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Technology in 2022: A Report from the IEEE

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Trends | Comments Off on Technology in 2022: A Report from the IEEE

Technology in 2022: A Report from the IEEE

This week, the IEEE released their predictions for computing technology in 2022. There’s nothing in there about downloading human consciousness into hardware or AI becoming sentient. However, the predictions are futuristic enough that their would be marked improvement in quality of life if they all came to pass. The report was drafted by nine technical leaders within the IEEE Computer Society, focusing on surveying the landscapes and progressions of 23 different technology sectors, including: 3D printing, big data and analytics, open...

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Will AI Kill Us All?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Artificial Intelligence | Comments Off on Will AI Kill Us All?

Will AI Kill Us All?

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, recently warned on Twitter that superintelligent computers could one day exterminate all of humanity. “We need to be super careful with AI,” he said in one tweet. “Potentially more dangerous than nukes.” Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 3, 2014 Another said: “Hope we’re not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly...

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Robots that Smell

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Robotics | Comments Off on Robots that Smell

Robots that Smell

Over the last several years, we’ve seen robots evolve considerably, developing a wide range of anthropomorphic qualities, most recently illustrated by stories of Jibo, the recently developed home robot by MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, which has received venture-backed funding and over $1 million in crowd funding for commercial development and production. Recently, our artificial friends have also added the sense of smell to their lexicon of human-like qualities. Case in point is the the “electronic nose”, or...

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In Europe, Robots Care for Aging Population

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Healthcare, Internet of Things | Comments Off on In Europe, Robots Care for Aging Population

In Europe, Robots Care for Aging Population

A new trial, funded by the European Union, known as the GiraffPlus project has outfitted six elderly Europeans with Robots. Some participants have named theirs, such as 93-year old Nonna Lea, who affectionately calls her robot Mr. Robin. The coordinator of the GiraffPlus project, Amy Loutfi, notes that robots are just the beginning of this care system, which also sensors throughout the home to monitor and care for the elderly and allow them to live independently. In addition to the robot, there are sensors to track the movement from room to...

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New “Nearby Friends” App for Facebook

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Social | Comments Off on New “Nearby Friends” App for Facebook

New “Nearby Friends” App for Facebook

Facebook is launching a new feature which will allow users to turn on real-time location sharing, allowing friends to see where you are and meet up. The new feature is known as “Nearby Friends,” and is an offshoot of Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of the Glancee location sharing app founded by Andrea Vaccari. It is set to be available on iOS and Android in the next few weeks. Users will be able to view a list of your friends that are nearby, and will also receive a notification when coming within a short distance of a friend. Users...

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Amazon Releases Amazon Fire TV

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Gadgets & Devices, Internet of Things, Media | Comments Off on Amazon Releases Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Releases Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has official revealed their Amazon Fire TV, a small media-streaming box sold for $99. Rather than a media dongle as previous rumors suggested, the price and form factor put Fire TV squarely up against Apple TV. The box has a quad-core processor, a custom OS, 2GB of RAM, dual band Wi-Fi, and a remote with seven buttons and a click wheel navigator. The  platform is HTML and Android-based which should allow easy portability for application developers from web and Google’s mobile operating system. Fire TV also offers streaming videos from...

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The New Set Top Box from Amazon

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Gadgets & Devices | Comments Off on The New Set Top Box from Amazon

The New Set Top Box from Amazon

Amazon’s upcoming “set top box” will reportedly be a Chromecast-style dongle with the capability to support streaming full PC game titles as well as video. Roku recently launched a similar device with a stick design. However, Amazon could distinguish itself by linking to direct video as well as game downloads directly from its e-commerce website. The streaming part of the new product would be similar to remote game services offered by OnLive. Assuming Amazon’s stick launches as expected, this leaves Apple’s TV...

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Candy Crush Maker Files for IPO; To Raise $533 Million

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Mobile | Comments Off on Candy Crush Maker Files for IPO; To Raise $533 Million

Candy Crush Maker Files for IPO; To Raise $533 Million

King, the European makers of the unbelievably popular game Candy Crush Saga, have moved a step closer towards an IPO filing in the U.S. The updated F-1 filed with the SEC this morning prices 22.2 million shares between $21 and $24 per share, which will raise up to $533 million and value the company in at up to $7.6 billion. This is an increase from their prior initial F-1 with a maximum aggregated  offering of $500 million. The filing continues the trend of tech companies taking advantage of generous public markets that have been largely...

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Can Snapchat Make Money?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Startups | Comments Off on Can Snapchat Make Money?

Can Snapchat Make Money?

Snapchat has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, it is estimated that more than 77 percent of college students use Snapchat at least once a day. Of college students polled, 45 percent say they would open a snap from a brand they didn’t know and 73 percent said they would open a snap from a brand they were familiar with. This data suggests that advertising via snaps is a viable route for the future, similar to Twitter’s current model. Brands could buy snaps and send short videos or animations to different demographics in the vast Snapchat...

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Facebook Acquires Texting Platform WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Acquisitions, Mobile, Social | Comments Off on Facebook Acquires Texting Platform WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Facebook Acquires Texting Platform WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Facebook announced last night it will be acquiring the mobile texting platform WhatsApp for $19 billion— broken down into a $4 billion up-front cash payment, $12 billion in stock, and an additional $3 billion of stock paid out to employees and founders vested over four years. Though WhatsApp has developed a dedicated following of roughly 450 million worldwide users, and has already monetized its platform by instituting a $1 annual subscription charge, the acquisition is newsworthy mostly because of the enormous price tag (Facebook’s...

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