TechNews Pinboard #485

2017: AI’s Coming Out Party

E-Comerce Times – Artificial intelligence will be having a big coming out party in 2017. While there are plenty of opportunities in this space for workers, executives, investors and partners, not every company that uses the term “AI” in its marketing will become a serious winner in the field.

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

MIT Technology Review – Expect to see better language understanding and an AI boom in China, among other things.

Why connecting all the world’s robots will drive 2017’s top technology trends

The Conversation – If you want to make predictions for the future, you need to find the trajectory of events in the past. So to work out what shape digital technology will likely take next year, we should look back to the major developments of 2016. And the past year’s developments point to a 2017 shaped by the next phase of virtual and augmented reality, the emergence of an internet for artificial intelligence and the creation of personalised digital assistants that follow us across devices.

Driverless New Year: Self-Driving Startups To Watch in 2017

CES: 5 Things To Watch at the Biggest Tech Show of the Year

NewsFactor Network – Virtual reality/augmented reality are poised to be the rabbit everyone chases at the upcoming CES 2017 trade show in Las Vegas — a massive consumer electronics extravaganza that opens Jan. 5.

How to Think Like a Futurist

MIT Technology Review – Some technological trends fizzle out while others overturn everything. Author Amy Webb explains how she discerns which ones will go in which direction.

The Robotic Grocery Store of the Future Is Here

MIT Technology Review – Swarm robotics, autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences will help deliver your food faster.

Bitcoin Rides the Uncertainty Wave

E-Comerce Times – The price of bitcoin soared to a new three-year high on Monday, surpassing the US$1,000 mark for the first time, in response to economic and geopolitical uncertainty in China following the U.S. presidential election.

How much are you worth to Facebook? A free tool now provides the answer

CORDIS – It is a well-known fact that Facebook is more than a social media channel. Each year, the company makes about 4 billion dollars in advertising revenues. What people advertising on Facebook did not know until now, however, is how much profit their own activity actually generates.

The Making of Virtually Real Art With Google’s Tilt Brush

New York Times – Google is calling on dozens of artists, animators and illustrators to serve as Artists in Residence for the VR painting app, Tilt Brush.

Study: carpooling apps could reduce traffic 75%

MIT CSAIL – Transportation studies put the annual cost of congestion at $160 billion, which includes 7 billion hours of time lost to sitting in traffic and an extra 3 billion gallons of fuel burned. One way to improve traffic is through ride-sharing – and a new MIT study suggests that using carpooling options from companies like Uber and Lyft could reduce the number of vehicles on the road 75 percent without significantly impacting travel time.

Britney Spears Is Not Dead; Sony Blames Hackers for Tweet

NewsFactor Network – “Sony Music Entertainment’s Twitter account was compromised. This has been rectified,” it said. “Sony Music apologizes to Britney Spears and her fans for any confusion.”

Why Is There No Fake News on LinkedIn? Its Editor Explains

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