Month: June 2016

This Communist-Backed Chinese Rap Is the Most Earnest Song Ever Recorded — TIME

“The red dragon ain’t no evil,” raps Chuckie, referring to his native China, “but a beautiful place.” To scenes of cuddly pandas, spewing smokestacks and goosestepping soldiers holding aloft a Chinese flag, the English-language music video for This is China begins with a mission to “restore the impression you have of my country, China, which…

via This Communist-Backed Chinese Rap Is the Most Earnest Song Ever Recorded — TIME

Google Just Bought the Entire Power Output From an Unbuilt Norwegian Wind Farm — Fortune

Google has bought the entire 12-year power production from a yet-to-be-built Norwegian wind power farm to supply its European data centers with renewable energy, its developers said on Thursday. Norway’s Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind power farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late…

via Google Just Bought the Entire Power Output From an Unbuilt Norwegian Wind Farm — Fortune

How IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Is Going to Help 10,000 Veterans — Fortune

IBM is teaming up with the federal government to bring Watson technology into America’s largest hospital and healthcare network. The initiative is one of the first public-private partnerships setup as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot program. The partnership will bring IBM’s Watson for Genomics technology into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair’s…

via How IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Is Going to Help 10,000 Veterans — Fortune

Watch out designers: AI design bots are getting better at building websites — Quartz

The first attempts by startups using artificial intelligence to design websites haven’t amounted to much. A much-anticipated company called The Grid has failed to deliver on expectations There is still no AI art hanging in MOMA yet. Data could fix that. Instead of building more clever bots, startups like Wix are mining troves of user…

via Watch out designers: AI design bots are getting better at building websites — Quartz

Preventable Causes Will Kill 69 Million Children Under Five by 2030: UNICEF — TIME

A UNICEF report predicts that unless current trends in global poverty and education are addressed, by 2030 at least 69 million children under age five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children. “Denying hundreds of millions of children a…

via Preventable Causes Will Kill 69 Million Children Under Five by 2030: UNICEF — TIME

This ‘Healthy Soda’ Upstart Is Starting a New Battle With Pepsi, Coke — Fortune

Zevia is a beverage startup that claims more than $100 million in annual revenue from its “cleaner” alternative to the big soda brands. Now, the startup says it is ready to expand the lucrative niche. Zevia CEO, Paddy Spence, tells Fortune the company is adding two new product lines to its portfolio: energy drinks and…

via This ‘Healthy Soda’ Upstart Is Starting a New Battle With Pepsi, Coke — Fortune

India will spend $750 million on artillery guns to secure its border with China — Quartz

After a remarkably long wait of 30 years, the Indian Army will finally get its hands on new artillery guns. On Saturday (June 25), India’s defence ministry approved a proposal to purchase 145 ultra light howitzer guns from the British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems. The deal is worth about Rs5,000 crore ($750 million). The country’s…

via India will spend $750 million on artillery guns to secure its border with China — Quartz

Writers in the diaspora can tell Africa’s story too — Quartz

Celebrated Ghanaian writer and academic Ama Ata Aidoo has no time for “Afropolitans”. This is a notion popularized by the self-described “multi-local” author Taiye Selasi. Afropolitans are a current, cosmopolitan generation of “Africans of the world.” But Aidoo believes that Afropolitanism is “evidence of self-hatred,” Its proponents, she charges, use it as a “fancy moniker”…

via Writers in the diaspora can tell Africa’s story too — Quartz