There have been numerous acquisitions of AI start-ups, by Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet recently. Read TechCrunch’s article on how this could lead to the worst monopoly in US history.
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Apple just bought Gliimpse and Turi, Microsoft just bought Genee and other industry giants such as Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon are acquiring more AI startups aswell. M&A of AI startups increased by a factor of seven between 2011 and 2015. Even though Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis said “the control of this technology (AI) should belong to the world” Google is one of the companies doing the exact opposite.
Harvard’s Octobot is made with all soft robotics and is fully autonomous. The robot is mostly 3D printed and its movement is powered by gas derived from hydrogen peroxide. The gas pushes fluid through the robot’s limbs inflating them – and enabling him to move. The robot is the first of its kind and extremely cute as well.
In 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $10 million to a Minnesota University – led research team that uses data-driven approaches to address key challenges in climate change science. They monitor patterns of extreme rainfall events, surface water dynamics, predict changes in coastal upwelling and monitor forest fires. The research will advance the understanding of climate and extreme events.
Businesses face a wide range of problems. Employees are facing higher workloads and are becoming increasingly disengaged with their work. Push notifications and ML could be used to kick off workflows that enable multiple people to sign off on a project directly from the notification – no more waiting for people to read their email.