Everything you need to know about cyborgs


Our successors will find the moral panics around smartphones as quaint as we now think of 20th-century moral panics over television We will always be living part-biological, part-technological lives because that’s what humans do As a part of our series on the Human Machine , I’ve curated lists of must-reads, -sees, or -listens on the increasingly blurry line between humans and technology READ:...

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has left VC firm Fenbushi Capital


Fenbushi was founded in 2015 and its $50 million fund was one of the first to actively put capital into blockchain companies through seed investments and participation in ICOs It will be the year where all of the ideas around scalability, Plasma, proof-of-stake, and privacy that we have painstakingly worked on and refined over the last four years are finally going to turn into real, live working...

GV co-leads $27.1M Series A in Oxford Uni life sciences spinout Vaccitech


Sequoia China, another new investor, is also co-leading the round, along with existing backer Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) — which operates a fund that invests in high tech spinouts from Oxford University (and counts GV as one of its backers ) It’s working on six products in all — based on inducing cellular immune responses using non-replicating viral vectors for treatment or prophylaxis...

Grasp the true power of Microsoft Excel in 6 stellar courses, for under $35


Yet Microsoft Windows is still the undisputed titan running most home PCs after more than two decades More than 750 million people have Windows, including the venerable Microsoft Excel, on their computer However, there are only a fraction of those 750 million who actually know how to use the program In all, you get six courses, each burrowing deep into a different, yet vital area of Excel’s...

Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B


NA-KD , the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in Existing backers Northzone, eEquity, Jonas Norlander, and Filip Engelbert also followed on Founded in 2015 by...

VR can’t save retail


It’s a fear that manifests in an over-reliance on futuristic technological advancements ( Oh look, holograms are coming! ) After all, when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says his goal is to get one billion people into VR (and he’s pricing the Oculus headset at $200 to do it), it’s easy to get excited about VR’s potential impact on retail And thinking another cool toy on the market will be its...

Developing countries need to wake up to the risks of new tech


But the new technologies also involve important risks, which have special significance in developing countries The concern that new technologies – especially artificial intelligence – will lead to widespread job losses has been widely discussed What’s perhaps different now is that the new, interconnected digital technologies will likely have a broader and more far-reaching array of abilities...

One year old raises $112 million Series A to build autonomous car future


So for Ponyai , which was founded a little more than a year ago in late 2016 by James Peng and Tiancheng Lou, the company decided to go crazy big, announcing today that it has closed on an $112 million Series A venture capital round to pursue their vision of a complete autonomous car solution, putting them almost instantly into the upper strata of competitors in the space Peng first got...

OVC’s noise-canceling H15 earphones are a great $50 buy for commuters


If you’re on the road a lot or often find yourself in crowded spaces, I can’t recommend noise-cancelling audio gear enough Chinese hardware maker OVC’sH15 earphones plug into your phone via the 35mm audio jack, promise 60 hours of active noise cancelling (ANC) performance, and feature a useful bass boost To add to those woes, the ANC module and remote are separate, which means there’s a higher...

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now


Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app — with a steady stream of delighted/outraged tweets bubbling up over the weekend as users assessed the results of their fine art doppelgänger Oh what price vanity, etc etc… While complaints about the app’s matches included not being offered any...

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