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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


TNW’s top 10 best video games of 2019

Well it’s certainly been a long year, hasn’t it? It doesn’t feel like it’s still the same year that gave us Kingdom Hearts 3 and Resident Evil 2 Remake. There have been so. Many. Games. And a lot of them were excellent! Not all of them, but quite a large percentage of them. We’ve really been spoiled this year. And speaking of which, it’s that time of the year again. Time to tally up which games were our favorites of 2019, which ones left the best impression on us here at TNW. As with last year, ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Time, TNW, Kingdom Hearts


These were TNW’s favorite tech purchases of 2019

Holidays are coming up, so you might be looking for gifts to your loved ones or get the benefit of some great offers to buy something for yourself. Now, there are plenty of great gift guides around on the internet. However, we thought it might be helpful and interesting for you to read about our favorite gadgets we bought here at TNW. Sony WH-1000xm3 Most of my life, I’ve avoided buying headphones that are suited for travel as I thought they’d be bulky and uncomfortable for long hours. But after...
Tags: Startups, TNW, Plugged, TNW Sony


Apple’s new iPhone 11 battery case includes a dedicated camera button

We’ve made fun of Apple‘s funky-looking battery cases here at TNW in the past, but they seem to be popular enough that Apple has decided to keep on making them since the iPhone 6s. For the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, Apple is doing something a little different: it’s adding a dedicated camera button. It’s somewhat surprising for Apple to add functionality on an external accessory like this, but if there’s any phone it makes sense for, it’s the iPhone 11; it’s probably the biggest leap in i...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TNW, Insider, Plugged, Max Apple


A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Misaligned objectives

Welcome to the first 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.  You can’t have a discussion about killer robots without invoking the Terminator movies. The franchise’s iconic T-800 robot has become the symbol for our existential fears concerning today’s artificial intelligence breakthroughs. What’s often lost in the mix however, is why the Terminator robots are so hellbent on destroyi...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Skynet, Evergreen, TNW, Basics


Gaming industry veteran on how the Store Wars will end (the next web)

The gaming industry suffered a schism earlier this year as multiple PC storefronts triggered the Store Wars, an escalating battle for exclusive games. Gamers were divided over the benefits of this, and the debate over it continues as more games come out as “exclusive” to a store. TNW got the chance to speak to Raph Koster, a legend in the industry, about the state of gaming. Koster’s previous credits include Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. Koster recently revealed he’s working on a new MMO...
Tags: News, TNW, Ultima Online, Koster, Raph Koster, Rachel Kaser


Gaming industry veteran on how the Store Wars will end

The gaming industry suffered a schism earlier this year as multiple PC storefronts triggered the Store Wars, an escalating battle for exclusive games. Gamers were divided over the benefits of this, and the debate over it continues as more games come out as “exclusive” to a store. TNW got the chance to speak to Raph Koster, a legend in the industry, about the state of gaming. Koster’s previous credits include Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. Koster recently revealed he’s working on a new MMO...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, TNW, Ultima Online, Koster, Raph Koster


This teacher earns six figures teaching Dungeons & Dragons classes online

Most people play games like Dungeons & Dragons to get away from their problems. But Megan Hardy isn’t most people. She used it to solve hers. When her husband was laid off in 2016, she signed up to teach D&D classes on Outschool, an online learning platform for kids up to age 18. Hardy told TNW “I was just trying to think of some way to make ends meet. I thought maybe a handful of kids would be interested.” She was wrong in the best possible way. Hardy’s classes were an instant hit and proved in...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, TNW, Insider, Hardy, Megan Hardy


Google’s Jonathan Rochelle is live at TNW2019 – tune in now!

What makes a school? Teachers, perhaps? Definitely classes. Maybe not, according to Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management at Google, and the kids from the Agora School in the Netherlands. The Agora School is an interesting experiment that focuses on self-directed education. Kids are in charge of their own educational destinies. Along the way, they’re nurtured and guided by “coaches.” But does it work? You can find out later on today, when Rochelle and a panel of students from the Ago...
Tags: Google, Startups, Netherlands, TNW, ROCHELLE, Jonathan Rochelle, TNW2019, Agora School


Dropbox Chief of Staff: Diversity and inclusion begin with hiring

During her keynote at TNW’s 2019 conference today, Dropbox‘s Carmen Pop was quick to denote the differences between diversity and inclusion, and how both companies and individuals can promote both in Silicon Valley. Pop, who is Dropbox‘s Chief of Staff at Global Channel, spoke of what it means for her, a woman who’s worked in tech for 10 years, to see so many stories about the lack of diversity in tech. As she puts it, tech needs not just diversity — though that’s definitely something companies ...
Tags: Startups, Silicon Valley, TNW, TNW2019, Carmen Pop, Global Channel


eToro CEO Yoni Assia and Kristian ‘HODOR’ Nairn are live at TNW 2019 — tune in now!

Good afternoon from day one of TNW’s annual tech extravaganza, taking place in Amsterdam’s trendy NDSM Wharf. The sun is shining. The beers are cold. People are having fun. All things considered, it’s pretty bloody lovely. Even if you’re not here, you can still take watch the festivities, and it’s all thanks to our livestream. Any minute now, our dulcet-toned Aussie crypto reporter David Canellis will start probing eToro founder Yoni Assia about all things decentralized. Oh, and Kristian Nairn w...
Tags: Startups, Amsterdam, TNW, Kristian, Nairn, Kristian Nairn, Yoni Assia, TNW2019, David Canellis, Hodor Hodor


Find the perfect gift for your mum with TNW’s Mother’s Day guide

Consider yourself warned, dear reader. There’s just nine days left until UK Mother’s Day. Nine. Days. And you thought the countdown to Brexit was scary. If this news has caused your blood pressure to plummet and beads of sweat to accumulate on your forehead, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. TNW’s compiled a list of gifts, experiences, and tech gadgets to make your mum beam with joy. Buy her something from this list, and I’ll guarantee that you’ll remain written into her will. Ember Ceramic Mug...
Tags: Startups, UK, Brexit, TNW, Plugged


Introducing TQ South: TNW’s second Amsterdam space for tech companies

While we’re all still beaming after our recent announcement that the Financial Times acquired a majority stake in TNW, it turns out we’ve got more big news to reveal. Today, I’m thrilled to share that we’re opening a second TQ in Amsterdam South — a brand-new home dedicated to helping tech companies grow. With space for startups, scale-ups, and corporates, we can’t wait to apply all the lessons we learned from our first launch in a new environment. So, why did TNW create TQ? In October 2016, we ...
Tags: Startups, Amsterdam, Financial Times, Growth, TNW, Amsterdam South


AI can help fight climate change by optimizing energy efficiency

Man-made climate change is an undeniable fact, and the need to mitigate its damage is all too real. We need to make drastic changes in the next 12 years to prevent climate disasters and reach our goal of restricting an increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Time is of the essence, and that’s where AI comes in. “AI can make it much cheaper and much faster to analyze consumption data to find patterns that you can use to lower and make your energy use more efficient,” Henrik Brink t...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Estonia, TNW, Henrik Brink, North Star AI


Microsoft just open-sourced the iconic Windows Calculator

The source code to the iconic Windows Calculator app is now available to view on GitHub, and I’m ridiculously excited. A bit strange, isn’t it, to be excited to get a poke into the grubby internals of a calculator app? But then again, can you think of a more iconic, instantly-recognizable piece of software? The Windows Calculator has been a part of every version of Windows since Windows 1.0 was released in 1985. It predates pretty much everyone on TNW’s editorial team. If you’ve ever used a comp...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, TNW, Design & Dev


TNW launches Podium, our curated expert community

We’re happy to announce TNW’s latest venture, Podium! Our staff writers work tirelessly to bring you all the latest and weirdest news in tech on our main site, TNW. But like some Bond villain once said, “the world is not enough.” That’s why we’ve launched subbrands for more in-depth and detailed coverage on certain topics, like hardware (Hey, Plugged!) and blockchain (Hard Fork, over here). Today we’re launching our newest subbrand, Podium, which will spotlight TNW’s curated expert community, wh...
Tags: Startups, TNW, Podium


TNW embraces Young Creators Foundation

Young Creators, a foundation that has built a strong community of the brightest young minds, has joined forces with us for a long time. We’ve worked together on several TNW projects, including the T500 – where we celebrate the most talented under 25s working in tech. After years of collaboration, we’re very excited to announce that Young Creators will enter a strategic partnership with TNW. We want to grow the foundation’s mission and existing network, and see it thrive even further. By embracin...
Tags: Startups, TNW, Insider, Young Creators Foundation, Young Creators


TNW’s unofficial MWC survival guide

Sweaty. Hot. Crowded. Uncomfortable. I could be talking about a Thai prison, but I’m not. This is Mobile World Congress, arguably the biggest event in the smartphone calendar. Over three days, over 100,000 people will flock to the balmy and beautiful city of Barcelona to discuss all things tech. This is my first time covering the event. I usually make a point to avoid trade shows, simply because they’re always a bit miserable. This year was different though, and the temptation to see the first g...
Tags: Startups, Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, TNW, Insider


Politicians have failed us, it’s time for AI to stop school shootings

Every passing minute brings us closer to the next school shooting. There were 24 resulting in injury or death last year — an average of two per month. Politicians didn’t address the problem in 2018, and they won’t this year either. The never-ending political debate between the right and the left has overshadowed arguably the best and most immediate solution: artificial intelligence. Lisa Falzone, CEO and co-founder of Athena Security, has had enough. She, and others in the security space believe...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Falzone, Athena Security, Lisa Falzone


We used to learn coding by making games, but now we make calculators

HackerRank released its 2019 Developer Skills report this week. The report, which includes data from over 71,000 coders, paints a picture of stark generational differences. For instance, did you know different generations of coders built completely different things for their first program? Older developers, particularly those in the 38-53 and the 54-72 age brackets, overwhelmingly tended to create games as their first programming project. Those currently aged 21 and under, however, tended to bui...
Tags: Startups, TNW, Design & Dev, Jim Wilson Pluralsight


Microsoft’s Bing search engine is the latest victim of China’s ‘block and don’t tell’

Last night, several people on Twitter and Reddit based in China complained that Microsoft’s Bing search engine was inaccessible; hours later, the company confirmed that the search engine was indeed blocked across the country. “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a company spokesperson told TNW in an email statement. What’s intriguing is that even hours after the block, there’s no word from Chinese authorities about the reason for...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, China, Reddit, Bing, Financial Times, TNW, Insider