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Horrific AI surveillance experiment uses convicted felons as human guinea pigs

When a convicted felon in the US completes their court-mandated sentence(s) they’re considered a free citizen with limited rights. Felons can only vote in two states, they cannot legally own a firearm, and they may not serve on a jury. Otherwise the articles of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights apply to those who’ve done their time the same as those who’ve never been criminally convicted. One of the biggest impediments to felons reintegrating into society is recidivism – according to a ...
Tags: Startups, Opinion, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, US Department of Justice, Neural


Digital imaging pioneer Russell Kirsch dies at 91

Russell Kirsch, whose research going back to the ’50s underlies the entire field of digital imaging, died earlier this week at the age of 91. It’s hard to overstate the impact of his work, which led to the first digitally scanned photo and the creation of what we now think of as pixels. Born to Russian and Hungarian immigrant parents in 1929, Kirsch attended NYU, Harvard and MIT, eventually landing a job at the National Bureau of Standards (later the National Institutes of Science and Technology...
Tags: Photography, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Thomas, Walden, NIST, Kirsch, Russell Kirsch, NYU Harvard, SEAC


Six Toronto VCs discuss COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era

As North America’s fourth-largest city, Toronto is one of the world’s top startup ecosystems. After spawning companies like Eventbrite and Crowdmark, Ontario’s capital has attracted international talent that complements its homegrown population of entrepreneurs and technical talent. Six investors we surveyed who work and live in the area said they believe Toronto will continue to thrive after the COVID-19 storm passes. Some of them focus exclusively on the region, while others invest elsewhere a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Advertising Tech, Toronto, Tech, Remote Work, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, United States, SaaS, Gm, Venture Capital, North America, Fintech, Shopify


These tech trends defined 2020 so far, according to 5 founders

2020 has been quite a year. Almost every industry and aspect of how we work, learn, and communicate was turned upside down. The need for fast tech solutions has brought about new trends and changes on a scale we’ve never seen before.  It’s agile, fast-moving tech startups that have been leading the way by developing new solutions and features to help us adjust to this new reality. But, as different parts of the world begin opening up again, which trends will stick? How will these experiences cha...
Tags: Startups, Business, Future Of Work, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Dutch Disruptors, Techleap nl


Gong raises another $200M on $2.2B valuation

For the third time since last February, Gong has raised a significant sum. In February, the company scored $40 million. In December, it grabbed another $65 million, and today it was $200 million on a $2.2 billion valuation. That’s a total of $305 million in less than 18 months. Coatue led today’s cash infusion with help from new investors Index Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and Thrive Capital, and existing investors Battery Ventures, NextWorld Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Israel, Tech, Atlanta, Artificial Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management, Coatue, Gong, Amit Bendov, Recent Funding, Revenue Intelligence, CSR Gong


Genius loses lyric-scraping lawsuit against Google, despite watermark trick catching the Big G ‘red-handed’

Genius has lost a lawsuit against Google that claimed the Big G stole lyrics from its site. The music company claimed to have proof Google was scraping its lyrics and displaying them in search results, thanks to a clever mix of digital watermarks and Morse code. After suspecting Google was cribbing its transcriptions, Genius added a new watermark to its lyrics, which swapped the original apostrophes for a specific sequence of curly and straight apostrophes. When the straight apostrophes were int...
Tags: Google, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Morse, Neural


The robots occupying our sidewalks

Haben Girma Contributor Share on Twitter Haben Girma is an internationally acclaimed disability justice lawyer and the author of the memoir, "Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law." The robot, shaped like a large cooler on wheels, zipped along somewhere ahead of me. My left hand clasped the smooth leather harness of my German shepherd guide dog. “Mylo, forward.” The speed of his four short legs complemented the ...
Tags: Transportation, Column, Opinion, Tech, Diversity, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Netflix, Mobility, Robotics, Ada, Americans with Disabilities Act, Starship Technologies, Ackerman, Starship


What herd immunity looks like in a maximum security prison

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, Just so you know, I spent well over 10 minutes trying to find a joke to start this newsletter off with. But nothing seems particularly funny right now.  The LA Times recently published an article detailing the plight of the inmates incarcerated at the San Quentin men’s correctional facility in Cali...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, LA Times, San Quentin, Coronavirus, California San Quentin


Argo AI co-founder and CEO Bryan Salesky joins us at TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

This year’s TC Sessions: Mobility on October 6 & 7 will be a fantastic opportunity to find out all the latest on advancements in autonomy, micro-mobility, transportation AI and much more. Argo AI co-founder and CEO Bryan Salesky is among the best-positioned people in the world to speak to all those topics, and how they intersect with both the startup world, and legacy automaker giants like Ford and Volkswagen. Salesky has a long history of focusing on the intersection of robotics and transportat...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ford, Darpa, Volkswagen, Argo, CMU, Bryan Salesky, Argo AI, Salesky, Volkswagen Salesky, Porsche Waymo Lyft


Google’s Lookout app for vision-impaired now scans food labels and long documents

Google has updated its Lookout app, an AI toolkit for people with impaired vision, with two helpful new capabilities: scanning long documents and reading out food labels. Paper forms and similarly-shaped products at the store present a challenge for blind folks and this ought to make things easier. Food labels, if you think about it, are actually a pretty difficult problem for a computer vision system to solve. They’re designed to be attention-grabbing and distinctive, but not necessarily hig...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Disabilities, Google Lookout


Android Auto gets Google Calendar integration

Google today announced a number of updates to Android Auto (which runs on the user’s phone) and Android Automotive (which car manufacturers can natively build into their cars) that will affect both users and developers on these platforms. In addition, Google today announced that it expects Android Auto to be available in more than 100 million cars in the coming months. The most obvious user-facing update is the integration of Google Calendar into Android Auto thanks to the new calendar app...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, TC, Tech, General-motors, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Computing, Google Now, Driver, Volvo, Renault, Android Auto


A beginner’s guide to AI: The difference between video game AI and real AI

Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This multi-part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence. Among the most common misconceptions surrounding machine learning technology is the idea that video games dating back to the 1970s and 1980s had built-in “artificial intel...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Evergreen, TNW, Neural


Do You Trust Lawyer Bots? Well, It Depends.

The Wall Street Journal seems to be asking the wrong question.
Tags: Technology, Law, Artificial Intelligence, Wall Street Journal, Robot Lawyers


R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-19, beetle backpacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and more. First off, if (like me) you missed this amazing experiment where scientists attached tiny cameras to the backs of beetles, I don’t think I have to ex...
Tags: Apple, TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Ucla, Shyam Gollakota, Extra Crunch


Conversational analytics are about to change customer experiences forever

Evan Kohn Contributor Share on Twitter A digital marketing and customer experience leader, Evan Kohn is chief business officer at Pypestream, where he created PypePro, an AI onboarding methodology used by Fortune 500 firms. Companies have long relied on web analytics data like click rates, page views and session lengths to gain customer behavior insights.This method looks at how customers react to what is presented to them, re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Column, Sales, Tech, Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, SaaS, Machine Learning, User Experience, Pypestream, CX, Market Analysis


Here are a few ways GPT-3 can go wrong

Liz O'Sullivan Contributor Share on Twitter Liz O’Sullivan is a co-founder and VP of Commercial at Arthur, an AI monitoring and explainability company. She is also Technology Director of STOP, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, where she fights the ever-growing threat of technology-enabled surveillance. John P. Dickerson Contributor Share on Twitter ...
Tags: TC, Column, Science, Developer, Opinion, Wikipedia, Tech, Diversity, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, New York Times, Reddit, Machine Learning, Api, Black Lives Matter


Why Elon Musk is wrong about Level 5 self-driving cars

“I’m extremely confident that level 5 [self-driving cars] or essentially complete autonomy will happen, and I think it will happen very quickly,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a video message to the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai earlier this month. “I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level 5 autonomy complete this year.” Musk’s remarks triggered much discussion in the media about whether we are close to having full self-driving cars on our roads...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Shanghai, Shift, Syndication


Why ‘human-like’ is a low bar for most AI projects

Show me a human-like machine and I’ll show you a faulty piece of tech. The AI market is expected to eclipse $300 billion by 2025. And the vast majority of the companies trying to cash in on that bonanza are marketing some form of “human-like” AI. Maybe it’s time to reconsider that approach. The big idea is that human-like AI is an upgrade. Computers compute, but AI can learn. Unfortunately, humans aren’t very good at the kinds of tasks a computer makes sense for and AI isn’t very good at the kin...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


AI models need to be ‘interpretable’ rather than just ‘explainable’

Last November, Apple ran into trouble after customers pointed out on Twitter that its credit card service was discriminating against women. David Heinemeir Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails, called Apple Card a sexist program. “Apple’s black box algorithm thinks I deserve 20x the credit limit [my wife] does,” he tweeted. The success of deep learning in the past decade has increased interest in the field of artificial intelligence. But the rising popularity of AI has also highlighted some of ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ruby, Syndication, Neural, David Heinemeir Hansson


Krisp snags $5M A round as demand grows for its voice-isolating algorithm

Krisp’s smart noise suppression tech, which silences ambient sounds and isolates your voice for calls, arrived just in time. The company got out in front of the global shift to virtual presence, turning early niche traction has into real customers and attracting a shiny new $5 million series A funding round to expand and diversify its timely offering. We first met Krisp back in 2018 when it emerged from UC Berkeley’s Skydeck accelerator. The company was an early one in the big surge of AI sta...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Audio, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Armenia, Machine Learning, UC Berkeley, Noise Canceling, Cicero, Noise Cancellation, Recent Funding, Hive Ventures, Davit Baghdasaryan


Google updates G Suite for mobile with dark mode support, Smart Compose for Docs and more

Google today announced a major update to its mobile G Suite productivity apps. Among these updates are the addition of a dark theme for Docs, Sheets and Slides, as well as the addition of Google’s Smart Compose technology to Docs on mobile and the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents without having to covert them. Other updates include a new vertically scrollable slide viewing experience in Slides, link previews and a new user interface for comments and action items. You can now also re...
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Tech, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Office, Google-docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, G Suite


Watch: Deepfakes Jay-Z raps the Navy SEAL copypasta meme to live jazz music

My editor-in-chief dared me to pull a bunch of random topics out of a hat and write a compelling tech story about them. Here’s what I got: Jay-Z, neural networks, the US Navy SEALs, and jazz music. Luckily for me, I happened across this video featuring a group of talented jazz musicians interpreting a Deepfake AI-generated version of Jay-Z rapping the infamous Navy SEAL copypasta meme. Natch. Adam Neely, a popular music YouTuber with over a million subscribers, released the video as part of a Cu...
Tags: Startups, Music, Navy, Jay Z, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, US Navy, Jay, Neural, Deepfakes Jay Z, Natch Adam Neely


Microsoft, Amazon back a SoCal company making microchips specifically for voice-based apps

Microsoft’s venture capital fund, M12 Ventures has led a slew of strategic corporate investors backing a new chip developer out of Southern California called Syntiant, which makes semiconductors for voice recognition and speech-based applications. “We started out to build a new type of processor for machine learning, and voice is our first application,” says Syntiant chief executive Kurt Busch. “We decided to build a chip for alwyas-on battery powered devices.” Those chips need a different...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, California, Tech, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Kurt Busch, Director, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Intel Capital, Southern California, Busch, Semiconductors, Microsoft Corp


Apple hit with $1.43B Siri patent lawsuit from Chinese AI firm

A Chinese AI firm is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement involving the voice assistant Siri. Shanghai Zhizhen — also known as Xiao — is seeking $1.43 billion (10 billion yuan) in damages from Apple. It also wants the firm to stop selling products in China that breach the patent, which would mean most iPhones, iPads, and Macs would no longer be available in Apple‘s second-largest market. “As a tech person, I have a lot of respect for Apple, whose products and services bring a lot of value...
Tags: Apple, Startups, China, Siri, Artificial Intelligence, Xiao, Neural, Plugged, Siri Shanghai Zhizhen, Yuan Hui


Announcing Sight Tech Global, an event on the future of AI and accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired

Few challenges have excited technologists more than building tools to help people who are blind or visually impaired. It was Silicon Valley legend Ray Kurzweil, for example, who in 1976 launched the first commercially available text-to-speech reading device. He unveiled the $50,000 Kurzweil Reading Machine , a boxy device that covered a tabletop, at a press conference hosted by the National Federation of the Blind .  The early work of Kurzweil and many others has rippled across the comm...
Tags: Apple, TC, Media, Microsoft, Events, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, William Gibson, Philanthropy, UC Berkeley, TechCrunch, Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil, Verizon Media


The essential revenue software stack

Tim Porter Contributor Share on Twitter Tim Porter is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group and invests in the areas of intelligent applications and SaaS, cloud native software, ML and data analytics and security. Elisa La Cava Contributor Share on Twitter Elisa La Cava is a senior associate at Madrona Venture Group, focused on intelligent ap...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Tech, Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, CRM, Madrona Venture Group, Customer Relationship Management, Madrona, Highspot


Revisit Scenes of Daily Life in Amsterdam in 1922, with Historic Footage Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence

Welkom in Amsterdam… 1922. Neural network artist Denis Shiryaev describes himself as “an artistic machine-learning person with a soul.” For the last six months, he’s been applying himself to re-rendering documentary footage of city life—Belle Epoque Paris, Tokyo at the start of the the Taish? era, and New York City in 1911—the year of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. It’s possible you’ve seen the footage before, but never so alive in feel. Shiryaev’s renderings trick modern eyes with artifi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Film, Indonesia, Youtube, College, New York City, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Computer Science, Facebook Twitter, Surinam


How to name your baby using machine learning

When I was young, I always hated being named Dale. This is mostly because my primary image of what Dales looked like was shaped by Dale Gribble from King of the Hill, and also Dale Earnhardt Jr., the NASCAR driver. Neither of these Dales fit my aspirational self-image. On the contrary, I wanted to be named Sailor Moon. I did not like that my name was “androgynous” — 14 male Dales are born for every one female Dale. When I asked my parents about this, their rationale was: A. Women with androgynou...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Nascar, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Sailor Moon, Dales, King Of The Hill, Syndication, Neural, Dale Gribble


What brands need to do if they want to break up with Facebook

Sean Clayton Contributor A 15-year digital media veteran, Sean Clayton connects brands with the data-driven intelligence solutions they need to drive growth. With more than 90 major advertisers and counting announcing plans to dump Facebook, a significant question lingers: Where will brands go next for their digital marketing needs? The case for the breakup is clear: Brands want to distance themselves from third-party business practices that do not align with...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Media, Opinion, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Google Facebook


Tech at Work: Amazon caravan protest, Genderify’s algorithmic bias and using ‘BIPOC’

Welcome back to Tech at Work, where we look at labor, diversity and inclusion. Given the amount of activity in this space, we’re going to ramp this up from bi-weekly to weekly. This week, we’re looking at the latest action from a group of Amazon warehouse workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, how to avoid Genderify’s massive algorithmic bias fail and the rise of the use of BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous and people of color, and how to properly use the term. Stay woke Amazon w...
Tags: Amazon, Work, TC, Tech, Diversity, Artificial Intelligence, Williams, Jeff Bezos, Richmond, San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro, Adrienne Williams, However Amazon, Techcrunch Include, Algorithmic Bias, TechCrunch Amazon



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