What the Boston College Bus Time desk Can Train Us About AI

Mikhail Zavid

When the Boston public school system announced new start times last December, some parents found the schedules unacceptable and pushed back. The algorithm used to set these times had been designed by MIT researchers, and about a week later, Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, emailed asking…

The US Needs to Align Technology With a Public Motive

Mikhail Zavid

Disruptive innovations won’t produce a better society unless we work to contain their harms and spread their benefits. Nov 25, 2018 Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Zuckerberg at the joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees hearing on the company’s protection of user dataLeah Millis / Reuters The arc of innovative progress has reached an…

A First-Timer’s Manual to Turning AR Into ROI

Mikhail Zavid

Augmented Reality The good news for your company is that AR is widely available to nearly anyone who wants to adapt it — using a tool which, would you believe, is on Facebook? Image credit: Busakorn Pongparnit | Getty Images Stephen Nations Guest Writer Director, Public Relations, Drive Social Media November 28, 2018 8 min…

Surging Greens shake up German coalition politics

Mikhail Zavid

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Greens’ leaders hope to translate regional gains into national success The talk in Darmstadt is of the “green wave”.One in three voters in this city near Frankfurt backed the Greens in the Hesse state election last month. In the city centre, workmen are setting up a Christmas market…

How the Cashless Economy Shuts Out the Awful

Mikhail Zavid

Big CityImageThere are various arguments to be made against cashless businesses — the inconvenience falling to people too scattered to leave the house with a wallet being merely one of them.CreditCreditHiroko Masuike/The New York TimesLate last month, Ritchie J. Torres, a popular city councilman from the Bronx, introduced a bill that would forbid certain businesses…

Employ Case For Augmented Truth In Originate

Mikhail Zavid

About The Author Suzanne Scacca is a former WordPress implementer, trainer and agency manager who now works as a freelance copywriter. She specializes in crafting marketing, web … More about Suzanne November 14, 2018 Leave a comment Ever since Pokémon Go brought augmented reality into consumers’ line of sight, marketers and developers have been looking…

I musty facial recognition abilities on birds

Mikhail Zavid

Home Biology Plants & Animals / Ecology December 7, 2018 December 7, 2018 by Lewis Barnett, The Conversation Do you know this downy woodpecker? Credit: Lewis Barnett, CC BY-SA As a birder, I had heard that if you paid careful attention to the head feathers on the downy woodpeckers that visited your bird feeders, you…

Meet Jennifer Tejada, the secret weapon of one among Silicon Valley’s fastest-rising enterprise machine startups

Mikhail Zavid

PagerDuty, an eight-year-old, San Francisco-based company that sends companies information about their technology, doesn’t receive a fraction of the press that other fast-growing enterprise software companies receive. In fact, though it counts as customers heavyweight companies like Capital One, Spotify and Netflix; it employs 500 employees; and it has five offices around the world, it…

John F. Kelly, Paris, Grammy Nominations: Your Weekend Briefing

Mikhail Zavid

Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.ImageCreditAl Drago for The New York Times1. A damning turn for President Trump and his associates:Federal prosecutors say he directed illegal payments during the presidential campaign to help prevent a possible sex scandal.The president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has said Mr. Trump, above, directed payments to…

Nvidia’s small China connections

Mikhail Zavid

Another round of followups on Nvidia, and then some short news analysis. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at danny@techcrunch.com) if you like or hate something here. Nvidia / TSMC questions Following up on my analyses this…

Apple to Add $1 Billion Campus and 5,000 Jobs in Texas

Mikhail Zavid

ImageApple’s current campus in Austin, Tex. The company said it was building a new facility that would double the size of its work force in the city.CreditCreditTamir Kalifa for The New York TimesApple said Thursday that it would build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Tex., where it could eventually employ 15,000 people, amid…

Disguise time is now not all the time all tiresome: Technology can get invaluable connections for varsity students

Mikhail Zavid

Julia Freeland Fisher, Opinion contributor Published 7:00 a.m. ET Nov. 28, 2018 Healthy development and access to opportunity both hinge on relationships — and it turns out technology can help.At Willis Junior High school in Chandler, Ariz. on Dec. 19, 2012.(Photo: Michael Schennum/USA TODAY Network)In 2018, screen time and bad parenting are practically becoming synonyms.…

Russian Meddling, Markets, Opioids: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Mikhail Zavid

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest.ImageCreditPool photo by Alexei Druzhinin1. Russian efforts to sway the 2016 U.S. election included an extraordinary effort to target black Americans and suppress turnout among Democratic voters, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate.The report also argued that the…

Special File: How ZTE helps Venezuela make China-vogue social administration

Mikhail Zavid

Caracas (Reuters) – In April 2008, former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dispatched Justice Ministry officials to visit counterparts in the Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen. Their mission, according to a member of the Venezuela delegation, was to learn the workings of China’s national identity card program. Chavez, a decade into his self-styled socialist revolution, wanted…

They scaled YouTube. Now they’ll shard everybody with PlanetScale

Mikhail Zavid

When the former CTOs of YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox seed fund a database startup, you know there’s something special going on under the hood. Jiten Vaidya and Sugu Sougoumarane saved YouTube from a scalability nightmare by inventing and open-sourcing Vitess, a brilliant relational data storage system. But in the decade since working there, the pair have…

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