AI should be treated like a curious toddler, not a killer robot

There are thousands of articles on artificial intelligence and, if you follow the field, the vast majority of them seem to be warnings of impending doom or technology experts shrieking that AI isn’t as big a deal as the media would have you believe, “Move along there’s nothing to see here,” they appear to say. All of those people are wrong. AI is a big deal; it’s going to save human lives. If you’re worried about whether or not we should risk creating machines that are capable of thinking and learning: stop worrying because it is too late. We haven’t… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Instagram now lets you add filters and masks in live video too

What would Instagram be without its filters? Unfortunately, for all their prominence, you haven’t been able to use any filters in the increasingly popular live streaming feature – until now. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out the ability to apply filters or masks during live video. Just tap on the face icon on the bottom right of your screen while streaming, and the filters will be visible in real-time to everyone watching your stream. While the filters are largely the same ones already available for Stories, there’s a pair of virtual sunglasses that’s exclusive to the Live for the next… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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EU paid for a report that concluded piracy isn’t harmful — and tried to hide the findings

Back in 2014, the European Commission paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but for some reason it was never published– according to Julia Reda’s blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament. What the @EU_Commission found out about #copyright infringement but ‘forgot’ to tell us https://t.co/Sxshdxy3KZ pic.twitter.com/Vk4Q74k1Hv — Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 20, 2017 The 300-page report seems to suggest that there’s no evidence that supports the idea that piracy has a negative effect on sales of copyrighted content… This story continues at The Next Web …read… Read More

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Here’s why we’re making TNW New York invite-only

We’re under no illusions. Over the last five years, the ROI of attending conferences has made it harder and harder to justify allocating budget. Big-stage sales pitches mean you’re never really learning, and the initially attractive Mega XXL attendee list just means that everyone is there, making it impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff while networking. So like any serious event organisers, we’ve decided to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what our New York event stands for. You can’t please everyone all the time – we needed to figure out what’s at the… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Amazon hiring 2,000 people in New York City, opening big new Manhattan office for AWS, Amazon Fashion and more

The Manhattan West complex in New York City, where Amazon is planning a big new office. (Brookfield Rendering) Amazon is gearing up for a big expansion in the Big Apple. The company will open a new 360,000-square-foot office in Manhattan next year, with room for 1,800 workers. The new office will house people working on Amazon Web Services, Amazon Fashion and Amazon Advertising. It will be the New York home base for Amazon Advertising, with teams focused on marketing, product, design, engineering and more. “We’re excited to expand our presence in New York — we have always found great talent here,” said Paul Kotas, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide… Read More

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11 ridiculously effective tools to help you automate your small business (and life)

As a small business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. From finding the best employees to ensuring that your customers stay happy, one thing is certain: you have no trouble staying busy. Of course, staying busy doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re being productive. Many small business owners end up wasting a lot of time on redundant, time-consuming tasks. Some of these might be extremely important, others might be more mundane. The problem is that manually performing these activities almost always wastes a lot of time. Throw in your other responsibilities outside of work, and you might… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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