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Rackspace617,350*Update:* Rackspace today announced the launch of Performance Cloud Servers. Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host.  Join us at noon central time today to learn more about this powerful compute offering. Stay tuned to this event page for the live video stream.Big Cloud Announcement from Rackspace2013-11-05 19:00:00244  
Google+10,613,009The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033845  
Digital Dealer466@112374836634096795698 will present *The Art of Enchantment* live from Las Vegas. Join this hangout to watch Guy's keynote as it happens! Learn more about the 15th @102121449628552598454 Conference & Exposition and register to attend in-person at http://www.DigitalDealerConference.comGuy Kawasaki | Live from Las Vegas2013-10-16 01:00:00148  
Sarah Hill2,824,343Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00246  
SELF Magazine526,007We're teaming up with +Google+ to host a series of Hangouts aimed to jumpstart your New Year. Starting January 14, we'll kick off Hangouts On Air, featuring a range of experts such as SELF's Fitness, Beauty and Fashion Editors, celebrity trainers, travel experts, nutritionists, career leaders, non-profit experts and more.  Want a chance to join one of the Hangouts? Have questions on the topics below? Post your #13for13 query and what Hangout you're interested in joining and you could be selected. Be sure to use the #13for13 hashtag on G+ and tweet us @SELFmagazine. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS *Check back often for new hosts, participants and updates! http://www.self.com/health/resolutions Mon 1/14 - Travel to New Places - 12pm EST +Sonia Gil Mon 1/14 - Eat Healthy - 4:30pm EST +Shawna Coronado  Tues 1/15 - Enjoy More Quality Time with Family - 2pm EST +Kimberley Blaine  Wed 1/16 - De-stress Thurs 1/17 - Fall in Love +The Gaggle  Fri 1/18 - Kickstart Your Career - 1:30pm EST +Dan Schawbel  Fri 1/18 - Spend Less, Save More Tues 1/22 - Take Charge of Your Health Tues 1/22 - Volunteer +charity: water  Wed 1/23 - Get Involved Wed 1/23 - Learn Something New +MAKE  Thurs 1/24 - Get Fit - 1pm EST +SELF Magazine  Fri 1/25 - Revamp Your Look 1pm EST +SELF Magazine 13 Resolutions for a Better 20132013-01-14 14:00:00235  
Blythe Metz292,070This is a Hangout On Air, 4pm PST or 7pm EST, with +Marc Stevens and +Bradford Lowry . Dr. Marc Stevens will be discussing  ways to stay healthy this holiday. Please feel free to post your questions on this events page, We will be answering those questions during the HOA (hangout On Air). Staying Healthy This Holiday with Nutrition2012-12-18 01:00:0066  
Fraser Cain962,377To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-08-02 16:03:41 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

'Impossible' rocket drive words and could get us to the Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed

Most reshares: 17

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2015-07-28 15:48:37 (0 comments, 17 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

The guy who taught AI to 'remember' is launching a startup

As it stands, the company’s website says its mission is to “build large-scale neural network solutions for superhuman perception and intelligent automation, with the ultimate goal of marketing general-purpose neural network-based Artificial Intelligences.”

Nnaisense was founded by Jürgen Schmidhuber, a key figure in the development of modern RNNs, and four researchers who work alongside him at the Swiss AI lab called IDSIA (Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale). The German-born Schmidhuber helped create a breed of recurrent neural net called LSTM, or Long Short Term Memory, and his work has influenced the latest AI research at the likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM, and others.

Most plusones: 42

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2015-07-28 15:41:21 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

The New Moto X Might Change How We Buy Phones - and it is a damn good phone for only $399

Motorola says is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus, and not because it’s apparently the fastest-charging smartphone on the market. Not even because Motorola swears up and down that it’s finally, finally figured out how to make a great camera, and that the 21-megapixel shooter on the back will rival the iPhone.

What’s most powerful about this phone is that it’s being sold unlocked, for $399, and will work on any carrier in the United States. It supports every band of LTE, so all you have to do is pop in whatever SIM card you want. This is how phones work in the rest of the world, and a much better system. It’s also, of course, the uphill battle of all uphill battles in the smartphone game—so while it would be a welcome change from Verizon’s and AT&T’s spectrum shackles, itmay not yet be ... more »

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2015-08-03 01:04:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race

Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace.

Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race

Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace.___

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2015-08-02 20:22:55 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Odds Are eSports Betting Is Here to Stay

According to SuperData Research, there are over 134 million eSports viewers worldwide as of May 2015. The market in Europe is worth $72 million, North America $143 million, and Asia is the biggest at $374 million. A lot of people are watching, and a growing number of sponsors are pumping money into the eSports industry. So it was never a matter of if eSports would be getting betting markets, merely a matter of when.

Odds Are eSports Betting Is Here to Stay

According to SuperData Research, there are over 134 million eSports viewers worldwide as of May 2015. The market in Europe is worth $72 million, North America $143 million, and Asia is the biggest at $374 million. A lot of people are watching, and a growing number of sponsors are pumping money into the eSports industry. So it was never a matter of if eSports would be getting betting markets, merely a matter of when.___

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2015-08-02 20:03:27 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

New Laws Explain Why Fast-Growing Networks Break

This new understanding of how über-connectivity emerges, which was described earlier this month in the journal Nature Physics, is the first step toward identifying warning signs that may occur when such systems go awry—for example, when power grids begin to fail, or when an infectious disease starts to mushroom into a global pandemic. Explosive percolation may help create effective intervention strategies to control that behavior and, perhaps, avoid catastrophic consequences.

New Laws Explain Why Fast-Growing Networks Break

This new understanding of how über-connectivity emerges, which was described earlier this month in the journal Nature Physics, is the first step toward identifying warning signs that may occur when such systems go awry—for example, when power grids begin to fail, or when an infectious disease starts to mushroom into a global pandemic. Explosive percolation may help create effective intervention strategies to control that behavior and, perhaps, avoid catastrophic consequences.___

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2015-08-02 16:29:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

From BodyPump to HIIT, From Weight Lifting to Cardio - How Much Energy & Fat Do You Burn During & After Your Workouts

Instead of the 394.1±116 kcal, the subjects thought they'd burned, the scientists measurements yielded an average energy expenditure of only 250.3±67.8 kcal during the 60 minute workout. Now, that's not really a problem if do BodyPump, because you like group workouts like these. In view of the fact that the typical clientele of programs like these tends to charge the energy they expend during workouts against the energy from extra food they'd like to eat (BIG mistake, learn why), this may be problematic.

From BodyPump to HIIT, From Weight Lifting to Cardio - How Much Energy & Fat Do You Burn During & After Your Workouts

Instead of the 394.1±116 kcal, the subjects thought they'd burned, the scientists measurements yielded an average energy expenditure of only 250.3±67.8 kcal during the 60 minute workout. Now, that's not really a problem if do BodyPump, because you like group workouts like these. In view of the fact that the typical clientele of programs like these tends to charge the energy they expend during workouts against the energy from extra food they'd like to eat (BIG mistake, learn why), this may be problematic.___

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2015-08-02 16:06:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A Facebook photo helped scientists discover a new plant

This made me smile. Social media has changed things in weird and interesting ways.

Brazilian plant researcher Paolo Gonella probably wasn't hoping to discover a new plant species when he was scrolling through his Facebook Newsfeed, but when he came across a picture posted by Reginaldo Vasconcelos, that's exactly what happened.

The plant is a previously undiscovered species of Drosera, or sundew, now called Drosera magnifica; it can grow to be up to five feet tall, and is the second-largest carnivorous plant in North and South America, with sticky leaves that can trap insects as large as butterflies. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Vasconcelos first photographed the plant in a jungle on a mountaintop in southeastern Brazil, near where he lives, in 2012 and posted it on his Facebook to share with his... more »

A Facebook photo helped scientists discover a new plant

This made me smile. Social media has changed things in weird and interesting ways.

Brazilian plant researcher Paolo Gonella probably wasn't hoping to discover a new plant species when he was scrolling through his Facebook Newsfeed, but when he came across a picture posted by Reginaldo Vasconcelos, that's exactly what happened.

The plant is a previously undiscovered species of Drosera, or sundew, now called Drosera magnifica; it can grow to be up to five feet tall, and is the second-largest carnivorous plant in North and South America, with sticky leaves that can trap insects as large as butterflies. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Vasconcelos first photographed the plant in a jungle on a mountaintop in southeastern Brazil, near where he lives, in 2012 and posted it on his Facebook to share with his friends.___

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2015-08-02 16:03:41 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

'Impossible' rocket drive words and could get us to the Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed

'Impossible' rocket drive words and could get us to the Moon in four hours

The British designed EM Drive actually works and would dramatically speed up space travel, scientists have confirmed___

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2015-08-02 15:09:50 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

“We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their arrest histories – and whether any of those associates have been shot in the past.” Algorithms like this obviously raise some uncomfortable questions. Who is on this list and why? Does it take race, gender, education and other personal factors into account? When the prison population of America is overwhelmingly Black and Latino males, would an algorithm based on relationships disproportionately target young men of color?

Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

“We’re watching you.” This was the warning that the Chicago Police Department gave to more than 400 people on its “Heat List.” The list, an attempt to identify the people most likely to commit violent crime in the city, was created with a predictive algorithm that focused on factors including, per the Chicago Tribune, “his or her acquaintances and their arrest histories – and whether any of those associates have been shot in the past.” Algorithms like this obviously raise some uncomfortable questions. Who is on this list and why? Does it take race, gender, education and other personal factors into account? When the prison population of America is overwhelmingly Black and Latino males, would an algorithm based on relationships disproportionately target young men of color?___

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2015-08-02 02:14:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’

The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’___

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2015-08-01 20:46:24 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Facebook getting close to 10 gigabit per second internet delivered from solar powered drones with 737 wingspan

Facebook successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That's ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away. Facebook's Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down Internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time.

Facebook getting close to 10 gigabit per second internet delivered from solar powered drones with 737 wingspan

Facebook successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That's ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away. Facebook's Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down Internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time.___

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2015-08-01 16:47:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-01 16:13:56 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched

the Ethereum Project finally launched, after much sound and fury, including raising ~US$10 million (in Bitcoin.) It’s a fascinating, wildly ambitious project, and it is vaporware no more.

To me, the two most interesting things about Bitcoin are that it is fully decentralized, and it is programmable money. Ethereum is both of those things on steroids. It is explicitly designed to “decentralize the web,” i.e. provide services and content that are maintained by its entire network, without having to rely on, or trust, any particular company or server cluster. (The pedant in me wants to argue that “decentralize the Internet” is both more accurate and more meaningful, but never mind.)

Vapor No More: Ethereum Has Launched

the Ethereum Project finally launched, after much sound and fury, including raising ~US$10 million (in Bitcoin.) It’s a fascinating, wildly ambitious project, and it is vaporware no more.

To me, the two most interesting things about Bitcoin are that it is fully decentralized, and it is programmable money. Ethereum is both of those things on steroids. It is explicitly designed to “decentralize the web,” i.e. provide services and content that are maintained by its entire network, without having to rely on, or trust, any particular company or server cluster. (The pedant in me wants to argue that “decentralize the Internet” is both more accurate and more meaningful, but never mind.)___

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2015-08-01 16:09:08 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This Device Can Zap Your Brain Into A State Of Zen. Is That A Good Thing?

The device did seem to work on some level. For 15 minutes, I experienced a light pressure on the side of my forehead while the electrodes delivered pulses. Toward the end of the session and for about an hour afterward, my brain was definitely down a notch. However, I wouldn't describe the feeling as zen so much as vaguely stoned. This is apparently not unusual, as one of the company's publicity reps, Mark de la Vina, told me that it makes a small percentage of users feel high. I felt a pleasant, light floatiness and noticed myself typing and speaking more slowly.

"We are still looking at the tip of the iceberg," Dr. Roi Cohen Kadosh, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Oxford, said to HuffPost. "We still do not have good understanding of the potential side effects -- especially... more »

This Device Can Zap Your Brain Into A State Of Zen. Is That A Good Thing?

The device did seem to work on some level. For 15 minutes, I experienced a light pressure on the side of my forehead while the electrodes delivered pulses. Toward the end of the session and for about an hour afterward, my brain was definitely down a notch. However, I wouldn't describe the feeling as zen so much as vaguely stoned. This is apparently not unusual, as one of the company's publicity reps, Mark de la Vina, told me that it makes a small percentage of users feel high. I felt a pleasant, light floatiness and noticed myself typing and speaking more slowly.

"We are still looking at the tip of the iceberg," Dr. Roi Cohen Kadosh, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Oxford, said to HuffPost. "We still do not have good understanding of the potential side effects -- especially not the long-term effect of tDCS, and especially not for those that will be used at home for months."___

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2015-08-01 16:05:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

Microsoft will release "V1" of its HoloLens virtual reality headset sooner rather than later. CEO Satya Nadella said that the first developer version of the hologram-projecting device will come out "within the next year" during a video interview with the BBC this week. He added that V1 will be focused "more around developers and enterprises," and he noted that HoloLens itself is "a five year journey." That means that it might be quite some time before you can order a HoloLens on Amazon.

Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

Microsoft will release "V1" of its HoloLens virtual reality headset sooner rather than later. CEO Satya Nadella said that the first developer version of the hologram-projecting device will come out "within the next year" during a video interview with the BBC this week. He added that V1 will be focused "more around developers and enterprises," and he noted that HoloLens itself is "a five year journey." That means that it might be quite some time before you can order a HoloLens on Amazon.___

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2015-07-31 16:12:31 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

an interdisciplinary team led by Stanford electrical engineer Krishna Shenoy has developed a technique to make brain-controlled prostheses more precise. In essence the prostheses analyze the neuron sample and make dozens of corrective adjustments to the estimate of the brain's electrical pattern - all in the blink of an eye.

Shenoy's team tested a brain-controlled cursor meant to operate a virtual keyboard. The system is intended for people with paralysis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS degrades one's ability to move. The thought-controlled keypad would allow a person with paralysis or ALS to run an electronic wheelchair and use a computer or tablet.

Brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

an interdisciplinary team led by Stanford electrical engineer Krishna Shenoy has developed a technique to make brain-controlled prostheses more precise. In essence the prostheses analyze the neuron sample and make dozens of corrective adjustments to the estimate of the brain's electrical pattern - all in the blink of an eye.

Shenoy's team tested a brain-controlled cursor meant to operate a virtual keyboard. The system is intended for people with paralysis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS degrades one's ability to move. The thought-controlled keypad would allow a person with paralysis or ALS to run an electronic wheelchair and use a computer or tablet.___

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2015-07-31 16:04:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Oolu Is Bringing Solar Energy To West Africa’s Off-Grid Population

In rural West Africa, 150 million people are currently living without electricity. Oolu, a Y Combinator company launching today, aims to reduce this number by delivering affordable solar energy to West Africa’s off-grid population, beginning in Senegal.

Oolu Is Bringing Solar Energy To West Africa’s Off-Grid Population

In rural West Africa, 150 million people are currently living without electricity. Oolu, a Y Combinator company launching today, aims to reduce this number by delivering affordable solar energy to West Africa’s off-grid population, beginning in Senegal.___

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2015-07-31 15:55:26 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Klarismo, A Service That Makes A 3D Model Of The Inside Of Your Body

Klarismo is an online service where users are able to take a much deeper look at their body’s internal structure. It takes MRI scans and other kinds of scans that people are getting already and then uses that to build a 3D model of the person. That 3D model is then available online, where users can take a look at how their bodies have changed over time — from muscle growth and fat reduction to other things, like what their spleen looks like.

“This is focused on your internals; it’s super interesting if you’re an athlete or trying to lose weight or gain weight or build muscle,” CEO Marcus Foster said. “This is the only way you can actually track whether your body is changing in the ways you want it to. We literally can show you every little bit of muscle tissue you’ve built, or fat you’ve lostinside your body,... more »

Klarismo, A Service That Makes A 3D Model Of The Inside Of Your Body

Klarismo is an online service where users are able to take a much deeper look at their body’s internal structure. It takes MRI scans and other kinds of scans that people are getting already and then uses that to build a 3D model of the person. That 3D model is then available online, where users can take a look at how their bodies have changed over time — from muscle growth and fat reduction to other things, like what their spleen looks like.

“This is focused on your internals; it’s super interesting if you’re an athlete or trying to lose weight or gain weight or build muscle,” CEO Marcus Foster said. “This is the only way you can actually track whether your body is changing in the ways you want it to. We literally can show you every little bit of muscle tissue you’ve built, or fat you’ve lost inside your body, which you couldnt see any other way. We let you look at your body in a way you’ve never seen it before.___

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2015-07-31 15:51:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Who's the Herd Leader?

Many researchers and owners have traditionally believed dominant horses—especially stallions or older, dominant mares—to be the herd leaders. But Petit’s research results show that, actually, they often leave the leading up to others. And the ones that most frequently take the job are the most sociable horses, she said. But, Petit said, neither the dominant horses nor the more sociable horses are most likely to be followed. It’s the ones with the most “friends,” she said.

Who's the Herd Leader?

Many researchers and owners have traditionally believed dominant horses—especially stallions or older, dominant mares—to be the herd leaders. But Petit’s research results show that, actually, they often leave the leading up to others. And the ones that most frequently take the job are the most sociable horses, she said. But, Petit said, neither the dominant horses nor the more sociable horses are most likely to be followed. It’s the ones with the most “friends,” she said.___

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2015-07-31 02:22:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

SoulCycle vs Shake Shack: Burning calories is a better business than burgers

In fact, the typical SoulCycle studio is about twice as profitable as a Shack Shack restaurant. They’re in different industries with different margins, to be sure, but the spin class chain is as good at wringing dollars from its customers as it is sweat.

SoulCycle vs Shake Shack: Burning calories is a better business than burgers

In fact, the typical SoulCycle studio is about twice as profitable as a Shack Shack restaurant. They’re in different industries with different margins, to be sure, but the spin class chain is as good at wringing dollars from its customers as it is sweat.___

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2015-07-30 23:08:07 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Brain vs Deep Learning Part I: Computational Complexity — Or Why the Singularity Is Nowhere Near

My model shows that it can be estimated that the brain operates at least 10x^21 operations per second. With current rates of growth in computational power we could achieve supercomputers with brain-like capabilities by the year 2037, but estimates after the year 2080 seem more realistic when all evidence is taken into account. This estimate only holds true if we succeed to stomp limitations like physical barriers (for example quantum-tunneling), capital costs for semiconductor fabrication plants, and growing electrical costs. At the same time we constantly need to innovate to solve memory bandwidth and network bandwidth problems which are or will be the bottlenecks in supercomputing. With these considerations taken into account, it is practically rather unlikely that we will achieveh... more »

The Brain vs Deep Learning Part I: Computational Complexity — Or Why the Singularity Is Nowhere Near

My model shows that it can be estimated that the brain operates at least 10x^21 operations per second. With current rates of growth in computational power we could achieve supercomputers with brain-like capabilities by the year 2037, but estimates after the year 2080 seem more realistic when all evidence is taken into account. This estimate only holds true if we succeed to stomp limitations like physical barriers (for example quantum-tunneling), capital costs for semiconductor fabrication plants, and growing electrical costs. At the same time we constantly need to innovate to solve memory bandwidth and network bandwidth problems which are or will be the bottlenecks in supercomputing. With these considerations taken into account, it is practically rather unlikely that we will achieve human-like processing capabilities anytime soon.___

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2015-07-30 19:58:32 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

ScopeAR Beams An Expert To You Through Augmented Reality

ScopeAR, a company from YC’s Summer 2015 class, wants to help experts be anywhere they need to be via the magic of augmented reality. The idea behind ScopeAR, over simplified: take a video call, and add the ability to draw on and annotate anything the person on the other end is looking at. As they move their camera, anything you’ve added — arrows, text, custom-made 3D models, etc. — stays locked onto the right place.

ScopeAR Beams An Expert To You Through Augmented Reality

ScopeAR, a company from YC’s Summer 2015 class, wants to help experts be anywhere they need to be via the magic of augmented reality. The idea behind ScopeAR, over simplified: take a video call, and add the ability to draw on and annotate anything the person on the other end is looking at. As they move their camera, anything you’ve added — arrows, text, custom-made 3D models, etc. — stays locked onto the right place.___

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2015-07-30 17:11:22 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Amazon Dash is here: Push button, get stuff

I find this interesting, but also very strange at the same time.

When Amazon announced a push-to-order Dash Button earlier this year, everyone thought it was an April Fool's Joke. But now the company has put its first batch of Amazon Dash Buttons up for sale, allowing users to order specific products from Amazon each time they press it. Running low on laundry detergent? Attach a Tide, Bounty or Cottonelle button to your washing machine and each time you press it, Amazon Prime will order new detergent or fabric softener from that brand.

Amazon Dash is here: Push button, get stuff

I find this interesting, but also very strange at the same time.

When Amazon announced a push-to-order Dash Button earlier this year, everyone thought it was an April Fool's Joke. But now the company has put its first batch of Amazon Dash Buttons up for sale, allowing users to order specific products from Amazon each time they press it. Running low on laundry detergent? Attach a Tide, Bounty or Cottonelle button to your washing machine and each time you press it, Amazon Prime will order new detergent or fabric softener from that brand.___

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2015-07-30 16:20:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Former Apple, Google, and Xbox leads move into mobile game streaming with Mobcrush

The curiously named Mobcrush is making moves as it attempts to turn into the Twitch of mobile gaming. Today the company announced that its iOS and Mac apps are now in open beta (Android and Windows devices will follow soon), in addition to two new hires, who come from the games teams at Apple and Google.

Former Apple, Google, and Xbox leads move into mobile game streaming with Mobcrush

The curiously named Mobcrush is making moves as it attempts to turn into the Twitch of mobile gaming. Today the company announced that its iOS and Mac apps are now in open beta (Android and Windows devices will follow soon), in addition to two new hires, who come from the games teams at Apple and Google.___

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2015-07-30 16:05:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Argument For Investing In True Fan Engagement

Even more importantly, owned social communities are a place for quality user engagement and community growth. Quality engagement is much more powerful than quantity of followers. If you have 100,000 followers on your leased social media pages, you can now create a different space for your highest-quality users — the 1,000 or 5,000 hyper-active users that are passionate about you. Provide a space for your super fans to meet each other and engage with you directly, which is something they can’t do on typical social media sites alone.

The Argument For Investing In True Fan Engagement

Even more importantly, owned social communities are a place for quality user engagement and community growth. Quality engagement is much more powerful than quantity of followers. If you have 100,000 followers on your leased social media pages, you can now create a different space for your highest-quality users — the 1,000 or 5,000 hyper-active users that are passionate about you. Provide a space for your super fans to meet each other and engage with you directly, which is something they can’t do on typical social media sites alone.___

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2015-07-30 15:13:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Jason Segel talks about taking on the daunting role of David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace’s thousand-page novel Infinite Jest is one of those books. It lives in the same class as Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow or James Joyce’s Ulysses: books often bought as a rite of literary passage by ambitious readers who set out to conquer them as if scaling the hazardous North Ridge route up K2. The internet is full of fan-written readers’ guides, wikis, and other helping hands for getting through Wallace's dense vocabulary, the endless endnotes, and the heavy symbolism. But it’s a challenging read, and it’s purchased far more often than it’s completed.

Jason Segel talks about taking on the daunting role of David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace’s thousand-page novel Infinite Jest is one of those books. It lives in the same class as Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow or James Joyce’s Ulysses: books often bought as a rite of literary passage by ambitious readers who set out to conquer them as if scaling the hazardous North Ridge route up K2. The internet is full of fan-written readers’ guides, wikis, and other helping hands for getting through Wallace's dense vocabulary, the endless endnotes, and the heavy symbolism. But it’s a challenging read, and it’s purchased far more often than it’s completed.___

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2015-07-30 04:32:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Betterment Tops 100,000 Customers And $2.5B Under Management

The firm’s investment strategy depends on a customized investment strategy using algorithms to balance a portfolio of index-tracking exchange traded funds with allocation advice based on indvididual goals. The investment company offers a variety of investment accounts, including traditional, and Roth IRAs, trust accounts, and accounts for retirement income.

Betterment Tops 100,000 Customers And $2.5B Under Management

The firm’s investment strategy depends on a customized investment strategy using algorithms to balance a portfolio of index-tracking exchange traded funds with allocation advice based on indvididual goals. The investment company offers a variety of investment accounts, including traditional, and Roth IRAs, trust accounts, and accounts for retirement income.___

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2015-07-29 22:46:15 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Mark Zuckerberg says virtual reality is the obvious next step for Facebook

When asked what he thought the primary applications of Oculus VR headset might be, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "The reason we’re excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what’s on their mind. Ten years ago it was text. Now it’s mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and we’re seeing huge growth there, but that is not the end of the line. Immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing after video." He says that more interactive social applications will arrive once we have robust technology in place to experience this new kind of video.

Mark Zuckerberg says virtual reality is the obvious next step for Facebook

When asked what he thought the primary applications of Oculus VR headset might be, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "The reason we’re excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what’s on their mind. Ten years ago it was text. Now it’s mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and we’re seeing huge growth there, but that is not the end of the line. Immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing after video." He says that more interactive social applications will arrive once we have robust technology in place to experience this new kind of video.___

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2015-07-29 19:32:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Simplicity of Intel's New Memory Tech

Typically, memory chips store information in transistors, tiny three-pronged devices that can house electrons. But with their new memory tech, unveiled on Tuesday, Intel and Micron have done away the transistor, storing information in what is really just a lattice of wires. Each piece of information sits where two wires cross.

“This is the simplest structure you can build,” says Al Fazio, the Intel Fellow who serves as the director of memory technology development at the chip giant. “It’s just the intersection of two orthogonal lines.” The companies call it 3D XPoint—pronounced “3D cross point”—because those intersecting wires look like Xs.

The Simplicity of Intel's New Memory Tech

Typically, memory chips store information in transistors, tiny three-pronged devices that can house electrons. But with their new memory tech, unveiled on Tuesday, Intel and Micron have done away the transistor, storing information in what is really just a lattice of wires. Each piece of information sits where two wires cross.

“This is the simplest structure you can build,” says Al Fazio, the Intel Fellow who serves as the director of memory technology development at the chip giant. “It’s just the intersection of two orthogonal lines.” The companies call it 3D XPoint—pronounced “3D cross point”—because those intersecting wires look like Xs.___

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2015-07-29 19:28:46 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Hackers can change the target of a Sniper Rifle

PUT A COMPUTER on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon, and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own—and a very different idea of the target.

Hackers can change the target of a Sniper Rifle

PUT A COMPUTER on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman. But add a wireless connection to that computer-aided weapon, and you may find that your smart gun suddenly seems to have a mind of its own—and a very different idea of the target.___

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2015-07-29 15:50:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

New tool uses 'drug spillover' to match cancer patients with treatments

Targeted therapies attack a cancer's genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient's cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone. The result is threefold: sometimes a drug is prescribed to treat a target that proves to be irrelevant to the disease, sometimes an existing drug could be used to treat a cancer for which there is no approved targeted therapy, and sometimes a combination of targeted treatments could be used to simultaneously silence more than one genetic cause of a patient's cancer.

A recent article in the journal Bioinformatics from researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center describes a new tool that improves the ability to match drugs to... more »

New tool uses 'drug spillover' to match cancer patients with treatments

Targeted therapies attack a cancer's genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient's cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone. The result is threefold: sometimes a drug is prescribed to treat a target that proves to be irrelevant to the disease, sometimes an existing drug could be used to treat a cancer for which there is no approved targeted therapy, and sometimes a combination of targeted treatments could be used to simultaneously silence more than one genetic cause of a patient's cancer.

A recent article in the journal Bioinformatics from researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center describes a new tool that improves the ability to match drugs to disease: the Kinase Addiction Ranker (KAR) predicts what genetics are truly driving the cancer in any population of cells and chooses the best "kinase inhibitor" to silence these dangerous genetic causes of disease.___

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2015-07-29 15:47:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Disruption: Amazon Launchpad offers startups launch, market and distribution support

Amazon.com, Inc. launched a new service Tuesday that offers a disruptive service for hardware startups that provides those companies support to launch, market, and distribute their products, all wrapped with a neat bow of marketing support. Called Amazon Launchpad, the new program delivers a streamlined onboarding experience, complete with custom product pages, a marketing package, and (perhaps most importantly) access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network. The product is said to be geared toward helping startups successfully launch their products while communicating the message they want to spread to a wider audience. “With Amazon Launchpad, startups can overcome many of the challenges associated with launching new products by using Amazon’s retail expertise and infrastructure to create awarenessand d... more »

Disruption: Amazon Launchpad offers startups launch, market and distribution support

Amazon.com, Inc. launched a new service Tuesday that offers a disruptive service for hardware startups that provides those companies support to launch, market, and distribute their products, all wrapped with a neat bow of marketing support. Called Amazon Launchpad, the new program delivers a streamlined onboarding experience, complete with custom product pages, a marketing package, and (perhaps most importantly) access to Amazon’s global fulfillment network. The product is said to be geared toward helping startups successfully launch their products while communicating the message they want to spread to a wider audience. “With Amazon Launchpad, startups can overcome many of the challenges associated with launching new products by using Amazon’s retail expertise and infrastructure to create awareness and drive sales” the pitch from the company reads.___

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2015-07-29 15:16:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

VR Chat Room Altspace Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

Founded in 2013, Altspace officially launched its VR chat room platform in June following months of testing. There, strangers from across the world appear as robot avatars that can talk to each other, browse the web, play oversized board games, or watch videos on a massive digital screen. The software is designed to run on Oculus, Mac and PC desktops, and 3D TV, and can be equipped with a Leap Motion or Kinect motion sensor to bring users’ gestures into the virtual world.

Romo tells me “one of the things investors were excited about was a 25 minute average user session time”. Most VR experiences today are quick, one-off games or cinema experiences that last just three to five minutes. Their novelty quickly dries up. But since Altspace is populated with other real people, it doesn’t get boring or repetitive thesame wa... more »

VR Chat Room Altspace Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

Founded in 2013, Altspace officially launched its VR chat room platform in June following months of testing. There, strangers from across the world appear as robot avatars that can talk to each other, browse the web, play oversized board games, or watch videos on a massive digital screen. The software is designed to run on Oculus, Mac and PC desktops, and 3D TV, and can be equipped with a Leap Motion or Kinect motion sensor to bring users’ gestures into the virtual world.

Romo tells me “one of the things investors were excited about was a 25 minute average user session time”. Most VR experiences today are quick, one-off games or cinema experiences that last just three to five minutes. Their novelty quickly dries up. But since Altspace is populated with other real people, it doesn’t get boring or repetitive the same way.___

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2015-07-29 02:47:07 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Most Important Movie of the Year: a VR movie

But breaking things and fixing them is the whole point of Story Studio. Last fall, a few months after Facebook acquired Oculus, the studio was founded with the mission to determine what was possible for VR filmmaking, and then to share that knowledge with the world. “Part of the mission is ‘inspire and educate,'” producer Edward Saatchi says. And a huge hurdle to doing that has been figuring out how to make movies using both traditional animation software like Maya and videogame tools, while also making Hollywood filmmakers comfortable with the media as “an art-form, rather than cinema in a videogame,” as Saatchi puts it.

Unreal 4 does feature an animation tool that helps developers build cinematic experiences, and by the end of the year they hope to incorporate something called Sequencer that will feel more familiar tofilmmaker... more »

Most Important Movie of the Year: a VR movie

But breaking things and fixing them is the whole point of Story Studio. Last fall, a few months after Facebook acquired Oculus, the studio was founded with the mission to determine what was possible for VR filmmaking, and then to share that knowledge with the world. “Part of the mission is ‘inspire and educate,'” producer Edward Saatchi says. And a huge hurdle to doing that has been figuring out how to make movies using both traditional animation software like Maya and videogame tools, while also making Hollywood filmmakers comfortable with the media as “an art-form, rather than cinema in a videogame,” as Saatchi puts it.

Unreal 4 does feature an animation tool that helps developers build cinematic experiences, and by the end of the year they hope to incorporate something called Sequencer that will feel more familiar to filmmakers used to working in ProTools.___

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2015-07-29 02:35:07 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Intel's New Memory chips: faster and bigger.

1000x faster, 10x bigger capacity. 

“This technology could enable a rethinking where and how analytics can be done. Analytics and Big Data today are done in either large monolithic data centers or scale-out data centers,” he says. “This technology enables ‘edge analytics,’ meaning Big Data could be done outside of these kinds of data centers, closer to the data. So instead of doing your processing at an Amazon or Google, you do it in the field.”

Intel's New Memory chips: faster and bigger.

1000x faster, 10x bigger capacity. 

“This technology could enable a rethinking where and how analytics can be done. Analytics and Big Data today are done in either large monolithic data centers or scale-out data centers,” he says. “This technology enables ‘edge analytics,’ meaning Big Data could be done outside of these kinds of data centers, closer to the data. So instead of doing your processing at an Amazon or Google, you do it in the field.”___

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2015-07-29 02:25:55 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality

Today Nokia is beginning to lay out its vision. At an event for the entertainment industry in Los Angeles tonight, Nokia is announcing Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees. Nokia intends for the device, which is now in its pre-production phase, to become the default mode of shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood, the media, and the advertising industry. A formal launch, along with a final sale price, is planned for the fall. But Ozo is not a consumer camera — the device is expected to sell in the mid-five figures.

Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality

Today Nokia is beginning to lay out its vision. At an event for the entertainment industry in Los Angeles tonight, Nokia is announcing Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees. Nokia intends for the device, which is now in its pre-production phase, to become the default mode of shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood, the media, and the advertising industry. A formal launch, along with a final sale price, is planned for the fall. But Ozo is not a consumer camera — the device is expected to sell in the mid-five figures.___

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2015-07-29 01:57:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Unlikely results

Check out the video

Why many published scientific research is probably false

Unlikely results

Check out the video

Why many published scientific research is probably false___

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2015-07-28 16:51:52 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky

The company laid out its vision for a multi-tiered superhighway in the sky, one in which all drones flying above 200 feet would have the ability to communicate with — and ideally sense and avoid — other aircraft. It’s an attempt to put an end to the Wild West atmosphere that has been the norm for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) over the last five years, replacing it with a next-generation air traffic control system. It hopes to establish a basic regulatory framework and set of technical standards that manufacturers can work toward. All this would prepare the airspace for a time when thousands, even tens of thousands of drones fly over the average city delivering parcels, monitoring air quality, and handing out parking tickets.

Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky

The company laid out its vision for a multi-tiered superhighway in the sky, one in which all drones flying above 200 feet would have the ability to communicate with — and ideally sense and avoid — other aircraft. It’s an attempt to put an end to the Wild West atmosphere that has been the norm for uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) over the last five years, replacing it with a next-generation air traffic control system. It hopes to establish a basic regulatory framework and set of technical standards that manufacturers can work toward. All this would prepare the airspace for a time when thousands, even tens of thousands of drones fly over the average city delivering parcels, monitoring air quality, and handing out parking tickets.___

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2015-07-28 16:44:17 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Brain-powered gadget sales to top $200M in 2020

The Brain-to-Machine (BMI) product niche has been a little obscured by more well known concepts like the Internet of Things and software-defined this and that, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a second glance. For according to new findings from ABI Research (Allied Business Intelligence, Inc.), the market could be worth $200 million a year by 2020.

Things are expected to pick up in earnest later this year, with a flood of new products likely to be released in time for the Christmas shopping season, ABI Research predicts. According to them, “tapping into brain activity as a means of understanding human behavior, or controlling an external activity, is now possible”, and the most likely application of that will be video games.

Jeff Orr, ABI’s research director, said in a statement that the combination of BMIheadgear ... more »

Brain-powered gadget sales to top $200M in 2020

The Brain-to-Machine (BMI) product niche has been a little obscured by more well known concepts like the Internet of Things and software-defined this and that, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a second glance. For according to new findings from ABI Research (Allied Business Intelligence, Inc.), the market could be worth $200 million a year by 2020.

Things are expected to pick up in earnest later this year, with a flood of new products likely to be released in time for the Christmas shopping season, ABI Research predicts. According to them, “tapping into brain activity as a means of understanding human behavior, or controlling an external activity, is now possible”, and the most likely application of that will be video games.

Jeff Orr, ABI’s research director, said in a statement that the combination of BMI headgear with augmented reality and eye-tracking hardware will “give elite players the upper-hand in real-time multiplayer gaming.” Nevertheless, he says that helmets equipped with brain electrodes are unlikely to appear on the shop shelves any time soon, due to the difficulties of precisely fitting this kind of equipment.___

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2015-07-28 16:41:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hack Anarchy: Time for a Hail Mary

Four of the most devastating hacks of the past couple of months – the hacks of Adult FriendFinder (AFF), Cougar Life, Established Men (FriendFinder Networks Inc.) and Ashley Madison (Avid Life Media Inc.) – are hacks that are not financially motivated but designed to embarrass, disrupt or to hurt the general populace – in a big way. This is a new and unanticipated notion. If you consider the evolution of the world’s hacking problems, we have reached a point where anything is possible – an absolute free for all.

Hack Anarchy: Time for a Hail Mary

Four of the most devastating hacks of the past couple of months – the hacks of Adult FriendFinder (AFF), Cougar Life, Established Men (FriendFinder Networks Inc.) and Ashley Madison (Avid Life Media Inc.) – are hacks that are not financially motivated but designed to embarrass, disrupt or to hurt the general populace – in a big way. This is a new and unanticipated notion. If you consider the evolution of the world’s hacking problems, we have reached a point where anything is possible – an absolute free for all.___

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2015-07-28 16:38:20 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory

"This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

The limitations of the new memory class are still unclear, but its earliest applications are likely to be in real-time data analysis, where fast access to large datasets is at a premium. Intel singled out fraud detection and disease tracking as likely early applications, but said the chip could also be used to power more immersive gaming experiences if brought to the PC. Because the memory is durable and non-volatile, it's likely to be used primarily for long-term storage, but executives at the keynote said fast access to that long-term data could enable entirely new applications for everyday services.

Intel's new storage chip is 1,000 times faster than flash memory

"This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

The limitations of the new memory class are still unclear, but its earliest applications are likely to be in real-time data analysis, where fast access to large datasets is at a premium. Intel singled out fraud detection and disease tracking as likely early applications, but said the chip could also be used to power more immersive gaming experiences if brought to the PC. Because the memory is durable and non-volatile, it's likely to be used primarily for long-term storage, but executives at the keynote said fast access to that long-term data could enable entirely new applications for everyday services.___

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2015-07-28 16:15:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Design Fiction - have you heard about it before?

In Design Fiction we makes implications without making predictions. We propose and build elements of a possible future without being too precious or detailed about them. Our aim is to spark conversations about the near future, check the sanity of visions and uncover hidden perspectives. Our work serves to design-develop prototypes and shape embryonic concepts in order to discard them, make them better, or reconsider what we may take for granted today.

Design Fiction doesn’t so much “predict” the future. It is a way to consider the future differently; a way to tell stories about alternatives and unexpected trajectories; a way to discuss a different kind of future than the typical bifurcation into utopian and dystopian.

We are interested in foresight; futures research and in this idea that we can’t predict, butanticip... more »

Design Fiction - have you heard about it before?

In Design Fiction we makes implications without making predictions. We propose and build elements of a possible future without being too precious or detailed about them. Our aim is to spark conversations about the near future, check the sanity of visions and uncover hidden perspectives. Our work serves to design-develop prototypes and shape embryonic concepts in order to discard them, make them better, or reconsider what we may take for granted today.

Design Fiction doesn’t so much “predict” the future. It is a way to consider the future differently; a way to tell stories about alternatives and unexpected trajectories; a way to discuss a different kind of future than the typical bifurcation into utopian and dystopian.

We are interested in foresight; futures research and in this idea that we can’t predict, but anticipate and speculate on near future worlds___

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2015-07-28 16:07:40 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-28 15:48:37 (0 comments, 17 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

The guy who taught AI to 'remember' is launching a startup

As it stands, the company’s website says its mission is to “build large-scale neural network solutions for superhuman perception and intelligent automation, with the ultimate goal of marketing general-purpose neural network-based Artificial Intelligences.”

Nnaisense was founded by Jürgen Schmidhuber, a key figure in the development of modern RNNs, and four researchers who work alongside him at the Swiss AI lab called IDSIA (Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale). The German-born Schmidhuber helped create a breed of recurrent neural net called LSTM, or Long Short Term Memory, and his work has influenced the latest AI research at the likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM, and others.

The guy who taught AI to 'remember' is launching a startup

As it stands, the company’s website says its mission is to “build large-scale neural network solutions for superhuman perception and intelligent automation, with the ultimate goal of marketing general-purpose neural network-based Artificial Intelligences.”

Nnaisense was founded by Jürgen Schmidhuber, a key figure in the development of modern RNNs, and four researchers who work alongside him at the Swiss AI lab called IDSIA (Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale). The German-born Schmidhuber helped create a breed of recurrent neural net called LSTM, or Long Short Term Memory, and his work has influenced the latest AI research at the likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM, and others.___

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2015-07-28 15:41:21 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

The New Moto X Might Change How We Buy Phones - and it is a damn good phone for only $399

Motorola says is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus, and not because it’s apparently the fastest-charging smartphone on the market. Not even because Motorola swears up and down that it’s finally, finally figured out how to make a great camera, and that the 21-megapixel shooter on the back will rival the iPhone.

What’s most powerful about this phone is that it’s being sold unlocked, for $399, and will work on any carrier in the United States. It supports every band of LTE, so all you have to do is pop in whatever SIM card you want. This is how phones work in the rest of the world, and a much better system. It’s also, of course, the uphill battle of all uphill battles in the smartphone game—so while it would be a welcome change from Verizon’s and AT&T’s spectrum shackles, itmay not yet be ... more »

The New Moto X Might Change How We Buy Phones - and it is a damn good phone for only $399

Motorola says is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus, and not because it’s apparently the fastest-charging smartphone on the market. Not even because Motorola swears up and down that it’s finally, finally figured out how to make a great camera, and that the 21-megapixel shooter on the back will rival the iPhone.

What’s most powerful about this phone is that it’s being sold unlocked, for $399, and will work on any carrier in the United States. It supports every band of LTE, so all you have to do is pop in whatever SIM card you want. This is how phones work in the rest of the world, and a much better system. It’s also, of course, the uphill battle of all uphill battles in the smartphone game—so while it would be a welcome change from Verizon’s and AT&T’s spectrum shackles, it may not yet be time to hold your breath.___

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2015-07-27 22:14:54 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hornet browser promises to be more private, faster than Tor

Internet security researchers claim they've invented a web browser that's faster and more private than Tor, a browser used to communicate anonymously on the web. The new browser called Hornet, which stands for high-speed onion routing at the network layer, is a similar anonymous browser aimed to hide activity.

Hornet browser promises to be more private, faster than Tor

Internet security researchers claim they've invented a web browser that's faster and more private than Tor, a browser used to communicate anonymously on the web. The new browser called Hornet, which stands for high-speed onion routing at the network layer, is a similar anonymous browser aimed to hide activity.___

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2015-07-27 17:49:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Aribnb in New York: sleep in a van

"Super spacious! All brand new furnishings!!" he boasts in the listing. "Only 3 stops from Times Square, Less than 10 minutes to 50 major attractions." The listing says the van is parked near The Mill, a coffee shop that's conveniently located near John F. Murray playground's public restrooms. The van is not the host's only Airbnb posting featuring converted vehicles.

Aribnb in New York: sleep in a van

"Super spacious! All brand new furnishings!!" he boasts in the listing. "Only 3 stops from Times Square, Less than 10 minutes to 50 major attractions." The listing says the van is parked near The Mill, a coffee shop that's conveniently located near John F. Murray playground's public restrooms. The van is not the host's only Airbnb posting featuring converted vehicles.___

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2015-07-27 16:36:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Daily fantasy sports site DraftKings raises $300M from Fox Sports, others at $1.2B valuation

Earlier this month, daily fantasy sports site FanDuel raised a whopping $275 million round. Now, its rival DraftKings is reeling in even more cash.

Re/code reported that DraftKings has raised a $300 million round led by Fox Sports, which values the startup at more than $1.2 billion. Venture capital firms Atlas Ventures and the Raine Group, along with others like Major League Baseball and the New England Patriots’ Kraft Group also participated in the round, Re/code noted.

The deal also includes a commitment from DraftKings to spend $250 million on ads with FOX over the next three years. DraftKings, founded in 2011, had raised $75 million prior to the new $300 million round.

Daily fantasy sports site DraftKings raises $300M from Fox Sports, others at $1.2B valuation

Earlier this month, daily fantasy sports site FanDuel raised a whopping $275 million round. Now, its rival DraftKings is reeling in even more cash.

Re/code reported that DraftKings has raised a $300 million round led by Fox Sports, which values the startup at more than $1.2 billion. Venture capital firms Atlas Ventures and the Raine Group, along with others like Major League Baseball and the New England Patriots’ Kraft Group also participated in the round, Re/code noted.

The deal also includes a commitment from DraftKings to spend $250 million on ads with FOX over the next three years. DraftKings, founded in 2011, had raised $75 million prior to the new $300 million round.___

2015-07-27 15:45:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Insulin resistance, glucose uptake in the brain in adults at risk for Alzheimer's

An imaging study suggests insulin resistance, a prevalent and increasingly common condition, was associated with lower brain glucose metabolism in a group of late middle-age adults at risk for Alzheimer disease, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology.

Insulin resistance, glucose uptake in the brain in adults at risk for Alzheimer's

An imaging study suggests insulin resistance, a prevalent and increasingly common condition, was associated with lower brain glucose metabolism in a group of late middle-age adults at risk for Alzheimer disease, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology.___

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2015-07-27 15:40:46 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-27 15:39:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

7 questions that help you understand the Chinese stock market crash

China's stock market is crashing today, and not for the first time in the past month. The Shanghai Composite Index, which is China's version of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, dropped a whopping 8.4%, which is its steepest one-day fall since 2007.

7 questions that help you understand the Chinese stock market crash

China's stock market is crashing today, and not for the first time in the past month. The Shanghai Composite Index, which is China's version of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, dropped a whopping 8.4%, which is its steepest one-day fall since 2007.___

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2015-07-27 01:17:18 (2 comments, 13 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The Long Game: Google-Backed Calico Partners With Ancestry.com to Beat the Specter of Aging

How much would you pay to live longer? What if Google were making the pill to do it? On Tuesday, Calico, the medical research company Google incubated in 2013, announced it had cut a deal for access to genetic information from Ancestry.com, the largest family tree website. It’s among the first public moves from Calico, the secretive division born to (gasp!) extend human life. With its new DNA data — properly anonymized — Calico will look for genetic patterns in people who have lived exceptionally long lives, then make drugs to help more of us do that.

The Long Game: Google-Backed Calico Partners With Ancestry.com to Beat the Specter of Aging

How much would you pay to live longer? What if Google were making the pill to do it? On Tuesday, Calico, the medical research company Google incubated in 2013, announced it had cut a deal for access to genetic information from Ancestry.com, the largest family tree website. It’s among the first public moves from Calico, the secretive division born to (gasp!) extend human life. With its new DNA data — properly anonymized — Calico will look for genetic patterns in people who have lived exceptionally long lives, then make drugs to help more of us do that.___

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