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The Next Web (TNW) is a website and annual series of conferences focused on new technology and start-up companies in Europe. The Next Web company was established in 2006 by co-founders Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and Patrick de Laive in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a technology news website of the same name was started in 2009. On 5 March 2019, the Financial Times purchased a majority stake in TNW.Source
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YouTube will no longer let viewers help creators with subtitles and captions

YouTube will no longer let viewers help creators with subtitles and captions

YouTube is nixing its Community Contributions feature, which made it possible for users to help creators by translatingIn an on the Google Support Forums, a company spokesperson said the feature failed to generate enough traction — and was often used for nefarious reasons. The feature is slated to be discontinued across all channels on September 28, 2020.“The good thing is that community-contributed captions that have already been posted will continue to show up even after the removal. Even better, creators will have a chance to approve already submitted contributions until September...

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Scientists use AI to predict what makes a successful relationship

Scientists use AI to predict what makes a successful relationship

Human-centric AI news and analysisA . The researchers say it’s the first systematic attempt at using machine learning to predict relationship satisfaction.[Read: ]Notably, the individual characteristics of each partner — such as income and life satisfaction — were far less influential than relationship-specific factors.“Relationships-specific variables were about two to three times as predictive as individual differences, which I think would fit many people’s intuitions,” said Joel. “But the surprising part is that once you have all the relationship-specific data in hand, the individual...

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Biggest challenges and opportunities of expanding a tech business across Europe

Biggest challenges and opportunities of expanding a tech business across Europe

Powered byInsightful takes on scaling your businessFor years, founders in Europe have marveled at America’s ability to bolster entrepreneurship, the caliber of tech companies emerging from Silicon Valley, and the maturity of the investment landscape.In America, failure is celebrated, seen as a mere consequence of trying to improve or disrupt an existing product or service. US entrepreneurs are known for their ability — and willingness — to tell the world about their success. Investors are less risk-averse.Meanwhile, their European counterparts, often seen as far more humble, have been...

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What is adversarial machine learning?

What is adversarial machine learning?

Human-centric AI news and analysisTo human observers, the following two images are identical. But researchers at Google showed in 2015 that a popular object detection algorithm classified the left image as “panda” and the right one as “gibbon.” And oddly enough, it had more confidence in the gibbon image.The algorithm in question was GoogLeNet, aarchitecture that won the 2014 ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC 2014).The right image is an “adversarial example.” It has undergone subtle manipulations that go unnoticed to the human eye while making it a totally different...

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India is reportedly looking to ban 275 more Chinese apps — including PUBG

India is reportedly looking to ban 275 more Chinese apps — including PUBG

Last month, India banned after tension between both nations at the border.The country’s government is now inspecting to ban 275 more China-originated apps including popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) and ByteDance‘s music app Resso.According to a report from , government officials have created a list of 275 apps that might be violating security measures and user privacy. Apart from PUBG and , the list includes ecommerce app AliExpress from Alibaba and photo-sharing app ULike.India moved to ban 59 Chinese apps after more than 20 of its soldiers were killed in a...

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Jul 27
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Elon Musk brags Tesla has 'figured out' autonomous driving — it hasn't

Elon Musk brags Tesla has 'figured out' autonomous driving — it hasn't

In a pre-recorded message to attendees of World AI Conference in Shanghai, Tesla’s flamboyant CEO Elon Musk bragged that the company has pretty much figured out self-driving. The company is “very close” to having a fully autonomous, no-driver required vehicle., M[Read: ]This might just be Elon being Elon, but current Tesla vehicles are nowhere near being capable of driving themselves.The misleadingly named Autopilot and Full-Self Driving packages are . In other words, drivers must always be present, have their hands on the steering wheel, and remain cognizant of their surroundings.This...

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Matthew Beedham
Jul 9
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Study tests whether AI can convincingly answer existential questions

Study tests whether AI can convincingly answer existential questions

Human-centric AI news and analysisA new study has explored whether AI can provide more attractive answers to humanity’s most profound questions than history’s most influential thinkers.Researchers from the University of New South Wales first fed a series of moral questions to , a text generator trained on millions of documents and websites, including all of Wikipedia. They added its responses to a collection of reflections from the likes of Plato, Jesus Christ, and, err, Elon Musk.The team then asked more than 1,000 people which musings they liked best — and whether they could identify the...

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Jul 6
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Amazon and Flipkart might have to give their source code to the Indian government

Amazon and Flipkart might have to give their source code to the Indian government

Online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart might have to hand over their site’s source code and core algorithms to the Indian government. According to a report by Bloomberg, that seeks to bring competitiveness in the market, list this as a mandate.The draft bill also asks if companies are using “explainable A” (XAI) — a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that makes solutions and methods understandable for humans. The bill tackles the question of storing the data locally, but leaves it open by saying that after consultation the government “The policy is not public yet, and...

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Jul 6
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Intel invests $253 million in India's Reliance Jio Platforms

Intel invests $253 million in India's Reliance Jio Platforms

Intel Capital, the investment arm of chipmaker Intel, has invested $253 million in India’s Reliance Jio in exchange for a 0.39% stake.This is the 12th investment in Reliance Jio in the last 11 weeks, taking the tally to $15.5 billion. Jio Platforms than all of India’s startups combined last year.Jio is India’s biggest mobile network provider with more than 388 million customers on board. Jio Platform is an umbrella company for its digital businesses including the carrier.Intel Capital invests in startups with a focus on 5G and communication, AI, and next-gen computing. The company has put...

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Autonomous taxi firms can’t afford to forget about disabled passengers

Autonomous taxi firms can’t afford to forget about disabled passengers

Autonomous vehicles (AVs), like self-driving taxis, continue to garner media attention as industry and political stakeholders claim that they will . But for people who have different mobility needs and rely on human drivers for work beyond the task of driving, the prospect of driverless taxis may not sound like progress. Unless accommodations are built into autonomous vehicle designs, companies risk undermining transportation access for the very communities this technology is promising to include.A January 2020 issued by the National Science and Technology Council and U.S. Department of...

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Jun 24
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India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Helo

India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Helo

India has banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video, and UC Browser amid tension between two countries.The country’s IT ministry invoked Section 69A of the IT Act 2000 that lets the government block services if they’re deemed dangerous for sovereignty and integrity of the country:The ministry accused these apps of “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”BREAKING: Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT. Statement says the apps are “engaged in activities which...

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Ivan Mehta
Jun 29
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China’s about to overtake the US as the world’s best performing tech industry

China’s about to overtake the US as the world’s best performing tech industry

Powered byInside money, markets, and big techChina’s tech sector is close to surpassing the US to become the world’s best-performing technology industry in 2020.Indeed, China’s tech sector is catching up. Until now, the US comfortably led the world in recovering from (and thriving in) the coronavirus pandemic.US tech, represented by QQQ on the chart above (more on that later), was up 14% for the year as of Monday’s market close. China’s equivalent fund, CQQQ, had returned 13% in 2020  just one percent difference.As for the rest of the world: Europe’s tech sector has faired relatively well,...

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David Canellis
Jun 23
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Growth is sexy, but not its ingredients: Retention and operations

Growth is sexy, but not its ingredients: Retention and operations

Powered byInsightful takes on scaling your businessretentionPublished June 22, 2020 — 08:40 UTCWhy is queer representation so important? What's it like being trans in tech? How do I participate virtually? You can find all our Pride 2020 coverage .Read moreCan your tech disrupt another industry? Then join Lloyd’s innovation accelerator and help transform insurance.

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Tyler Hakes
Jun 22
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How quantum computers could make future humans immortal

How quantum computers could make future humans immortal

Human-centric AI news and analysisAs best we can guess, life started on planet Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. Unfortunately, so did death. And the reaper remains undefeated.About 99 percent of all species that ever lived are now extinct. There’s almost no scientific reason to believe humans won’t join them in a relatively insignificant amount of time. I say almost entangled[Read: ]alive“Published June 19, 2020 — 19:33 UTCWhy is queer representation so important? What's it like being trans in tech? How do I participate virtually? You can find all our Pride 2020 coverage .Read more

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Jun 19
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Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over tracking users in incognito mode

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over tracking users in incognito mode

Google is facing a $5 billion class action lawsuit over tracking Chrome users — even in incognito mode.The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California on Tuesday, accuses the company of collecting information about what people view and what pages they visit online despite claiming incognito mode is private, Reuters .The complaint further alleges gathering data through Google “ The complaint seeks compensation of at least $5,000 “Google spokesperson Skeptics have long been warning companies like Google and Facebook’s pervasive tracking practices collect data about...

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This $350M ‘quant fund’ played the stock market using real-time data — then 2020 happened

This $350M ‘quant fund’ played the stock market using real-time data — then 2020 happened

Powered byInside money, markets, and big techCoatue’s $350 million data-driven ‘quant fund’ made a swift exit from the market in early April  having realised the coronavirus pandemic had rendered its algorithm unreliable, .The tech-focused fund, launched by billionaire Philippe Laffont just over one year ago, joins a growing list of “quant funds” to have failed to turn a profit due to 2020’s unpredictable nature.Quant funds use complex algorithms to find hidden trade signals in a hyperconnected web of data. While Coatue’s quant fund mixes old-school stock picking with quantitative analysis...

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How accurate is your commercial fitness tracker?

How accurate is your commercial fitness tracker?

Gadgets for humansIn a 2019 , 18 senior citizens took a stroll on some treadmills while armed to the hilt with fitness trackers. They had devices strapped to their wrists and ankles, fastened to their belts, and wrapped around their chests. But even with all these trackers, the seniors couldn’t get an accurate step count because their movements were too slow to trigger the sensors in the devices.Commercial fitness trackers are being used for all kinds of things other than tracking steps. They measure heart rate, track sleep patterns, and calculate basal metabolic rate and calories burned....

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Facebook employees take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg's 'no fact-check' stance on Trump's tweets

Facebook employees take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg's 'no fact-check' stance on Trump's tweets

Last week,  Within hours, Twitter citing that it Now, several Facebook employees are articulating. Earlier this morning, the company’s director of product management, Jason Toff, said that “he’s not proud of how we’re showing up.”[Note: If you’re a Facebook employee who wants to talk to us about what’s going on at the company, email me at ]I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.— Jason Toff (@jasontoff)Several also chimed their opinions about Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to keep...

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Ivan Mehta
Jun 1
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This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive

This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive

Tourists may soon be able to explore the picturesque cross-timbered houses and historic churches of Herrenberg via virtual reality (VR), thanks to a digital twin developed with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS).Nicolai Reith, Head of the Control and Communication department and advisor to the Mayor of Herrenberg, told Cities Today: “You don’t have to make a decision and then see [what happens]; you can see before you make the decision what the effect will be via the digital twin. This makes it easier to make the right decision for our city council, politicians, and...

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Facebook reportedly knew its algorithms promoted extremist groups, but did nothing

Facebook reportedly knew its algorithms promoted extremist groups, but did nothing

Facebook has long struggled with controlling extremist content on its platform. From the 2016 US elections, when  through polarizing ads, to  .A slide from that presentation said if these algorithms are left unchecked they would feed users more divisive content:According to WSJ, Zuckerberg & Co. shelved this presentation and decided not to apply its observations to any of the social network’s products. Plus, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s chief of policy, thought these changes might have affected conservative users and publications.In a statement, Facebook said it has learned a lot since 2016 and...

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May 27
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Uber scraps thousands of Jump ebikes, because recycling them is ‘too complicated’

Uber scraps thousands of Jump ebikes, because recycling them is ‘too complicated’

In a twist of un-environmentally friendly irony, Uber has decided to send thousands of Jump hire bikes straight to the dump because it says it’s too complicated to give them away. Yes, you should be angered by this.According to , Uber confirmed in a statement that it would be recycling many of Jump’s older ebike and scooter models after transferring many of the newer models to Jump’s . Instead, that doesn’t exactly seem to be what’s happening.[Read: ]Images of Jump bikes turning up at scrappage yards in the US (Seattle and North Carolina) surfaced on Twitter earlier this week. They clearly...

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Matthew Beedham
May 28
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It's time for a sequel to The Social Network and Quentin Tarantino should direct it

It's time for a sequel to The Social Network and Quentin Tarantino should direct it

Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino revealed in that he believes The Social Network is the best film of its decade. He’s wrong.  is the best film of the 2010s.Space Boobs is a perfect film, it told the whole story. , on the other hand, has plenty of room for improvement (2010? Ha, those were the innocent days for social media). That’s why I think it’s time for a sequel. And since Tarantino’s such a biiiig fan, he should direct.Don’t get me wrong, David Fincher is a legend (he brought us Se7en, ’nuff said) but I think the next chapter in the Facebook saga calls for a level of character...

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Tristan Greene
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Everything you need to know about artificial neural networks

Everything you need to know about artificial neural networks

Welcome to Neural Basics, a collection of guides and explainers to help demystify the world of artificial intelligence.One of the most influential technologies of the past decade is artificial neural networks, the fundamental piece of, the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence.You can thank neural networks for many of applications you use every day, such as Google’s translation service, Apple’s Face ID iPhone lock and. Neural networks are also behind some of the important artificial intelligence breakthroughs in other fields, such as diagnosing skin and breast cancer, and.The concept and...

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How Baidu’s AI produces news videos using just a URL

How Baidu’s AI produces news videos using just a URL

Human-centric AI news and analysisAI for news production is one of the areas that has drawn contrasting opinions. On one hand, it might help media houses produce more news in a better format with minimal effort, on the other hand, it might take away the human element of journalism or take people out of jobs.In 2018, an AI anchor developed by China’s Xinhua news agency .  Earlier this month, the agency released an improved version that mimics . There’s been advancement in AI with text-based news with algorithms . China’s search giant Baidu has developed a new AI model called that brings...

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Ivan Mehta
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Chinese city’s health-tracking surveillance tech set to outlast the pandemic

Chinese city’s health-tracking surveillance tech set to outlast the pandemic

Human-centric AI news and analysisA Chinese city plans to turn its contact-tracing app into a permanent health tracker, deepening fears that surveillance tech introduced to fight COVID-19 will outlast the pandemic.Authorities in the eastern city of Hangzhou have proposed combining medical records, physical exam results, and data on lifestyle choices to create a healthcare score for citizens.Officials said the system would be a “firewall to enhance people’s health and immunity,” . They aim to launch the app by the end of next month.Each of the city’s 10 million residents would be given a...

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