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    1. So We Never Forget, Holograms Will Keep Delivering First-Person Holocaust Survivor Testimony

      So We Never Forget, Holograms Will Keep Delivering First-Person Holocaust Survivor Testimony

      Before he begins to tell me about living through Hitler’s rise to power as a young boy in Warsaw, Pinchas Gutter, now in his mid-eighties, seems to pause and collect himself. His hands grip the armrests of his chair. advertisement “Before the war, in the Yiddish newspapers, they always used to show Hitler like a caricature, like a quasi-comic figure,” Gutter tells me.

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    2. How A Degree In Scandinavian Mythology Can Land You A Job At One Of The Biggest Tech Companies

      How A Degree In Scandinavian Mythology Can Land You A Job At One Of The Biggest Tech Companies

      These three women share how their liberal arts degrees helped them get their jobs at Microsoft. [Illustration: Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas via Wikimedia Commons ] By Lydia Dishman 9 minute Read Emma Williams had a major career eureka moment while she was working on a PhD in Scandinavian mythology.

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    3. Will Etsy Keep Its Commitment To Social Good After Its Management Shakeup?

      Will Etsy Keep Its Commitment To Social Good After Its Management Shakeup?

      When Etsy went public in 2015, it faced a choice: would it stay meaningfully committed to its mission for social good and create a new platform for a more inclusive form of commerce? But after its IPO, the company largely continued on the same path, building an ultra-sustainable Brooklyn office, maintaining an ideologically driven work culture that was unusual in the tech world, and choosing to get recertified as a B Corp (a designation that requires meeting high standards of social and environmental performance and transparency). advertisement Etsy now faces a similar choice. The company lost $421,000 in the ...

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    4. This Text Messaging Service Helps Inner-City Kids Recover From Trauma

      This Text Messaging Service Helps Inner-City Kids Recover From Trauma

      On April 11, when a 12-year-old on spring break walked to the corner store in his Chicago neighborhood with his brother and a friend to buy snacks, he watched as a car drove by and both his brother and the friend were shot –along with a dozen other people. The children survived, but now they have to deal with the next problem: trying to recover from the trauma. advertisement Their experience wasn’t uncommon.

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    5. Why Capital One’s First Messenger Bot Skipped Facebook In Favor Of Texting | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

      Why Capital One’s First Messenger Bot Skipped Facebook In Favor Of Texting | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

      Follow Fast Company We Will Come To You 4 minute Read robot revolution Why Capital One’s First Messenger Bot Skipped Facebook In Favor Of Texting With SMS, Capital One can reach a larger audience and faces fewer privacy hurdles, but gives up modern chatbot conveniences. By Jared Newman 03.10.17 | 9:00 am A strange thing happens when Capital One sends out automated fraud alerts via SMS.

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    6. Flipboard's Quest To Save Online Publishing—And Itself | Fast Company

      Flipboard's Quest To Save Online Publishing—And Itself | Fast Company

      The iPad was a futuristic gadget when it debuted in April 2010, but the apps it presented offered a rather nostalgic revival of traditional media. Photos, graphics, magazines, and books optimized for its high-res screen featured a print-era visual polish that had been sorely missing from ad-crammed web pages and monochrome ebook readers. One of the early hits was Flipboard , a graphical embodiment of social media that launched in July 2010.

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    7. Can IBM's Watson Do It All? Not Yet, But Give It Time

      Can IBM's Watson Do It All? Not Yet, But Give It Time

      From winning Jeopardy in 2011 to helping write a sad song last year, IBM's Watson cognitive computing platform is all over popular culture. Press releases fly out about Watson producing a movie trailer, powering a Macy's shopping app, even controlling lights on an internet-connected dress —along with more serious applications like working on cancer treatments. It seems, from IBM's hype, that Watson can do everything.

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    8. Very Human Lessons From Three Brands That Use Chatbots To Talk To Customers | Fast Company

      Very Human Lessons From Three Brands That Use Chatbots To Talk To Customers | Fast Company

      Remember when "there’s an app for that" was a popular refrain? Now, as consumers’ smartphones fill up with apps they’ve only used a handful of times and businesses try to reach consumers while they're online, the zeitgeist has shifted to "there’s a bot for that." Chatbots—which use artificial intelligence to converse with users—are particularly popular.

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    9. Google Translate Just Got 60% Better By Working on Whole Sentences | Fast Company

      Google Translate Just Got 60% Better By Working on Whole Sentences | Fast Company

      If you are translating text or speech, it seems obvious that you should read a whole sentence before figuring out what it means. But this hasn't been so easy for computers—in part because the work sucks up so many resources. So Google Translate has had to get by with looking at pieces of sentences, words, and phrases, and translating them individually.

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    10. Forget Dash Buttons, This Drinks Company Lets You Reorder By Text

      Forget Dash Buttons, This Drinks Company Lets You Reorder By Text

      I recently started drinking a new brand of supplement-infused beverages called Dirty Lemon . One is caffeinated with green tea to give you a jolt of energy as you start the day, another contains magnesium and chamomile to help you go to sleep. But the most interesting thing about the company wasn't how the drinks tasted (a little tart and not too sweet), but how you reorder more once you've run out.

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    11. Beyond Siri, The Next-Generation AI Assistants Are Smarter Specialists

      Beyond Siri, The Next-Generation AI Assistants Are Smarter Specialists

      Beyond Siri, The Next-Generation AI Assistants Are Smarter Specialists SRI wants to produce chatbots with deep knowledge of specific topics like banking and auto repair. [Photo: Flickr user Stig Nygaard ; App Photo:Columbia Pictures ("Chappie", 2015)] Jared Newman 08.20.16 6:00 AM After birthing a virtual assistant that knows a little of everything, SRI International is working on ones that know a lot about just one thing.

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    12. With Mapbox Deal, IBM Watson Will Learn A Lot More About Where Things Are Happening

      With Mapbox Deal, IBM Watson Will Learn A Lot More About Where Things Are Happening

      The catchphrase "artificial intelligence" may be ubiquitous, but it's hard to find people who actually know how to use it. That discrepancy represents an opportunity for products like Watson Analytics, IBM's point-and-click AI tool that lets non-experts analyze business data by asking questions in colloquial speech.

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    13. Think Different (Again): How Apple Plans To Compete In The AI Personal Assistant Wars | Fast Company

      Think Different (Again): How Apple Plans To Compete In The AI Personal Assistant Wars | Fast Company

      Technology Think Different (Again): How Apple Plans To Compete In The AI Personal Assistant Wars The company announced a number of changes to its operating systems that show a new focus on machine learning and personal assistant tech. Mark Sullivan 06.15.16 2:00 PM Think Different. That's the simple and iconic slogan Apple used during the second coming of Jobs, during his reinvention and revitalization of the company in the late '90s. Yes, there are second acts in American life.

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    14. Facebook's Race To Dominate Ai | Fast Company

      Facebook's Race To Dominate Ai | Fast Company

      Facebook is known for a variety of mantras embedded in its culture, often spelled out on signs at its offices or recited by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives: "Code wins arguments," "Move fast and break things," or "Done is better than perfect." A sign on the wall at the company's New York office perfectly sums up the approach Yann LeCun brings to his leadership of Facebook's nascent efforts in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning: "Always be Open."

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    15. Facebook's Formula For Becoming The Athens Of A.I. | Fast Company

      Facebook's Formula For Becoming The Athens Of A.I. | Fast Company

      Technology Facebook's Formula For Becoming The Athens Of A.I. Facebook is betting that openness will put it ahead of Google and Microsoft in the race to dominate artificial intelligence—and create the world's most powerful ad platform. [Photo: Daniel Terdiman] Daniel Terdiman 06.06.16 6:00 AM Facebook is known for a variety of mantras embedded in its culture, often spelled out on signs at its offices or recited by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives: "Code wins arguments,""Move fast and break things," or "Done is better than perfect." A sign on the wall at ...

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    16. IBM Looks To Watson To Fight Online Criminals And Filter The Flood Of Security Data

      IBM Looks To Watson To Fight Online Criminals And Filter The Flood Of Security Data

      Worldwide spending on cybersecurity likely topped $75 billion last year, researchers at Gartner estimated , with companies more wary than ever of the risks posed by data breaches and other digital attacks. And along with rising costs, the sheer volume of digital security data has also increased dramatically: IBM estimated in a recent study that the average organization sees more than 200,000 pieces of security event data per day and that more than 10,000 security-related research papers are published every year. "Security researchers are getting hit with a firehose," says Caleb Barlow, vice president of IBM Security. "Once they ...

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    17. IBM Looks To Watson To Fight Online Criminals And Filter The Flood Of Security Data | Fast Company

      IBM Looks To Watson To Fight Online Criminals And Filter The Flood Of Security Data | Fast Company

      Technology IBM Looks To Watson To Fight Online Criminals And Filter The Flood Of Security Data The company will be teaching the AI tool to read security advisories and advise system administrators on keeping out hackers. Steven Melendez 05.22.16 6:00 AM Worldwide spending on cybersecurity likely topped $75 billion last year, researchers at Gartner estimated , with companies more wary than ever of the risks posed by data breaches and other digital attacks.

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    18. Can Using Artificial Intelligence Make Hiring Less Biased? | Fast Company

      Can Using Artificial Intelligence Make Hiring Less Biased? | Fast Company

      The Future of Work Can Using Artificial Intelligence Make Hiring Less Biased? Companies promise that algorithms can not only consider more information about applicants, but also be more objective than human recruiters. Sean Captain 05.18.16 5:58 AM The resume is on its way out. "[It's a] data token that boils you down to a data object," says Pete Kazanjy, founder of TalentBin , a service that uses social media to find job recruits (now part of Monster).

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    19. Can Using Artificial Intelligence Make Hiring Less Biased?

      Can Using Artificial Intelligence Make Hiring Less Biased?

      The resume is on its way out. "[It's a] data token that boils you down to a data object," says Pete Kazanjy, founder of TalentBin , a service that uses social media to find job recruits (now part of Monster). That's especially true for hard numbers, said Google's SVP of "people operations" Laszlo Bock in a 2013 New York Times interview .

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    20. How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession | Fast Company

      How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession | Fast Company

      Technology How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession Tech advances allow new companies to harness networks of computers and people to sift through legal information and help lawyers prep cases. I, Robot , 2004 Sean Captain 05.11.16 6:00 AM "The legal industry is ripe for innovation," says attorney and journalist Robert Ambrogi, who covers the role of technology in law.

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    21. How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession

      How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession

      Tech advances allow new companies to harness networks of computers and people to sift through legal information and help lawyers prep cases. "The legal industry is ripe for innovation," says attorney and journalist Robert Ambrogi, who covers the role of technology in law. In an influential April 13 blog post, Ambrogi proclaimed a boom in legal tech startups based on a more than doubling of ...

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    22. How Artificial Intelligence Will Make You A Better Writer

      How Artificial Intelligence Will Make You A Better Writer

      Textio, a service that helps job recruiters by flagging both good and poor phrasing, now aims to be a real-time writing coach. The best way to make your writing better is to show it to someone who knows the topic at least as well as you do. That someone can now be an artificial intelligence system that reads and learns faster and more deeply than a human can, says linguist and cognitive ...

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