Elon Musk is right: we should all be worried about killer robots

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with 115 other artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, has signed an open letter to urge the United Nations to recognize the dangers of lethal autonomous weapons and to ban their use internationally. The letter was released at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne […]

InstructureCon 2017: Culture as a competitive weapon

In our recent coverage of BbWorld and D2L Fusion, Michael and I came away impressed. Both companies are improving and doing so in ways showing them listening to customers, empathizing, and developing product enhancements with more engaging user experiences. Both companies are doing so by attempting to change their company cultures to support these behaviors. […]

Chin up, the Great American Eclipse is today!

For the first time in 99 years, today people across the continental US will be able to see a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will be partially visible across a large swath of the United States, while those in the 70 mile wide “path of totality” stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able […]

Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone

 Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to […]

15 Startups to Watch and What Their Value Proposition Can Teach Your Business

Every year, new ideas gain support and determined startups gain momentum. As they do, they influence market direction and user behavior. In just the last year alone, we’ve witnessed huge strides in augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, and autonomous transportation. All of these new areas of innovation are blurring the line between science […]

Beyond Amazon and Alibaba: what’s next for e-commerce?

Even with advantages, can startups truly outsmart Alibaba and Amazon? The answer is yes, and the reason is the massive amount of growth that remains to be realized in e-commerce. Amazon and Alibaba may be gobbling up the lion’s share of the two markets, but e-commerce still amounts to just 8% and 16% of the total ~$9 […]

For its latest trick, watch this Tesla Model X smoke a Lamborghini supercar

 The “Ludicrous” Teslas are ludicrous indeed. And this video posted to YouTube by DragTimes is just the latest in a series of evidentiary exhibits that proves it. In the video, a Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV is pitted against a $530,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Spoiler alert: the Tesla beats it by .05 of a second, […]

Yesterday’s “plastics” are today’s crypto tokens

 What “The Graduate” can teach about today’s cryptocurrencies Read More Source: 77

Why security leadership is essential for your company

Nobody needs to be told how the internet’s growth is giving way to new opportunities and opening new doors — but what exactly are these new possibilities? Security leadership is one of many new opportunities, but it’s often not taken seriously enough because. Most of the new phenomena created by the internet’s growth aren’t easily […]

Microsoft opens Xbox One X pre-orders with limited ‘Project Scorpio Edition’

If you’ve been waiting to pre-order an Xbox One X, now’s your chance. Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for its new flagship console, starting at $499. What’s more, the earliest adopters will receive a limited “Project Scorpio Edition” as well. For those not keeping up, when Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio would officially be called the […]

Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition

 Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for $499. Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year’s worth of teasers, the latest Xbox One features more memory and improved processing designed for 4K playback. The company is also using its platform at […]

Dunce’s App

Audrey Watters, The Baffler, Aug 21, 2017 I think it’s important to distinguish between ‘behaviourism’ – the theory that mental states are essentially equivalent to behaviours or (Ryle) dispositions to behave – and ‘behaviour management’ – methods and tools to encourage correct behaviour. Hero K12, described by Audrey Watters in this post, focuses on the […]

I found everything on Tinder except my dream date

Tinder was one of the first innovative apps to break out on the dating scene. The app boasts over 10 million matches, but there’s a dark side of Tinder one needs to swipe through to find their true love. I have never used the app before, but curiosity killed the cat. I downloaded the app […]

Watch Microsoft’s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right here

 Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany. The company […]

Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

 Apple and Google could be the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there’s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. For instance, Google is paying a ton of money to remain the default search engine on iOS. As CNBC first reported, according to a Bernstein analyst, Google could pay […]

Gillmor Gang: Ah-Clem

 The Gillmor Gang — Philip Proctor, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor joins the Gang. Topics preclude: will the realDonaldTrump please step down, what is reality, Siri’s Easter egg, and other mysteries from the vaults of time. @stevegillmor, @FIRESIGNPHIL,… Read More […]

How to Engage in Pseudoscience With Real Data: A Criticism of John Hattie's Arguments in Visible Learning from the Perspective of a Statistician

Pierre-Jérôme Bergeron, McGill Journal of Education, Aug 20, 2017 This post is everything a proper refutation of education pseudoscience should be.It is a mistake to use Hattie’s analysis as the basis for educational policy or instructional design, as this paper makes clear. Some context: in 2008 John Hattie publiched Visible Learning, which is essentially a meta-analysis […]

Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

 Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising […]

Get started in cryptocurrency with this beginner’s directory

The wonderful world of cryptocurrency has grown from a budding idea to a full-fledged market bonanza. Hopefully you’re savvy to the terminology and ready to start putting your money where your technology is. This directory should provide you with the basic starting points to begin building your fortune in digital money. (Don’t forget that cryptocurrency […]

Too much Technology?

Let me begin by saying that I have been a geek and technology freak for more years than I care to remember. In 1967, I wrote an undergraduate paper for a History of Mathematics class that dealt with computer generated music compositions. In the 80’s, I wrote for Nibble magazine (Apple II). I worked for […]

Education and Technology Tweet Wrap, w/e 08-19-17

Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers. This week in the wrap, there’s an Augmented Reality… [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!] Source: kj

Social media didn’t kill email — but it did change it

Too much digital ink has been spilled over the apparent demise of email. “What’s to replace email,” and “why email is dead,” are all well-worn topics musing over a thin premise: social media will replace the well-worn 45-year-old medium. Yes, social media and collaboration platforms are now established, critical work tools. But these tools work […]

Become a white hat hacker for fun and profit – pay only what you want

Right now, you can develop the skills to take on this in-demand job with the training in the White Hat Hacker 2017 bundle of courses — and you can get it for any price you want. Source: 777

The Impact of an Educator

I fondly remember when I was first asked to consider what my future career path might be.  Mrs. Williams, my kindergarten teacher, asked the class to draw a picture that articulated what we wanted to be when we grew up. I immediately knew exactly what I was going to draw. That was the easy part. […]

Cryptowestworld

 Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there lived a mysterious, brilliant inventor, now lost to history, who created a kind of autonomous zone wherein the traditional rules of governments and law did not apply. It was scoffed at as escapism, but over time it drew an ever-growing crowd who used it […]

How you and your co-founder can develop a reliable relationship

Many entrepreneurs think that once they’ve found the right person to partner with, the rest of the relationship will be smooth sailing. While it’s true that finding someone with shared values and vision can put you on the path to success, you have to remember that strong business relationships don’t materialize out of thin air. […]

Apple Uses Hidden Web Page to Recruit for a 'Critical' Company Role

A hidden web page has been discovered on Apple servers containing a job description for a “talented engineer” to work on a “critical infrastructure component” and an invitation to apply for the position at the Cupertino-based company. The web page, originally located at us-west-1.blobstore.apple.com but since taken down, was discovered on Saturday by ZDNet‘s Zach […]

Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

5 Ways to Teach Students to Think From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Next week, my tenth graders will have to invent a new way to access the Internet. It doesn’t have to work, mind you, but it does have to include plausible technology. We’ve been doing this […]

Merging big data and AI is the next step

AI is one of hottest trends in tech at the moment, but what happens when it’s merged with another fashionable and extremely promising tech? Researchers are looking for ways to take big data to the next level by combining it with AI. We’ve just recently realized how powerful big data can be, and by uniting […]

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber’s CEO

 The long and dramatic process for naming a new Uber CEO may be coming closer to an end. First reported by Kara Swisher, our sources are also telling us that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is still being seriously considered and the board vote is expected to happen soon. The talks were first reported several […]

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