What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes?

i thought koding would make me go blind

Gigaom

An eye doctor says he’s recently seen a few 35-year-old patients whose lenses, which are typically clear all the way up until around age 40, are so cloudy they resemble 75-year-olds’. A sleep doctor says kids as young as toddlers are suffering from chronic insomnia, which in turn affects their behavior and performance at school and daycare. A scientist finds that women who work night shifts are twice as likely to develop breast cancer than those who sleep at night.

What do all these anecdotes have in common? Nighttime exposure to the blue light emanating from our screens.

You’ve probably heard the hype these past few years: being in the presence of light at night disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythms by suppressing the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone. But melatonin does far more than help us get sleepy – it’s also an antioxidant that appears to play a…

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The next step for intelligent virtual assistants: It’s time to consolidate

Gigaom

When we talk about the future of artificial intelligence (AI), the discussion often focuses on the advancements and capabilities of the technology, or even the risks and opportunities inherent in the potential cultural implications. What we frequently overlook, however, is the future of AI as a business.

[company]IBM[/company] Watson’s recent acquisition and deployment of [company]Cognea[/company] signals an important shift in the AI and intelligent virtual assistant (IVA) market, and offers an indication of both of the potentials of AI as a business and the areas where the market still needs development.

The AI business is about to be transformed by consolidation. Consolidation carries real risks, but it is generally a sign of technological maturation. And it’s about time, as AI is no longer simply a side project, or an R&D euphemism. AI is finally center stage.

IBM, for all its investment in the Watson platform, was still missing, among other…

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Are All Accelerators Decelerators?

TechCrunch

Editor’s note:Ashwin Ramasamy is the founder of ContractIQ, a free service for enterprises and entrepreneurs to find curated outsourcing partners for their mobile initiatives.

Hari, a smart and very savvy early-stage entrepreneur, emailed me to ask if it was worth joining a well-known accelerator. I texted an emphatic “No!” We then spoke to each other for over 30 minutes and I don’t recall having made such an impassioned argument. I almost felt like it was my duty to save an entrepreneur.
Accelerators emerged to help (mostly) first-time entrepreneurs learn “Starting Up 101” under the watchful eyes of mentors who’ve been there before. It was about doing a few things right, up front, so that your startup survives and thrives till a tipping point.
That tipping point, in the opening words of Y Combinator, reads like this:
In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding….The startups move to Silicon…

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The Helper’s High

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The Helper’s High

by Brenda Babinski

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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”  Henry James

It had been a crap day.  A crap week even.  Oh who was I kidding? It had been a full on crap year and this day was just the perfect example of all the accumulated crappiness.  The world was gray, like it gets after the snow has melted but Spring has yet to sprung.  I was unemployed and broke, grieving the recent loss of my beloved golden retriever, Wyatt.  I had no sense of direction and my life purpose seemed to be simply to survive the constant onslaught of shit that the universe seemed to be throwing my way.  To say I was depressed would likely be an understatement. 

I loaded groceries into the trunk of my car…

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