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AIs are being trained on racist data – and it’s starting to show

Machine learning algorithms process vast quantities of data and spot correlations, trends and anomalies, at levels far beyond even the brightest human mind. But as human intelligence relies on accurate information, so too do machines. Algorithms need training data to learn from. This training data is created, selected, collated and annotated by humans. And therein lies the problem. Bias is a part of life, and something that not a single person on the planet is free from. There are, of course, va...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech


Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that spending on AI and ML will rise from $12 billion in 2017 to $57.6 billion by 2021. The skyrocketing research funding into these fields is mirrored by the resulting patents being filed, wit...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech


This physicist has written over 500 biographies of female scientists on Wikipedia

It’s not surprising how grossly underrepresented women are in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM). Hell, in the UK, half of state schools submitted no girls to study A-Level physics. Although the stats are disheartening, it doesn’t reflect women’s ability, instead it shines an unforgiving light on the realities of the society we live in. Just 17 percent of the English-language biographies on Wikipedia are about women, and female scientists in particular  are badly re...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Wikipedia, Tech, Jessica Wade


What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What happens when machines learn to manipulate us by faking our emotions? Judging by the rate at which researchers are developing human-like AI agents, we’re about to find out. Researchers around the world are trying to create more human-like AI. By definition, they’re developing artificial psychopaths. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s nothing inherently wrong with being a psychopath, and all AI agents are artificial psychopaths simply because they lack the full range of neurotypical...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence


Keen, a San Antonio SaaS Startup Owned by Scaleworks, Hires New CEO

San Antonio—Ben Kuhn has been promoted to become the CEO of Keen, a San Antonio startup that helps software developers with custom application programming interfaces for data collection and analytics.Kuhn was hired as the general manager of Keen in 2018, having previously worked at healthcare companies DaVita and Genentech. Most recently, he co-founded another software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup in San Antonio, Luka Health, which he left for Keen.Keen is owned by Scaleworks, an investment firm...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Science, Technology, Developer, Trends, Startup, Tech, ROI, Analytics, Developers, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Software Development


IBM’s latest trick: Turning noisy quantum bits into machine learning magic

IBM‘s figured out how to ignore noisy qubits and run machine learning algorithms in quantum feature spaces. Eureka-cadabra! The age of quantum algorithms is upon us. A team of IBM researchers created a pair of quantum classification algorithms and then experimentally implemented them on a hybrid system utilizing a 2-qubit quantum computer and a classical superconductor. Basically, they demonstrated that quantum computers can provide advantages in machine learning that classical computers, alone,...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Insider


Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper

The Opportunity Mars Rover may be officially offline for good, but its legacy of science and imagery is ongoing — and NASA just shared the last (nearly) complete panorama the robot sent back before it was blanketed in dust. After more than 5,000 days (or rather sols) on the Martian surface, Opportunity found itself in Endeavour Crater, specifically in Perseverance Valley on the western rim. For the last month of its active life, it systematically imaged its surroundings to create another of its ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Government, Nasa, Mars, Opportunity, Mars Rover, Jpl, Mars rovers, Perseverance Valley


Science, like art, often begins with creativity and imagination

I don’t know why it took so long to dawn on me – after 20 years of a scientific career – that what we call the “scientific method” really only refers the second half of any scientific story. It describes how we test and refine the ideas and hypotheses we have about nature through the engagement of experiment or observation and theoretical ideas and models. But something must happen before this. All of this process rests upon the vital, essential, precious ability to conceive of those ideas in th...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Creativity, Syndication


How women in health, science, and innovation can collaborate globally

Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Brenda Milner, Martha Salcudean, Julie Payette, Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson. What do these names bring to mind? They are women whose pioneering work led the fight against cancer, ground-breaking discoveries about how brain cells live and die, and to the unveiling of the secrets of human memory. They are leaders in innovation, in mechanical engineering, and space exploration. They were among the first women in their classes in medicine, going on to provide healt...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Syndication


How old, once-unusable geometry ideas are now helping us apply big data to medicine

Your brain is made up of billions of neurons connected by trillions of synapses. And how they’re arranged gives rise to the brain’s functionality and to your personality. That’s why scientists in Switzerland recently produced the first-ever digital 3D brain cell atlas, a complete mapping of the brain of a mouse. While this is a colossal achievement, the great challenge now lies in learning to decipher the atlas. And it’s a huge one. Science is full of this kind of problem: how to turn large amou...
Tags: Startups, Science, Switzerland, Syndication


Study: Nearly half of all Americans have a family member who’s been incarcerated

A team of researchers at the University of Cornell recently conducted a study on incarceration rates in the US. It was discovered that nearly half of all Americans have a family member who’s been incarcerated. The other half probably just had better lawyers. The US has the world’s largest prison industrial complex. Our incarcerated population is nearly twice that of China’s, and almost thrice Russia‘s. And we imprison people at an incredibly high rate: 737 inmates per 100,000 citizens. No other ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, China, Russia, US, Earth, United States, Cornell, University of Cornell


SXSW Startups: Boost Biomes

Boost Biomes CEO and co-founder Jamie Bacher The Forrest Four-Cast: March 5, 2019 Fifty diverse startups will aim to impress a panel of judges and a live audience with their skills, creativity and innovation at SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx. Winners in 10 categories will be announced at the Pitch Award Ceremony at 6:30 pm Sunday, March 10, at the Hilton Austin.A finalist in the Health and Wearable category, which will pitch at 5 pm Sunday, March 10, Boost Biomes is using the powerful social n...
Tags: Startups, Science, Medicine, San Francisco, Startup, Epa, New Mexico, Biotechnology, Sxsw, Sapphire Energy, Hugh Forrest, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Jamie Bacher, Austin Startups, Adam Arkin, Cyndx Winners


Scientists say flies don’t like zebra stripes

Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew why they sport their unusual striped pattern. It’s a question that’s been discussed as far back as 150 years ago by great Victorian biologists like Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Since then many ideas have been put on the table but only in the last few years have there been serious attempts to test them. These ideas fall into four main categories: Zebras are striped to evade ca...
Tags: Startups, Science, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, Syndication


Humans have completely destabilized land animal diversity

Species living on land make up 85 percent to 95 percent of all biodiversity on Earth today. This is especially impressive when we consider that the continents cover only 30 percent of our planet’s surface area. And that most land species are descendants of a small number of pioneering groups that invaded the land about 400m years ago. Surprisingly, though, scientists strongly disagree about when land biodiversity reached modern levels. Is what we see today typical of the last several tens, or ev...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Earth, Syndication


Asteroid-powered volcanoes killed the dinosaurs, scientists say

It’s almost 40 years since scientists discovered what wiped out the dinosaurs: an asteroid hitting Earthnear modern-dayMexico. That was it, or so we thought.A paper published today in Science further supports an alternative hypothesis: that catastrophic events following the impact could have helped cause the end of the dinosaurs and many other forms of life. This builds on earlier work – including some published last year – suggesting a connection between the asteroid impact, increased volcanic ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Walter, Syndication, Luis Alvarez


D-Wave announces its next-gen quantum computing platform

D-Wave, the well-funded quantum computing company, today announced its next-gen quantum computing platform with 5,000 qubits, up from 2,000 in the company’s current system. The new platform will come to market in mid-2020. The company’s new so-called Pegasus topology connects every qubit to 15 other qubits, up from six in its current topology. With this, developers can use the machine to solve larger problems with fewer physical qubits — or larger problems in general. It’s worth noting that D-Wa...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Science, Pegasus, Ibm, Simulation, Quantum Computing, Qubit, Developer Tools, Quantum Mechanics, Rigetti Computing, Rigetti, Quantum Supremacy, D-Wave Systems, D Wave


Here’s what the weather looks like on Uranus and Neptune

The outer region of the solar system may be the least explored, but scientists have managed to unravel several of its mysteries in recent weeks. On New Year’s Day, the NASA spacecraft New Horizons encountered the icy object Ultima Thule for the first time, shedding light on how it formed. Astronomers have also just discovered a previously unknown moon orbiting Neptune, which has been dubbed “Hippocamp”. Another discovery, thanks to new images from the Hubble Space Telescope, is that there’s a va...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Neptune, Ultima Thule, Syndication


Ubiquitilink advance means every phone is now a satellite phone

Last month I wrote about Ubiquitilink, which promised, through undisclosed means, it was on the verge of providing a sort of global satellite-based roaming service. But how, I asked? (Wait, they told me.) Turns out our phones are capable of a lot more than we think: they can reach satellites acting as cell towers in orbit just fine, and the company just proved it. Utilizing a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, Ubiquitilink claimed during a briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcel...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Verizon, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Barcelona, Nasa, Earth, Mobile World Congress, Death Valley, Miller, Jpl


Why probing this new artificial DNA molecule could help us discover aliens

It has been more than 65 years since James Watson and Francis Crick, working with Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins discovered that DNA – the basic chemical information code of all life forms – has a double helical structure that played an important role in its function. Since then, astrobiologists have tried to conjure up the myriad forms and shapes in which life could be found on other planets. And a significant part of that imagination requires figuring out the permutations and combinatio...
Tags: Startups, Science, Francis Crick, James Watson, Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins


February linkfest

Why are some companies, like publishers and fashion businesses, called “houses”? Includes a delightful explanation of how Random House got its name. (Grammar Girl) * I’m a pushover for specialized slang dictionaries, and this is a good one: a guide to carnival lingo. Warning: many irresistible rabbit holes on that site. (Good Magic) A razzle dazzle game (Stevens Magic Emporium) * Have startup names gotten less weird? (Techcrunch) * Speaking of weird: This is an article about ...
Tags: Startups, Books, Music, UK, Science, Design, US, Nasa, Bbc, Linguistics, Sony, Food And Drink, Greek, Mars, Random House, Branding


GenCure Plans Adult Stem Cell Lab at San Antonio “Innovation Center”

San Antonio—GenCure, a subsidiary of life sciences nonprofit BioBridge Global, expects to open a biomanufacturing laboratory this year at a new “innovation center” that’s being developed by VelocityTX in San Antonio.GenCure is a regenerative medicine-focused organization that accepts and stores bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, which it uses to produce adult stem cells for research. BioBridge plans to lease 21,000 square feet of space for GenCure at the new four-acre VelocityTX complex, whi...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Science, Technology, Funding, Entrepreneur, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tax, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Incubator, Innovation


New research shows bees can do math

The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in the journal Science Advances. Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, the honeybee has recently shown it can manage complex problems – like understanding the concept of zero. Honeybees are a high value model for exploring questions about neuroscience. In our latest study we decided to test if they could learn to perform simple arithmetical ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication


Study: Trump’s bravado isn’t an anomaly, it’s the culmination of a century-long political trend

To outsiders, President Trump’s brazen speech and unconventional style may make him seem like an outlier, the sum of leftover parts assembled by a pissed-off populace. But for one group of researchers, Trump’s idiosyncrasies aren’t so much a departure from societal norms as they are a continuation of a trend dating back more than a century. As a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explains, Trump is actually the culmination of a century-plus long tren...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, Trump, National Academy of Sciences


Deploy the space harpoon

Watch out, starwhales. There’s a new weapon for the interstellar dwellers whom you threaten with your planet-crushing gigaflippers, undergoing testing as we speak. This small-scale version may only be good for removing dangerous orbital debris, but in time it will pierce your hypercarbon hides and irredeemable sun-hearts. Literally a space harpoon. (Credit: Airbus) However, it would be irresponsible of me to speculate beyond what is possible today with the technology, so let a summary of the ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Earth, Airbus, Robotics, Space Junk, Space Debris, Moby Dick, Queequeg, Harpoons


VelocityTX Lands City Grant for “Innovation Center” Redevelopment

San Antonio — VelocityTX is getting a $750,000 grant and another tax incentive from the City of San Antonio for its redevelopment of a large industrial space that VelocityTX plans to turn into a three-building “innovation center” for tech, life sciences, and other businesses.VelocityTX, which is the innovation arm of nonprofit business development organization Texas Research and Technology Foundation, is rebuilding the complex in four phases over the course of 10 years, and says it plans to spe...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Science, Technology, Funding, Entrepreneur, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tax, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Incubator, Innovation


AI will soon decide what we eat

Machine learning is disrupting the food industry. From how farmers determine which seeds to plant, to what toppings your local mom and pop pizza-joint serves, there’s an AI-powered solution at work that’s revolutionizing what and how we eat. After about 200,000 years of managing our own basic nutritional needs — poorly, in most cases — the grown-ups are finally putting machines in charge. IBM recently unveiled its “5 in 5” for 2019 – five innovations the company believes will change our lives in...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm


Turns Out One-Way Trips to Mars Not Exactly Great Business Plan

Remember Mars One, that company we all knew was a scam but still kinda hoped was real because of how much we liked the movie The Martian? Yeah, it went bankrupt. Read more...
Tags: Startups, Astronomy, Science, Space Exploration, Mars One, Mars, Human Spaceflight, Human Space Exploration


A ‘Google for bacterial DNA’ is helping scientists fight drug resistant infections

Ever since I read a 2014 WHO report stating that antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill more people each year than cancer by 2050, I have been looking for signs of hope that we might avoid plummeting towards an apocalyptic nightmare of mass deaths by infection. But seriously … #saveantibiotics #AntibioticResistance #10yearscallenge pic.twitter.com/Js4lYBfnye — Kathryn Merkel (@KeepATXabx) February 3, 2019 There seems to be no signs of the menace slowing down. Even last year, a study conducted ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Science, Chennai, Kathryn Merkel


Why the criminal justice system should abandon algorithms

Here’s a choose-your-own-adventure game nobody wants to play: you’re a United States judge tasked with deciding bail for a black man, a first-time offender, accused of a non-violent crime. An algorithm just told you there’s a 100 percent chance he’ll re-offend. With no further context, what do you do? Judges in the US employ algorithms to predict the likelihood an offender will commit further crimes, their flight risk, and a handful of other factors. These data points are then used to guide huma...
Tags: Startups, Science, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States


Snap Is Now Slightly Less Fucked

Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat app and a failed line of wearable cameras, is slightly less fucked than it was before, according to Q4 2018 earnings released on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Science, Technology, Snapchat, Snap, Snap Inc



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