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The New Business of AI

At a technical level, artificial intelligence seems to be the future of software. AI is showing remarkable progress on a range of difficult computer science problems, and the job of software developers – who now work with data as much as source code – is changing fundamentally in the process. Many AI companies (and investors)…

Japan’s Lost-and-Found System

Lost wallets in Japanese cities are usually returned, intact, to their owners. Why? Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images If you misplace your phone or wallet in Tokyo, chances are very good that you’ll get it back. Here’s why.Phones left in taxis. Briefcases forgotten under train seats. Dropped wallets, abandoned umbrellas, misplaced purses. Japan’s 126 million…

We’ll Be $1Trillion in the Red in 2020. No Big Deal

When word got out that the federal deficit is poised to surpass $1 trillion this year, my reaction was pretty much the same as everyone else’s. Who cares? Except for the usual naysayers, spoilsports and gloomy Gusses, nobody seems to mind much one way or the other if the annual deficit is $1 trillion, $2…

Magic and Software Design (1993)

Magic and Software Design By Bruce Tognazzini [Tognazzini, Bruce “Tog.” (1993), “Principles, Techniques, and Ethics of Stage Magic and Their Application to Human Interface Design,” Proceedings of INTERCHI, 1993 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 24-29, 1993). ACM, New York, pp 355-362.] Software designers are struggling to generate more effective illusions for purposes of communicating to their…

Reid Hoffman’s $30M bet: Send partners, not cash, to startups

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Barbara Newhall Follett

Barbara Newhall FollettBornMarch 4, 1914Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.DisappearedDecember 7, 1939 (aged 25)Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.NationalityAmericanOther namesBarbara RogersOccupationNovelistNotable workThe House Without Windows (1927) The Voyage of the Norman D. (1928)Spouse(s)Nickerson Rogers (m. 1933⁠–⁠1939)Parent(s)Wilson FollettHelen FollettBarbara Newhall Follett[1] (March 4, 1914[2] – disappeared December 7, 1939) was an American child prodigy novelist.[3] Her first novel, The House Without Windows, was published…

A Brief Introduction to Ice-Penetrating Radar (2015)

I’ve been working with ice-penetrating radar data for years, and I still think it’s so flipping cool that we can see through kilometers of ice using radar. This is possible because ice is mostly transparent to electromagnetic energy at radar frequencies. We see reflections at the air/ice interface, within the ice where its properties change,…

US Congress Starts Review on Possible Modernization of the DMCA

When the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was introduced in 1998, few people could of imagined the online developments of the next two decades. Nevertheless, the law remains in place today and at times, according to some, struggles to keep up with whatever technology throws at it. The DMCA is a complex beast but some…

Aviation industry tries to go green

The Singapore Airshow was powered by solar panels From an emissions-reducing model jet that looks like something from a sci-fi movie to electric aircraft and sustainable fuel, the aviation industry is ramping up efforts to go green as consumer pressure grows. In an era when teen climate activist Greta Thunberg opts to travel on an…

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