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Netflix’s new show about AI is blowing people’s minds – literally

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Altered Carbon, Netflix’s new sci-fi thriller, is set in a futuristic world with limitless potential. Immortality is finally attainable—for the very wealthy, at least—thanks to AI tech that can download a person’s consciousness and memories to a new body. 

Given the show’s hyper techie premise, CES was the perfect venue for Netflix to hold an exclusive pre-screening event. Mashable Brand X was onsite to capture audience reactions to Altered Carbon. We predict the rest of us will be happily binge watching this new sci-fi series when it drops on Feb 2.  Read more…

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3 companies helping make China a global hub for IoT technology

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To talk about the Internet of Things in China is to talk about manufacturing. 

Manufacturing spending on IoT technologies in China is estimated to rise to $127.5 billion by 2020. Since China currently produces a large chunk of the world’s electronics (including technologies like sensors and microchips that are fundamental to the IoT), the country is well positioned to shape the backbone of connected homes, IoT-integrated infrastructure, and smart cities around the world.

The Made in China 2025 initiative, for example, focuses on comprehensively upgrading the country’s industries and IoT infrastructure. In addition to country-wide initiatives like this, several China-based startups are helping shape the rapidly growing IoT industry in this region of the world and beyond. Their efforts are being fueled largely by advancements in AI and big data.  Read more…

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10 reasons NYU’s growing presence in Brooklyn makes it the best place to be for tech lovers and creatives

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Innovation and entrepreneurship are two of the most essential skill sets for today’s students. These skill sets are key in preparing them for their future careers, no matter the industry. 

NYU is harnessing the importance of technology and creativity, offering students a variety of programs and resources that will set them up for a successful future. Here are ten reasons why NYU in Brooklyn is leading the way in innovative education.

1. Brooklyn’s booming tech scene

In the last ten years, Brooklyn has gone from just another New York City borough to a bustling hub for entrepreneurship. The Brooklyn Tech Triangle — made up of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard — is home to more than 1,350 innovative companies, making it the perfect place for cutting-edge research and education.   Read more…

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Business

These innovative solutions to climate change are making serious waves

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Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our global community. Though the jury is still out on whether the planet’s warming climate is to blame for recent events like Hurricane Irma or the devastating flooding in South Asia, the scientific community agrees: if we continue on the same path of energy consumption, natural disasters will only become more common.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint for tackling some of the planet’s most pressing problems. Goal number 13 specifically urges nations, organizations, and individuals to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” Read more…

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Business

5 essential pieces of advice from a successful serial entrepreneur

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What’s the perfect recipe for success? This question has been puzzled over by entrepreneurs since the dawn of trade. What with factors like luck, money, competition, and the ever-evolving customer all set to provide obstacles, the odds are often stacked against potential entrepreneurs. But what about those who choose to undergo this challenge time and again: the unicorn-like serial entrepreneur? What are their secrets?

Mashable sat down with one such serial entrepreneur on October 17 to discuss success, failure, and the road along the wayAidan Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO at Reincubate, joined us for the UK premiere of MashaBiz: a Facebook Live show that gets to the heart of business. Read more…

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5 serial entrepreneurs who are transforming the UK’s startup scene

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As rewarding as entrepreneurship can be, it’s also taxing from time to time. Building a company from the ground up requires a willingness (dare we say, a fondness) for occasionally putting in 12-plus-hour workdays, as well as tapping into inner wells of perseverance.

At the same time, building a business is undoubtedly a thrill ride — and some people truly seem to get hooked on it. “Serial entrepreneurs” know the ins and outs of startup life like the back of their hand, and they have an innate talent for turning ideas into thriving organisations.

The annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 celebrates entrepreneurial individuals and businesses that embody a spirit of innovation in the tech world. Below are five UK-based entrepreneurs from the list whose names you should know.  Read more…

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5 strategies for keeping your edge in your new startup job

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In any new job, you want to start out strong and show your coworkers and bosses that hiring you was the right decision. And when you land a job in the competitive startup world, it’s even more crucial to be on top of your game from the very beginning. But with things always in flux, it can sometimes feel difficult to keep up in this fast-paced environment.  Read more…

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Business

There are many ways that companies can do good in this world, and now is the time to do it

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Last year, 64 percent of CEOs increased their business’ investment in corporate social responsibility. Thanks to new technology and the internet, along with advancements in science and medicine, companies have become more informed about their social and environmental impact. Armed with the evidence needed to change business practices for the greater good of employees, consumers, and the environment, there has never been a better time to put this knowledge and these insights into action. 

From climate change to poverty, these are trying times. But these challenges are not insurmountable. If companies, countries, and citizens all come together in search of attainable solutions, this generation can leave this planet better than we found it. Read more…

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The City of Tomorrow: The future of urban transportation is being built today

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Innovation happens when people come together. Nowhere is that more obvious than in our bustling cities around the world. And as resident numbers continue to climb, some of the most populated locations across the globe are faced with the opportunity to not only shape the future — but to design it.

According to a 2014 United Nations report, 54 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas; by 2050 that number is expected to rise to 66 percent. That’s a lot of people.

An increase in population can lead to a whole slew of transportation issues — many of which you probably experience regularly. From congestion on the roads and inefficient traffic patterns to unreliable public transportation and rising commute times, city dwellers know how painful it can be when systems start to fail.
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Business

The first millennial director of East Colorado’s SBDC is helping businesses thrive

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Lisa Hudson and her team at the East Colorado Small Business Development Center have accomplished all but one of their 18 goals set for the year. 

This would be impressive for any business leader, but it’s even more praiseworthy since it’s her first year at the helm of the SBDC. Oh, and she’s the first ever millennial director of the organization.

“My team and I have worked really hard at reaching out to past clients and building new relationships in order to be able to record the figures we have for this year,” she explains.  

There are a lot of challenges that come with being a new, young leader of a company, and Hudson has faced each of them head on with the help of her colleagues.  Read more…

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Business

These UK-based “techtrepreneurs” are building an empire right under our noses

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While the media has a tendency to fawn over San Francisco’s “disruptive” startup darlings, Silicon Valley is far from the end-all, be-all of global tech startup hot spots.

In recent years, the United Kingdom has stepped up to become a major player in the tech startup scene. From London to Leeds to Wales, there are some pretty incredible companies emerging from this part of the world — and they’re shaping the future of how we learn, work, play, and pay.

Below are a few UK-based “techtrepreneurs” building game-changing companies and social enterprises in industries like finance, education, and retail.  Read more…

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Business

5 British companies leading in advertising technology

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Advertisers today know that while content may be king, data is the real belle of the ball. This is where advertising technology — or AdTech — comes into the equation: A rapidly growing industry in the UK and around the globe, AdTech connects the dots between marketing tactics and data on consumer behaviour and the journey through the sales funnel.

Salesforce’s fourth annual State of Marketing report cites significant growth year over year within the AdTech arena: It predicts 23-25% YoY growth for technologies like marketing analytics and CRM tools, and a whopping 53% YoY increase for artificial intelligence. Read more…

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Business

These 3 inspirational stories about mentorship will warm your heart

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Behind many a success story is a fantastic mentor.

Even if people claim to have paved their way on their own, there’s a strong chance that someone was there early on to set them on the right path or give them sage advice.

These people can be the magic ingredient your small business needs to thrive, the person who tells you to keep at it when you’re at your lowest point, or just someone who gave the right advice at an opportune time. Whatever the situation, many people owe a great deal of gratitude to their mentors.

Here are six such people, who shared some great stories about mentorship with us. Read more…

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These five trends are shaping technology development in Australia

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Four out of five Australian executives agree that technology development is no longer a linear process, but is happening exponentially. In the Accenture Technology Vision 2017, the overriding message is that as technology becomes more sophisticated, it’s not the technology itself that’s driving change – it’s us. 

The Technology Vision 2017 contains five key trends, which underpin the overarching theme of a “people first” approach to business and technology. 

AI is the new UI  

Artificial Intelligence is moving beyond a back-end tool for the enterprise and taking on much more sophisticated roles within technology interfaces.  Read more…

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From backyard to billions: This startup is leading the game in fantasy sports

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There’s a Scottish startup that’s been making waves in the US fantasy sports space, and its eye is now firmly set on changing the fantasy football game in the UK.

On a journey that may seem alien to most, Edinburgh startup FanDuel began their venture in North America, and only recently brought their platform to their UK home. The company got its start back at 2009’s South by SouthWest interactive festival in Texas, where its five co-founders came up with the idea of daily fantasy football during a backyard brainstorm. Making a departure from season-long online gaming tournaments, the team hit on the idea of creating shorter gameplay, with more opportunity for players to opt in on a daily basis. Its website pegs FanDuel as “a new way to play fantasy — fan vs. Read more…

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Business

This company taps the Internet of Things to give caregivers of the elderly peace of mind

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Anyone who has ever been a caregiver for an aging loved one is well acquainted with the anxieties that accompany such a role: Is Nana safe while home alone? Is mum’s bedroom warm enough in the middle of winter? Is grandpa wandering out of the house in the middle of the night?  

There are currently 3 million UK citizens tasked with a seemingly impossible juggling act every day: Balancing a full-time job with caregiving responsibilitiesOne in six individuals in the UK, in fact, ultimately chooses to give up work in order to care for an elderly loved one —which has a significant impact upon a caregiver’s ability to go about daily life, as well as a ripple effect upon families.    Read more…

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Here’s how OLAY’s skin analysis platform opened my eyes to AI innovation in beauty

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Editor’s Note: A representative from Mashable’s Branded Content team attended the Olay panel on a Global Skin Analysis Program at Mobile World Congress and gave a firsthand account of the event. This is where Olay premiered their Skin Advisor, which is a platform powered by artificial intelligence. Mashable’s Chief Data Scientist, Haile Owusu, sat on this panel.

I’d never really considered the myriad applications of artificial intelligence (AI) until I took my seat at the OLAY panel at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The subtle ways that AI is disrupting our lives are many and varied – and often in places you’d least expect. OLAY – and the broader beauty space – is one of these places. Do we all really understand what our skin needs? Here’s where AI is really changing the game.  Read more…

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There’s more to these sketches than meets the eye

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You may need to take a second look at the sketch. Highlighting how the new Lexus IS is “impossible to ignore”, Lexus has put the IS to the test to showcase the car’s bold design in an innovative way. Using futuristic eye-tracking technology that maps the pathway of vision, Lexus has created an interesting masterpiece from sight – the below shows just how the bold design of the Lexus IS is crafted to demand attention, the edgy images are proof itself.  

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How does it work? The intelligent eye-tracking technology tracks the eye movement of the viewer as they take in the new Lexus IS from bumper to bumper. The interpretive pieces position the Lexus as the bold vehicle that will make anyone do a double take and linger. Every angle is designed to hold attention. As the eye travels over bold angles of the car, a visual representation of the sight path is created using innovative software. It’s clear from the multiple lines of the sketches that participants took more than a second look at the vehicle – this provided the inspiration for the campaign concept that the Lexus IS Read more…

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Reducing the carbon footprint of the entertainment industry, one light at a time

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Like many great tech companies, it all started in a garage.

Now they work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Making movies and television shows can be a wasteful process. But when lights work more efficiently, it means the crew needs fewer generators and the demand for power is less, thus helping to decrease the carbon footprint of a given production.

LA-based lighting manufacturing company Hive makes high output, energy efficient plasma lighting specifically for the television and film industry. 

Hive is part of a community of socially-minded innovators and entrepreneurs who make up the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and are committed to finding clean tech solutions for California and beyond. Read more…

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