TTI/V would like to thank the Cincinnati Reds for winning their second game of the young season and long time member Kroger for a remarkable visit to their Store of the Future. We saw innovations in ultrawide-aspect 4K rear projection display technology, cameras, and temperature sensors, and an integration of it all into an efficient, big-data-powered grocery store experience. Thank you Brett Bonner and your outstanding team! Thank you members who traveled to join us. It would not have been the same without you. We’ll let you know when Nancy Kleinrock’s write-up is posted in the archives.
Qualcomm will soon offer an AI-optimized version of its Snapdragon chip. (Chris Eliasmith, Washington, D.C., Sep 2018; Rohini Rewari, Brooklyn, Jun 2018; Dave Patterson, San Francisco, Dec 2017; Todd Hylton, Washington, D.C., Sep 2014; Steve Jurvetson, San Francisco, Dec 2013)
If Zika spreads to the Americas, we can blame other primates, according to a new model from the Cary Institute (Barbara Han, Austin, Feb 2016). The problem is mosquitoes that feed on both nonhuman primates and people.
Apple Music now has more paid subscribers in the U.S. than Spotify (Sean Parker, San Francisco, Feb 2010). If data is the new oil, tech platforms must be the new oil platforms.
The father of generative adversarial networks (Irmak Sirer, Los Angeles, Mar 2018), Ian Goodfellow, has moved from Google to Apple.
The way the Boeing Max 8 story has jumped around you’d think it had been caught in wind shear. Just last week, it sounded like the pilots did everything right, and MCAS was the cause of the Ethiopian crash. Now it looks like the “faulty sensor” actually had its antenna snapped off, and maybe the pilots made some mistakes.
Nolan Bushnell’s (San Francisco, Dec 2016; Jersey City, Oct 2013) other company, Chuck E. Cheese, is going public later this quarter.
Mendel Rosenblum is the inaugural recipient of the ACM Charles P. “Chuck” ThackerBreakthrough in Computing Award for “reinventing the virtual machine for the modern era and thereby revolutionizing datacenters and enabling modern cloud computing.” Chuck spoke in 2002 about tablet PCs, five years before the iPad.
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In an AI-based simulation of a competitive marketplace, researchers found that the algorithms raised prices in tandem, as if they were colluding, though there was no communication between them. (Gilman Louie, Chicago, May 2011; Clark Aldrich, Washington, D.C., May 2009; Michael Lyons, Munich, May 1997)
In a more beneficent example of collaboration, the most interesting thing about the “photograph” of a black hole this week might have been the carefully choreographed atomic-clock dance among the eight observatories. (Maria Geha, Charlotte, Dec 2010)
A New York Times editorial argues that fitness trackers, home assistants, connected cars, and smart refrigerators are giving insurance companies an edge when it comes to setting rates. (Paul Glimcher, Boston, Apr 2017; Julian Ranger, London, Jul 2014; Jini Kim, San Jose, Feb 2012)
NYU has yet another example of collaboration between humans and machines outperforming either one alone—in this case, neural networks and radiologists analyzing mammograms (Bo Zhu, Brooklyn, Jun 2018).
George Hotz (Berkeley, Mar 2019) thought there were three serious contestants in the race to develop software for driverless vehicles: his own company, Tesla, and Waymo. Add one more now: TTI/V member firm Hyundai Motor Co, and Tencent Holdings have agreed to develop self-driving software together.
Speaking of Tesla (field trip, San Francisco, May 2016), the company has taken self-driving to a new level—you can now summon your parked car from up to 150 feet away to come pick you up.
In his talk, Hotz highlighted as a key statistic number of miles driven autonomously. Now member firm BMW is spearheading an effort among carmakers to share self-driving data via a blockchain.
Sorting trash for recycling is hard for humans and even harder to automate. But what if the robots use touch as well as sight? (Heidi Kujawa, San Francisco, Dec 2016; Pashon Murray, Detroit, May 2015)
IEEE Spectrum has a somewhat devastating look at how IBM overpromised and underdelivered with Watson Health. (Eric Brown, Washington, D.C., Sep 2015; David Barnes, Pittsburgh, Oct 2012)
"Consideration of particle emission from black holes would seem to suggest that God not only plays dice, but also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen."