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Imagine a city lit by glowing trees instead of streetlights – Fast Company

Could genetically engineered trees that have been crossed with bioluminescent algae be the emissions-free lighting source of the future? Source: Imagine a city lit by glowing trees instead of streetlights Advertisements

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How Long Until a Robot Cries? – Nautilus

When Angelica Lim bakes macaroons, she has her own kitchen helper, Naoki. Her assistant is only good at the repetitive tasks, like sifting flour, but he makes the job more fun. Naoki is very cute, just under two feet tall. He’s … Continue reading

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Why predicting the future is about to become cheaper: A.I. and economics | Ajay Agrawal

Big Think Published on 4 May 2018 When most of us look at A.I. we see magical capabilities. When economists look at A.I. they see something very different. Economist Ajay Agrawal explains: “What economists bring to the conversation is that … Continue reading

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How we need to remake the internet

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it … Continue reading

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Apple engineer killed in Tesla car operating in driverless mode

Electric car company Tesla has confirmed that a recent fatal crash involving one of its vehicles occurred while the car was in autopilot mode. Source: Apple engineer killed in Tesla car operating in driverless mode

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Archaeologists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Crayon – Colossal

Archaeologists working on a site near an ancient lake in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a crayon. The reddish-brown piece of ochre is thought to have been used 10,000 years … Continue reading

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New Algorithm Lets AI Learn From Mistakes, Become a Little More Human

OpenAI’s latest algorithm lets AI learn from its mistakes by re-framing past failures. This method helps AI to learn faster and do so better. Source: New Algorithm Lets AI Learn From Mistakes, Become a Little More Human

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AI Learns to Read Sentiment Without Being Trained to Do So

OpenAI researchers surprised to discover a neural network trained to predict the next text character in Amazon reviews taught itself to analyze sentiment. Source: AI Learns to Read Sentiment Without Being Trained to Do So

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Apple celebrates Brazilian Carnival with lively ‘Selfies on iPhone X’ ad and more – 9to5Mac

Apple has today shared a new video celebrating Carnival in Brazil that showcases the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting camera feature. The new promotion for Carnival has taken over the company’s Brazilian homepage with the tagline “The biggest party in Brazil is even more … Continue reading

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Inside the world of Brazil’s social media cyborgs

A BBC Brasil investigation speaks to people hired to run fake accounts bolstering politicians. Source: Inside the world of Brazil’s social media cyborgs

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