SpaceX might name its satellite broadband internet service ‘Starlink’

SpaceX might name its satellite broadband internet service ‘Starlink’

 SpaceX has previously discussed its plans to put a satellite-based broadband Internet network into operation, as a way of supplementing its revenue picture with a brand new revenue stream. Now, we know what SpaceX might call its new broadband product: Starlink. The name comes from documents filed by SpaceX to obtain the trademark rights to “Starlink,” as reported by GeekWire.… Read More

Uber says Waymo wants $2.6 billion for one allegedly stolen trade secret

Uber says Waymo wants $2.6 billion for one allegedly stolen trade secret

 During a tense exchange, Judge William Alsup allowed an Uber lawyer to disclose that Alphabet’s Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion for a single allegedly stolen trade secret. There are currently nine trade secrets in question that were allegedly compromised by Anthony Levandowski. Waymo’s lawyers, who took time to consider whether to attempt to keep the number private, asserted that… Read More

Verbal common sense will prevent AIs from harvesting kings and unlocking oranges

Verbal common sense will prevent AIs from harvesting kings and unlocking oranges

 If I hand you an apple, you know from experience that it isn’t something you can drive. And the tree it came from can’t be woven, or its seeds bandied. You know that’s nonsense, but AIs don’t have the benefit of years spent navigating the world, and as such have no real idea as to what you can do with what — but a little common sense could be coming their way. Read More

Future astronauts could ‘feel’ alien ground with new space boots

Future astronauts could ‘feel’ alien ground with new space boots

 New technology developed by Draper labs could help astronauts actually feel the ground beneath them. The product in question is a boot, outfitted with sensors and feedback motors that generate tactile response based on what they detect. You may not have worn space boots in the past, but they’re very similar to any standard heavy boot – albeit likely heavier or at least thicker… Read More

EggXYt is bringing gene editing to poultry farms to save chicks and resources

EggXYt is bringing gene editing to poultry farms to save chicks and resources

 Poultry farms are focused on getting female eggs, but currently there’s no way for them to determine sex in a non-invasive way before going through the incubation process. EggXYt is tackling this problem through a gene-editing solution that allows chicken farms to detect the sex of an egg pre-incubation. The startup is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield. Read More

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully returns from 12th ISS resupply mission

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully returns from 12th ISS resupply mission

 SpaceX has confirmed that the Dragon capsule used to ferry cargo including supplies and experimentation material has returned to Earth as planned, with a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
The Dragon went up to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s CRS-12 resupply mission, which launched in August. Dragon brought a number of experimental payloads to the ISS, including a… Read More

A typical day for researchers on Google’s Brain Team

A typical day for researchers on Google’s Brain Team

 What do you and researchers on Google’s Brain Team have most in common? You both probably spend a lot of time triaging email. In a Reddit AMA, 11 Google AI researchers took time to share the activities that consume the greatest chunks of their days. Email was a frequent topic of conversation in addition to less banal activities like skimming academic papers and brainstorming with… Read More

Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

 Facebook is turning its attention to Canada with a new AI research office in Montreal. Google and Microsoft already have outposts in the city and countless other tech companies, including Uber, have researchers based in Canada. McGill University’s Joelle Pineau will be leading Facebook’s AI efforts in Montreal. Pineau’s research focus tends to lean heavily on robotics and… Read More

Breakout Ventures, spun out of  Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs, has closed its debut fund with $60M

Breakout Ventures, spun out of Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs, has closed its debut fund with $60M

 Lindy Fishburne has spent most of the last six years heading up Breakout Labs, a San Francisco-based program that’s underwritten by renowned investor Peter Thiel and that in 2011 began offering nascent science-focused startups $350,000 in funding with no strings attached. The idea from the start was to support scientist-entrepreneurs for the year or two, so they might reach the next… Read More




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