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78% of Initial 2017 Coin Offers Were Fraudulent, Study Says

Initial currency offerings (ICOs) are a traditional way for companies and organizations to raise money and put their crypto-coins on the market. ICOs, however, follow the same unregulated pattern of the virtual currency market and therefore are subject to frauds.

According to a new study released last 11 by the Statis Group, an ICO consulting firm, no less than 78% of all initial currency offerings made in 2017 were identified as a blow.

According to the consultant’s own definition, fraudulent ICOs consist of “any project that expressed availability of investment via ICO (via the website, ANN thread or social media providing a contribution address) and did not intend to complete the development obligations with investors and was considered

Initial currency offerings (ICOs) are a traditional way for companies and organizations to raise money and put their crypto-coins on the market. ICOs, however, follow the same unregulated pattern of the virtual currency market and therefore are subject to frauds.

According to a new study released last 11 by the Statis Group, an ICO consulting firm, no less than 78% of all initial currency offerings made in 2017 were identified as a blow.

According to the consultant’s own definition, fraudulent ICOs consist of “any project that expressed availability of investment via ICO (via the website, ANN thread or social media providing a contribution address) and did not intend to complete the development obligations with investors and was considered a coup by the crypto medical community.”

According to the study, 4% of the ICOs have failed (raising funds, but the project was abandoned, and investors were reimbursed), while another 3% “disappeared” on the way (they raised funds, completed the process but were not listed in exchanges or received contributions for three months on GitHub).

Not everything is flawed

Only 8% of the ICOs of 2017 were totally successfully raised funds, traded the currencies in an exchange and fulfilled the prerequisites evaluated by Statis (distribution in a public ledger book or platform; and activity on GitHub in the three-month period).

In addition, there are some that were successful even though they did not fulfill all the points assessed as required by Statis: 3% of the ICOs took crypto-coins to market but failed to meet one of the three prerequisites, and another 4% only compiled one or none of the prerequisites.

The scenario may seem gloomy, so there is always a warning that good valuations when investing in crypto-coins are essential to avoid major headaches and considerable losses of money.

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping in the Most Diverse Professions

When it comes to artificial intelligence – one of the hottest nowadays in the technology industry – it is natural to think of robots and that pessimistic side of domination of the human race, or personal assistants for everyday life.

But this technology has many other useful and exciting applications involving calculations, manual tasks, and decision making. Do you know of any examples? We are very close to several of these advances, and you will now know some of them.

1. Cooking

The amateur and professional kitchen already receives the help of the artificial intelligence of varied forms. One of the novelties is an algorithm from MIT that analyzes food photos and tells what the ingredients of the product are, formulating the recipe on time. The combination of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things makes your

When it comes to artificial intelligence – one of the hottest nowadays in the technology industry – it is natural to think of robots and that pessimistic side of domination of the human race, or personal assistants for everyday life.

But this technology has many other useful and exciting applications involving calculations, manual tasks, and decision making. Do you know of any examples? We are very close to several of these advances, and you will now know some of them.

1. Cooking

The amateur and professional kitchen already receives the help of the artificial intelligence of varied forms. One of the novelties is an algorithm from MIT that analyzes food photos and tells what the ingredients of the product are, formulating the recipe on time. The combination of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things makes your appliances and products connected with intelligent functions.

In the professional sector, calculations and forecasts help restaurants customize individual and personalized menus by combining the available dishes and based on customer data, from allergies to personal tastes.

In addition, some restaurants around the world already use robotic assistants powered by AI. Flippy, for example, helps fry hamburgers and knows exactly when to turn the meat on the plate.

2. Photo and video editing

Some artificial intelligence aimed at the content production and editing market is already able to reconstruct images that have been deleted. Others are able to do mass work by copying the editing style from one photo to another.

On the video, the work is even more impressive. Algorithms can already transform ordinary videos into slow-motion scenes automatically, generating extra frames per second.

3. Journalism

Yes, even writing is already modernizing with these applications. Well-trained algorithms can handle large volumes of information and organize them most appropriately. Public databases and transparency portals, for example, can yield incredible materials if they are filtered by an AI.

In the most practical part, machines can already write news without the help of a human. Short matters, such as match schedules or events such as earthquakes, can be made with a formula. Thus, human journalists use the time for special reporting and other content.

4. Medicine

Artificial intelligence also helps save lives. Algorithms can perform the screening of patients before the consultations or even diagnoses. They are able to compare exams and symptoms with a whole database.

The technology can still be applied with image processing, resulting in the creation of 3D models of the body. This helps a surgeon define the method of intervention and even simulate the procedures to be more precise.

Be part of this future

The application of artificial intelligence will not end short-term jobs. It can replace some jobs, but the presence of humans is essential in these environments to review the contents produced and give the human touch that machines are not able to provide. In addition, there is a huge amount of new jobs will be created to develop and deal with all this technology.

Did you feel like starting to work with artificial intelligence? Let us know.

10 Most Bizarre Cryptocurrency On The Internet

The Cryptocurrencies are definitely here to stay. In recent times, negotiations using digital currencies have been on the rise, and with the popularization of the resource, debates about its regularization are recorded continuously.

In several countries, its use has already been integrated into commercialization, while in other places, there has been prohibition and even bills to criminalize such transactions. Many platforms and services such as Telegram, Kodak, Samsung, and Facebook, already think of ways to crack crypto-coins in their business, and interestingly, it is even possible to mine digital coins through the heat of the human body.

In any case, the natural course of cryptocurrency growth obviously led to the creation of alternative versions. Bizarre names and origins embody various digital currencies, and as a result, we decided t

The Cryptocurrencies are definitely here to stay. In recent times, negotiations using digital currencies have been on the rise, and with the popularization of the resource, debates about its regularization are recorded continuously.

In several countries, its use has already been integrated into commercialization, while in other places, there has been prohibition and even bills to criminalize such transactions. Many platforms and services such as Telegram, Kodak, Samsung, and Facebook, already think of ways to crack crypto-coins in their business, and interestingly, it is even possible to mine digital coins through the heat of the human body.

In any case, the natural course of cryptocurrency growth obviously led to the creation of alternative versions. Bizarre names and origins embody various digital currencies, and as a result, we decided to gather here the 10 strangest ones that circulate the internet. Check out:

BananaCoin

Forget the coins collected at Donkey Kong Country. Launched recently, Bananacoin may seem like a joke at first glance, but the cryptocurrency actually has a proposal (strange, but still, a proposal): its value is tied to the export price of bananas. The mission of the digital currency is to assist in the cultivation of organic bananas through the first ecological plantation in Laos, a country located in Southeast Asia. Curious, is not it?

TrumpCoin

The way President Donald Trump manages his country may not please everyone, but it is undeniable that he has people who support him in any way. TrumpCoins are meant to “support the president and his vision of making the United States a big country again. The ambassadors of this cryptocurrency need to publish articles weekly on the Facebook page to win them, making the whole process somewhat of a doctrinaire.

DogeCoin

The “Doge” meme came out a few years ago, based on a Shiba dog from Japan. The game is still sporadically used here and there by relatively old Internet users, while its currency is famous in the crypto-coins market. DogeCoin has even sponsored Nasdaq racing cars and the opening of water wells in Africa, as well as sending the teams of exotic sports bobsled to the Winter Olympics. Its value already reaches almost 2 billion.

SexCoin

The name itself says a lot about this cryptocurrency, but if it has not been clear, SexCoin is the first digital currency aimed at the adult entertainment industry. Its use is aimed at the acquisition of products aimed at people over 18 years of age.

PotCoin

The cannabis industry could not be left out of the cryptomedical party. PotCoin was created so that merchants and customers could use a platform dedicated to buying and selling marijuana-related products. The currency’s value is high and has even patronized Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea.

PutinCoin

Similar to TrumpCoin, this crypto-currency was created to honor the President and people of Russia. There is a variant of the digital coin called PutinClassic, and this, in turn, is considered as the “first crypto-currency used as a souvenir.”

UFOCoin

Before you think this digital currency is meant to make contact with aliens or any similar act, know that it has hit the market recently, and fortunately or unfortunately, it has no relation to ETs. UFO Coin uses the so-called neoscrpyt technology to encrypt some feature further and thus create an extra layer of protection for the network. The main developer of the cryptocurrency, Peter Bushnell, is a former miner of Bitcoins.

DentaCoin

Another newbie in the market is the DentaCoin. This, however, is intended for the global dental industry and is already accepted as a means of payment in clinics with which it has the partnership.

Legends Room

This digital currency is destined for a group named after the namesake of Las Vegas. The Legends Room is the world’s first gentlemen’s club to host its own cryptoman. To receive a lifetime membership, you must collect five thousand coins. Legends Room fans guarantee a 20% discount on drinks and casino services (games are not included in the offer), while members earn 50%.

Useless Ethereum Token

This other cryptocurrency, although often regarded as a joke, is considered the most honest digital currency on the market. When acquiring a Useless Ethereum Token (UET), the user receives completely useless coins in return, even the name itself warning of its value: zero. Its slogan is “worthless, without security, without product.”

Some coins are too interesting to be left out of this list and therefore have gained a little space amid the honorable mentions. This is the case of Coinye West, named after the singer Kanye West, which is worth practically nothing and that resulted in a suit to its creators for infringing copyright when using the face of the artist in its logo.

PotatoCoin Spuds, for its part, has an ambitious idea in its concept, which is to improve conditions for farmers in Africa.

As for Unobtanium UNO, it has nothing to do with the game UNO; in fact, the cryptomaniac has this name because of a term used in engineering and fictitious thinking to describe an extremely rare and expensive material.

Lastly, there is still FuckToken, which offers its investors a unique opportunity to express how they really feel and connect, literally, of * $ @ -%.

Why Is Internet Of Things So Important?

With gigantic volumes of data, in an increasingly connected and metric environment, the “internet of things” has gained importance with frightening speed. Whether in simple systems or the most complex and intricate systems, internet of things (IoT) has proven to be a valuable technology for the collection, management and rational use of information.

Taking as one of the driving forces behind the digital transformation, by pushing and sustaining innovation processes in all areas, with security and scalability, the Internet of Things will have no less than 34 billion connected devices by 2020, in a number that can be revised upwards briefly.

Why is this technology so attractive? What benefit does it bring to the business? In this new world we are living, with intelligent, liquid ecosystems, 24 x 7 – something we insist on mentioning whenever possible – av

With gigantic volumes of data, in an increasingly connected and metric environment, the “internet of things” has gained importance with frightening speed. Whether in simple systems or the most complex and intricate systems, internet of things (IoT) has proven to be a valuable technology for the collection, management and rational use of information.

Taking as one of the driving forces behind the digital transformation, by pushing and sustaining innovation processes in all areas, with security and scalability, the Internet of Things will have no less than 34 billion connected devices by 2020, in a number that can be revised upwards briefly.

Why is this technology so attractive? What benefit does it bring to the business? In this new world we are living, with intelligent, liquid ecosystems, 24 x 7 – something we insist on mentioning whenever possible – avoiding failures, having redundancies and knowing how to prioritize what is needed is fundamental. That’s why IoT has grown to – and will still grow – a lot!

Is not it cool to collect the data right in the cloud? Is it not sensational and infinitely more intelligent to measure everything, but only to record what is really important, what actually brings something new or authentic insights?

We can avoid a lot of noise and waste of time by managing, from the source, what is really determinant in specific areas, contributing to the creation of so-called data marts: data repositories aimed at directed responses. Bingo!

If your business wants to enter the 21st century – if it has not already done so – IoT is one of the topics that you and your team need to consider in order to optimize their structure and amplify results.

Microsoft to Invest $25 Million in Affordability Over The Next Five Years

Microsoft is investing in accessibility technologies for its products. The company announced that it has set aside $25 million for the development of artificial intelligence technologies for accessibility projects.

“Around the world, only one in ten people with disabilities have access to assistive technologies and products,” Microsoft Chairman Brad Smith wrote in an official post. “By making artificial intelligence solutions more widely available, we believe that technology can have a broad impact on this important community.”

The program will have a total of five years of development expected to impact more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. Among the company’s concerns are ensuring that people get

Microsoft is investing in accessibility technologies for its products. The company announced that it has set aside $25 million for the development of artificial intelligence technologies for accessibility projects.

“Around the world, only one in ten people with disabilities have access to assistive technologies and products,” Microsoft Chairman Brad Smith wrote in an official post. “By making artificial intelligence solutions more widely available, we believe that technology can have a broad impact on this important community.”

The program will have a total of five years of development expected to impact more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. Among the company’s concerns are ensuring that people get as much to see and hear, as to seize and still have the motor skills to use the tools of the company.

Searches will be based on experiences of users with disabilities; the goal is that they can go beyond three scenarios: work, modern life, and human relations.

With this, the program called IA for Accessibility will be started in three parameters. The first, according to Smith, is to partner with developers, universities, NGOs, and inventors to provide tools for inclusion in society, work and human relations.

With the development of new proposals, the idea is to use Microsoft’s artificial intelligence system to produce these technologies in a scalable way. Finally, the company would work with partners to include these technologies, to encourage more companies to adapt to an accessibility stance.

Recently, Microsoft introduced Translator, a tool that allows real-time speech and non-internet-speaking description that can be used by people with or without hearing.

MIT Develops Wearable Reading What You Are Thinking

In science fiction, the practice of silently saying words thought by the mind is called subvocalization. If the term does not sound familiar, think of when you read a board or a text, and the consciousness automatically reproduces the writings in the brain: it’s like you’re reading aloud inside your head, is not it?

Recently, this began to be used for purposes of interaction with computers and mobile devices, and the MIT researchers even created a wearable that measures neuromuscular signals, they are triggered when the individual does the subvocalization.

The gadget may at first appear to be just a medical device attached to the user’s face, but one can imagine that in future the size of the component will decrease and it will be allocated to the face in a more subtle way. It is also speculated that wearable can be used as a sort of wizard, with activ

In science fiction, the practice of silently saying words thought by the mind is called subvocalization. If the term does not sound familiar, think of when you read a board or a text, and the consciousness automatically reproduces the writings in the brain: it’s like you’re reading aloud inside your head, is not it?

Recently, this began to be used for purposes of interaction with computers and mobile devices, and the MIT researchers even created a wearable that measures neuromuscular signals, they are triggered when the individual does the subvocalization.

The gadget may at first appear to be just a medical device attached to the user’s face, but one can imagine that in future the size of the component will decrease and it will be allocated to the face in a more subtle way. It is also speculated that wearable can be used as a sort of wizard, with activations integrated through “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, but for now, the system created by MIT works in a different way: with electrodes that pick up the signals that you verbalize internally, as if they were bone-conducting headphones. The idea is that the component uses the vibrations transmitted to the bones of the inner ear without obstructing the ear canal.

These signals are then sent to a computer that uses neural networks to distinguish words. So far, the system has been used to do things like use Roku, ask for weather forecasts and even report your opponent’s chess moves to get the best counterattacks. All this in complete silence, since the only interaction that exists is between the individual and his mind, and the gadget.

According to Arnav Kapur, an MIT student and lead author of the study, “the motivation for [wearable development] was to build a device with artificial intelligence – an intelligence enhancement device.” He further states that the idea the team had at the outset was that they could “have a more internal computing platform that merges humans and machines in some way and that would seem to be an internal extension of our own cognition.”

Chinese Tech Firms Still Have Difficulty Promoting Gender Equality

Human Rights Watch has issued a report calling attention to the way large Chinese technology companies are wishing to fight machismo in the workplace. According to the statistical survey, almost one in five job ads posted in the country include information such as “men only” or “preferably men”.

According to Sophie Richardson, director of Human Rights Watch in China, some companies go deeper into sexism. This is the case with Alibaba, which advertised recruiting ads promising, as one of the benefits of the vacancies offered, that the work environment had beautiful work colleagues.

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Human Rights Watch has issued a report calling attention to the way large Chinese technology companies are wishing to fight machismo in the workplace. According to the statistical survey, almost one in five job ads posted in the country include information such as “men only” or “preferably men”.

According to Sophie Richardson, director of Human Rights Watch in China, some companies go deeper into sexism. This is the case with Alibaba, which advertised recruiting ads promising, as one of the benefits of the vacancies offered, that the work environment had beautiful work colleagues.

The study and irregularities analyzed more than 36,000 job vacancies were found in internationally renowned companies including Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei, and Tencent.

Alibaba

The entity reviewed China’s largest e-commerce company and a consistent pattern of women’s exclusion was evident. In addition to serving job offers only for male professionals, the company also presented an advertisement containing as a benefit to men the presence of attractive women in the workplace.

On the allegations, the company responded that “they have clear and well-defined guidelines on equal opportunities regardless of sex” and that “it will lead to more rigorous reviews of recruitment announcements to ensure compliance with our policy.” Alibaba also reported that it is one of the companies that offer the most gender equality in its work environment, with one-third of management positions being held by women.

Huawei

In 2015, the smartphone maker announced a social media ad that said, “You want your salary to increase at a rate higher than real estate prices, marry a rich, beautiful, fair-skinned woman, and go to the peak of your life?”. However, the company claims that gender equality is embedded in its values.

Following the Human Rights Watch report, a Huawei spokesperson reported: “We will review the allegations brought to our attention in the report and also work to ensure that all recruitment advertising materials are fully gendered sensitive.”

Tencent

The company runs a prevalent instant messaging application in China, and according to the report in October 2016, an employee said during a US recruitment fair that the main reason he joined Tencent was that the pros human resources that interviewed him were sexually attractive.

“We investigate these incidents and are making immediate changes, we regret that they have occurred, and we will take swift action to ensure that they do not happen,” said a spokesman for the company. happen again “.

Baidu

The company responsible for the main search engine used by Chinese Internet users, Baidu had several ads that were identified as improper by the survey. In a video posted to a company account on social networks in September 2016, an employee appears to be speaking that he is happy in his professional life for being able to work alongside beautiful women. An ad for professionals interested in the content reviewer’s post, run in March 2017, required candidates to be males so they could work on weekends, holidays and at night.

A Baidu spokeswoman said: “We value the important work our employees do throughout the organization, and we deeply regret the cases where our job vacancies have not aligned with Baidu’s values.”

Even before the Human Rights Watch report was released, the company removed the inappropriate content from its social media and described it as “isolated cases that in no way reflect our company’s dedication to equality in the workplace.” Baidu also stated that 45 percent of its employees are female, a proportion that even counts with medium and high-ranking positions.

Government Accountability

In China, some legislations prohibit gender segregation in advertisements for job vacancies, but it fails to be descriptive of what constitutes discrimination in practice. The full report: “As a result, the level of oversight is low and Chinese authorities rarely proactively investigate companies that repeatedly violate relevant laws.”

With the report, Human Rights Watch calls on the Chinese government to make changes in legislation, including a new anti-discrimination law in the workplace. In addition, it also calls on companies to “adopt and enforce company policies that prohibit all forms of discriminatory job advertisements based on gender.”