New Basic Income Project Set to Launch in January

Income for All  Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been gaining a lot of traction as of late with various industry experts, government officials, and financial experts expressing the need to explore the possibilities of implementing a basic income program. UBI is a lump sum of money given periodically to individuals unconditionally. There are no tests […]

Google’s AI can now lip read better than humans after watching thousands of hours of TV

Researchers from Google’s AI division DeepMind and the University of Oxford have used artificial intelligence to create the most accurate lip-reading software ever. Using thousands of hours of TV footage from the BBC, scientists trained a neural network to annotate video footage with 46.8 percent accuracy. That might not seem that impressive at first — […]

Who Rules this Domain? [infographic]

In 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided that the number of top level domains (TLDs) available for use by the public needed to be broadened.  They opened a window of several months for anyone who was willing to pay ($185,000) to apply to register the top level domain of their choice and […]

Google wins data deal with the NHS and is handed 1.6m medical records

Google has agreed to a five-year deal with one of the largest NHS trusts to handle the medical records of up to 1.6million people. The tech giant’s secretive DeepMind health business will use the data to help develop a mobile app they claim could save 10,000 lives a year. In 2017 it will launch a […]

What to do about #FakeNews – Twitter chat

Twitter gets a bad rap for the “noise factor”  Reminds me of the “3 Stages of Twitter Acceptance” I taught when Twitter was new. It applies to all technology, but I used Twitter as an example STAGE ONE: “Why should I care?” STAGE TWO: “I need to push out a message and/or get some followers” STAGE THREE: […]

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Stress and burnout are not the same thing. And while we know that stress often leads to burnout, it’s possible to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that safeguards you from the emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of confidence in one’s abilities that characterizes burnout. The […]

Small steps in Dupont Circle add up to strides toward cleaner energy

Pedestrians on Connecticut Avenue in Washington will be doing more than just walking. They’ll be powering outdoor street lighting through special tiles that harness the energy generated by footsteps. The completed tile installation is just south of Dupont Circle at the Connecticut Avenue Overlook pocket park, a site chosen for its high foot traffic. The […]

Every Morning, 86-Year-Old Tailor Goes To Work In Different Outfit, Photographer Spends 3 Years Capturing It

Think you’re stylish? Then you haven’t met Ali. He might be 86 years old but he still cuts a dapper figure on the streets of Berlin. The Turkish/German octogenarian caught the eye of photographer Zoe Spawton back in 2012 when he kept walking past her workplace every day. Ali moved to Germany from Turkey more […]