Before They Hit the Road, Driverless Vehicles Will Take Over Warehouses

Before They Hit the Road, Driverless Vehicles Will Take Over Warehouses

Before They Hit the Road, Driverless Vehicles Will Take Over Warehouses

Much is made of the impending arrival of autonomous cars on our roads. But we might see many of the impressive advances in self-driving vehicles appear from inside warehouses over the coming years.

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What the Hell Is an Initial Coin Offering?

What the Hell Is an Initial Coin Offering?

What the Hell Is an Initial Coin Offering?

Initial coin offerings are all the rage. Dozens of companies have raised nearly $1.5 billion via the novel fundraising mechanism just this year. Celebrities from Floyd Mayweather to Paris Hilton have jumped on the hype train. But don’t feel bad if you’re still wondering: what the hell is an ICO?

The acronym probably sounds familiar, and that’s on purpose—an ICO does indeed work similarly to an initial public offering. Instead of offering shares in a company, though, a firm is instead offering digital assets called “tokens.”

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Baidu’s Plan for Artificial Intelligence without Andrew Ng

Baidu’s Plan for Artificial Intelligence without Andrew Ng

Baidu’s Plan for Artificial Intelligence without Andrew Ng

When Andrew Ng, one of the world’s leading thinkers on artificial intelligence, announced he would be stepping down from his position as chief scientist at Chinese search giant Baidu, the company’s stock dropped nearly 3 percent in just a few hours.

It was a reflection not only of Ng’s prominence and fame, but also of the importance investors have placed on the search giant’s focus on AI. The technology has become a key element of the company’s strategy, and Ng’s departure comes at a time when Baidu is determined to double down on its AI efforts.

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Can Amazon and Twitter Kill Off TV by Streaming Live Events?

Can Amazon and Twitter Kill Off TV by Streaming Live Events?

Can Amazon and Twitter Kill Off TV by Streaming Live Events?

Last year, Twitter started streaming Thursday night NFL games. Viewership was disappointing for the social network, averaging an audience of 266,000 per game compared to 15.8 million on regular television. But despite the flop, Internet giants remain convinced that they can win over your eyeballs for live coverage.

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Entanglement of Separate Nanomechanical Devices Heralds Quantum Internet

Entanglement of Separate Nanomechanical Devices Heralds Quantum Internet

Entanglement of Separate Nanomechanical Devices Heralds Quantum Internet

The strange laws of quantum mechanics make it possible to send information from one part of the universe to another with perfect privacy. Eavesdroppers cannot spy on this communication, even in principle. So governments, the military, banks, and others are eagerly awaiting improvements in this kind of technology.

Indeed, a basic version is already available. Current quantum communication systems rely on direct optical-fiber connections from one place to another. But because fibers absorb light, this limits the distance quantum information can be sent to a couple of hundred kilometers.

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Moscow Billboard Targets Ads Based on the Car You’re Driving

Moscow Billboard Targets Ads Based on the Car You’re Driving

Moscow Billboard Targets Ads Based on the Car You’re Driving

Last November if you were driving a BMW x5 or a Volvo XC60 on the highway ringing Moscow, you might have noticed a digital billboard on the side of the road flash an ad just as you approached, one for a new SUV from Jaguar.

If it was evening, you saw an ad with a dark background, helping the car stand out. In bad weather, you saw it maneuvering in the snow.

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Five Jobs That Are Set to Grow in 2018

Five Jobs That Are Set to Grow in 2018

Five Jobs That Are Set to Grow in 2018

The future of work is going to be determined by artificial intelligence and automation. These technologies will eliminate some jobs, but they will also create new opportunities and greater demand for the jobs that humans still do best. We decided to shine the spotlight on five positions you will see much more of on job boards in 2018. 

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Dropbox Could Have One of 2017’s Most Interesting IPOs

Dropbox Could Have One of 2017’s Most Interesting IPOs

Dropbox Could Have One of 2017’s Most Interesting IPOs

Of the big IPOs expected to occur in 2017, Dropbox’s could be one of the most intriguing.

When Dropbox last raised money, in 2014, it was valued at a hefty $10 billion. But large investors such as Fidelity and T. Rowe Price slashed the value of the Dropbox shares on their books by as much as 50 percent in 2015. The key concern: could a company whose free file storage service is used by hundreds of millions of people find enough paying customers to make a great business?

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