Five of the world's tech giants - Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft - are teaming up in an effort to persuade us that artificial intelligence is our friend, not a threat to our jobs or a human future. The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, they call it. Will this be education or brainwashing?
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Five of the biggest players in global high-tech have joined forces in creating the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society. And reaction to the effort by the giants to alleviate public concern about the potential evils of AI as immediate.
Drug giant Novo Nordisk, which operates a large insulin production plant in Johnston County, says it is laying off 1,000 workers. Most of the cuts will be made in Denmark, where the company is based. How many jobs might be lost in Clayton or the U.S. was not specified.
Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which put off a planned IPO earlier this year, has raised new capital from investors - but far less than its $48 million target.
WebAssign, an online assessment and homework solution focused on STEM education based at NCSU's Centennial Campus, has been acquired by Cengage, an education and technology firm based in Boston. There have been no layoffs and the new owners plan to keep an office in Raleigh, a WebAssign executive says.
Cloud Pharmaceuticals, which is using the collective power of the cloud to research and develop new drugs, is turning to crowdfunding in an attempt to generate capital for research into ALS and the Zika virus.
Are you ready for dairy products made in the lab without any help from a cow? Perfect Day, a startup that has attracted $2 million from investors, is working on making milk from genetically engineered yeast and plants that can be modified to leave out cholesterol, hormones, and lactose found in natural dairy products.
Agricultural science has met the challenges that caused past gloom and doom attitudes toward the world's ability to feed its billions and is helping combat carbon-influenced climate change, futurist Lowell Catlett tells the AgBiotech Summit in Chapel Hill. Despite dire predictions of the past, "The world's economy did not go to hell."
BlackBerry plans to stop making its signature smartphones internally, signaling a strategic shift for a company that built its reputation on innovative smartphone technology. Plus: CEO John Chen's explanation.
Longfellow Real Estate Partners has added a second tenant to its massive 180,000 square foot Exchange Place building in RTP. Negotiations are currently underway to add a third. Longfellow is quite busy as it also is preparing to build two mixed-use buildings in its Durham Innovation District project.
Want more proof that the Internet of Things has moved from hype to reality? A new report from Technology Business Research says that IoT ecosystem revenues soared 18 percent year-over-year to $6 billion in the second quarter with IBM leading the way However, IaaS limits growth in hardware infrastructure.
"I think Earth will be a good place for a long time, but the probable lifespan of human civilization will be much greater if we're a multiplanetary species," says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk as he outlines humans-to-Mars vision. Plus: Watch a video replay of his presentation and another about the company's Interplanetary Transport System.
Broadband households' usage of Internet-connected entertainment devices has surged 11 percent so far in 2016, according to a new report.