Microsoft’s AI is a robo Van Gogh that could change how designers work


Microsoft has developed an AI to draw entirely original images based on nothing more than text. You type it, a computer draws it, and we’re one step closer to a world where using software like Photoshop and Illustrator is a hands-off experience. Researchers created a text-to-image bot that spits out pretty amazing images when fed a series of descriptive words like “this bird is red with white and has a very short beak.” This was accomplished through the creation of neural network called an Attentional Generative Adversarial Network (AttnGAN) that creates the image pixel-by-pixel. Like any other artist or designer, it…

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Your car knows you’re cheating on your diet (and your spouse)


General Motors (GM) first started tracking customers in 1996. Using its popular OnStar service, those in select GM vehicles could ask for directions, diagnose vehicle-related problems, or even disable a stolen vehicle by contacting a voice on the other end of the line. For around $35 a month, GM provided customers with an on-demand concierge available at the touch of a button. But unbeknownst to many, OnStar required more than just a monthly subscription fee. “Data is the currency of the digital age,” said Jim Barbaresso, Intelligent Transportation Systems lead at HTNB, told CNN last year. “Vehicle data could be…

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Labo is Nintendo’s next big risk that looks poised to pay off


Nintendo’s rather perplexing new announcement this week is Labo, a set of peripherals for the Switch made from cardboard. While they may seem like an odd addition after the company’s renewed focus on more mature titles and nostalgia, it’s part of Nintendo’s pattern of embracing the bizarre and making it work. What at first glance looks a little baffling about Labo — its use of cardboard rather than plastic, and DIY focus — is what makes it look so alien compared to just about everything else currently in the gaming market. It’s clearly aimed at children, and, though I question…

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Theres never been a better time to be a car enthusiast


The car industry has traditionally been at the forefront of innovation, constantly attempting to reinvent the wheel in order to entice old and new customers alike. Now that we are deep in the digital age, the industry is undergoing a sort of revolution which may well change the face of driving forever. Automotive tech is better than ever It’s no secret or revelation that technology keeps on improving by the minute but not every industry witnesses such profound changes as the ones currently happening with cars. All the major auto manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, and pretty much anyone…

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Threat of nuclear apocalypse briefly puts a damper on Pornhub traffic


If you’ve ever been curious about what happens to a major porn site when there’s a nuclear missile bearing down on the US, we’ve got answers. It turns out, when the government sends out a doomsday alert, porn connoisseurs are more concerned with getting out than getting off. About 64 million people watch porn online every day, and while it’s unclear how many of those users are in Hawaii (which has a population of about 1.5 million), it’s clear the threat of nuclear holocaust is a real mood-killer. Once the threat turns out to be fake, however, they’re back –…

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WhatsApp Business finally rolls out for Android — and it’s totally free (for now)


After years of waiting and limited trials, businesses finally have their own WhatsApp solution. The company today launched the simply-named WhatsApp Business, available on Android devices as a free download. The app provides some of the basic functionality you’d want from a business app. You can create a Business profile with additional information like a description, address, and contact information, and enable quick replies for answers to common questions. You can create greeting messages and view some simple analytics so you can see which messages are most effective. According a WhatsApp spokesperson, the current feature set will remain free in…

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Outrunning the bulls: A look into Spain’s developing startup ecosystem


After a devastating economic crisis brought the country to its knees, Spain has started to build itself back up — in part thanks to the country’s developing startup ecosystem. Spain has had a difficult decade, with its unemployment having risen to as high as 26 percent in 2013. However, last year Spain’s economy finally returned to its pre-recession size, with new opportunities for entrepreneurs promising to combat the still-high level of unemployment. This past year I had the chance to visit Spain with my Partner Eddie Arrieta, and while conversations about Spain may be still be dominated by stereotypical topics…

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6 cringeworthy management mistakes that are killing your employees’ motivation


According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, there’s a reason some people work harder than others. It’s not because they have to. It’s because they want to. As simple as that sounds, creating a workplace where people want to put in the extra mile, as many business owners will tell you, is rather difficult. Most people don’t love going to work and some even actively dislike it. According to Gallup’s latest worldwide study measuring employee engagement, about 15 percent of the workers on this planet feel engaged in their jobs. Dutch workers are even less passionate about work: Erasmus University professor…

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