Category: Business

December 9, 2018

50 Years Later, We Still Don’t Grasp the Mother of All Demos

Doug Engelbart didn’t just want to show off new technology. He wanted to demonstrate a system for improving humanity.


by Klint Finley in Business
December 9, 2018

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

In this excerpt from Valley of Genius, author Adam Fisher sketches how Doug Engelbart came up with many of the ideas of modern computing.


by Adam Fisher in Business
December 7, 2018

Canada Welcomes AI—But Not All ‘Black in AI’ Workshop Guests

More than 100 researchers who hoped to attend a big AI conference in Montreal couldn’t get visas.


by Tom Simonite in Business
December 7, 2018

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

Pillowfort and Dreamwidth look poised to inherit at least some of Tumblr’s NSFW community, but they also face some challenges.


by Emily Dreyfuss in Business
December 7, 2018

Canada, France Plan Global Panel to Study the Effects of AI

The International Panel on Artificial Intelligence will be modeled on a group formed in 1988 to study climate change and recommend government policies.


by Tom Simonite in Business
December 6, 2018

Amazon Has a History of Bear Repellent Accidents

Dozens of Amazon warehouse workers in New Jersey were sickened after a robot punctured a can of bear repellent on Wednesday.


by Louise Matsakis in Business
December 6, 2018

A Huawei Exec’s Arrest Complicates the US-China Trade Dispute

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and the daughter of its founder, was arrested in Canada the same day that Presidents Trump and Xi met to discuss tariffs.


by Klint Finley in Business
December 6, 2018

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI’s ‘Race to the Bottom’

Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for regulation of facial-recognition technology, to curb potential bias and invasions of privacy.


by Nitasha Tiku in Business
December 6, 2018

Facebook’s Dirty Tricks Are Nothing New for Tech

Big tech companies have a history of discrediting critics, forging alliances with adversaries, and deflecting scrutiny to competitors.


by Nitasha Tiku in Business
December 6, 2018

This Company Wants to Use the Blockchain to Stop Phishing

MetaCert has classified 10 billion URLs as either safe, a suspected source of phishes, or unknown.


by Klint Finley in Business