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Workforce programs will need to be overhauled in the age of artificial intelligence
Workers need to be prepared for a future where they may have to develop a larger skillset than ever before. ITIF gives a vast number of policy recommendations in the report, most of which will likely not come to fruition. The report does offer a useful overview of what shortfalls exist in current training and retraining programs. The US invests just 0.1 percent of its GDP in workforce training and support programs.
Amazon's Prime Rewards Visa cardholders now get 5% back at Whole Foods if they pay for Prime
Amazon has already rolled out price cuts for Whole Foods shoppers as a result of its acquisition of the grocery chain. It has also rolled up its Treasure Truck deals service to Whole Foods locations, and began delivering Whole Foods groceries through Prime. Now, it's offering Prime members 5 percent back at Whole Foods when they shop using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, too.
U.S. Congress considers cryptocurrency rules and regulations
Even free-market Republican conservatives, normally wary of government red tape, said regulation could be needed if cryptocurrencies threaten the US economy. Bitcoin, the best known virtual currency, lost over half its value earlier this year after surging more than 1,300 percent. While many lawmakers agree tighter oversight is needed, there is no consensus yet in Congress on how to proceed. Senator Rounds told Reuters there was an opportunity to regulate cryptocurrencies as both a security and a commodity.
a conversation with a breathtakingly beautiful alien forest
Zoink's Fe is a gorgeous reverie, awash in beautiful colors and accompanied by a soundtrack of soulful strings. A particularly fantastic scene is when you discover an enormous creature, part stag and part moving forest. Fe relies on the instinct to want to save forest animals - which, I admit, is quite strong, especially when they're so cute. After all, Fe takes place in a beautiful alien world with giant owl-like snakes and neon flowers.
Blizzard is streaming a puppy version of Overwatch on Twitch
Well, Blizzard has finally combined those two things into one stream is live now on Twitch. To celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog, Blizzard has introduced new events and content into its team-based hero shooter. The publisher is using this as an excuse to play with a bunch of puppies. It has full commentary and everything.
Logitech's G920 wheel combines ease of use with thrilling racing
The simulation experience you want is attainable in the Logitech G920 Driving Force racing wheel for $400. Logitech says this is the definitive racing wheel, and after using one for the last couple of weeks, I agree. If you've never used a racing wheel with your games before, you might think it's more of a headache than a fun time. Logitech designed the G920 so that you could anchor it to variety of desks using a pair of built-in clamps.
9 common mistakes executives make with data
This is because data alone is not ground truth - observable, provable, and objective data that reflects reality. The result is that you'll likely collect the wrong data or incomplete data. Measurement errors occur when the software or hardware you use to capture data goes awry, either failing to capture usable data or producing spurious data. Many enterprises own data that is decades old, where the original team capable of explaining their data decisions is long gone.
Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devices
Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3, both now available for download. The issue, discovered by Aloha Browser in the course of normal development, has to do with poor handling of certain non-English characters. We replicated the behavior, basically an immediate hard crash, in a variety of apps on both iOS and macOS.
Author Brian Dear talks about the amazing PLATO computing system
This amazing computing system came to life in 1960 and by the 1970s was running a number of graphical terminals well before the rise of Xerox PARC and the Alto. This wild little system used some unique hardware and software to create true early educational computing projects and author Brian Dear has written an amazing book on the project. Called Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture, it is available now.
Combining augmented reality, 3D printing and a robotic arm to prototype in real time
Using an augmented reality headset and two controllers, the designer builds a 3D model using a CAD (computer-aided design) program. A robotic arm then goes to work constructing a skeletal model using a simple plastic depositing 3D printer mounted on its hand. Being mounted to the end of the arm, versus a more constrained 3D printer bed has a much looser effect on the print. The arm is also programmed to react to in real time to the designer's actions.
Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities
Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major US cities, determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood. Housing is not enough to satiate the modern knowledge economy worker though. In Larson and Clippinger's world though, rules-based models would be thrown out for dynamic, self-regulating systems based around what might agnostically be called tokens.
Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches
Starting with allergy medications, the startup is developing skin patches that release drugs commonly used in seasonal allergies for children. The patches act much like nicotine patches, which deliver nicotine to those trying to quit smoking, but can deliver a variety of drugs, such as allergy medications, through our body's largest organ. These companies could easily start offering the same types of patches as Avro, should the startup prove the market need.
Moss's PSVR fairy-tale adventure launches February 27
The studio originally intended to release its adorable VR adventure game Moss during the holidays last year, but pushed the launch date back. The studio first announced Moss at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last summer, introducing its mouse heroine Quill. The game features clever design, unfolding before the player like a miniature fairy-tale diorama. She makes eye contact and responds to the player, and the player can pick her up and feel her heartbeat.
Wikipedia's free-to-access program for developing countries is being sunset
A half-dozen years after launching Wikipedia Zero, The Wikimedia Foundation is sunsetting the program. It cites low awareness of Wikipedia outside of North America and Europe as a key factor in its decision to discontinue the program. Changes in mobile data costs are also a factor here - Wikimedia says interest in and adoption of the Zero program have both dropped sharply since 2016. As such, no additional partnerships will be formed this year, and those still in existence will be allowed to expire.
After Twitter kills Mac app, third-party developers drop prices
Amidst concerns that Twitter's other long-neglected Mac app TweetDeck might soon disappear, third-party clients Twitterrific 5 and Tweetbot have both cut their prices, hoping to win over disgruntled Mac Twitter users. Once the official Twitter app introduced timeline-disrupting ads, some users left for paid third-party clients, but Twitter's free clients remained popular because of their price.
Twitch Prime rolls out new indie game program
Twitch is launching its new Indie Amplifier program to signal boost indie games on its livestreaming platform. Twitch Prime members will be able to pick an indie game and get it for free. Prime members can choose from a list of indie titles, and voting closes on March 11. Twitch broadcasters SimCopter1 and DizzyKitten will be showcasing gameplay from the selected title, while N3rdfusion streamers Giantwaffle and Bacon_Donut will interview the developers on the Twitch Prime channel.
Nike teamed up with Snap and Darkstore to pre-release Air Jordan III 'Tinker' shoes on Snapchat
Snap, Nike, Darkstore and Shopify teamed up in a collaboration of epic proportions to pre-release the Air Jordan III Tinker on Snapchat with same-day delivery last night after the NBA All-Star game. This is the first time a brand other than Snap has sold a product via Snapchat. Once they scanned the Snap code, they were brought into the Snapchat app, where they could then purchase the sneakers.
Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky has joined Y Combinator as a partner
What you probably don't know was that behind the scenes, Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky was frequently seeking advice from Y Combinator. I was still phoning Sam at 11 p.m. to get help in that deal to Fitbit, says Migicovsky with a laugh. Now, Migicovsky will be sharing lessons learned with future YC startups, having quietly joined YC last month as one of its now 18 full-time partners.

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