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Self-driving startup Waabi just managed to net $83.5M — how?

It is not the best of times for self-driving car startups. The past year has seen large tech companies acquire startups that were running out of cash and ride-hailing companies shutter costly self-driving car projects with no prospect of becoming production-ready anytime soon. Yet, in the midst of this downturn, Waabi, a Toronto-based self-driving car startup, has just come out of stealth with an insane amount of $83.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures, with additional p...
Tags: Startups, Toronto, Khosla Ventures, Shift, Aurora, BDC, Next Featured, Waabi, Geoffrey Hinton Fei Fei Li


DeepMind researchers say reinforcement learning is the key to cracking general AI

In their decades-long chase to create artificial intelligence, computer scientists have designed and developed all kinds of complicated mechanisms and technologies to replicate vision, language, reasoning, motor skills, and other abilities associated with intelligent life. While these efforts have resulted in AI systems that can efficiently solve specific problems in limited environments, they fall short of developing the kind of general intelligence seen in humans and animals. In a new paper su...
Tags: Startups, UK, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured, AI lab DeepMind


A quantum physics lullaby to ward off your killer robot nightmares

The reports of humanity’s imminent demise at the hands of sentient killer robots have been greatly exaggerated. Based on the current state of artificial intelligence – that is, it’s really good at sifting through data and it can usually tell the difference between a dog and a cat – we don’t have to worry about “conscious” AI anytime soon. I put “conscious” in quotes because, as every article you’re likely to read on the subject will point out, we don’t really understand consciousness. There’s a ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural, Next Featured


After 20 years, the human genome is (almost) complete — here’s what’s left to do

The release of the draft human genome sequence in 2001 was a seismic moment in our understanding of the human genome and paved the way for advances in our understanding of the genomic basis of human biology and disease. But sections were left unsequenced, and some sequence information was incorrect. Now, two decades later, we have a much more complete version, published as a preprint (which is yet to undergo peer review) by an international consortium of researchers. Technological limitations me...
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Don’t be dull, NASA — let us explore some strange space moons

It’s been 30 years since Nasa last visited Venus, with the Magellan orbiter in 1990. Now, two new missions have been selected to explore the deadly atmosphere, crushing pressures, and volcanic landscape. The process dates back to February 2020, when Nasa announced that four missions were to undergo a nine-month peer-review process for feasibility. They were all part of the Discovery program, started by Nasa in 1992 to bring together scientists and engineers to create exciting, groundbreaking mis...
Tags: Startups, Space, Nasa, Venus, Insider, Magellan, Next Featured


El Salvador is the first to adopt Bitcoin as real money — which is good news for the unbanked

Around the world, bitcoin has a mixed reputation. Owning and using the cryptocurrency is legal in a majority of nations, tolerated in many others, and outlawed by a relatively small number. El Salvador has just become the first nation to formally adopt the cryptocurrency as legal tender, and a handful of other Latin American leaders have indicated that they would follow suit. This marks a sharp change in bitcoin’s reputation on the global stage. Backed by a public ledger called “the blockchain”,...
Tags: Startups, El Salvador, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork, Next Featured


AI-powered construction supervisor app ensures buildings are earthquake safe

“It’s not an earthquake that kills people, but the collapse of a poorly built building.” Build Change, a foundation dedicated to preventing housing loss caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes and windstorms, is announcing the “Intelligence Supervision Assistant for Construction” (ISAC-SIMO) app. It’s an open-source, AI-powered quality assurance tool for construction. And it could save countless lives. Meet ISAC-SIMO: The tool utilizes machine learning to help people ensure they’re using...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


Laser-powered microscopes can destroy some biological samples — quantum tech fixes that

You’ve probably seen images of scientists peering down a microscope, looking at objects invisible to the naked eye. Indeed, microscopes are indispensable to our understanding of life. They are just as indispensable to biotechnology and medicine, for instance in our response to diseases such as COVID-19. However, the best light microscopes have hit a fundamental barrier – the bright laser light used to illuminate tiny objects can also destroy them. In research published in Nature today, our team ...
Tags: Startups, Science, COVID, Next Featured


My off-grid weekend in an EV proved that my friends are idiots

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it’s like to live with an EV recently. Doing what I do, I often get friends asking me what car they should buy. I always give stellar advice that would save my friends money, time, and get them a great car for their needs. Do they ever follow my advice? No, no they don’t. With the ever present climate doom, I try to make as many people as I can consider an electric car, so they can make an impact and be ahead of the adoption curve. Soon they won’t have a choic...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Next Featured


Is your internet bad? Blame the weather

When your Netflix stream drops out in the middle of a rainstorm, can you blame the wild weather? Quite possibly. The weather can affect the performance of your internet connection in a variety of ways. This can include issues such as physical damage to the network, water getting into electrical connections, and wireless signal interference. Some types of connection are more vulnerable to weather than others. The behavior of other humans in response to the weather can also have an effect on your ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Netflix, Next Featured


Trump just shat on 46M Bitcoin HODLers — Good luck in 2024

The last US presidential election featured the highest voter turnout in the nation’s history. The candidates received a combined 155.4 million votes with just over seven million separating them. That’s a margin of about 4%. By that math it would seem like incredibly poor judgment if a candidate were to intentionally disrespect a group of people representing as much as 20% of the US adult voting population. Enter the 45th president of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Despite his numero...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Opinion, Finance, US, Tech, United States, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork, United States Of America Donald Trump, Next Featured


Supersonic flights are making a comeback — and you still won’t be able to afford them

United Airlines has announced it will purchase up to 50 Boom Overture supersonic jets for commercial use by 2029, heralding the return of supersonic passenger flights nearly 20 years after the Concorde was decommissioned. Supersonic planes halve the time it takes to fly from New York to London, from seven hours down to 3.5 hours, but such airliners were abandoned following Concorde’s final flight in 2003. Concorde had become financially unworkable after a high-profile crash in 2000, combined wit...
Tags: Startups, New York, London, United, United Airlines, Shift, Next Featured


How the FBI cracked a global crime ring by selling them compromised phones

Australian and US law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced they’d sprung a trap three years in the making, catching major international crime figures using an encrypted app. More than 200 underworld figures in Australia have been charged in what Australian Federal Police (AFP) say is their biggest-ever organised crime bust. The operation, led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), spanned Australia and 17 other countries. In Australia alone, more than 4,000 police officers were ...
Tags: Startups, Australia, US, Fbi, Australian Federal Police AFP, Ironside, Plugged, Next Featured, US Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI


The Moon in June shows views to watch soon!

Our planetary companion is putting on quite a show for amateur astronomers all around the globe during the month of June! These events all happen slowly, and will be visible to people around the globe, providing us with a global show. Over the course of June, the Moon will huddle up close to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn! Plus, we will also witness the final supermoon of the year, and this sweet sight is also a strawberry Moon! June 11: The Moon Meets Venus Credit: The Cosmic Companion/Create...
Tags: Startups, Space, Insights, Venus Mars Jupiter, Next Featured


How can we make sure everyone benefits from the next quantum revolution?

Over the past six years, quantum science has noticeably shifted, from the domain of physicists concerned with learning about the universe on extremely small scales, to a source of new technologies we all might use for practical purposes. These technologies make use of quantum properties of single atoms or particles of light. They include sensors, communication networks, and computers. Quantum technologies are expected to impact many aspects of our society, including health care, financial servic...
Tags: Startups, Insights, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


Why the dream of truly driverless cars is slowly dying

We were told there’d be fully-autonomous vehicles dominating roadways across the globe by 2018. When that didn’t happen, we were told they’d be here by the end of 2020. And when that didn’t happen, we were told they were just around the corner. It seems like now the experts are taking a more pragmatic approach. According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, many computer science experts believe we could be at least a decade away from fully-driverless cars, and some believe they may n...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Wall Street Journal, Shift, Neural, Next Featured


Global AI market predicted to reach nearly $1 trillion by 2028

The financial outlook for the global artificial intelligence market looks pretty good in 2021. But that’s nothing compared to the expansion experts expect to see over the next seven years. According to a recently released analysis report from Grand View Research, the AI market is expected to reach nearly $100 billion in 2021 and nearly ten times that by 2028. Per a report from Grand View Research: The global AI market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40.2% from 2021 to 202...
Tags: Startups, Finance, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured


Apple AirTags review: Beautiful design, but… why?

The AirTags are an extremely first-generation Apple product. In other words they’re well-designed, exciting, and… flawed. Did I want one as soon as I saw them? Of course. But am I confused about how it fits into my daily life? You betcha. So far, so Apple. I’ve now been using Apple’s trackers for over a month and while I’m impressed with the technical capabilities of them, I’ve yet to find a compelling reason to buy them. Unless you’re constantly losing stuff in your house. Then knock yourself o...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, Next Featured


What’s it like being a passenger in a self-driving taxi?

Elon Musk and Uber have both made claims that there’d be millions of driverless taxis on our roads by now and, well, there aren’t. Most of us will have to wait a lot longer before we can take a ride in a one, but thanks to the wonders of the internet we can get a pretty good idea of what the experience is like right now. It’s important to note that true, fully autonomous vehicles do not exist. To say they are fully autonomous is heavy handed. There are some commercial tests taking place, but the...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Shift, Next Featured


Buying a smart toy or fitness tracker? Research how safe they are first

The wearable technology market is booming, with half a billion wearables sold globally in 2020. Apps on these devices, or the devices themselves, often claim to monitor our health to spot illnesses, track our workouts to help us reach our fitness goals, or keep an eye on our children’s whereabouts to enhance their safety. But they’re also divisive. Supporters of wearable technology claim that health trackers should be prescribed by the NHS and could even deliver an early warning of a possible CO...
Tags: Startups, NHS, Plugged, Next Featured


We need a global crackdown on Bitcoin mining to curb its monstrous energy demands

Huge concrete data centers, permanently plugged into power plants and telephone exchanges, maintain much of online life. But the infrastructure behind internet-based cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, dogecoin and ethereum is more like a rusty traveling circus. And right now, that circus is on the road. Bitcoin relies on a network of millions of specialist machines, known as miners, around 70% of which are currently based in China. Like a never-ending game of Hungry Hippos, each player hammers th...
Tags: Startups, China, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork, Next Featured


How to get people from Earth to Mars and safely back again

There are many things humanity must overcome before any return journey to Mars is launched. The two major players are NASA and SpaceX, which work together intimately on missions to the International Space Station but have competing ideas of what a crewed Mars mission would look like. Size matters The biggest challenge (or constraint) is the mass of the payload (spacecraft, people, fuel, supplies etc) needed to make the journey. We still talk about launching something into space being like launch...
Tags: Startups, Space, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Insider, Next Featured


The rush to commercialize AI is creating major security risks

At this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), a team of researchers from the University of Maryland presented an attack technique meant to slow down deep learning models that have been optimized for fast and sensitive operations. The attack, aptly named DeepSloth, targets “adaptive deep neural networks,” a range of deep learning architectures that cut down computations to speed up processing. Recent years have seen growing interest in the security of machine learnin...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, University Of Maryland, Neural, Next Featured


Microsoft’s first GPT-3 product hints at the commercial future of OpenAI

One of the biggest highlights of Build, Microsoft’s annual software development conference, was the presentation of a tool that uses deep learning to generate source code for office applications. The tool uses GPT-3, a massive language model developed by OpenAI last year and made available to select developers, researchers, and startups in a paid application programming interface. Many have touted GPT-3 as the next-generation artificial intelligence technology that will usher in a new breed of a...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, GPT, Neural, Next Featured


The Sun’s atmosphere is way, WAY hotter than its surface — here’s why

The visible surface of the Sun, or the photosphere, is around 6,000°C. But a few thousand kilometers above it – a small distance when we consider the size of the Sun – the solar atmosphere, also called the corona, is hundreds of times hotter, reaching a million degrees Celsius or higher. This spike in temperature, despite the increased distance from the Sun’s main energy source, has been observed in most stars and represents a fundamental puzzle that astrophysicists have mulled over for decades....
Tags: Startups, Space, Hannes Alfvén, Next Featured


Ring to make police video requests public – as long as you give Amazon your data

Amazon yesterday announced its ‘Neighbors by Ring‘ app would make police video requests “public” going forward. That would be really cool, if it were true. Up front: Amazon purchased Ring for $2 billion a few years back. The company sells doorbells with cameras installed that offer owners the peace of mind that comes with having 24/7 surveillance on their property. The big sell is that it’ll help keep your community safe and protect your precious Amazon deliveries from being stolen. Amazon keeps...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Privacy, Opinion, Tech, Plugged, Next Featured


Accessible technology is better when it’s built by those who rely on it

Unless you’re blind or know someone who is, you might not know that blind people use the same smartphones as sighted people. In fact, many blind people use touch-screen smartphones every day. The secret is that smartphones have a screen reader, a tool that allows blind people to use a mix of gestures and taps, along with vibrations or audio feedback, to use their apps. Screen readers work on desktop computers as well as mobile devices. You can usually find the screen reader in settings under acc...
Tags: Startups, Plugged, High Contrast, Next Featured


Twitter’s new ‘Blue’ service is yet another tax on minorities

Twitter today launched its new Blue subscription service in Canada and Australia. As Neural’s Thomas Maucaulay reported earlier, users in the initial subscriber areas can now pay a small monthly fee to get a VIP social media experience. The big sell here is that Blue subscribers will get access to an “undo tweet” ability, bookmark folders, “reader” mode, and “dedicated subscription customer support.” None of that makes any sense. Wasn’t the algorithm supposed to solve the customer support crisis...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Australia, Opinion, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, Neural, Next Featured, Thomas Maucaulay


China’s ‘Wu Dao’ AI is 10X bigger than GPT-3, and it can sing

China’s going all in on deep learning. The Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) recently released details concerning its “Wu Dao” AI system – and there’s a lot to unpack here. Up front: Wu Dao is a multi-modal AI system. That means it can do a bunch of different things. It can generate text, audio, and images, and, according to Engadget, it can even “power virtual idols.” The reason for all the hullabaloo surrounding Wu Dao involves its size. This AI model is huge. It was trained us...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Engadget, GPT, Neural, Next Featured, Wu Dao, Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence BAAI


Why the United Nations urgently needs its own regulation for AI

The European Commission recently published a proposal for a regulation on artificial intelligence (AI). This is the first document of its kind to attempt to tame the multi-tentacled beast that is artificial intelligence. “The sun is starting to set on the Wild West days of artificial intelligence,” writes Jeremy Kahn. He may have a point. When this regulation comes into effect, it will change the way that we conduct AI research and development. In the last few years of AI, there were few rules o...
Tags: Startups, United Nations, European Commission, Jeremy Kahn, Neural, Next Featured