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Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M

Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M Remember what I said about robots not needing to be physical? Well Google have dug deep to the tune of $400M to acquire DeepMind, a company that focuses on machine learning algorithms. Describing themselves as a “cutting edge artificial intelligence company”, DeepMind’s first commercial applications are … Continue reading

Harsh wind flash-freezes thousands of fish

Harsh wind hits Norwegian bay so suddenly that thousands of fish are flash-frozen Wow! This brings impressive new meaning to the term “wind chill factor” and a rather unfortunate shock for these unsuspecting creatures. If there wasn’t a picture to go with it, this story would have been hard to swallow. A stunning reminder to us … Continue reading

Is society sleepwalking into the future?

If you have five minutes, take a look at the article in the below link. Quite thoughtfully assembled, it takes a pretty decent look at what the effects of technological innovation on levels of employment and wages could be. The Future Of Jobs: The Onrushing Wave About 5 years ago my mind turned to what … Continue reading

Refrigerator Used By Hackers In Cyber Attack

Cautionary tales indeed in this story, though this is what some industry pundits have been saying could happen for a few years now. Refrigerator Used By Hackers In Cyber Attack Security seems to be the near last thought in a chain of thought processes that are working to bring ever more elaborate connected devices to … Continue reading

Standing Out From The Crowd : Devil Babies

Devil baby scares New Yorkers in promotional stunt for Devil’s Due film – video When you see promotional stunts like this (kindly brought to my attention by The Guardian), it definitely is attention grabbing.  Not sure I would probably remember what film it was for and it probably wouldn’t induce me to shell out a … Continue reading

Weep not for carriers

OMG! Number of UK text messages falls for first time Continuing a trend seen in the US and other countries, SMS text volume has fallen for the first time in the UK.  An interesting little factoid. What’s the main reason behind this fall?  The answer is Over-the-Top messaging, or OTT to those in the industry.  … Continue reading

Suitcases Full of Cash, a Problem Some Don’t Want

Banks Say No to Marijuana Money, Legal or Not Banks have many compliance requirements placed on them by regulators and governments, some of these include obligations to detect and prevent things such as money laundering, etc.  While the objective makes perfect sense, this is raising an interesting side-effect for those dealing legally with marijuana, such … Continue reading

Don’t try this at home

Will common sense ever win?  As I once read somewhere Unlike genius, stupidity has no limits Life’s valuable lessons await painful relearning by many.  Though some cannot be directly faulted for experiencing such situations, most of us avoid such things through worldly wisdom – something that seems in short supply these days. L.A. woman sues … Continue reading

The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI Topical and in many ways timely, this article just popped up on to the radar.  When all is said and done, a story of intrigue such as this was just begging to be added to someone’s blog, may as well be mine :-) One has to … Continue reading

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society? Smart Machines Could Cost Tech Industry Millions of IT Jobs It is encouraging to see others leaping into the debate about what impact robots, drones, AI’s, etc. will have on jobs, people, society, government, economics and economies. The first link above is an … Continue reading