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The Technology Wildfire

Fire – one of the first technologies we mastered around 230,000 years ago – isn’t much different from our modern day torch light, the smart phone. They both became vital work tools. We hunt with them, they give us access to new types of food, they provide signals and direction, and they facilitate all manner of night time activity which was previously impossible.

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China is in Debt & What This Means for Cryptocurrencies

It’s a rib repeated regularly on the late night talk show circuit — how China essentially owns the United States because of how much the U.S. owes the Chinese. The only problem with this joke is that it’s stale — not because it’s no longer funny (it may still be) — but because the Chinese are just as much in hock to the hilt as the United States is.

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Could Cryptocurrencies Provide the Alpha that Algos Evaporated on Wall Street?

Alpha (to use the language of Wall Street) is becoming more difficult to find in the markets. It’s a little like gold during the California gold rush of the 19th century. When news that gold was discovered, more and more people headed west towards San Francisco to make their fortunes. And while there was plenty of gold, more and more people started to know the best spots to pan for it and eventually what little gold was left had to be divided among more and more panhandlers (not the current day type of panhandlers).

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Manual Testing vs Automated Testing

Testing software is inevitable, regardless of what you are building: if the software you build is used, then it's being tested. Even if you write no test code, you will definitely still test what you build -- what's the point otherwise? The question is, though, will you automate those tests? Some would say without hesitation that we absolutely should have automated tests, regardless of what we are building or who's building it. I believe there is more nuance to this question, because automating tests takes engineering effort, and it's quite possible that that effort is not worth the reward in certain conditions.

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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Music Industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) automates music composition helping rising talents record songs economically. AI also proposes curated music to listeners.

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4 Mind Blowing Big Data Applications

Technology is made for both, the usual and the unusual. While we have exploited it for major issues in the commercial domain, there still remain a lot of unexplored areas that analysts are now applying big data applications to, which are cool as well as purposive.

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The Great Firewall of China’s Biggest Crack May be the Decentralized Web

In a dingy, decrepit apartment in the Ditang residential district in Guangzhou, China, Xioachun Wang watches his favorite YouTube videos, while updating his Facebook profile. Like millions of other Chinese netizens, Wang is using a Virtual Private Network or VPN to circumvent the formidable Great Firewall of China (hint: it’s not made of concrete or steel) to access the web which the rest of the world takes for granted — the free and open web (at least for the most part in Western liberal democracies). But Wang is paranoid. While he wants desperately to get his YouTube fix — there are entire channels devoted to criticizing and condemning the Chinese government, with millions of subscribers — a recent crackdown by Beijing has Chinese netizens, used to passing through the Great Firewall of China at will are now starting to worry when that ease of passage will end.