New Sequoia China investment values Australian design company Canva at $1 billion

 Canva, the Australian provider of graphic design software as a service, has become the world’s latest unicorn with a new investment led by Sequoia China.
A $40 million dollar round gives the company its eye-popping new valuation, following a year of tremendous growth in 2017 where Canva reached profitability and notched 294,000 paying customers for its design software-as-a-service… Read More

You don’t need a PhD to grasp the anxieties around sex robots

NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.

If you want to understand the myriad issues concerning sex robots that humanity needs to grapple with, you have two options. You can either spend sever…

WannaDrink is the hack that will finally destroy my liver

 WannaDrink is a hack that somehow manages to combine the amazing mission of providing tech education for recent immigrants to Germany and the promotion of anonymous drinking with complete strangers.  Read More

New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer prepares you for some twists

 There’s a new 45 second spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which premiered tonight during some kind of sport ball game, but which is lucky also available on the internet so you can just watch it above. This doesn’t provide too much more compared to what we’ve seen in the longer spots, but it does give you a few all new clips, and it ends with a line from Luke that sounds like… Read More

Twitter’s opaque thinking fails everyone

It seems like Twitter can't go long before finding itself embroiled in a new controversy about how it applies its conduct policies. And yet it's hard not to feel a sliver of sympathy in the face of the latest backlash against the ailing company. In s…

Music and Muzak

 We are facing a firehose. Data spews at us from all angles, inundating us with ideas, culture, and creativity. We produce terabytes of information a year, changing the world as we know it. We are the most culturally aware generations in existence. Or are we? An interesting recent post on Marginal Revolution post gives lie to the idea that the world is moving faster than ever. In fact, they… Read More

Music and Muzak

 We are facing a firehose. Data spews at us from all angles, inundating us with ideas, culture, and creativity. We produce terabytes of information a year, changing the world as we know it. We are the most culturally aware generations in existence. Or are we? An interesting recent post on Marginal Revolution post gives lie to the idea that the world is moving faster than ever. In fact, they… Read More

This 3D-printed sign language robot can translate speech on the fly

 Guy Fierens, Stijn Huys and Jasper Slaets realized that finding sign-language interpreters in Belgium – or anywhere, really, was wildly difficult. Their solution? A 3D-printed hand that recreates sign language automatically. Called Project Aslan (Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node), the hand is available for printing and you can also have it printed for you by 3DHubs.… Read More