and reduce costs. They are also altering the tasks humans will complete, how work gets done, and creating new jobs and responsibilities for

10 questions, you always wanted to ask an AI disruptor, but never did!

Professor Alexiei Dingli has been working in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the past two decades. In this first part of this two-part interview, Ms Rachel Falzon, a People Performance Consultant, asks him what those disrupted by technology may have always wanted to ask, but probably never had the courage or opportunity to do so. In

Google reportedly manipulates its search results way more than it wants you to believe

As an antitrust investigation led by state attorneys general expands from advertising to take a closer look at Google’s search practices, which we told you about on Thursday, the results of a newspaper investigation published on Friday may add even more fuel to that fire. Specifically, it’s a report that probes all the ways the

Microsoft sends a new kind of AI processor into the cloud

Microsoft rose to dominance during the ’80s and ’90s thanks to the success of its Windows operating system running on Intel’s processors, a cosy relationship nicknamed “Wintel”. Now Microsoft hopes that another another hardware–software combo will help it recapture that success—and catch rivals Amazon and Google in the race to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence through

To Understand The Future of AI, Study Its Past

A schism lies at the heart of the field of artificial intelligence. Since its inception, the field has been defined by an intellectual tug-of-war between two opposing philosophies: connectionism and symbolism. These two camps have deeply divergent visions as to how to “solve” intelligence, with differing research agendas and sometimes bitter relations.

Legal Tech: Do AI Lawyers Dream of Digital Contracts?

For decades, classic novels, television shows, and films had glorified the legal profession, presenting it as a glamorous occupation that provided ample opportunities for making a positive impact on the world while also cashing in nicely. Most of these starry-eyed representations, however, tend to ignore the boring and tedious aspects of legal work—running around in

Expert: Bitcoin May ‘Crash to Zero’ Because of Institutional Adoption

Bitcoin (BTC) price could “crash to zero” in the event of mass adoption by institutions, an industry expert has warned. Speaking at Cointelegraph’s ongoing BlockShow conference on Nov. 14, Dr. Pavel Kravchenko, CEO and co-founder at Distributed Lab and author of “Blockchain and Decentralized Systems,” revealed a rare bearish stance on the increasing institutional interest

This Invisible Company Powers Almost The Entire Finance Industry

The days of going to a bank are coming to an end. In the past 10 years, 15,000 bank branches have shut their doors for good. And foot traffic to banks has fallen by 50%. Bank branches are shutting down left and right for a simple reason… They’re useless! These days, you can deposit a

Blow To Bitcoin As Former ECB Boss Makes Dire Warning Over Crypto’s Future

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have attracted strong criticism from the world’s central bankers this year–sparked, perhaps, by Facebook’s plans for its own bitcoin rival. The bitcoin price soared in the first six-months of this year only to stall amid concerns lawmakers and regulators could be poised to crackdown on the nascent bitcoin and crypto industry.

The Three Types Of AI Companies

Companies using data science are rapidly eating the market shares of their competitors. This shift can be observed across many industries. The root cause is that advanced analytics offers pronounced decision-making leverage. This effect is stronger in a digitized economy where a correct decision can quickly propagate through networks of businesses and consumers. Resources are

Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning for Medical Diagnosis

So, how do I see the future of healthcare using AI? Well, let’s just face it. AI is heading to transform medicine and somewhere even replace real-medicine workers. Every year we observe the appearance of new and more advanced solutions. This, by the way, provides a whole slew of advantages, one of the most important

China selling deadly AI ‘Blowfish’ drones that decide who lives and who dies to Middle East war zones

CHINA is selling deadly ‘Blowfish’ drones which can decide who lives and who dies to armies in the war-torn Middle East, say reports. The unmanned war machines are capable of launching autonomous strikes with their arsenal of mortar shells, grenade launchers and machine guns.

Did Ukraine Really Create a Missile That Can’t Be Shot Down?

A new missile under development by Ukrainian defense contractor Yuzhnoye is virtually unstoppable, flying so fast it cannot be intercepted by enemy defenses. That’s the claim made in Dnipro Panorama, which says the new Bliskavka (“Lightning”) missile could be used against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. While the missile certainly looks fast–on paper anyway–and could be

‘Impossible to defend’: China goes rogue with new weapon

The idea of killer robots is terrible enough. But what happens when their cold lethality is added to the volatile political and religious mix of the Middle East? It’s a massacre in the making. The art of war is changing, fast. Hypersonic weapons can be upon you in less than a blink of an eye.

Why We’re Scared of Cryptocurrencies, and How It Can be Fixed

Since the emergence of the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, many people have raised concerns about this technology. Unlike its parent technology, blockchain, cryptocurrencies have caused many to seek its alienation, if not outright ban. Financial sectors and governments across the globe are at the frontier in the fight against these digital currencies. In fact, some banks and other financial institutions have

Aussie ‘E-Crime Squad’ arrests crypto exchange owner, seizing his Bitcoin ATM

Australian detectives have arrested a 38-year-old man as part of an investigation into an unregistered cryptocurrency exchange. The man, a resident in Cairnlea — a Melbourne suburb — was arrested at home, where police seized “a substantial amount of cash and false identification documents.” Authorities also seized a cryptocurrency ATM from a shopping mall in nearby Braybrook, which according to Google Maps is approximately 8 kilometres away from Cairnlea.

Bitcoin hailed as ‘success’ by China in dramatic shift in attitude

A state-run newspaper in China has published a front-page story hailing bitcoin as the first successful application of blockchain technology. The praise marks a significant shift in Beijing’s stance towards the cryptocurrency and comes as the country prepares to launch its own digital currency. Monday’s edition of Xinhua went into detail about how bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology works, describing it as “one

Amazon of China goes big on Bitcoin

One of the world’s most successful retailers, Alibaba, has unexpectedly entered the world of crypto, partnering with bitcoin rewards app Lolli. Alibaba—a China-based retailer who counts multinational behemoth Amazon among its closest rivals—has entered into a partnership allowing customers to earn 5 percent in bitcoin for every purchase.

A ‘quantum internet’ may be on the horizon

It’s no secret that the internet has a security problem. But researchers now believe they might have found a solution in the form of a “quantum internet” that would not only be able to better handle security issues in a communication network but could also solve problems classical computers could never fathom.

Cryptographers, quantum computers and the war for information

In this glimpse into our technological future, cryptographer Craig Costello discusses the world-altering potential of quantum computers, which could shatter the limits set by today’s machines — and give code breakers a master key to the digital world. See how Costello and his fellow cryptographers are racing to reinvent encryption and secure the internet.In this

China still lagging behind US in race to develop quantum computing technology, says Tencent researcher

Despite a significant breakthrough by Google in achieving quantum supremacy last month, commercial applications for the technology are still a distant reality, according to Tencent Quantum Lab director Zhang Shengyu.

This unusual new ransomware is going after servers

An unconventional form of ransomware is being deployed in targeted attacks against enterprise servers – and it appears to have links to some of the most notorious cyber-criminal groups around. The previously undetected server-encrypting malware has been detailed in research by cybersecurity analysts at Intezer and IBM X-Force, who’ve named it PureLocker because it’s written in the

Predictions 2020: This time, cyberattacks get personal

In 2020 and beyond, security and risk professionals will discover that cybersecurity decisions have broader societal implications than ever before. Our lives increasingly depend on technology to work, learn, and socialize. And that dependence also makes technology a target.

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Drops 7%, Hits Lowest Since Last December

With the recent dip in Bitcoin prices, the mining difficulty of the original cryptocurrency has hit the lowest point since December 2018. The mining difficulty of Bitcoin dropped by 7 percent on Monday, and according to Alistair Milne, the chief investment officer at Altana Digital Currency Fund, the miners can break even at an average price of

How to Keep the Internet of Things Out of Spooks’ Hands

If the U.S. government plans on using the Internet of things to spy on people, there are still steps companies and consumers can take to stop it. As part of testimony submitted to the Senate’s Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, wrote, “In the future, intelligence services might use the (Internet

Facebook caught actively using iPhone cameras while users scroll feeds

iPhone owners, beware. It appears Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed. The issue has come to light after a user going by the name Joshua Maddux took to Twitter to report the unusual behavior, which occurs in the Facebook app for iOS. In footage he shared,

C++ creator hates that Bitcoin was written in the language he made

C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup doesn’t like that Bitcoin was written in his programming language, at all. In a recent podcast interview, Stroustrup took a moment to explain how he felt about programmers using C++ for such wide variety of applications.

BnkToTheFuture CEO: 50 Percent of Funding Will Be Through Security Tokens in 2020

Online investment platform BnkToTheFuture will expand its security token offering (STOs) business to the U.S with an investment in a Securities and Exchange Commission-licensed broker dealer. Announced in a Nov. 7 statement to investors, BnkToTheFuture acquired an undisclosed stake in BMI Capital International’s holding company, which enables the lending platform to offer STOs to the

Alan Greenspan says there’s ‘no point’ for central banks to issue digital currency

BEIJING — Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday that there is no need for central banks to issue digital currency. “There’s no point for them to do it,” Greenspan said at Chinese finance magazine Caijing’s annual economic outlook conference. He pointed out that national currencies are backed up by sovereign credit, something

Did A Manipulator Drive Bitcoin’s $20,000 Peak? Plus, Why Bitcoin Trumps Gold.

Researchers have cast fresh doubt over whether bitcoin’s epic bull run happened organically, suggesting it may have been caused by a single, large player manipulating the bitcoin market. According to a new report, an unidentified Bitfinex account used tether to manipulate the bitcoin price between March 2017 and March 2018 by creating unprecedented demand for the digital token. Over that period, the

A Chinese digital currency is the real threat, not Facebook’s Libra

The Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, was at least half right when he recently told Congress that there was no US monopoly on regulation of next-generation payments technology. You may not like Facebook’s proposed Libra (pseudo) cryptocurrency, Zuckerberg implied, but a state-run Chinese digital currency with global ambitions is perhaps just a few months away,

Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Founder of China’s first Bitcoin exchange predicts $500K BTC in 9 years’

Bitcoin Price We closed the day, November 10 2019, at a price of $9,055. That’s a respectable 2.75 percent increase in 24 hours, or $243. It was the highest closing price in two days. We’re still 54 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the

AI can predict if you’ll die soon – but we’ve no idea how it works

Artificial intelligence can predict a person’s chances of dying within a year by looking at heart test results – even when they look normal to doctors. How it does so is a mystery. Brandon Fornwalt at healthcare provider Geisinger in Pennsylvania, US and colleagues tasked an AI with examining 1.77 million electrocardiogram (ECG) results from

The post-exponential era of AI and Moore’s Law

My MacBook Pro is three years old, and for the first time in my life, a three-year-old primary computer doesn’t feel like a crisis which must be resolved immediately. True, this is partly because I’m waiting for Apple to fix their keyboard debacle, and partly because I still cannot stomach the Touch Bar. But it

The computing power needed to train AI is now rising seven times faster than ever before

In 2018, OpenAI found that the amount of computational power used to train the largest AI models had doubled every 3.4 months since 2012. The San Francisco-based for-profit AI research lab has now added new data to its analysis. This shows how the post-2012 doubling compares to the historic doubling time since the beginning of

AI and automation will disrupt our world — but only Andrew Yang is warning about it

Disruption of the job market and the economy from automation and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the primary ideas animating Andrew Yang’s surprising campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Alone among the candidates, Yang is directly engaging with one of the central forces that will shape our futures.

The Quantum Computing Threat to American Security

Google announced last month that it had achieved “quantum supremacy,” demonstrating the potential of a new kind of computer that can perform certain tasks many orders of magnitude faster than the most advanced supercomputers. It’s a crucial moment for America’s national security, which depends on winning the race to do what quantum computers will do

IBM vs. Google and the race to quantum supremacy

Google’s quantum supremacy claim has now been disputed by its close competitor IBM. Not because Google’s Sycamore quantum computer’s calculations are wrong, but because Google had underestimated what IBM’s Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the world, could do. Meanwhile, Google’s paper, which had accidentally been leaked by a NASA researcher, has now been published

AI could be a disaster for humanity. A top computer scientist thinks he has the solution.

Stuart Russell is a leading AI researcher who literally wrote (well, co-authored) the top textbook on the topic. He has also, for the last several years, been warning that his field has the potential to go catastrophically wrong. In a new book, Human Compatible, he explains how. AI systems, he notes, are evaluated by how

Key Technical Indicator Signals Bitcoin May Soon Revisit $7,300

Bitcoin’s price has been able to stabilize after incurring a significant influx of selling pressure yesterday that sent it plummeting below its previous range lows at $9,000, and it appears that bulls have formed $8,800 as a level of support that could bolster BTC’s price in the near-term. It is important to note that despite

Are Bitcoin and Other Cryptos Back in a Bear Market After Latest Drop?

On Nov. 8, Bitcoin corrected from $9,200 to $8,650, causing the market sentiment to shift from greed to fear once more. The correction came after one of the biggest surges in the history of Bitcoin (BTC), which makes the sentiment shift curious. Let’s take a look at the market overview and analyze the charts.

Inside the hunt for a cryptocurrency fraudster who vanished without a trace

The cryptocurrency party queen who’s on the run with £3.5BILLION: Inside the hunt for One Coin fraudster Dr Ruja Ignatova who convinced people to hand over their life savings… then vanished without a trace..

Hackers Unlock Any Phone Using Photographed Fingerprints In Just 20 Minutes

Hackers working for Chinese security company Tencent claim that they have developed a method to photograph a fingerprint on any glass surface and use it to unlock any smartphone, no matter their fingerprint reader technology — in just 20 minutes. According to the Chinese blog Abacus, Tencent’s X-Lab team showed how this technique works at

IRS Says ‘Dozens’ of New Crypto, Cybercriminals Are Identified

The IRS’s criminal division identified “dozens” of potential cryptocurrency tax evaders or cybercriminals after a meeting this week with tax authorities from four other countries. Officials from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and the Netherlands — known as the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement — shared data, tools and tax enforcement strategies to find

The race for cybersecurity: Protecting the connected car in the era of new regulation

In the past, what happened in your car typically stayed in your car. That is no longer the case. The influx of digital innovations, from infotainment connectivity to over-the-air (OTA) software updates, is turning cars into information clearinghouses. While delivering significant customer value, these changes also expose vehicles to the seamier side of the digital

What it really takes to scale artificial intelligence

June 18, 2019It’s an exciting time for leaders. Artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities are on the precipice of revolutionizing the way we work, reshaping businesses, industries, economies, the labor force, and our everyday lives. We estimate AI-powered applications will add $13 trillion in value to the global economy in the coming decade, and leaders are energizing

The AI in the Pixel 4 Was Enhanced by Photogs Selling Secrets to Google

Whether you like it or not, computational photography is changing the face of photography as we know it. Right now, this breakthrough in technology and machine learning is limited to smartphones because, without it, the results from the cameras in the phones wouldn’t be impressive. Still, with their AI algorithms, we know that phones like

For faster quantum computing, Microsoft builds a better qubit

Google just announced quantum supremacy, a milestone in which the radically different nature of a quantum computer lets it vastly outpace a traditional machine. But Microsoft expects progress of its own by redesigning the core element of quantum computing, the qubit. Microsoft has been working on a qubit technology called a topological qubit that it

HPE researcher explains why the company gave up on quantum computing

For about seven years, HP conducted research in quantum computing, a completely new type of computing that is exponentially more powerful than any computer today and can solve difficult problems like predicting the stock market, drug discovery, and even fighting climate change.

Danger of escalating US-China conflict is heightened by advances in AI and quantum computing

A quite discernible trend in many parts of the world in recent months is the growing fear, anger and even hatred of China. It is especially noticeable in the United States, Europe and Japan. In the US, antipathy towards China recently grew as a product of the trade dispute. The Democratic Party, the mainstream media

This Neural Network Quickly Solves a Major Astronomical Problem

When three celestial bodies — for instance the Earth, Moon, and Sun — orbit each other, their gravitational pulls produce a peculiar and seemingly unpredictable system. Figuring out how to predict where each mass will be in space and time at any one point is a problem that’s been puzzling astronomers ever since Sir Isaac Newton

The Most Dangerous Data Science Problem that We Aren’t Talking About

Interviewer: Haebichan Jung, Project Lead at TowardsDataScience.com. Data Scientist at Recurly, SF. Interviewee: Dr. Jeannette Wing, Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University (2017-). Former Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Research (2013–2017). Former Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (Twice).

Quantum Computing Holds Promise for Banks, Executives Say

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—When quantum computing hits the market, the financial-services industry could be the first to benefit, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive said at a quantum-computing panel event. “In the universe of industries where there is a potential quantum advantage, you could argue that finance has got the shortest path to impact,” said Jeremy Glick,

A new quantum data classification protocol brings us nearer to a future ‘quantum internet’

Quantum-based communication and computation technologies promise unprecedented applications, such as unconditionally secure communications, ultra-precise sensors, and quantum computers capable of solving specific problems with a level of efficiency impossible to reach by classical computers. In recent times, quantum computers are also envisioned as nodes in a network of quantum devices, where connections are established via

The ‘Bitcoin time-traveler’ Reddit post has been edited, but nobody knows who did it

A mystery is playing out on the Bitcoin: the infamous ‘Bitcoin time traveller’ post has been edited, and nobody knows who did it. In 2013, a Reddit user appeared to present a bleak outlook of the year 2025, where rampant inequality and parabolic Bitcoin value has pushed the world to the brink of collapse.

These Chinese Companies Are Building Xinjiang’s Surveillance State. You Can Buy Their Cameras On Amazon.

HONG KONG — Amazon, Apple, Google, and other technology giants are distributing physical goods and apps from Chinese companies that the US government has accused of abetting human rights violations, BuzzFeed News has found.

Five things we’ve learned since Voyager 2 left the solar system

One year ago, NASA’s Voyager 2 probe became just the second human-made object in history to exit the solar system and officially enter interstellar space. Voyager 2 was launched on August 20, 1977—16 days before its twin, Voyager 1, which exited the solar system’s northern hemisphere in 2012 . Voyager 2 was sent on a

A.I. Cracks Infernally Hard ‘Three-Body Problem’ Hundreds of Times Faster Than Ever Before

The mind-bending calculations required to predict how three heavenly bodies orbit each other have baffled physicists since the time of Sir Isaac Newton. Now artificial intelligence (A.I.) has shown that it can solve the problem in a fraction of the time required by previous approaches.

12 Impactful Ways To Incorporate Machine Learning Into Business Intelligence

Business intelligence—the strategies and tech companies use to collect, interpret and utilize data—plays a primary role in informing the strategies, functions and efficiency of a company. However, as essential to a company’s success as BI is, many businesses don’t take advantage of the tools that can improve their BI efforts.

A California teacher wore blackface in class to rap about AI

A white California high school teacher showed up for classes in blackface last week as part of his Halloween costume. Social media footage of the teacher’s costume, and what appears to be an impromptu performance of him rapping about artificial intelligence and technology, has since gone viral and the teacher has reportedly been suspended. Ironically,

Stellar Burns Over 55 Billion Tokens Worth $4.7 Billion USD

The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) announced a new mandate today for its network’s development, stating that it has burned over 55 billion Stellar Lumens (XLM) tokens. According to a Medium post on Nov. 4, the development foundation drastically reduced the number of tokens in existence as part of an effort to become more efficient as

Bitcoin Signal That Preceded 42% Price Jump to $10,500 Flashes Again

A custom technical signal that has predicted Bitcoin’s price trends to a tee over the past six weeks is printing a buy, implying that BTC may soon mount higher. The indicator doesn’t show where Bitcoin is headed, but there are some analysts expecting the cryptocurrency to reenter the $10,000 range in coming trading sessions.

No, a lone whale didn’t cause Bitcoin’s 2017 rise

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported on what it dubbed a “striking new claim” pertaining to Bitcoin’s rapid price rise in late 2017. According to an updated report, a single whale (a rich investor) caused the pump. Yet many people in the crypto community were shocked to hear it, precisely because it didn’t seem to match up

How this young entrepreneur turned her hobby into a fintech startup powered by blockchain

Making money is hard but managing it is not as tough, says 23-year-old Smriti Tomar, who started InvestoAsia, a fintech startup based on blockchain technology this year. Gurugram- and Hong Kong-based InvestoAsia aims to help retail investors to easily invest in international markets, especially in China and South Korea, which Smriti feels is currently a

Fintech BondEvalue makes bond trading accessible through blockchain,

IN THE near future, investors may just need to fork out US$1,000 to invest in wholesale bonds, compared with the hefty minimum of US$200,000 currently. This will take place through Singapore-based fintech firm BondEvalue’s blockchain-based fractional bond trading platform…

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