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Elon Musk's new company wants to link human brains with computers in 4 years

Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with computers by creating micron-sized devices.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke and cancer lesion in about four years, Musk said in an interview with the website Wait But Why on Thursday.

"If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy," Musk said in the interview. Neuralink will be Musk's third company along with Tesla and SpaceX.

Musk's announcement comes just one day after


This new photo of Earth taken through the rings of Saturn should make you feel very lucky

Modern society seems to soak up all of our attention with a bewildering number of tasks, concerns, and frustrations.

We've got to eat healthy, take excellent care of our families, get to the office on time, earn a livable income, do battle with traffic and train delays, squeeze in an appointment, and on and on.

This makes it easy to forget where we live — and how lucky we are.

But we all exist in a thin envelope of gas that surrounds the surface of Earth: a 7,917-mile-wide ball of rock that's flying through the void of space at a speed of about 450,000 mph, at least relative to the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

NASA on Thursday reminded the world of our station in the universe by highlighting an incredible


How 2 roommates got shot down by hundreds of startup investors and racked up credit-card debt but built a newsletter empire anyway

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg cofounded theSkimm, an email newsletter sent to 5 million subscribers every day at 6 a.m.

TheSkimm picks the most important new stories of the day and tells readers what they need to know in a conversational tone that's full of millennial lingo. Loyal subscribers include Oprah and Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager, John Podesta.

The business was far from easy to build. Zakin and Weisberg quit jobs at NBC only to get turned down by "hundreds" of venture capitalists, who saw no value in creating an email company. Together, the pair went into credit-card debt, which they say they finally paid off just last year.

We sat down with Zakin and Weisberg to talk about their battle stories, how they eventually got investors on board, and how theSkimm took off, all on this episode of


A new estimate says Samsung’s Galaxy S8 costs much more to make than Apple’s iPhone 7

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phones are officially on sale, but don’t expect to grab one for cheap. The entry-level Galaxy S8 starts at $720, about $70 more than competing flagships like Apple’s iPhone 7 and Google’s Pixel. And that’s just on Verizon; with other carriers, it starts as high as $750. The Galaxy S8+ goes for even more.

But as this chart from


A CEO names to Forbes' 30 Under 30 kicks off every job interview with a challenge that often 'catches people off guard'

When SunCulture CEO Samir Ibrahim talks about his job, he likes to use bowling terms.

"You know when you go bowling, the bowling alley has bumpers on each lane?" he said. "I hire the best people, show them where the pins are, and then I just act as their bumpers."

As a result, Ibrahim, who was named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30" in 2017, takes a hands-on role in his organization's hiring process. Founded in 2013, SunCulture sells drip irrigation systems to Kenyan farmers, saving water and generating clean electricity.

Ibrahim extensively interviews all potential direct reports at the Nairobi-based startup, sometimes clocking in over 40 hours of conversations with individuals interviewing for certain crucial positions.

For many of those interviews, Ibrahim prefers to kick things off with a challenge.


10 gut-wrenching pleas from astronauts to save planet Earth

Floating hundreds of miles above Earth, astronauts have an unparalleled and beautiful view of the planet.

But that view also lets them look down on the devastating effects of climate change, wildfires, war, pollution, and other troubling human-caused activity.

That's why astronauts from around (and above) the world contributed to a 2015 video titled "Call to Earth," which urged world leaders to take action ahead of the Paris Agreement.

The collection of pleas is not only inspiring, but also sobering: If we don't clean up our act, and fast, we could irreversibly destroy the only home we've got.


Tesla is having some predictable union problems (TSLA)

Tesla might be the second-largest US carmaker by market capitalization, having surpassed Ford and threatened General Motors with its recent surge to a $50-billion valuation, but it's the most naive when it comes to understanding how labor operates in the auto industry.

The company's difficulties aren't even limited to a single continent. Earlier this year, long-simmering rumors about a unionization effort at Tesla's Fremont, Calif. factory broke into the open.

Thus far, Tesla has sort of gently opposed the potential effort, taking a "We're different from other automakers" position that stressed Tesla's startup-y DNA and Silicon Valley ethos about compensation, in which workers get stock options that could ultimately be far more valuable than wages.

But this week, Tesla is colliding with an actual union in Germany — the industrial trade union


7 phrases never to type in your work email
Posted April 21, 2017 0:34 AM
7 phrases never to type in your work email

When it comes to your work email, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Once you hit send, there's no going back. An inappropriate phrase could end up alienating colleagues, confusing clients, or ticking off your boss.

An email slip up could even get you fired.

"You know the saying 'Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law," Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of "Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad" told Business Insider. "I feel that is a good way of also thinking about your emails before you hit send. Any negativity or inappropriate comments could be used as documented evidence against you down the road."


Bose says it will fight the 'inflammatory, misleading' accusations claiming it wiretaps its headphone users

Bose responded on Friday to a proposed class-action lawsuit filed earlier in the week that accused the headphone giant of secretly collecting and sharing what some of its headphone and speaker users listen to.

Bose said in a statement that it would fight the accusations, which it called "inflammatory" and "misleading."

"Nothing is more important to us than your trust," the company wrote. "We work tirelessly to earn and keep it, and have for over 50 years. That's never changed, and it never will."

The accusations come from an Illinois man named Kyle Zak and Edelson PC, a Chicago-based law firm that focuses on cases involving consumer technology and privacy. They center on


Stephen Colbert makes a terrifying prediction about Bill O'Reilly's future

On Thursday night's "The Late Show," host Stephen Colbert continued to rip into Bill O'Reilly, who was dropped by Fox News following sexual-harassment accusations against the conservative host. O'Reilly could get a payout from the cable news network of $25 million.

"If you do the math, that is twice as much as they paid his accusers," Colbert said.