Archive | November 2016

Right-wing group led by Trump propagandist launches campaign against Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX

The group ‘Citizens for the Republic’ was first launched by Ronald Reagan in the 70s, but was dismantled after his presidency. Laura Ingraham, a conservative pundit and top Trump propagandist during the election through her radio show and TV appearances, led the relaunch of the group as a political action committee (PAC) last year.

How Zara Spent $0 In Advertising To Disrupt The Fashion Industry – The Startup – Medium

In September 2016, Microsoft founder Bill Gates slipped to #2 in Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Richest Billionaires. Gates’ premier position, which he had steadfastly maintained for many years, was usurped — if only for a few days — by an Amancio Ortega.

Woah, Google’s AI Is Really Good at Pictionary | WIRED

The lesson: To understand the whole, neural networks need pieces of data that not only connect but build on one another, piece by piece.

Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI | WIRED

Microsoft’s speech rec system relies on large farms of GPU processors, chips that were originally designed for rendering graphics but have proven remarkably adept at running artificial intelligence models.

Open source and coopetition are the new normal

The move toward Linux actually shouldn’t come as a surprise when you consider that Microsoft reports that one-third of Azure virtual machines are running Linux. If that’s where the customers are going, Microsoft had little choice but to follow

Dear Facebook, please fix the plague of fake news before you ruin foreign elections too | TechCrunch

It’s true, Facebook isn’t single-handedly responsible for the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. But the company played an important part in the rise of Donald Trump. Many people now…


Source: Dear Facebook, please fix the plague of fake news before you ruin foreign elections too | TechCrunch

Allen Institute for AI Eyes the Future of Scientific Search

A new search engine called Semantic Scholar helps academics deal with the increasingly enormous volume of academic research.

Source: Allen Institute for AI Eyes the Future of Scientific Search

How bitcoin protects against geopolitical risk | TechCrunch

Importantly, Bitcoin is a global digital currency that is borderless, frictionless and secure.  Unlike legacy currencies and payment systems, Bitcoin is immune to capital controls and currency manipulation.  It does not limit people’s freedom to move money to where they want it to be and cannot be controlled by governments for their political agenda