• Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence

    With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination. Will we live into a future where machines are as intelligent — or frighteningly, more so — than humans? AI’s next frontier requires ethics built through policy. Will Donald Trump deliver? Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Because Why

    Gillmor Gang: Because Why

    The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 13, 2017. Finally, the reality is upon us, and the Gang had it pretty right from the start. What a difference a week doesn’t make. Plus the latest G3 surviving Inauguration Day with Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, and Tina Chase… Read More

  • Elon Musk says to expect “major” Tesla hardware revisions almost annually

    Elon Musk says to expect “major” Tesla hardware revisions almost annually

    Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk has advice for prospective buyers hoping their vehicles will be future-proof: Shop elsewhere. Musk made the comment when responding to a Twitter question about the possibility of a paid upgrade path for existing vehicle owners who want the new sensors, computer and other components now shipping in so-called ‘HW2’-equipped Teslas. He also gave us… Read More

  • Sorry Elon, driverless passenger drones will be the vehicular disruption of the future Crunch Network

    Sorry Elon, driverless passenger drones will be the vehicular disruption of the future

    Henry Ford famously said that if you asked people what they wanted, they wouldn’t have said “ a car.”  They would have said – “a faster horse.” I believe driverless cars are today’s equivalent of faster horses. A continuation of what exists – not a true category break. Predictable but not revolutionary enough. That takes me to Elon Musk, who… Read More

  • WhatsApp, Signal, and dangerously ignorant journalism Crunch Network

    WhatsApp, Signal, and dangerously ignorant journalism

    There is something about encryption that brings out the worst in journalists. Because to most of them it is magic, they are always searching desperately for the proverbial man behind the curtain, without knowing what to look for. Which may explain The Guardian’s recent bizarre attack on WhatsApp, which they accused, wrongly, of having a “backdoor.” And the security… Read More

  • Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

    Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

    A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former President Barack Obama, of accepting petitions online, reviewing and responding to… Read More

  • Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

    Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

    Never a dull moment in the smartphone wars. This week, Qualcomm started getting serious regulatory heat when the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against the chipmaker, accusing it of anticompetitive tactics designed to shut competitors out from supplying components to handset companies. Apple was one of the few manufacturers mentioned by name in the complaint, and accordingly, the… Read More

  • For dramatic VR to succeed, music must become the director Crunch Network

    For dramatic VR to succeed, music must become the director

    The use of music — not as a background mood enhancer, but actually as a director of sorts — will be critical as VR and AR content creators struggle with how to direct the viewer’s gaze in 360 environments. Figuring out music’s role will be key to the mainstream adoption of VR dramatic content. But so far, music is still being relegated to a background mood feature. Read More

  • Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

    Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

    Twitter chief Jack Dorsey today apologized for what he says were technical problems causing some Twitter users to involuntarily follow the @POTUS account as it was handed over to Donald Trump. As Sarah Perez reported here yesterday, Twitter users were bewildered as to why they were forced to follow the Trump @POTUS account, and many accused Twitter of doing the new administration’s… Read More

  • The genomics intelligence revolution Crunch Network

    The genomics intelligence revolution

    We’ve entered a new phase in the history of whole-genome sequencing; it has opened the door to understanding our entire world at the molecular level. With this intelligence, we’ll be able to understand, influence and optimize the way we interact with ourselves and our natural world. The promise of genomics is just beginning — we are at the leading edge of an intelligence… Read More

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