Paralyzed people may now be able to 'handwrite' with their minds using AI

Using imagination, researchers have almost doubled the speed at which completely paralyzed patients can communicate with the world. In new experiments, a volunteer paralyzed from the neck down imagined moving his arm to write each letter of the alphabet. That brain activity helped train a computer model known as a neural network to interpret the commands, tracing the intended trajectory of his imagined pen tip to create letters. Eventually, the computer could read out the volunteer’s imagined sentences with roughly 95% accuracy at a speed of about 66 characters per minute, the researchers reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

UK man claims to have invented new aluminium-air battery with 2400 km range

Trevor Jackson, a UK-based ex-naval officer and now an inventor, claims to have invented a new aluminium-air battery (different from the standard lithium-ion battery) which he says has a 2400 km range on a single charge. As you can imagine, this is a massive jump from the 300 km range as promised in many expensive top-tier electric cars with li-ion batteries. And aluminium happens to be one of the most abundantly available elements on the planet. The inventor says that it weighs lesser and occupies lesser space as compared to li-ion batteries and is also non-hazardous and recyclable. Sound too good to be true? We’ll keep following this story as it develops. Check out the original story published by the Daily Mail UK.

Netflix open-sources Polynote – an IDE-inspired polyglot notebook

Netflix has announced the open-sourced Polynote: a new, polyglot notebook with first-class Scala support, Apache Spark integration, multi-language interoperability including Scala, Python, and SQL, as-you-type autocomplete, and more. Polynote provides data scientists and machine learning researchers with a notebook environment that allows them the freedom to seamlessly integrate our JVM-based ML platform — which makes heavy use of Scala — with the Python ecosystem’s popular machine learning and visualization libraries. It has seen substantial adoption among Netflix’s personalization and recommendation teams, and it is now being integrated with the rest of our research platform.

The Catch-22 of building a business on Apple’s APIs #sherlocking

What’s good for Apple isn’t necessarily good for you Apple always encourages adopting their latest APIs, tools, and languages like Swift; they’re incredibly powerful resources, but they also make us dependent on Apple’s ecosystem. From Apple’s perspective, they are happy to lock developers in. If they can have tons of incredible and unique apps that are exclusive to their platforms, that makes Apple’s products that much more compelling to their customers. But for a third-party developer, dependency on Apple’s APIs puts you in a tricky spot: it limits your customer base, and it puts your business at risk if Apple decides to compete with your product offering. If Apple ever offers a similar product for free, bundled into the operating system, it will be tough for your app to compete. Apple has an extensive history of sherlocking, and has continued this behavior with the most recent release of its mobile OS

UPI to go global with UAE and Singapore launch

NPCI is working to enable this feature within the next six months, starting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Singapore. “These two countries already have opened up to RuPay cards; now the target is to enable UPI payments. This will be a big boost for Indians traveling in those countries and, just like their debit card or credit card, they can pay via UPI,” [Via ET]

Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan

What the Amazon founder and CEO wants for his empire and himself, and what that means for the rest of us. Bezos loves the word relentless—it appears again and again in his closely read annual letters to shareholders—and I had always assumed that his aim was domination for its own sake. In an era that celebrates corporate gigantism, he seemed determined to be the biggest of them all. But to say that Bezos’s ultimate goal is dominion over the planet is to misunderstand him. His ambitions are not bound by the gravitational pull of the Earth.

The End of Millennial Urban Lifestyle Product Businesses?

As WeWork crashes and Uber bleeds cash, the consumer-tech gold rush may be coming to an end. You might call it the Millennial Lifestyle Sponsorship, in which consumer tech companies, along with their venture-capital backers, help fund the daily habits of their disproportionately young and urban user base. With each Uber ride, WeWork membership, and hand-delivered dinner, the typical consumer has been getting a sweetheart deal. But this was never going to last forever. WeWork’s disastrous IPO attempt has triggered reverberations across the industry. The theme of consumer tech has shifted from magic to margins. Venture capitalists and start-up founders alike have re-embraced an old mantra: Profits matter.

Taxonomy of Moats

An innovation is a type of competitive advantage (though not all competitive advantages are innovations) and the strategic job is to make that competitive advantage sustainable over time1, to maintain…

A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job

An artificial intelligence hiring system has become a powerful gatekeeper for some of America’s most prominent employers, reshaping how companies assess their workforce — and how prospective employees prove their worth. Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them against other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score. Outside experts call it “profoundly disturbing.