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    1. Could Software Stop School Shootings?

      Could Software Stop School Shootings?

      By Terena Bell 9 minute Read In the immediate wake of two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Americans stare at the aftermath and wonder why. We ask why, and how do we keep this from happening again? advertisement Amid inaction around gun or mental health policy, an increasing number of American schools are turning to technology to mitigate, and possibly prevent, shootings.

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    2. To keep up with demand, AI may have to build itself

      To keep up with demand, AI may have to build itself

      [Illustration: John Lund/Getty Images] One day, artificial intelligence may no longer need humans to build it. According to the New York Times , there are only about 10,000 people in the world who have the necessary skills to build the complicated, mathematical algorithms necessary to create next-gen artificial intelligence .

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    3. Apple Explains It’s Making Siri Smart Without Endangering User Privacy

      Apple Explains It’s Making Siri Smart Without Endangering User Privacy

      I wake up and put on my Apple Watch, and while I’m making coffee, I look down and see that traffic could be gnarly on the way to work, so I move a little quicker. I also see a reminder of a late-morning meeting, then a mid-afternoon flight down to L.A. As I leave the house, I glance down and see that the weather will be clear and sunny. At the airport, my boarding pass will show up on my wrist.

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    4. Google Broadens The Reach Of Its Assistant To More Speakers And Home Appliances

      Google Broadens The Reach Of Its Assistant To More Speakers And Home Appliances

      Today Google announced that some new smart speakers will use its digital Assistant for a brain, soon enabling a whole set of home appliances from washers and dryers to vacuums to respond to its commands. advertisement Google Home Big tech companies are vying to provide the personal digital assistant that helps you run the technology in your life, and in that contest reach is everything.

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      Mentions: Canada Amazon Apple
    5. The next thing Amazon is taking over: Your child’s writing tutor

      The next thing Amazon is taking over: Your child’s writing tutor

      It’s true: Jeff Bezos wants to literally dominate every industry. Yesterday it was supermarkets . Today it’s education. Tomorrow? Who knows! Amazon just announced a new part of its Amazon Education program aimed at providing students and teachers with learning resources. The company has been dabbling in the space with a math teaching resource known as TenMarks.

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    6. These are the 20 fastest growing freelance skills in demand right now

      These are the 20 fastest growing freelance skills in demand right now

      Upworth has released its latest quarterly list of the skill gaps companies are looking for freelancers to fill. This latest list sees a new No. 1 skill: virtual reality, which took the top spot from natural language processing in the previous list . Here’s the full list of the top 20 skills: Virtual reality Natural language processing Econometrics Learning Management System (LMS) Neural networks Penetration testing SEO auditing Image processing Asana work tracking Facebook API development Swift development Marketing analytics Geographic Information System (GIS) Docker development Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Machine learning AngularJS development Video advertising Shopify development Pardot marketing MG

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    7. Can This Therapy Robot Help Fix The Depression And Anxiety Epidemic With Uplifting Gifs?

      Can This Therapy Robot Help Fix The Depression And Anxiety Epidemic With Uplifting Gifs?

      “I’ll teach you how to crush self-defeating thinking styles,” promises my new therapist as he flashes me a thumbs-up. “I’ll give you insight on how your mood changes.” advertisement He is optimistic. Perhaps a bit too much. The sweet, eager demeanor reminds me of a teenage summer camp counselor. Or a Trader Joe’s cashier. Someone who believes anything is possible, that mankind is inherently good, and that avocado can cure all ills.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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      Mentions: Brooklyn Amazon CTO
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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      Mentions: Amazon Domino SMS
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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