In February 2009, media across the world carried reports of a “whiz-kid” — a 9-year old boy called Lim Ding Wen from Singapore who became the world’s youngest iPhone app developer.
He had created an app called Doodle Kids, which allowed users to draw with their fingers on the iPhone’s screen. It was downloaded over 4,000 times within two weeks.
Of course, it helped that his father was the CTO of a local tech firm and that the boy had been playing with computers since the age of two. By seven, he already knew six different programming languages.
In nature, fungi are a harbinger of death and decay. Its function is to create space by getting rid of dead material and returning nutrients to the earth, so that new plants can grow and thrive.
And connecting the tens of thousands of different types of fungi is a vast and spectacular underground network of fibrous threads called mycelium — that mankind is only just beginning to understand. Mushrooms and toadstools are but the visible parts of this network beneath our feet, sprouting up like nodes from within this complex web of microscopic mycelium fibers.
This network, which some researchers…
“We need to take all heavy industry, all polluting industry, and move it into space. And keep Earth as this beautiful gem of a planet that it is.”
— “Jeff Bezos swung by space and has some thoughts”, Engadget
Can we really save ourselves from climate change by moving our polluting industries into space or by migrating to Mars?
In this fictional tale told by a chatbot, you will venture into outer space and make decisions as you seek out opportunities in a new world.
Will life be better, or will you be faced with even more difficult challenges?
Have you ever wondered what motivates netizens to post knowledge and answers to platforms like Wikipedia, Reddit and Quora?
An overwhelming need to share their knowledge? Or just too much time on their hands?
Probably just the desire to receive social validation.
It is one thing to occasionally contribute to an online forum among like-minded members. It is quite another to be consistently helping to answer questions or edit wiki pages for free; and for the benefit of complete strangers.
Yet there are many netizens who do that, day after day, year after year.
Because human beings instinctively seek…
A long time ago, I read somewhere that judges in an abstract art competition had awarded the top prize to a painting, which, unbeknownst to them, was actually painted by an elephant in a zoo.
On July 29th, 2021, Medium announced a ‘Medium Writers Challenge’, giving away cash prizes totaling US$100,000. Four finalists would each get US$10,000, and one among them would get the grand prize of US$50,000. 100 other “honorable mention” entries would also get US$100 each.
I’ve worked in the intersections of content creation and technology for the last six years of my career. …
Once upon a time there was a little angel, who lived in Heaven with all her fellow angels. Now Heaven, as you know, is a place of perennial peace, happiness, and love, where all the angels flutter about like butterflies in a beautiful valley of bright flowers, enjoying the warmth of spring and the gentle breeze of the cool air.
Angels have no names, for there was no need to speak like we do on Earth. They communicate with thoughts and identified each other by the unique souls they all had; that we as earthlings, also have but had forgotten…
Elon Musk’s critical opinion of MBA graduates is well known. He has, on many occasions, talked about this publicly.
“MBA Graduates May Be Good at PowerPoint, But They Don’t Know How Things Work.”
“There might be too many MBAs running companies.”
“As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.”
Sure, he’s probably the most famous and celebrated startup founder right now, but that’s just an opinion of one — albeit a very rich and successful one.
Since I have a lot of MBA holders and startup founders among my LinkedIn network, I…
So this happened in China. In 2019, two university students did an AI project that involved a simple ‘wolf versus sheep’ game. The senior member of the team, a Thai national studying in China, left to work in Australia after he graduated, and the project was thus abandoned.
The junior member went on to teach. One day in March 2021, he told one of his students about the initial results of the experiment over text. The student was so tickled by the story, he screenshot it and shared it with his friends.
Those screenshots went viral on Chinese social media…
During the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work for various types of bosses — different gender, nationality, industry background and ages. I’ve also started my own businesses and been the boss.
I’ve noticed that some bosses have a habit that risks forming a highly damaging culture within their organizations. Over the long run, the company or team which they lead may become political and non-innovative.
This habit is that of expecting subordinates to gather in meetings with notebooks (or laptops these days) and studiously take down notes when they (the boss) are talking.
In the Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon, there is a charming male character called Poe. He’s a hotel manager that’s really an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered hologram.
Since he’s in the hospitality business, Poe is programmed to have a warm and empathetic personality. Although he is capable of understanding and displaying human emotions, sometimes he does verge on being too eager to please.
Poe represents the holy grail that AI researchers doing ‘multimodal machine learning’ have been after for some time — the ability to fully integrate language, visual and acoustic understanding into one cohesive model— so that they can…