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Carnegie Mellon researchers trained AI to simulate our universe on a GPU

Simulating the universe is difficult. There are, after all, potentially infinite variables to consider. Scientists typically use supercomputers to crunch data at the cosmological level, but a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon recently figured out a way to use the same machine learning technology used to teach AI to paint or create music like a human to run advanced simulations on graphics processing units (GPUs). Yes, the same hardware and neural networking technology that powers “This Pe...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Gpu, Carnegie Mellon, Neural, Next Featured

How a bot-fighting test turned into edtech’s most iconic brand, Duolingo

Luis von Ahn, an entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to scaling free education, has probably annoyed you more than once. In fact, you’ve likely been annoyed by his work dozens and maybe hundreds of times over the years. A decade before he co-founded the whimsical and language-learning app Duolingo, one of the most popular education apps in the world with over 500 million downloads and 40 million active users, he was building the technology that would become CAPTCHA, those human-annoying bu...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Yahoo, Tech, Duke, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Guatemala City, Luis Von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Ahn

Who's listening? Inside the voice-profiling revolution

You decide to call a store that sells some hiking boots you're thinking of buying. As you dial in, the computer of an artificial intelligence company hired by the store is activated. It retrieves its analysis of the speaking style you used when you phoned other companies the software firm services. The computer has concluded you are "friendly and talkative." Using predictive routing, it connects you to a customer service agent who company research has identified as being especially good at getti...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Security, Facebook, Texas, Technology, China, Trust, Marketing, Eu, Surveillance, Innovation, Illinois, Voice, Alexa, Carnegie Mellon

Head, tail, knees and trees (knees and trees)

Some fun ones this week, so let’s get all of those pesky business transactions out of the way first, shall we? I mean, not that tens of millions of dollars changing hands for future robotics technology is boring, he said, tugging at his collar for comedic effect. Image Credits: Plus One Robotics Big raise this week for Plus One Robotics. The San Antonio-based company raised a healthy $33 million Series B, bringing its total funding above $40 million. The company mostly traffics in the warehou...
Tags: Amazon, Disney, Tech, Mit, Robotics, San Antonio, Matthew, Carnegie Mellon, CMU, Disney Imagineering, Roam, Plus One Robotics, Robotics roundup, Project Kiwi

Detroit’s native son, billionaire Dan Gilbert, makes the case for his town

Dan Gilbert loves his hometown of Detroit. He loves it so much that the billionaire founder of what would eventually become the mortgage lender Quicken Loans has poured at least $2.5 billion into rehabilitating buildings in the heart of the city. He has also invested in many companies that are now tenants in those buildings, along with the restaurants and retailers that have made the scene far livelier than before Gilbert began his campaign to reestablish Detroit as one of the most important cit...
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CMU teaches its snake robot to swim

The snake robot has been something of an institution in the Carnegie Mellon robotics labs. Every time I visit the school, the biomimetic robot has seemingly learned a new trick. This week, the school announced it has added swimming to the list. Testing actually began last month in one of CMU’s pools, with the snake robot outfitted with new housing designed for underwater navigation. Work on the project began last July. “I’m surprised that we made this robot work as fast as we did,” professor How...
Tags: TC, Tech, Robotics, Defense Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon, CMU, Howie Choset, Snake Robot, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing ARM Institute

Carnegie Mellon's Snakebot Takes to the Water

Looking like a cross between an oboe and a squid from the matrix, Carnegie Mellon University’s Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake (HUMRS) is a sight to behold. Created by researchers Howie Choset and Matt Travers, the project is part of the university’s Biorobotics Lab in the school of Computer Science.Read more...
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Carnegie Mellon/Yale PNA-based technique an essential part of the gene editing toolkit

A peptide nucleic acid-based gene editing technique developed by Carnegie Mellon and Yale is an essential part of the gene editing toolkit in addition to CRISPR-Cas systems. The NIH Somatic Cell Gene Editing Consortium published an update on somatic cell gene editing research in Nature.
Tags: Science, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Carnegie Mellon Yale PNA, NIH Somatic Cell Gene Editing Consortium

Cendana has raised a $30 million ‘fund of funds’ for VCs managing $15 million or less

Cendana Capital, a San Francisco-based fund of funds manager, has amassed stakes in more than 100 venture firms since launching in 2010. For the most part, it did this by focusing on managers who are raising funds of $100 million or less in capital, even foregoing stakes in beloved outfits like Forerunner Ventures and Uncork Capital as their assets under management ballooned well beyond that amount. Yet as the market changed, however, Cendana founder Michael Kim began to play with that formula. ...
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The man at the heart of the Archegos fiasco is a 'Tiger cub' and devout Christian who pleaded guilty to insider trading. Meet Bill Hwang.

Archegos co-CEO Bill Hwang. Fuller Studio/YouTube Bill Hwang's Archegos fund was reportedly hit by margin calls, sparking a brutal sell-off.The "Tiger cub" is deeply religious and believes he's doing God's work by investing.Hwang previously pleaded guilty to insider trading and was slapped with a trading ban.See more stories on Insider's business page.Bill Hwang is the talk of the financial world after several Wall Street banks reportedly slapped his family office with ma...
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Fishing for solutions

One of the slower weeks for robotics investments I’ve seen since I started doing this roundup. This stuff ebbs and flows, though, and there’s always bound to be a bit of a flurry at the beginning of the year. This week, most of the top news revolves around research, which, let’s be honest, is where most of the really fun stuff happens, anyway. The other week, I spent a couple of paragraphs talking about why soft robots are interesting and important, but of course, they have their limitations. Li...
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Researchers at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon reveal cost of key climate solution

First comprehensive nationwide assessment estimates energy penalties from managing carbon dioxide storage reservoirs. The findings provide a framework for selecting reservoirs and making underground carbon storage more energy efficient. Watch video here:
Tags: Science, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon

Sneaky ways stores like H&M, Zara, and Uniqlo get you to spend more money on clothes

H&M, Zara, Uniqlo, Forever 21, and Fashion Nova rely on the lucrative business model of fast fashion. Fast fashion allows stores to continuously sell a high volume of clothes for cheap prices. H&M outsources most of its labor overseas where the working conditions are difficult to oversee. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video.Daniel: So like Cardi B says, 'I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks,' right?Narrator:...
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Sequoia Capital puts millions of dollars into Gather, a virtual HQ platform

Gather helps people, well, gather in virtual spaces for any reason, whether it be for weddings, magic conventions, or, just a regular day at work. Over the past few months, as remote workers look for better ways to interact with each other, the startup has quietly amassed more than 4 million users, and today, an investment from the same elite Silicon Valley firm that has backed Zoom and Slack. Gather CEO Phillip Wang tells TechCrunch that his startup has raised $26 million in a Series A round le...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia, Carnegie Mellon, Sims, Phillip, Maguire, Wang, Gather, Shaun Maguire, Phillip Wang, Virtual Hq, Index YC Continuity

Carnegie Mellon Student Participates in Own Brain Surgery

For someone just listening in, the conversation sounded almost like small talk.
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Why it may be difficult transitioning from employee to ‘volunteer’

Q. After 40 years and at age 75, I just retired from an organization where I had a very significant role which I enjoyed; one of impact, prestige and influence that required 150 percent of my time. Recently, I responded “yes” to an invitation to assist with a significant project. On the Zoom call with the team, I was referred to as a “volunteer” and was taken aback. I felt very uncomfortable since I always had a title. What is my problem with being identified as a “volunteer?” Many thanks. B.R. ...
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Don't let pressure of one-upmanship dictate your gift selection

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business and West Virginia University's John Chambers College of Business and Economics set out to understand gift giving dynamics in these settings and how a giver's and a recipient's evaluation of the giver's gift is influenced by the other gifts the recipient receives.
Tags: Science, Carnegie Mellon, Don, John Chambers College of Business and Economics

'Terms of Service' Agreements Are Unbalanced, Need Reforming, Urges New York Times

"The same legalese that can ban Donald Trump from Twitter can bar users from joining class-action lawsuits," warns the official Editorial Board of the New York Times, urging "It's time to fix the fine print." [Alternate URL here] [M]ost people have no idea what is signed away when they click "agree" to binding terms of service contracts — again and again on phones, laptops, tablets, watches, e-readers and televisions. Agreeing often means allowing personal data to be resold or waiving the right...
Tags: Lyft, Tech, New York Times, Shakespeare, Donald Trump, Carnegie Mellon, Doordash, Board, Julius Caesar, Northeastern University, U S Congress, Editorial Board of The New York Times, Woodrow Hartzog, California Western School of Law, Nancy Kim

Paccar shares rise on deal with Amazon-backed Aurora for autonomous driving tech

Aurora Innovation Paccar and autonomous driving startup Aurora have entered into a strategic partnership to develop self-driving trucks. Paccar's revenue fell significantly in 2020, although the stock managed to gain over 9% on the year. The competition in the trucking industry is heating up with new entrants and industry veterans making waves. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Paccar shares were up as much as 3% on Wednesday morning after the semi-...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Texas, US, Trends, Markets, Tesla, SEC, Goldman, Daimler, Carnegie Mellon, Wells Fargo, Chris Urmson, Autonomous Driving, Aurora

Experts say Facebook and Twitter were 'indirectly involved' in the US Capitol siege since they gave President Trump and his far-right supporters a place to congregate for years

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images After pro-Trump extremists stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, reports have shown how the organizers took to social media websites to plan the riot. President Donald Trump himself simultaneously fanned the flames by perpetuating more baseless claims of election fraud on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. These companies responded...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, News, Congress, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, Carnegie Mellon, Trump, Capitol, Sen Ted Cruz, Facebook Twitter, Twitter Facebook

This VC introduced Palantir’s first business hire to its earliest engineer, then his business took off

You might not know yet of XYZ Venture Capital, a four-year-old, Bay Area-based seed-stage venture firm, but many veterans of Palantir are surely aware of it. XYZ says it has already backed 22 startups whose founders came out of the data analysis company, including most notably, Anduril, Lucky Palmer’s defense tech startup. In fact, the founder of XYZ, Ross Fubini, says his firm wrote Anduril its first check. It all dates back to a key introduction. Fubini is a Carnegie Mellon grad who cofounded ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Atlanta, Bill Gates, Palmer, Oakland, Palantir, Ross, Sap, Hamilton, Mitch Kapor, Carnegie Mellon, Kapor Capital, Bay Area, XYZ, Canaan Partners

Experts say the antitrust suits against Facebook may not change anything, but they're still a 'big deal' and signal that the US government will no longer look the other way

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington DC on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook was slammed with two antitrust lawsuits this week — one from the FTC and one from a group of 48 attorneys general — that take aim at the company's practices of stifling market competition. They also seek to force Facebook's spin-off of WhatsApp and Instagram, but experts told Business Insider that that's unlikely to happen, and the suits will likely stretch out for years. What the lawsuits really repr...
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Uber sells self-driving unit Uber ATG in deal that will push Aurora’s valuation to $10B

Aurora Innovation, the autonomous vehicle startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Amazon, has reached an agreement with Uber to buy the ride-hailing firm’s self-driving unit in a complex deal that will value the combined company at $10 billion. Aurora is not paying cash for Uber ATG, a company that was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment last year from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Instead, Uber is handing over its equity in ATG and investing $400 million into ...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, Montana, Softbank, Toronto, Tech, Automotive, Toyota, Carnegie Mellon, Chris Urmson, Aurora, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Bozeman, ATG, Urmson

Are psi phenomena real? A study on precognition once exploded science

A 2011 study by psychologist Dr. Daryl Bem seemed to prove that ESP and other psychic phenomena may be real.The study caused tremendous controversy and catalyzed a re-examination of psychology research methods.Bem's paper had many critics but its results were replicated in some later studies. Among the scientific studies that came out in the past decade, perhaps none were more controversial than the 2011 paper by the American psychologist Dr. Daryl Bem. He proved an explosive notion, that preco...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Research, ESP, Brain, Innovation, Berkeley, University Of California, Cornell, Cornell University, Santa Barbara, Carnegie Mellon, Bem, Human Mind, Derren Brown, University of Amsterdam

Device that combines air circulation with UV-C light deployed in first U.S. homes to help decrease COVID-19 transmission risk

Now that we know the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted via aerosol (tiny particles in the air that can hang around for a long time), researchers and engineers globally have turned their attention to helping promote air circulation where risk exposure is high, and also to kill any active viral particles that might be in the air. One such effort is the Nanowave Air, a device created by Pittsburgh-based Dynamics, Inc. (via NEXT Pittsburgh) which uses UV-C light in a safe and contained w...
Tags: Health, TC, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Virus, United States, Ultraviolet, Vaccine, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Air Purifier, University of Pittsburgh, Occupational Safety and Health, Dynamics Inc, Center for Vaccine Research

Is There a Better Way to Create Secure Passwords?

"Forget all the rules about uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols; your password just needs to be at least 12 characters, and it needs to pass a real-time strength test" developed by the passwords research group in Carnegie Mellon's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute (according to the Lab's web site). CNET reports: After a user has created a password of at least 10 characters, the meter will start giving suggestions, such as breaking up common words with slashes or random lett...
Tags: Tech, Cnet, Carnegie Mellon, CMU, Better Way, Privacy Institute, StarWars Lorrie Cranor, CyLab Usable Security and Privacy Laboratory

‘Industry’ Star Myha’la Herrold on Learning From Lena Dunham, Finding the Drama in Finance

Myha’la Herrold knows a thing or two about being a fish out of water. The recent Carnegie Mellon graduate left the U.S. for the first time to test for a job. But not just any job: her first series regular role as the lead in “Industry,” a major new drama for HBO. Now she texts […]
Tags: Hbo, News, Global, Industry, Lena Dunham, Carnegie Mellon, Bad Wolf, Herrold, Myha'la Herrold

Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora

Eighteen months ago, Uber’s self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment from Toyota, DENSO and Softbank’s Vision Fund. Now, it’s up for sale and a competing autonomous vehicle technology startup is in talks with Uber to buy it, according to three sources familiar with the deal. Aurora Innovation, the startup founded by three veterans of the autonomous vehicle industry who led programs at Google, Tesla and Uber, is i...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, Texas, Montana, Softbank, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Toyota, Travis Kalanick, Carnegie Mellon, Fiat Chrysler, Aurora, Lewandowski, VW Group

Google's SoundFilter AI Separates Any Sound or Voice From Mixed-Audio Recordings

Researchers at Google claim to have developed a machine learning model that can separate a sound source from noisy, single-channel audio based on only a short sample of the target source. In a paper [PDF], they say their SoundFilter system can be tuned to filter arbitrary sound sources, even those it hasn't seen during training. From a report: The researchers believe a noise-eliminating system like SoundFilter could be used to create a range of useful technologies. For instance, Google drew on a...
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Provizio closes $6.2M seed round for its car safety platform using sensors and AI

Provizio, a combination hardware and software startup with technology to improve car safety, has closed a seed investment round of $6.2million. Investors include Bobby Hambrick (the founder of Autonomous Stuff); the founders of Movidius; the European Innovation Council (EIC); ACT Venture Capital. The startup has a “five-dimensional” sensory platform that — it says — perceives, predicts and prevents car accidents in real time and beyond the line-of-sight. Its “Accident Prevention Technology Platf...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Uber, Europe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Machine Learning, Self-driving Cars, Science and Technology, Car Accidents, Emerging-technologies, Carnegie Mellon, Car Safety, Aurora