Blockchain can’t fix everything, consult

Blockchain can’t fix everything, consulting giant BCG reports – The gloss is starting to wear off blockchain technology. Blockchain tech and distributed ledgers are rapidly being adopted by stock exchanges, banks, and the commodities industry, but one group of experts has warned there are significant drawbacks in doing so. A new report (spotted by Reuters) details the allure of the technology for trading execs: it can solve all trust issues and market inefficiencies… http://ow.ly/LVaQ50ier9k

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Coinbase launches new standalone wallet

Coinbase launches new standalone wallet (but it supports only Ethereum for now) – Coinbase has re-launched its wallet offering to try and become the “gateway to the decentralized internet.” Hopefully, it’s more than just a re-branding exercise. In a recent blog post, Coinbase announced that it is revamping its wallet offering, retiring Toshi and making way for the Coinbase Wallet – an undeniably direct, and to the point name. Perhaps all the new users Coinbase is re… http://ow.ly/l2Cc50ieopt

WEF warns: AI could lead to collapse in

WEF warns: AI could lead to collapse in the global financial system – There’s little doubt that artificial intelligence will reshape the world as we know it. It’ll revolutionize the way we do business, communicate, and even raise our kids. Presumably, the benefits of AI will outweigh the bad, but a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) shows we might just have to weather a global crisis before we ever get the chance to find out. The problem, according to th… http://ow.ly/H4ep50iehxx

I don’t want to stream with Ninja, eithe

I don’t want to stream with Ninja, either – A super-popular Twitch streamer has been accused of discriminating against women by refusing to stream with them. As a woman, I think I’m with the streamer on this one. It started with an interview in Polygon in which writer Allegra Frank interviewed Tyler “Ninja” Blevins — currently the most popular streamer on the planet. Ninja, who is married, explained that he preferred not to stream with female streamers: If I have on… http://ow.ly/xCOg50ief64

The EPA plans to break up with science —

The EPA plans to break up with science — here’s what you can do about it – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to ban science from its decision-making process. You’d be excused for thinking this seems like hyperventilating leftist nonsense. A claim that the EPA is banning science surely seems absurd. After all, how does one make judgements on the safety of chemicals without doing science? But, the EPA’s proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regul… http://ow.ly/lbrJ50iecch

‘Enhance’: Browser game mocks Hollywood

‘Enhance’: Browser game mocks Hollywood hacking tropes – You know those evidence-gathering scenes in 90s and 00s tv shows and movies that treat looking at photographs like a particularly shouty spectator sport? Where stern-looking people tap magical “enhance” button or tell the computer they intend to zoom in and “clean up” the image? You know, that old chestnut? Someone made a game out of that. I made https://t.co/jTDvjrm9az, a cyberpunk game you play by yelling at… http://ow.ly/7DGD50ie88B

Researchers teach Hearthstone bot to dom

Researchers teach Hearthstone bot to dominate Legend rank players – A team of researchers from the University of Warsaw recently developed an AI bot to play Blizzard’s Hearthstone. This isn’t the first machine built to play the game, but it may very well set the benchmark for all that come after it. Hearthstone is a collectible card game, like Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh. Its rules and format make it a great candidate for exploration by machine learning develope… http://ow.ly/mOU850ie5lb