The overall level of design in the Apple Watch simply blows away anything – digital or analog – in the watch space at $350. There is nothing that comes close to the fluidity, attention to detail, or simple build quality found on the Apple Watch in this price bracket.
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.
Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. /… . “Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world,” said Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International, a London-based activist group that warns about the abuse of surveillance technology. “This is a huge problem.” /… . hackers, sophisticated criminal gangs and nations under sanctions also could use this tracking technology, which operates in a legal gray area. /… . Companies that make and sell surveillance technology seek to limit public information about their systems’ capabilities and client lists, typically marketing their technology directly to law enforcement and intelligence services through international conferences that are closed to journalists and other members of the public.
Computing platforms that empower Algorithms to take over the roles now played by trusted middlemen (banks, governments, corporations). Making it possible to decentralize control over all manner of social/commercial activity.
MaidSafe is a fully decentralized platform on which application developers can build decentralized applications. The network is made up by individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a world-wide autonomous system.
We aim to create a decentralized global mesh communication network that is robust, secure and anonymous. OpenLibernet is built around a robust payment system inspired by the Bitcoin protocol that rewards its users for actively joining, expanding and maintaining the network, and creates a traffic economy with perpetually decreasing prices.
“I’m holding in my hand a chip with one million neurons, 256 million synapses, and 4096 cores. With 5.4 billion transistors, it’s the largest chip IBM has built.” / … . despite this being IBM’s largest chip, it draws only a tiny amount of electricity – about 63 mW – a fraction of the power being drawn by the chip in your laptop. / … . It’s important to note, though, that the SyNAPSE system won’t replace the computers of today – rather, they’re intended to supplement them. Modha likened them to co-processors used in high performance computers to help them crunch data faster. Or, in a more poetic turn as he continued talking to me, he called SyNAPSE a “right-brained” computer compared to the “left-brained” architecture used in computers today. / … . So to crunch big numbers and do heavy computational lifting, we’ll still need conventional computers. Where these “cognitive” computers come in is in analyzing and discerning patterns in that data. Key applications include visual recognition of patterns – something that Dr. Modha notes would be very useful for applications such as driverless cars. / … . It probably won’t be long before we see more of these applications in action. The scalable chip that IBM developed was built using conventional fabrication techniques for other chips – it just requires some different workflow. / … . “Applications like real time speech and vision that run continuously on battery power may finally be within reach.”
My research revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four basic principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.