April 2017 archive

Weekly#216
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  • Almost two weeks after Apple Inc. secured permission to test its autonomous-car technology in California, the first images of the vehicle have been captured on Silicon Valley roads…California has so far granted autonomous car testing permits to 30 companies, a mix of tech players, startups, carmakers and automotive suppliers
  • …Netflix Inc. recommends a minimum connection speed of at least 5 megabits a second to watch basic HD video, while Amazon recommends at least 3.5 megabits….
  • Google’s parent company Alphabet on Thursday reported $24.8 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2017, a 22 percent jump from the same period last year..
    …Google added 1,939 workers in the quarter, the vast majority of them product managers and engineers, with hiring growth concentrated in the company’s cloud services
  • Amazon Web Services Annual Run Rate  $14.6 billion
  • Microsoft Intelligent Cloud (including Azure) Annual Run Rate $6.8 billion.
  • According to Synergy Research Group, AWS controlled 40 percent of the public cloud services market as of early February, compared to 23 percent for Microsoft, IBM and Google combined.
  • Elon Musk’s giant tunnel boring machine arrived at SpaceX – first pictures
  • Google Is Becoming “A.I. First
  • Is This Tiny European Nation a Preview of Our Tech Future?
  • Tesla starting its roll out a new Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB) feature to its Autopilot 2.0 hardware as reported yesterday by Electrek. AEB, developed from scratch, will raise the safety standards of its cars.
  • Cryogenically frozen brains will be ‘woken up’ and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then wants to begin trials on brain transplants.
  • 5 Crazy Things Brain Interfaces Might Make Possible
    • Control Your Computer with Your Mind
    • True Next-Gen Gaming
    • Truly Emotionally Aware Technology
    • Don’t Control a Robot Arm. Have a Robot Arm
    • Control Your Own (or Someone Else’s) Brain
  • E-bikes are becoming a hit with consumers “Our business in the past five years has gone from e-bikes being 10 percent of what we sell to now closer to 90 percent
  • Dubai has quickly grown into a global hub for trade. Now, it’s planning to use blockchain as the basis for its economy, further enhancing this status.
  • 5 infographics that explain one year of blockchain news
  • Amazon unveils logistics services revenues for first time ($6.438bn in sales in the quarter, which is more than one in six dollars of total revenues)
  • A recent study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated there are at least 80m Prime members in the US, and millions more overseas.
  • Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)
Weekly#215
  • The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding
  • Google Home can now recognize different users by their voice
  • BCG estimates that by 2050, the industrial drone fleet in Europe and the US will comprise more than 1 million units and generate $50 billion per year in product and service revenues.
  • Musk,CEO of Neuralink and wants to have its cybernetic implant devices on the market in 2020. Within 10 years he wants people to be able to communicate telepathically.
  • Facebook Finally Released Details on Their Top Secret Brain-Computer Interface
  • Mastercard is building fingerprint scanners directly into their cards
  • Baidu to Open Source Its Self-Driving Technology (“…Open sourcing Baidu’s capabilities in functions such as route planning, vehicle control and operating systems will help Baidu and the autonomous-vehicle industry develop more rapidly, Baidu group President Qi Lu said in an interview…”)
  • The US wind industry now employs more than 100,000 people
  • Video: Regina Dugan’s Keynote at Facebook F8 2017
  • Video: Facebook F8 Keynote
  • Today will be the first day the UK was powered without coal since the industrial revolution
  • Tesla’s iOS and Android apps were updated to give owners of the company’s Powerwall home energy storage product access to information about their in-home electricity grid.
  • Renewables provided 55 percent of all new electrical capacity worldwide last year, the most ever.
  • Rick and Morty in VR
  • Amazon May Be Using a Hyperloop to Deliver Same-Day Shipping
  • “..every person in US generates demand for ~60 tons of freight each year

Weekly#214
  • Connecting Global FinTech: Interim Hub Review 2017: Deloitte
  • Amazon opens Echo hardware reference design to outside hardware developers
  • GM to Build Facility for Self-Driving Cars with 1000 Employees in SF
  • Denver-based startup Bext Holdings Inc. (Bext360) is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to make it easier for coffee farmers around the world to get paid a fair price for the coffee beans they grow and sell.
  • Google Home can now track flight prices
  • Tesla will unveil its electric semi truck in September
  • a mobile device able to diagnose 13 health conditions while continuously monitoring five vital signs.
  • Google’s AI has learned how to draw by looking at your doodles
  • Cassini finds molecular hydrogen in the Enceladus plume: Evidence for hydrothermal processes
  • Tiny bursts of electrical stimulation could help users feel walls and spaces in VR
  • How Germany’s Otto uses artificial intelligence and machine learning: Its conventional data analysis showed that customers were less likely to return merchandise if it arrived within two day (The firm is using an algorithm designed for the CERN laboratory)
  • With AI, Answers Are Cheap, But Questions Are The Future
  • Apple gets permit to test autonomous cars in California
  • Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS
  • Let’s Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage
  • Baidu is acquiring xPerception, a U.S. startup specialized in computer vision, the startup has its own module for object recognition and depth perception that can be deployed on robots and drones.
  • Crowdfunding platforms take a data-driven approach to state political campaigns (“When we make projections about how competitive a race will be, we can look back and see if we were correct. We can see how much it costs to flip a race”)
  • Facebook’s F8 plans include Camera Effects Platform, offline Instagram

 

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Weekly#213
  • Main booster accounted for 80 per cent of the cost of  rockets (SpaceX)
  • Jeff Bezos says lower launch costs will eventually ‘open the gateway’ for space entrepreneurs
  • Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space
  • Uber’s open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps
  • On credit-scoring’s leading edge, financial-technology upstarts use artificial intelligence to analyze swells of unconventional data (1200 data points)
  • Deep sleep may act as fountain of youth in old age
  • a team of scientists at University of Manchester have developed a solution for efficiently turning salty seawater into potable H2O.
  • How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Local Real Estate
  • Tesla is now worth more than Ford after delivering a record number of cars for the quarter
  • It’s getting harder and harder to tell Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter apart
  • Utah becomes the first Power Five school to give scholarships to video gamers
  • Lyft raises $500M round as Uber struggles
  • Skype will now translate Japanese for you in real-time
  • Netflix’s TV apps now have a screensaver to highlight original content
  • Cortana will now help you set up a new Windows 10 PC with your voice
  • People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware. Alan Kay (Twitter Source :  https://twitter.com/SuB8u)
    • Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers
    • Apple’s Making Its Own GPU to Control Its Own Destiny
Weekly#212
  • SpaceX Lofts Commercial Satellite With Reused Rocket In Historic Flight
  • Lyft is turning cabs into fixed-route shuttles in its latest experiment
  • Australia lays claim to the biggest solar farm in the world. (The solar farm will consist of 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries which will be able to produce 330 MW (1 MW can power up to 1,000 homes) and store up to 100 MW.)
  • The forthcoming video service, to be called go90, was a quarter-billion-dollar bet that Verizon could evolve from a staid telecommunications company into a hip, Netflix-like digital native — and everybody wanted a piece of the shiny new toy
  • Apple’s $5 billion campus opens next month
  • A team of Wall Street analysts think Amazon will be worth $910 billion by 2027 (Projection : AWS 76 B USD, Prime 450 mio subs. (100 mio subs currently)
  • Silicon Valley: Season 4 Trailer (HBO)
  • Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, e-commerce deliveries and more
  • Automated Robots Building Large Scale Renewable Energy Power Plants Likely Within the Next 30 Years
  • Robots will be the next big utility, like electricity, expert Martin Ford says
  • Why the United Arab Emirates Is Building a Space Program From Scratch
  • WeChat 889 mio users
  • Disney researchers have developed innovative technology that will allow people to charge their devices in a truly wireless fashion
  • Ford Hires 400 BlackBerry Engineers  to Work on Connected Cars
  • Canadian government said it would dedicate US$94 million in funding toward developing AI in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton—cities with top universities.
  • Amazon quietly launches its own social media influencer program into beta
  • Square Boosts Global Payments Ambitions With U.K. Expansion
  • Baidu’s AI group has grown to roughly 1,300 people, which includes the 300-person Baidu Research
  • These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other
  • Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI
  • How AI and blockchain will change business organization