Through the simple act of walking people can now produce their own electricity and digital currency in Washington D.C., as it embraces a form of renewable energy, according to Futurism.
Known as Pavegen Tiles, these street tiles convert kinetic energy from people’s steps into electricity, digital currency, and data with one person creating five watts of power from their footsteps.
However, it wasn’t an easy start for Laurence Kemball-Cook, who founded London-based Pavegen in 2009. As Futurism reports, Kembell-Cook said that at the start no one believed in what he was doing. As a result, and to prove his technology did work, he broke into a building site and forcibly [...]
In a Facebook post Friday night, founder of the popular social network Mark Zuckerberg took time to outline the steps the company will take to tackle its “fake news” problem, which has been a hot topic in the wake of the election. One way the social media behemoth plans on doing that is by making sure fake news sites can’t profit.
Mr. Zuckerberg calls it “disrupting fake news economics.”
“A lot of misinformation is driven by financially motivated spam,” he posted. “We’re looking into disrupting the economics with ads policies like the one we announced earlier this week, and better ad farm [...]
Apple has filed a patent application for a “virtual assistant in a communication session.” On first glance, application 14/713,410 might scare developers of chat bots and the like, but Apple is specific in the scope of their claims – Siri, their virtual assistant platform, will be able to directly communicate with either user in an iMessage conversation and then be able to act on the instructions given. The other participant of the conversation will not see messages intended to Siri, nor messages sent from Siri to the user activating her. This is somewhat different from current implementations of chat bots and virtual assistants in chat programs, in that the classical chat bot for, [...]
Only a few years ago the idea that Microsoft could actively promote Linux and join the Linux Foundation would have sounded like science fiction, but that’s exactly what happens now: Microsoft is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member.