Slack estimates that the average user sends 70 messages per day. How can you know which are must-reads and which can be skipped?
Slack’s solution: AI. In early 2016, the startup hired Stanford-trained computer scientist Noah Weiss to make the platform smarter and more useful. Over the past year and a half, Weiss’s group has used machine learning to enable faster, more accurate information searches within Slack and identify which unread messages are likely to matter most to each user. Eventually, Weiss
aims to make Slack function like your ruthlessly organized, multitasking assistant who knows everything that’s going on and keeps you briefed on only the most salient events.
In this episode, Jason speaks with Jeff Bercovici (Inc.) & Ryan Block (Begin, prev. Engadget) talk Facebook newsfeed about-face, uninspiring CES robots & sad Kodak crypto, Tesla 3, Thiel intrigue, Google diversity controversy, and more.
Pony.ai, which was founded a little more than a year ago in late 2016 by James Peng and Tiancheng Lou, announced yesterday that it has closed on an $112M Series A venture capital round to pursue their vision of a complete autonomous car solution, putting them almost instantly into the upper strata of competitors in the space.
Peng first got introduced to autonomous cars while working at Baidu, the Chinese search engine. He was the chief architect there, and when Baidu decided to launch an autonomous car project, he joined the project. The story is similarly for Lou, who in addition to being a savant programmer (he has won many international coding competitions over the years under the coding handle ACRush), worked at Google[x] on its autonomous car project before the unit became Waymo.
The FDA has approved a new clinical platform for hospital staff that uses an algorithm to predict and prevent sudden patient death, makers Excel Medical announced Monday. Called the WAVE Clinical Platform, the system monitors patient vitals and sends alerts to connected smart devices up to six hours before patient suffers a potentially fatal heart attack or respiratory failure. This is the first such algorithm to receive FDA approval.
As many as 400,000 people a year die in hospitals prematurely, according to a 2013 study in the Journal of Patient Safety. Excel’s algorithm, called the Visensia Safety Index, tracks the vitals of very sick patients and calculates their risk of falling into “early deterioration,” the six to eight hours preceding a potentially fatal cardiac event.
In this article, Napier Lopez discusses Piano Hi-Lite which came across at CES. It uses guide lights to tell you which notes to play when learning a new piece.
The device is basically a long strip of LED lights designed to fit any standard 88-key piano, slotting in between the black keys while leaving you enough room to play unimpeded. It uses lasers to detect when the keys have been pressed, and can connect to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or a cable.
Yesterday, Canadian software maker BlackBerry launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.
The product, called Blackberry Jarvis, is being marketed first to automakers – a group of customers the former smartphone maker is hoping will power its turnaround efforts – but could also have applications in healthcare and industrial automation. The product, called Blackberry Jarvis, is being marketed first to automakers – a group of customers the former smartphone maker is hoping will power its turnaround efforts – but could also have applications in healthcare and industrial automation. BlackBerry said it was offering Jarvis on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Noise and misinformation, especially on climate, has long been a problem on social media. To counter this, Australian not-for-profit the Climate Council has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to inform people about climate science.
The Climate Council started working with
digital agency AKQA on the chatbot project last year. They aim to distill the organisation’s high-level science into the more colloquial way people speak on Messenger. “It’s really important to us that information on climate science is available to everyone … making sure we distill that information in a way that anyone can understand it, and anyone can access it,” Nelli Huié, digital manager at the Climate Council added.