Few things have fundamentally reshaped how companies overcome business challenges than the application of machine learning in the market. Today’s companies, from the tech behemoths of Silicon Valley to the eager entrepreneurs cropping up in cities nation-wide, all exploit machine learning to cut cost and get better results. This widespread adoption of machine learning has consequences; big data isn’t an … Read More

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Sophia has porcelain skin, defined cheekbones and quite a flashy smile. She’s also a robot.


Ahead of Wednesday’s Future Investment Initiative event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, officials granted this humanoid robot citizenship, making Sophia the first robot to receive citizenship anywhere in the world. The bot, made byHanson Robotics, is modeled to look like Audrey Hepburn (does Sophia do Audrey justice?).



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This fall at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the d.school)—where, until recently, I led the K12 Lab—we’re celebrating 10 years of exploring the role that design thinking can play in schools. In that time, we’ve learned a lot about building creative school cultures based on two essential design practices: changing your point of view and prototyping. Below are some of the most effective practices we’ve seen. 

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1964, a geologist in the Nevada wilderness discovered the oldest living thing on earth, after he killed it. The young man was Donald Rusk Currey, a graduate student studying ice-age glaciology in Eastern Nevada; the tree he cut down was of the Pinus longaeva species, also known as the Great Basin bristlecone pine. Working on a grant from the National Science Foundation, Currey was compiling the ages of ancient bristlecone trees to develop a glacial timeline for the region.



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