Advancements in AI Are Rewriting Our Entire Economy

Once theorized as visions of a future society, technology like automation and artificial intelligence are now becoming a part of everyday life. These advancements in AI are already impacting our economy, both in terms of individual wealth and broader financial trends.

From Linux to Windows 10: Why did Munich switch and why does it matter?

After 14 years forging ahead as an open-source pioneer, the city of Munich will return to Windows. At first glance, the blow to the wider free-software movement seems a heavy one. Munich was a beacon for the movement, a shining example of how a large organization with thousands of staff could run almost entirely on open-source software. Yet the news …

‘True internet freedom’ – Kim Dotcom to launch MegaNet to ‘replace’ current internet

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the US government’s decision to overturn net neutrality. Dotcom took to Twitter on 22 November to warn that breaking net neutrality would “only accelerate the adoption of a new network”. Dotcom also used the opportunity to hint at a potential future launch of his own alternative version of the …

Interstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system

Astronomers are now certain that the mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun last month is indeed from another solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1(’Oumuamua) and believe it could be one of 10,000 others lurking undetected in our cosmic neighbourhood. The certainty of its interstellar origin comes from an analysis that shows its orbit is almost impossible to …

Moderate alcohol consumption improves foreign language skills

By Emma Young Alcohol is not exactly known for its brain-boosting properties. In fact, it impairs all kinds of cognitive functioning, including working memory and the ability to ignore distractions. So it really should make it harder for someone to speak in a foreign language. However, as Fritz Renner of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and colleagues, point out in …

The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: ‘There is reason for hope’

Until recently the battle to avert catastrophic climate change seemed to be lost. But with the tipping point just years away, the tide is finally turning, thanks to innovations ranging from cheap renewables to lab-grown meat and electric airplanes Source: The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: ‘There is reason for hope’ | Environment | The Guardian

Everything you wanted to know about bitcoin but were afraid to ask

The money has become too much to ignore and so bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are back in the news. You may have heard about Ethereum, a cryptocurrency that has risen in value by more than 2,500% over the course of 2017. Or maybe you’ve heard about one of the many smaller cryptocurrencies that raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the first few …