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A beginner’s guide to AI: The difference between video game AI and real AI

Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This multi-part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence. Among the most common misconceptions surrounding machine learning technology is the idea that video games dating back to the 1970s and 1980s had built-in “artificial intel...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Evergreen, TNW, Neural


A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Humanity joins the hivemind

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  It’s pretty easy to think up new ways for robots to destroy us. We’re pretty squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us dead? Maybe our future overlords will see our weaknesses and, in their infinite benevolence, choose to upgrade us. Perhaps humanity goes extinct through evolution instead of extermination. Welcome to the h...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Science, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, TNW, Neural, Coronavirus


US unveils blueprint for ‘unhackable’ national quantum internet

The US Department of Energy has laid out a blueprint for a “virtually unhackable” national quantum internet that it claims could be functional within a decade. At a press conference on Thursday, government officials said the network would run alongside the existing Web, as a parallel internet for transmitting sensitive government and financial information. That extra security derives from a complex phenomenon known as quantum entanglement.  While today’s internet transmits information by encodin...
Tags: Security, Startups, US, United States, TNW, US Department of Energy, Greene, Neural


Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on the challenges of streaming live music battles during a pandemic

Verzuz, a live-streaming internet show created by legendary producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, is a bonafide phenomenon. Like Tiger King and Animal Crossing, it’s one of those things that’s both entertained and connected millions (or, in Verzuz’ case billions) of people stuck in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as Swizz Beatz told TNW, there was a point where the hit show’s future was uncertain. “It hit the fan with Babyface and Teddy Riley… [due to technical issues] a lot of ...
Tags: Startups, Music, Tech, Timbaland, TNW, Swizz Beatz, Verzuz


Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine is starting to look like a winner

Oxford researchers have developed a potential vaccine for COVID-19. Early testing in more than 1,000 clinical trial participants indicates the treatment is both safe and effective. Epidemiology breakthroughs aren’t our usual subject matter here at TNW, but the opportunity to finally publish some actual good news about the COVID-19 pandemic was just too much for us to pass up. The team, which included researchers from Oxford, and the Philipps University of  Marburg, Germany, developed the vaccine...
Tags: Startups, Science, Oxford, TNW, Insider, Coronavirus, Philipps University of Marburg Germany


A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Artificial stupidity

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  In this edition we’re going to flip the script and talk about something that might just save us from being destroyed by our robot overlords on September 23, 2029 (random date, but if it actually happens your mind is going to be blown), and that is: artificial stupidity. But first, a few words about humans. You won’t find...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, TNW, Neural


Senior Zoox engineers rush to work for Waymo a week after Amazon acquisition

Last week, Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox for over $1billion. Now, two of Zoox’s longest serving engineers have left to work for Alphabet subsidiary and rival, Waymo. Last week, e-commerce giant Amazon bought self-driving startup Zoox with the intention of helping it “realize its dream.” But Amazon doesn’t really have any business in robotaxis, so it’s not immediately clear what the online retailer is wanting to get out of the deal. Some, including TNW, suggest that Amazon might eventua...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Cars, TNW, Self-driving, Shift, Waymo, Zoox


Remote work is making us more innovative — so don’t dread the ‘new normal’

Moodi will be speaking at Transform on July 2, TNW’s online couch conference on business innovation. Get your tickets here. In the process of forming the UN after World War II, Winston Churchill said “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Of course, the human cost of a crisis cannot be ignored. At the same time, a crisis can spark progress in a way that people otherwise can’t (or don’t) choose to enact.  In the lockdown that has resulted from COVID-19, space has been created in a very literal se...
Tags: Startups, Winston Churchill, Un, TNW, Podium, Growth Quarters, COVID, Moodi


Top 7 startup cities keep their ranking in 2020 — but new players are on the rise

Silicon Valley is still the number one startup ecosystem and is closely followed by New York and London, which has risen in the ranking. That’s according to Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem 2020 report launched today at TNW’s Ecosystems Couch Conference. But how are the rest of the world’s startup ecosystem fairing? Let’s take a closer look. Unsurprisingly, the US is still leading the way with several of its cities making the ranking. On closer inspection, Silicon Valley is still the nu...
Tags: Startups, New York, London, US, Silicon Valley, TNW, Growth Quarters, Startup Genome 's Global Startup Ecosystem


4 eye-opening facts about emoji, explained by an emoji historian

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Emoji blew up in 2012 and was fully embraced when Apple released iOS6 with its extended emoji keyboard. Since then, emoji have come a long way, and thanks to their skyrocketing popularity they are on every major social media platform out there.  While there seems to be an emoji for every occasion, there is still a multitude of c...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Tech, Emoji, TNW, TNW Answers


The magic of mediocre technology

This is from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it (and our other great newsletters) here. Today we’re gonna talk about the joy of okay tech. Okay? Not a fantastic joke, sure, but a good one just wouldn’t fit with this newsletter’s topic. And we’re all about consistency over here. And, of course, mediocre technology. The other day, I discovered the current Apple TV is now over a thousand days old. And it got me thinking about adequate technology. My first Ap...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TNW, Plugged


Tech promised ‘disruption’ — but they’re still selling us sex

This is from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it (and our other great newsletters) here. Let’s start with simple question: have you ever bought a bit of (non-erotic) tech because you thought it’d help you weasel your way into someone’s nether-regions? No, me neither. But these people must exist. Surely. I mean, what other explanation is there for LG advertizing its new phone with a TikTok highlighting its ability to snap upskirt photos? As absurd and ridic...
Tags: Startups, Lg, TNW, Plugged


How tech is defying death and turning our loved ones into Alexa-powered chatbots

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  What if death wasn’t so final? What if the life of a family member could live on with the help of artificial intelligence? No, I’m not talking about that episode of Black Mirror, I’m talking about HereAfter, a conversational AI platform that creates interactive, life-story sharing chatbots, accessible through Amazon Alexa with t...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Black Mirror, TNW, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, James Vlahos, TNW Answers


The invisible labor powering Silicon Valley — and the ethics behind ‘ghost work’

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  How does an early-stage startup grow from the ground up to turn into an influential money making machine? Does it all boil down to the equation of strong leadership, generous investors, and an original ‘innovative’ idea? While this might sound like the answer, according to Mary L. Gray, the co-author of ‘Ghost Work: How to Stop ...
Tags: Startups, Future Of Work, Tech, Silicon Valley, TNW, TNW Answers, Mary L Gray


This researcher explains what ‘life hacking’ is all about

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  You must have heard about ‘life hacks’: pieces of actionable advice that, if followed, claim to bring about noticeable improvement in someone’s quality of life. A life hack can be something small, like a particularly efficient way of folding laundry. Or it can take the form of an elaborate process, like John Walker’s Hacker Diet...
Tags: Startups, Science, Lifestyle, Insights, TNW, Life Hacks, John Walker, TNW Answers, Hacker Diet


Ding dong, the butterfly keyboard’s dead

This is from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it (and our other great newsletters) here. Today, I’m gonna talk about Apple’s butterfly keyboard. More specifically, its demise — something worthy of both mourning and celebration. “Hold on,” I hear you screech, “what the fuck is the butterfly keyboard?” First off, language. You can find a long-form answer to your question here, but the TL;DR is it’s basically an Apple-designed keyboard mechanism that was mean...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Newsletter, TNW, Ding, Plugged


It’s time sex toys became more inclusive and accessible

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Sex, and specifically female sexual pleasure, is a long-held taboo in our society. In recent years, the sex tech industry has had to deal with a range of challenges. It’s not an easy task to break the taboos around sexual pleasure and design sex toys to suit a wide variety of anatomically different bodies, all with different nee...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW, Design & Dev, TNW Answers


It’s time sex toys become more inclusive and accessible

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Sex, and specifically female sexual pleasure, is a long-held taboo in our society. In recent years, the sex tech industry has had to deal with a range of challenges. It’s not an easy task to break the taboos around sexual pleasure and design sex toys to suit a wide variety of anatomically different bodies, all with different nee...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW, Design & Dev, TNW Answers


TQ becomes TNW: Why we have rebranded our tech hub

At TNW, we support several pillars of the tech industry: from media (this website, hi!) to flagship events, consulting, and cowork spaces. Today we’re excited to announce that our spaces, formerly known as TQ, will merge into the TNW brand. More than a name change, this rebrand is one way we’re expanding our support of the European tech ecosystem.  While having TQ as a standalone brand was important at the time of its creation, we know that we can do much more for our community by operating unde...
Tags: Startups, TNW, Insider


We asked a computational poet if machines will ever replace human writers

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Yesterday, Nick Montfort, a computational poet and an award-winning author of interactive fiction, hosted a TNW Answers session. During the AMA, Montfort spoke about what computer-generated literature does better than humans, the future of computer-assisted journalism, and how computer-generated novels help enlarge cultural imag...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Ama, Nick Montfort, TNW Answers


Algorithm researcher says ‘lying on YouTube is still a profitable business’

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  YouTube, which has more than a billion users who watch over a billion hours of content per day, shows us limited data on the videos uploaded to the site including its number of views, likes, and dislikes — but the video-streaming site hides more in-depth stats about each video, like how often it recommends a video to other peopl...
Tags: Startups, Youtube, Tech, TNW, Guillaume Chaslot, TNW Answers


How we’re keeping fit while working from home

As week one of social distancing and quarantining comes to an end — and the realities of it all set in —we’ve been coming up with ways to (try) staying fit during the COVID-19 outbreak. From virtual classes to YouTube to making the most out of your home environment, here’s how TNW’s editorial team plan on burning calories while trapped at home — and how you can too. Bodyweight workout — Callum Booth Because I do my best to be a Fit Boy™ (and am basically unbearable), I’ve been building my own bo...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, TNW, Growth Quarters


TikTok’s learning from YouTube’s mistakes and YouTubers should be taken seriously, says researcher

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Over the past couple of years, YouTube has found itself fighting a whole range of issues. From failing to regulate problematic videos, to facing the pressures of regulating toxic comments and hate speech, and recommending troubling videos on its homepage to its users. Earlier this week, Chris-Stokel Walker, the author of YouTube...
Tags: Startups, Youtube, Social Media, TNW, TNW Answers, Chris Stokel Walker


TNW reschedules 2020 event to October 1 & 2

The spread of the Coronavirus has been top of mind for most of us recently. Over the past week especially, it’s become clear the number of new infections is growing, not slowing down. With that in mind, we have decided to reschedule TNW Conference 2020 to October 1 & 2. It’s a decision that wasn’t made lightly, but when we can’t fully guarantee the wellbeing of our attendees, partners, and staff, it’s the right decision to make. You can read our full statement here. At TNW we’re optimists. We ha...
Tags: Startups, TNW, TNW2020


Defining humanlike intelligence and entrusting it with our lives, explained by an AI researcher

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  Yesterday, Melanie Mitchell, the author of ‘Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans’ and the Davis Professor of Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, hosted a TNW Answers session where she spoke about how much we should really trust AI, her worries surrounding the technology, and defining humanlike intelligence in m...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Gary Kasparov, Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell, Neural, TNW Answers


How to stop bias from creeping into the recruitment process, a diversity expert explains

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  A lack of diversity is one of the biggest problems the tech industry faces, despite a significant growth in the number of women working in the tech industry, female representation has stalled over the last decade. Currently, just 18% of leadership roles are filled by women, and the stats are even bleaker for women of color. Rese...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW, TNW Answers


How to break up with your phone, explained by a phone addiction researcher

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour.  On average, people spend four hours on their phone every day, we’re addicted to our phones, but it’s not all our fault. Apps are designed to manipulate our brain chemistry to make us stay on their platform for as long as possible because that’s what benefits their bottom line. Everything you see in an app is a result of a human ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, TNW, TNW Answers


India’s streaming music market is now 200 million strong – but hardly anyone’s paying for it

India, a country where people have traditionally relied on radio and television to listen to music, now has over 200 million listeners using music streaming services. Blaise Fernandes, CEO, Indian Music Industry (IMI), a body that represents record labels in the country, told TNW in that there are 200 million unique subscribers of these apps. That figure will be closer to 250 million, if you count overlapping users’ accounts separately. While global players such as Spotify and Apple Music are tr...
Tags: Startups, India, TNW, Apple Music, IMI, Blaise Fernandes


TNW Answers: What we learned from online propaganda expert, Samuel Woolley

TNW Answers is a live Q&A platform where we invite interesting people in tech who are much smarter than us to answer questions from TNW readers and editors for an hour. Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways. From its role in amplifying political disinformation in elections, to inciting online violence, and lowering the levels of trust in media — Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on your mind,” and you’d ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Insider, Samuel Woolley, TNW Answers


A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Wall-E syndrome

This is the second article in TNW’s “A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse” series highlighting the potential existential threats AI poses to humankind. Read the first article, “Misaligned objectives,” here.  Artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize every facet of technology from healthcare to space exploration. Simply put: all technology in the year 2020 and beyond is AI technology. But, what if making everything better actually makes everything worse? Wall-E syndrome (not a real thi...
Tags: Startups, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, TNW