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Researchers can now make neighborhood voting predictions from Google Street View pictures
In a sign that computers will be able to perform pic analysis as fluently as text analysis, a group of Stanford-based researchers were able to make accurate predictions about neighborhood voting patterns based on millions of pictures collected from Google Street View, reports The Fresh York Times. While other academic projects have used artificial intelligence to mine Google Street View&hellip, Read More
A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!”
“I think invention is maybe like love,” says Dean Kamen. “Everybody wants to have it. Nobody knows what it is.” Read More
Clever lock maker Otto suspends operations
Otto demonstrated the world its digital lock in August. Four months later, the company has suspended operations. Hardware is hard. It’s a cliche for a reason. The company made the decision just ahead of the holidays, a fact that founder and CEO Sam Jadallah recently made public with a lengthy Medium post now pinned to the top of the startup’s site. The extended survey of the Bay&hellip, Read More
What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?
You might have noticed a fresh end-of-year trend on Instagram the past few days. If so, you can thank 2017bestnine.com, a website that lets you automatically collect and collage your most-liked photos of 2017. Best Nine has been around for a while, so many of you may be familiar with the contraption already. But for those of you who are fresh to that Best Nine game, here’s how it works. Very first of&hellip, Read More
Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business
Imagine attending a business meeting with an Amazon Echo (or any voice-driven device) sitting on the conference table. A question arises about the month’s sales numbers in the Southeast region. Instead of opening a laptop, opening a program like Excel and finding the numbers, you simply ask the device and get the reaction instantly. That kind of script is increasingly becoming a&hellip, Read More
Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run
It’s been pretty effortless to point at Twitter and, with each quarterly moment when it discloses its financial guts, let out a long exasperated breathe. But then something interesting happened in the back half of 2017: it went on a rather spectacular run, and tho’ ending on a bit of a slump, it looks like it could finish the year up more than 25 percent —, which, by Twitter terms, is&hellip, Read More
It’s the Jons 2017!
Blessed Fresh Year! It’s been a transformational year in tech. The golden era of startups ended. Sorry about that. The tech industry ultimately spinned over a big rock it had overlooked and/or leaned on for years, and exposed the wriggling morass of sexual harassment underneath. We witnessed major AI breakthroughs, a cryptocurrency megaboom, truly truly self-driving cars, and Legitimate SpaceX launches. But&hellip, Read More