Martin Rogers and Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 12:01 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 LONDON – Imagine it is five years from now, and you’re walking across the parking lot at a shopping center, perhaps to collect some dry cleaning or a quart of milk. On your way back to the car – no, it won’t be driving itself to collect you at the curbside yet – you’re distracted by a sign advertising the weekend’s NFL games, and how you can profit from them. It is a gambling office, where you wager on sports just as easily as plucking groceries from a shelf. “It is coming,” sports betting expert and best-selling author Declan Hill told USA TODAY Sports. “Betting shops, betting in stadiums, stadiums named after betting companies, a lot of ads promoting betting. That’s what you see in the United Kingdom, and without question you’ll see it in America before long.” More: Your state-by-state guide to sports betting in … [Read more...] about What the U.S. can learn about legalized sports betting from the U.K.
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In July 2012, shortly after describing how he once totaled a McLaren F1 supercar, Elon Musk explained that he had an idea for a new way of travelling. “Right now we’ve got planes, trains, automobiles and boats,” the billionaire founder of Paypal said in front of a crowd in California. “But what if there was a fifth mode? I have a name for it: the Hyperloop.” Mr Musk’s description of pods filled with people shooting through vacuum tubes at more than 1,000 kilometres per hour seemed like something out of the Jetsons, but it was clear it could revolutionise the way people travelled. Richard Branson, for instance, has claimed that it could take people from London to Scotland in 45 minutes. But almost as remarkable as his Hyperloop idea was what Mr Musk said next: he didn't have time to develop the technology, since he was already splitting his time running his electric car firm Tesla and his rocket startup SpaceX. Instead, … [Read more...] about Hyperloop: The 1,000 kph race to realize Elon Musk’s improbable dream heats up in the Middle East
It's a quiet hallway in the computer science department at the University of Washington in Seattle. To the right, young software engineers sit in front of their laptops in the windowless, artificially lit rooms. To the left, computer science professor Pedro Domingos opens the door to his office, which has a view of the massive trees on campus. Domingos' book "The Master Algorithm," about the technology of artificial intelligence (AI), made him famous and is also considered a standard reference work. The best-selling book, published in 2015, describes how machines that can learn are changing our everyday lives -- from the social networks and science to business and politics and right up to the way modern wars are waged. The book drew praise from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Recently, a third prominent figure noted that he'd read the book: Chinese President Xi Jinping. When state television broadcast his new year's speech this year, viewers discovered that … [Read more...] about The Power of the Algorithms: Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence
It’s a scenario I never imagined possible: I’m sitting with a cup of coffee poring over a copy of the Racing Post. Names like Vintage Clouds, Getabird and Gold Present catch my eye but the jumble of numbers alongside each entry is a completely different language. One horse in particular seems to sum up my state of mind as I set off for a weekend at Cheltenham races, frantically trying to gen up before someone realises I’m a fake: Pylonthepressure could be my kindred spirit in equestrian form. Favoured by a wealthy set sporting Barbour jackets and Hunter wellies, the Cotswolds is often painted as a country playground for celebrities and aristocrats temporarily tired of city life. Plenty of boutique hotels and gastropubs nurture that nostalgic sentiment, but when it comes to attitudes and actual price points, the destination is far less “exclusive” than you might think. Sleeping with a slice of history Pulling into the driveway at Ellenborough … [Read more...] about Travel: A day at the races, how to lord it up in the Cotswolds without paying a princely sum
PHILIP Davies has hailed a meeting over the future of gambling in the UK held yesterday as “constructive and positive”. The debate, held in the Houses of Parliament, featured speakers from the betting industry as well as members of the public. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the issue of bookmakers offering restricted odds or closing the accounts of successful gamblers, and how this can be changed going forward. The system is used across the online betting industry to avoid taking bets from successful punters, or more generally people who appear to put thought and effort into their betting. Firms put restrictions on individual accounts, such as only allowing a 50p bet when a customer has asked to put on £50. The move is said to be used to try and encourage successful gamblers to stop using a particular site and move to a different one, as bookmakers prefer more recreational punters who are more likely to be drawn in by offers or promotions. Mr Davies, … [Read more...] about Meeting about future of betting ‘positive and constructive’ says MP