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The Shift: The 2018 Good Tech Awards

To Joy Buolamwini, Timnit Gebru and Anima Anandkumar, for calling out A.I. bias. Artificial intelligence will be one of the most important areas of computer science in the coming years. It’s also one of the least diverse. Just 12 percent of A.I. researchers are women, and the number of black …

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Ofo, Pioneer of China’s Bike-Sharing Boom, Is in a Crisis

Financial pressure started building as well. As long as new riders kept signing up, cash kept flowing in the form of deposits. But it has been expensive for the companies to replace damaged stock, and to hire workers to haul bikes all day from low- to high-demand locations. In April, …

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Ofo, Pioneer of China’s Bike-Sharing Boom, Is in a Crisis

Financial pressure started building as well. As long as new riders kept signing up, cash kept flowing in the form of deposits. But it has been expensive for the companies to replace damaged stock, and to hire workers to haul bikes all day from low- to high-demand locations. In April, …

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A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical Uses

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Last Thursday morning in the desert town of Scottsdale, Ariz., a tiny robotic car turned onto a neighborhood street and pulled up to a home with a Spanish-tiled roof and synthetic grass in the front yard. Not even half the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, the toylike …

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With the Economy Uncertain, Tech ‘Unicorns’ Rush Toward I.P.O.

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Uber and Lyft put off going public. Now, they are speeding up. Faced with a volatile stock market and the prospect of an economic downturn next year, the ride-hailing services have moved more urgently toward an initial public offering, said four people with knowledge of …

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Pre-I.P.O. Deals Add to Exodus From Public Markets

Ryan Smith spent years planning to sell shares of his software company, Qualtrics, on the stock market, meeting with bankers, carefully auditing financials and shaping a Wall Street-friendly narrative about the company’s prospects. Two weeks ago, the finish line was close, with a listing on the Nasdaq just a few …

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How Cheap Labor Drives China’s A.I. Ambitions

While A.I. engines are superfast learners and good at tackling complex calculations, they lack cognitive abilities that even the average 5-year-old possesses. Small children know that a furry brown cocker spaniel and a black Great Dane are both dogs. They can tell a Ford pickup from a Volkswagen Beetle, and …

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New York Is a Genuine Tech Hub (and That Was Before Amazon)

MongoDB trades at about $70 a share, compared with its initial price of $24 a share, when it went public in October 2017. Etsy, which went public at $16 a share in 2015, currently trades at about $47 a share. “New York entrepreneurs, investors and boards are just starting to …

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Another Use for A.I.: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

The mechanics of elections that attract the most attention are casting and counting, snafus with voting machines and ballots and allegations of hacking and fraud. But Jeff Jonas, a prominent data scientist, is focused on something else: the integrity, updating and expansion of voter rolls. “As I dove into the …

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The New New World: Crazy Work Hours and Lots of Cameras: Silicon Valley Goes to China

One Chinese technology executive said he worked 14 to 15 hours a day at least six days a week. Another said he worked every waking hour and forced himself to watch movies to relax. The reaction from a group of Silicon Valley executives: Wow. “We’re so lazy in the U.S.!” …

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