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Why Bitcoin Will Be Crucial in Our Cashless Future

Why Bitcoin Will Be Crucial in Our Cashless Future

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Cold, hard cash is king. But maybe not much longer. In many countries, cash transactions are all but disappearing.People just 20 percent of the time in Sweden and only 14 percent of the time in South Korea. While these two countries are extreme examples, cash is on the decline elsewhere too. With widespread electronic payment methods—like credit cards, apps, and smartphones—fewer and fewer people are carrying wallets stuffed with paper.What would...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 27)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 27)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Aarian Marshal | Wired“Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says his company wants to be the ‘Amazon for transportation.’ Friday, Amazon made clear that it intends to be the Amazon for transportation. The ecommerce giant said it had agreed to acquire Bay Area-based autonomous vehicle company Zoox, a deal reportedly worth more than $1 billion.”Kashmir Hill | The New York Times“Mr. Williams knew that he had not committed the crime in question. What he could...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 20)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 20)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.James Vincent | The Verge“It’s a hefty price tag, equal to the base price for a luxury Tesla Model S. But Boston Dynamics says, for that money, you’re getting the most advanced mobile robot in the world, able to go pretty much anywhere a human can (as long as there are no ladders involved).”Justin Rowlatt | BBC“Elon Musk has perhaps the most exciting portfolio of businesses on the planet. …So which one will end up changing the world most? It is my...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 13)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 13)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Tom Simonite | Wired“Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM say they want federal rules around the technology. …A police reform bill introduced in the House of Representatives Monday by prominent Democrats in response to weeks of protest over racist policing practices would do just that. But some privacy advocates say its restrictions aren’t tight enough and could legitimize the way police use facial recognition today.”Adele Peters | Fast Company“…the cost of...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 6)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 6)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Demetria Mosley | Wired“Whether you’re trying to maintain your social distance or just looking for other ways to speak up, here are some ideas on how to contribute. … ‘Not everyone is a front-liner, and that’s OK because we need all types of people,’ says Andréa Hudson, an activist and prison reformist based in North Carolina. ‘There are many ways people can help out from their homes, and we need people to do it. We need everyone to show up.'”Andy...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 30)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 30)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Khari Johnson | VentureBeat“A team of more than 30 OpenAI researchers have released a paper about GPT-3, a language model capable of achieving state-of-the-art results on a set of benchmark and unique natural language processing tasks that range from language translation to generating news articles to answering SAT questions.”Tim Fernholz | Quartz“What American engineers are about to do—debut a new spacecraft that can carry humans off this planet...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 23)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 23)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Kyle Wiggers | VentureBeat“Today, during Microsoft’s Build 2020 developer conference, the first fruit of the partnership was revealed, in the form of a new supercomputer that Microsoft says was built in collaboration with—and exclusively for—OpenAI on Azure. Microsoft claims it’s the fifth most powerful machine in the world, compared with the TOP 500, a project that benchmarks and details the 500 top-performing supercomputers.”Jon Porter | The...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 16)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 16)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review“Over the last few years, advances in natural-language processing have also dramatically improved on the clunky automated call systems of the past. The newest generation of chatbots and voice-based agents are easier to build, faster to deploy, and more responsive to user inquiries. Once adopted, in other words, these systems will likely be here to stay, proving their value through their ease of use and...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 9)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 9)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Carl Zimmer | The New York Times“A team of scientists has developed an experimental prototype for a fairly quick, cheap test to diagnose the coronavirus that gives results as simply as a pregnancy test does. The test is based on a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, and the researchers estimated that the materials for each test would cost about $6.”Stephen Shankland | CNET“Eighteen quantum computers might not sound like a lot. But given that...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 2)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 2)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Ed Yong | The Atlantic“…beyond its vast scope and sui generis nature, there are other reasons the pandemic continues to be so befuddling—a slew of forces scientific and societal, epidemiological and epistemological. What follows is an analysis of those forces, and a guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend.”John Pavlus | Quanta Magazine“The problem of common-sense reasoning has plagued the field...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 25)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 25)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Adam Rogers | Wired“…When humanity hits a crisis, it always looks to science for help. Not because scientists are perfect, or even smarter on average than other humans, but because science is one of the best ways humans have come up with to reliably understand how the world works and how to fix it when it’s broken.”Evan Nicole Brown | Fast Company“The country needs tens of millions of nasal swabs if it’s going to test enough people for Covid-19 to...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 18)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 18)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Matthew Hutson | The New Yorker“Our usual antiviral approach is, as researchers say, ‘one bug, one drug’; often, it’s no drug. …[David Ho would] like to see a penicillin for viruses—one pill, or, anyway, a mere handful—that will eliminate whatever ails us. He and his colleagues aim to have these next-generation drugs ready in time for the next pathogen.”Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review“To Rothberg, it is obvious that tests need to become...

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 11)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 11)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Derek Thompson | The Atlantic“Millions of Americans—many of whom might be deeply skeptical of government surveillance, or Big Tech—may become participants in a national project to track their own movements and interactions, to help public-health experts map out the spread of an invisible enemy. This is the world of ‘test and trace.'”Jon Porter | The Verge“Alphabet’s drone delivery company Wing has seen a “significant” increase in demand in recent...

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