Where human intelligence outperforms AI

 With every new trend comes a counter-trend. And so despite the current excitement over the wonders of artificial intelligence, one company is betting that human intelligence can still deliver solutions for businesses that AI cannot hope to match. Article One Partners (AOP) is a crowdsourced network of over 42,000 researchers in 170 countries — 42% of whom have graduate degrees in a… Read More

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Gillmor Gang: The Black Album

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, David Weinberger, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live 9.30.17. Cluetrain meets Blockchain, Twitter and the death of brevity, Who are the arbiters? G3: Algorithm and Blues — Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Social media, Facebook and the Russians, bad algorithms,… Read More

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Defakto’s Vektor strikes a great balance as a minimalist, slim automatic watch

 Defakto is a small German watchmaker that has made a name for itself over the years thanks to the unique, but classic designs it boasts thanks to mark founder Raphael Ickler. The latest watch from Ickler and Defakto, the Vektor, continues this tradition of smart, minimalist looks, but adds a very slim case thanks to use of a Miyota 9015 automatic Japanese movement, and brings some extra… Read More

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Thinking about the social cost of technology

 All too often the fact that human lives are increasingly enmeshed with and dependent on ever more complex, and ever more inscrutable, technologies is considered a good thing. Negatives don’t generally get dwelled on. And for the most part people are expected to move along, or be moved along by the tech. Read More

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Motiv’s fitness ring is simple, but surprisingly capable

 When Motiv told me what they were working on just ahead of CES, I perked up. It wasn’t the functionality — there are a million trackers out there that do what the device does and much more. It was the potential the product represents — the beginnings of liberation from the tyranny of the wrist. It’s easy to understand why so many companies are so attached to that… Read More

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AI hype has peaked so what’s next?

 2017 has been the year of AI, reaching a fever pitch of VC and corporate investment. But, as with any hot technology, AI is outgrowing this phase of experimentation and hype. According to research firm Gartner, we’re past the “peak of inflated expectations.” Next up is a necessary recalibration of the space—one that will separate the winning AI-driven companies from all… Read More

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The SEC has charged two initial coin offerings with defrauding investors

 The Security and Exchange Commission today has charged both a diamond and a real estate initial coin offering scheme with defrauding investors. REcoin, which promoted itself as the first cryptocurrency-backed real estate company and DRC World, a diamond company, are owned by businessman Maksim Zaslavskiy. The SEC accuses Zaslavskiy of selling unregistered securities and coins that… Read More

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Travis Kalanick appoints Ursula Burns, John Thain to Uber’s board

 Former Uber chief Travis Kalanick has appointed two more people to the ridesharing company’s board.
One of the seats is going to Ursula Burns, former CEO and Chairwoman of Xerox. The other is going to John Thain, who has served as CEOs of CIT Group, Merrill Lynch and the New York Stock Exchange.
A spokesperson for Kalanick provided us with the following statement:
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