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‘Maya Angelou, esteemed poet and activist, premiered Georgia, Georgia on this date March 10, 1972 and became the first Black woman to have a motion picture produced.’
(photo: Maya Angelou)
- CARTER Magazine
Fixie Pizza Cutter, An Über Hip Fixed-Gear Bicycle Pizza Cutter
Forget Dongles And Passwords, The Future Of Mobile Payments Is Biometrics -
With the two largest smartphone makers in the world getting behind the idea of biometric scanning, credit card companies may start to take it seriously as well.
(Source: futurescope, via emergentfutures)
And yet they have extremely low rates of cycling related head injuries. Meanwhile, the US is among those countries that lead in both wearing helmets and head injuries. One of the main differences? Serious investments in cycling infrastructure, much of which is segregated or protected from auto traffic.
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Can Twitter Predict Major Events Such as Mass Protests? | MIT Technology Review -
The idea that the Twitter stream is a window into the future is persuasive. But is it true?
Tentacles, A New Exhibit About Octopuses, Squids, and Cuttlefishes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
21 million taxi rides have been booked on WeChat in the past month
WeChat, the hugely popular messaging app in China, added the function to hail and pay for a taxi on January 6. Now, after more than a month in action, the taxi-finder app that WeChat works with has revealed some interesting figures.
According to Didi Dache, which is one of China’s top taxi apps, the integration with WeChat boosted the service to 40 million registered users (from about 20 million last year). So far, a total of 21 million cab rides have been booked in the WeChat app. Courtesy of a story on 36Kr, here are more stats from the startup:
- Didi Dache gets an average of 700,000 bookings per day via WeChat.
- Didi Dache and WeChat’s maker, Tencent (HKG:0700), jointly dished out RMB 400 million (US$65.6 million) in ‘bonuses’ to both cabbies and riders who paid for the fare via WeChat Payments. Note that all drivers are capped at RMB 50 in bonuses per day, while each passenger is capped at RMB 30 each day.
- February 7, a day when many people were returning home after trips to see relatives for Chinese New Year, saw a daily peak of 2.62 million taxi rides via WeChat, of which about two million were paid for via mobile on WeChat Payments.
- 100,000 taxi rides were taken via WeChat in the first nine days
Full Story: TechninAsia
Robots closer to being able to work together as a team -
MIT scientists are writing computer programs that can control large teams of robots or networks of devices with different functions.
Netflix Is Building an Artificial Brain Using Amazon’s Cloud
Nothing beats a movie recommendation from a friend who knows your tastes. At least not yet. Netflix wants to change that, aiming to build an online recommendation engine that outperforms even your closest friends.
The online movie and TV outfit once sponsored what it called the Netflix Prize, asking the world’s data scientists to build new algorithms that could better predict what movies and shows you want to see. And though this certainly advanced the state of the art, Netflix is now exploring yet another leap forward. In an effort to further hone its recommendation engine, the company is delving into “deep learning,” a branch of artificial intelligence that seeks to solve particularly hard problems using computer systems that mimic the structure and behavior of the human brain. The company details these efforts in a recent blog post.
Full Story: Wired