Google Project Loon with Telkom Kenya

No, it’s not the loonies, it’s balloons! In rural areas in Africa, internet service is still somewhat of a rarity, leaving many Africans disadvantaged. According to a 2019 report, only 28 percent of Africa’s 1.3 billion people have internet access. A new partnership between Google and Telkom Kenya is seeking to change that. Using a fleet…

Alexis Ohanian leaves VC firm Initialized.

In less than one month, Alexis Ohanian shook up Silicon Valley with two major announcements: His immediate departure from the executive board at Reddit and his exit from an incredibly successful venture capital investment firm. Ohanian is a celebrity not only within Silicon Valley but also beyond it because of his marriage to tennis superstar…

Yikes – Lab-grown Brain Cells Can Now Communicate

Imagine your brain in a petri dish. Imagine your brain forming its own network and processing information outside of your body. Imagine a few of your brain cells called organoids or more commonly known as “minibrains reproducing and processing information that could potentially heal itself and prevent brain disease. Scientists are using organoids to study…

Dawn Dickson: Transforming Vending Machines Through AI

TSmart vending machines are common sights across Japan, a country where jidohanbaiki dispense everything from beer to sake and from batteries to magazines. Some of these machines are able to develop relationships with shoppers, and this is something that is clearly lacking in the United States, a market that is ripe for revolution in automated…

Facial Recognition App garners Controversy

The use of artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology has sprung numerous debates related to privacy. In some countries, face recognition is used for mass surveillance purposes. Such is the case in China, where you cannot get a new SIM card for your smartphone unless your face is scanned. In the case of technology startup Clearview AI,…

Harry Potter, come get your cloak

You might call it Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, but it’s not. A “magical” shield that can make objects ‘vanish’ behind an innovative light-bending material has been created for the military. The developers, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp, claim its new application is based on Quantum Stealth Technology – also known as the “Invisibility Cloak.” Yes. Potter is…

Bloody Mess: Silicon Valley’s Golden girl

Inside Silicon Valley’s Bloody Battle: Lately, gossip magazines, pundits, opinionators and lifestyle sections of major newspapers have been busy covering a flurry of news stories related to flamboyant fraud, deception and duplicity. There was the infamous Bahamas Fyre Festival that never took place, the amazing case of the fake German heiress Anna Delvey, and the…