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University of Michigan launches its own self-driving shuttle service
1 hour ago - @MehDavid shared on ReadWrite
The University of Michigan is trialling its own self-driving shuttle service, taking students on a two-mile trip from the North Campus Research Complex to the Lurie Engineering Center. The Navya Arma shuttle will take 15 passengers at a time, and students ride for free. To start, the university is...
Why the hell does Tesla want to launch a streaming music service?
1 hour ago - Abhimanyu Ghoshal shared on The Next Web
Of all the things Tesla might want to busy itself with at this point in its journey, it’s apparently chosen an incredibly difficult – and possibly foolhardy – challenge: launching its own streaming music service. Recode reports that the electric car maker has met with numerous...
Watch Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus get built in just 18 seconds
1 hour ago - @digitaltrends shared on Digital Trends
Why it matters to you The satellite-shot aerial footage gives you an idea of the amount of work that went into building Apple's ambitious new campus. Apple’s so-called “spaceship campus,” officially known as Apple Park, is close to completion, though some workers have...
10 Books Every Aspiring CEO Should Read
3 hours ago - Nathan Resnick shared on The Next Web
If being a leader was easy, then everyone would do it. What exactly sets apart those who reached the pinnacle of business achievement? What is their secret sauce? As an aspiring leader, your goal should be to create not just a good company, but a great one. That’s why it’s important...
AI Weekly: $102 million and machine learning’s theory of general relativity
5 hours ago - Blaise Zerega shared on VentureBeat
What’s $102 million among friends? That was the question last week as Element.ai raised this hefty sum in a Series A funding. Investors included Microsoft , Nvidia , and Intel Capital , all of whom have their own AI ambitions. Element aims to make AI easy for businesses to use by connecting...
Who will train the next generation of data scientists?
6 hours ago - Blair Hanley Frank shared on VentureBeat
While artificial intelligence is a hot topic these days, the industry is facing a key problem: not enough scholars are staying in academia to teach the massive influx of students. It’s a problem that Jennifer Chayes, a managing director and distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research, has...
1,100 Uber employees are clamoring for Travis Kalanick's return
6 hours ago - Bryan Clark shared on The Next Web
More than a thousand current Uber employees have signed a letter asking for Travis Kalanick to return. After stepping down earlier this week , employees went to bat for their former CEO. 1,100 employees “signed” a document by logging into a Google Doc using their Uber credentials....
Mophie's Charge Force system cuts wires, but comes with other strings attached
6 hours ago - @bstoly shared on Digital Trends
New smartphones still die after a single day of use, but battery cases are too bulky, and stand-alone battery packs require a tangle of cables to keep your phone juiced up. Mophie’s Charge Force series attempts to offer a solution — eliminate the wires. It all starts with a magnetic...
VR helped a terminally ill diver swim the Great Barrier Reef from a hospital bed
6 hours ago - @lukedormehl shared on Digital Trends
One day, technologies like 3D bioprinting and artificial intelligence could all but halt death . Today, we can’t necessarily do that — but cutting-edge tech can greatly improve people’s end of life experience. That’s what a charity in the U.K. aimed to achieve this week,...
Rumor: iMac Pro will use server-class Xeon processors in upcoming iMac Pro lineup
6 hours ago - @thetechchat shared on Digital Trends
Why it matters to you That iMac Pro you're saving up for might be even more powerful than you expected if it's powered by Intels' srver-class Xeon peocessors. Apple recently introduced new iMac Pro all-in-one PCs that will be taking their place near the top of the company’s...
Study shows plastic surgery apps are targeting little girls
6 hours ago - Carissa Lintao shared on The Next Web
Girls as young as eight have become easy prey for plastic surgery apps, according to a report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report also calls out the concerns over anxiety and self-image issues related to unattainable appearances. These “fun” gaming apps allow the user...
Ikea’s Blanda Blank bowl reportedly to blame for your burnt cooking
7 hours ago - @GarrettHulfish shared on Digital Trends
Why it matters to you If you happen to own this bowl, this serves as your warning to not leave it in direct sunlight for too long. Some people say that everything they try to cook burns . However, one of Ikea’s serving bowls may be to blame instead of poor chef skills. According to the...
Sea of Thieves should go into Early Access on PC and Xbox One right now
7 hours ago - Jeff Grubb shared on VentureBeat
If you’ve paid close attention to the language coming out of major gaming publishers recently, you’ve probably heard buzzwords like “games-as-a-service” (GaaS) or simply “services.” That’s when a developer builds a game to keep players coming back...
US law enforcement agencies have a drone problem
7 hours ago - Tristan Greene shared on The Next Web
Law enforcement agencies across America are unprepared to combat the threat of drone use by terrorists and common criminals. The problem isn’t a technological one, or a training issue; it’s a legal concern. The technology exists, but legally, we aren’t allowed to use it The...
Yale and Oxford researchers find 50% chance AI will outperform humans by 2062
7 hours ago - Matt Buskell, Rainbird.ai shared on VentureBeat
Experts from Yale and Oxford University recently released their research on how AI will transform modern life by reshaping transportation, finance, health, science, and the military. Key findings pointed toward a 50 percent chance that AI will outperform humans in every job in 45 years’...
Supreme Court rules it's unlawful to block sex offenders from Facebook
7 hours ago - Rachel Kaser shared on The Next Web
The Supreme Court issued a decision this week in the case of Packingham v North Carolina , which acknowledged the importance of the internet to modern life. It ruled that the internet, and social media in particular, has become so “integral to the fabric of our modern society and...
YouTube will finally display vertical video properly (yay?)
7 hours ago - Napier Lopez shared on The Next Web
There are few things YouTube commenters like to call people out on more than shooting a vertical video. But they’ll have one less reason to do so after the YouTube app’s latest update. The update finally allows YouTube to properly display vertical video, filling up the whole screen...
Save up to $414 on Microsoft Surface 2-in-1 tablets and notebooks
7 hours ago - @Jarl_Lucas shared on Digital Trends
Microsoft has just released the newest additions to its highly successful Surface family of laptops and 2-in-1 tablets, and deal-savvy techies will know that launches like this mean new promotional discounts and slashed prices on previous-generation devices. If you’ve been eyeballing one of...
Speedrun World Records finds the best playthroughs for your enjoyment
8 hours ago - @GarrettHulfish shared on Digital Trends
Why it matters to you Speedrun World Records makes it easier to find the cream of the crop when it comes to authentic speedruns. Speedrunning has long been a part of gaming culture, but getting into it can be intimidating. In order to become a speedrunner, there are plenty of rules, terms, and...
What I’ve learned about neural network quantization | Pete Warden's blog on WordPress.com
8 hours ago - Pete Warden shared on Pete Warden's blog
Photo by badjonni It’s been a while since I last wrote about using eight bit for inference with deep learning , and the good news is that there has been a lot of progress, and we know a lot more than we did even a year ago. There are still a lot of unanswered questions too, which is why...
Salesforce’s chief scientist says AI winters are over
8 hours ago - Blair Hanley Frank shared on VentureBeat
While there’s concerning hype about artificial intelligence in the market today, Salesforce’s chief scientist says that researchers don’t have to fear that interest in in the field will disappear again. “At the same time, I don’t think there will be an ‘AI...
New camera ditches lenses for thinner-than-paper design
8 hours ago - Tristan Greene shared on The Next Web
Researchers at Caltech have come up with a new digital camera design that does away with the need for optics. The new technology uses an optical phased array to capture light at different times with different focus, thus creating an entire image. Traditional cameras require a lens or pinholes to...
Why Element.AI’s $102 million round is just the beginning
8 hours ago - Simon Schneider shared on VentureBeat
The venture capital community was shocked last week with Element AI’s fundraise . How can a Canadian startup founded in late 2016 raise a Series-A in June 2017 for a cool $102 million? Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Intel Capital were among the illustrious group of VCs who put in this sum into a...
Bright light pulses bamboozle mosquitoes, could help fight malaria
8 hours ago - @lukedormehl shared on Digital Trends
Why it matters to you Discovery could help suppress the deadly spread of malaria by stopping mosquitoes in their tracks. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have made a potentially significant breakthrough in the battle against malaria by discovering a way to suppress mosquitoes’...

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