Software Will Determine Who Wins the Driving Experience Battle

Driver using software on phone in carIf you don't have to focus on the road, how will you spend your time?

By Rick Richardson

Sirius XM’s recent all-stock $3.5 billion purchase of the music-streaming service Pandora raised a lot of eyebrows.

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A big question was why Sirius paid so much. Is Pandora’s music library and customer base worth that amount?
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Vaporize Invisible Smartphone Filth

Shark Tank fans should jump on this one.

By Rick Richardson

Some people are entirely unaware of just how filthy their smartphones are. Other people know full well that smartphones are a hotbed for bacteria, but they still don’t bother to do anything about it.

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The PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer is a device that was initially funded on Shark Tank that should be an essential accessory for every smartphone owner. It’s a box that blasts your phone with UV light, killing 99.99 percent of bacteria on both sides and the edges of your phone.
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Be Weaponized

Illustration of computer security threatsThat's a good thing.

By Rick Richardson

Artificial intelligence has the potential to bring a select set of advanced techniques to the table when it comes to cyber offense, researchers say.

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Last week, researchers from Darktrace said that the current threat landscape is full of everything from opportunistic attacks from teen hackers to advanced, state-sponsored assaults, and in the latter sense, attacks continue to evolve.
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Quantum ‘Compass’ Promises GPS-Free Navigation

Quantum compass navigationWhy does it matter? For one, pirates.

By Rick Richardson

British scientists have developed a self-contained and tamperproof "quantum compass" that doesn't rely on GPS signals to provide a highly accurate measure of where it is in the world.

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The compass is a quantum accelerometer that is capable of measuring tiny shifts in supercooled atoms and so calculate how far and how fast the device has moved. Having a device like the quantum compass aboard a ship, the captain knows exactly where his ship is without having to rely on orbiting satellites.
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190 Universities Launch 600 Free Online Courses

MOOC logoHarvard and MIT are among the participants.

By Rick Richardson

If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free).

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These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.
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MIT Investing $1 Billion in AI College

MIT AI collegeStudents can enroll next fall.

By Rick Richardson

Ever since the beginning of the artificial intelligence (AI) boom in the early 2010s, there’s been a corresponding drought in talented AI developers and researchers.

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The way to fix this is to educate more of them, and last month, MIT announced a $1 billion initiative to do exactly that: It will establish a new college of computing to train the next generation of machine learning mavens.
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Learn of Heart Attacks Years in Advance

Breakthrough imaging technology makes it possible.

By Rick Richardson

A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say.

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The technology, developed by teams at Oxford University and institutions in Germany and the United States, uses algorithms to examine the fat surrounding coronary arteries as it shows up on CT (computed tomography) heart scans.
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Can a New Font Boost Your Memory?

Samples of the Sans Forgetica fontMaybe. Bou'll have to work for it.

By Rick Richardson

Many of us spent our college years sitting in countless lectures accompanied by uninspiring PowerPoint presentations. The notes we took were equally uninspiring and weren’t remembered.

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It’s a problem that doesn’t just affect students. Have you ever caught yourself rereading the same article twice? To make text easier to remember, Melbourne-based designers partnered with behavioral scientists at RMIT University and have designed a font that makes reading more difficult.
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3 Predictions About the Computers of Tomorrow

Illustration of processorMoore's Law may be over soon.

By Rick Richardson

"Moore's Law is over," said Mike Muller, chief technology officer at chip designer Arm, the Japanese-owned company whose processor cores are found inside most mobile phones.

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Given Moore's Law has been the engine driving the breakneck pace at which computers have advanced over the past 50 years, this statement might seem worrying.
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Robot Teachers Might Be the Largest Internet Business in 2030

Robot teacher in front of classroom of studentsThe AI boom has a lot to do with it.

By Rick Richardson

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it's a big deal when students get their own laptops.

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According to Thomas Frey, the senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, “In 14 years it'll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet.”
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Add This Phrase for Mobile Check Deposits

Person depositing check through mobile appIf you skip this step, your deposit may not go through.

By Rick Richardson

You may have recently gotten a message from your bank that, yes, you should read and act upon.

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The message being sent by many banks involves a small, but crucial change affecting check deposits made using bank mobile apps on smartphones and other devices.
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Cyber-Security: Finally, Something Better Than Passwords

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Tired of one-time codes? This could be your answer.

By Rick Richardson

Google might have just made itself the most significant example of how security keys can work better than other forms of multi-factor authentication.

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Security keys like the one made by Yubikey give you a way to log into a website by merely plugging it in and pressing a button. You don't even need to type in your password anymore, much less generate a one-time code. READ MORE →

Researchers Tap A.I. for More Efficient Road Maintenance

Building construction projects are another possible application.

By Rick Richardson

Potholes are a nuisance pretty much everywhere, and the methods traditionally used to keep track of them aren't efficient. Whether it be driving around to visually inspect roads or watching videos of streets to spot and prioritize the repair of pavement damage, strategies typically used by towns and cities require a fair amount of time and labor.

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But AI could make that process a bit easier and quite a bit faster. One group exploring the use of AI to support the municipal officials in charge of road maintenance has been developing a software system that aid in could not only road repairs but also bridge and building maintenance.
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