Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be conducting the company’s first live Q&A stream from space with the International Space Station this week. Zuck isn’t actually going to space himself – instead, he’ll be streaming from the Facebook headquarters and asking the astronauts up at the ISS questions from followers. The Facebook Live video is expected to start at 9:55 AM PT on June 1st. You can also catch the stream from NASA’s Facebook page to learn more about upcoming projects from the ISS labs, the human journey to Mars, and all other kinds of science-y fun. Some of the questions submitted include: “How fast is…
If you’re not old enough to remember Pong, please vacate this post and let the rest of us olds droll over this life-sized mechanical replica of the Atari game. The result of builder Daniel Perdomo’s Pong Project, he and a team created this Pong Table as a homage to the classic game. And it’s not just an air hockey table with 70s decal stuck all over it either – Perdomo’s Pong Table has a machine which maps the square “ball” and the paddle movements rather than let them fly through an air cushion. There’s a neat LED lighting system built in to keep…
Gone are the days where a humorous picture or phrase will get your site’s 404 page noticed. In a version of the Internet where GIFs are the new text and videos are the new photos, it’s going to take a lot more than a witty phrase to stand out amongst the crowd.
But, we were surprised to see that most sites still aren’t taking advantage of that valuable real estate. Read More
There are tons of hospitality exchange communities out there – Couchsurfing is the first to come to mind – but none have been more controversial than Airbnb, which seems to be constantly struggling in various cities in the legality of its business. For example, in New York State, you are only allowed to sublet an apartment for 30 continuous days or less if you’re present. Yet many renters put their places online to make a little money when they’re out of town. This also presents a problem for neighbors who live near Airbnb renters who may not be thrilled to see strangers routinely come…
Rumors of Tesla’s Model 3 self-driving features have been circling for a few months, in part due to a cryptic tweet from CEO Elon Musk: “Thanks for tuning in to the Model 3 unveil Part 1! Part 2 is super next level, but that’s for later…”
Plenty of publications and pundits took that as a self-driving hint, that the Model 3 would come stocked with new features never before seen on the road. That could include Level 4 autonomy, also known as “eyes off”, where the car understands how to navigate urban environments and avoid accidents.
Those rumors were shot down earlier this week by Sterling Anderson, head of Tesla’s AutoPilot division, who said that the Model 3 would not be the first fully autonomous car on the road.
“Our vehicles will receive the latest technology as soon as we have it,” said Anderson at the EmTech Digital conference. “We won’t wait for a given model to release a set of technology. Model S and X will continue to lead the way for the next little while in improvements.”
Tesla philosophy is to get features out quickly
Anderson added that it would be against Tesla’s core philosophy to hold features for a new model launch, so we can expect the latest autonomous features to arrive on the Model S and X at the same time once ready.
While we might see some new self-driving features in between now and the Model 3 launch, a fully driverless car is still projected to be five years away from completion. BMW has previewed its driverless car, called the iNext, which is scheduled for a 2021 release.
Anderson confirmed that the AutoPilot has completed over one million autonomous miles, catching up to Google’s self-driving fleet. He also said that Tesla would require a safety magnitude gain of “two to 10 X better than a human driver” before pushing a fully autonomous update to the Model S, X, and 3.
In an office park overlooking a lake in Southern New Hampshire, Rajesh Mishra is working to change how cell networks are created. Rajesh and his company, Parallel Wireless, along with a dozen or so other nearby startups in Southern New Hampshire, are taking on a variety of challenges that face tech infrastructure that most people are not aware of, but impact our daily lives. Read More
Facebook’s artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do, marking a major milestone in the social network’s battle against abuse, the company tells me. AI could quarantine obscene content before it ever hurts the psyches of real people. Facebook’s success in ads has fueled investments into the science of AI and machine vision that could give… Read More
Researchers in the Netherlands claim to have created the world’s first “robots that procreate.” What does that mean exactly? Well, child, when two robots’ fitness evaluation algorithms come to a successful conclusion, something beautiful happens. You’ll know when you’re older — or if you scroll down. “This breakthrough is a significant first step… Read More
Live-streaming app Periscope is rolling out a new experiment with real-time comment moderation, the company announced today. While its parent company Twitter has struggled over the years with spam and abuse – without much success, let’s be honest – Periscope is aiming to go a different route with the introduction of a community-policed system where users can report and… Read More
Intel acquired startup Itseez to enhance the chipmaker’s capabilities with self-driving cars and the Internet of Things (IoT).
As related by Venture Beat, Intel bought the California-based startup that specializes in computer vision which includes methods for using real world images to automate actions and inform decision-making.
“Intel is transforming from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices,” said Doug Davis, the senior vice president of Intel’s IoT group. “These devices will use the power of Intel technology to process data being generated from ‘things,’ connect to and learn from data being analyzed in the cloud, and deliver amazing new experiences.”
He said that Itseez will be integrated into Intel’s IoT group in order to help the company’s clients create applications in such areas as digital security surveillance, industrial inspection and autonomous driving. Itseez makes software for a variety of uses, including security systems and automobiles.
The company has also been a significant contributor to computer vision standards such as OpenVX and OpenCV.
“Together, we’ll step up our contribution to these standards bodies — defining a technology bridge that helps the industry move more quickly to OpenVX-based products,” said Davis.
Morgan Stanley predicts that autonomous vehicles could generate $507 billion in productivity gains annually. However, Davis said those productivity gains won’t be realized until many ongoing hurdles are overcome.
“While the possibilities are exciting, the reality requires solving a myriad of technology challenges,” he said. “Solutions will need to seamlessly deliver a combination of compute, connectivity, security, machine learning, human machine interfaces and functional safety.”