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Facebook's adding to its AI college partnerships in London, Seattle and Pittsburgh – CNET

The world’s largest social network is bringing academics into its worldwide offices in an effort to attract artificial intelligence researchers.
Source: CNET

Comic-Con 2018 schedule: Every show and movie we're seeing in San Diego – CNET

Here’s every property we’re hunting down at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 this weekend.
Source: CNET

IBM’s Dario Gil will showcase quantum computing progress at Disrupt SF

After a few quiet years, the hype around quantum computing is reaching a new crescendo. Quantum supremacy now feels like an achievable goal. Among the large tech firms, IBM — and specifically the IBM Q lab —  has long been at the forefront of the quantum revolution. Last year, the company showed off its 50-qubit quantum computer and you can already start building software for it using the company’s developer kit.

At Disrupt, we’ll sit down with Dario Gil, the head of IBM’s AI research efforts and quantum computing program to talk about the current state of quantum computing. We may even see a demo or two of what’s possible today and use that to separate hype from reality.

With a bit of luck, we may even get a better understanding of what quantum computing is all about. It’s a technology, after all, that’s far from intuitive and outside of the small circle of researchers, few really have a grasp on the details.

To hear more about this, you should join us at Disrupt SF. Passes for the show are available at the Early Bird rate until July 25 here.


Source: TechCrunch

Here's why Siemens' autonomous Mustang had a bad time at Goodwood – Roadshow

Long story short, it was a confluence of bad luck and bad advice.
Source: CNET

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Nanette’ takes aim at straight white men and comedy clichés

This is the first time we’ve done an in-depth review of a comedy special on the Original Content podcast, but Nanette (which Netflix released last month) isn’t a typical stand-up show.

Hannah Gadsby starts off with some light, funny jokes about growing up as a lesbian in Tasmania, where being homosexual was illegal until 1997. But she soon veers away from joke-telling — in fact, Gadsby declares that she’s quitting comedy and starts analyzing the structure and content of some old jokes, asking difficult questions about who we’re laughing at and why.

Nanette can’t be boiled down to a one simple message, but perhaps the overriding theme is the need for stories with uncomfortable truths — versus jokes, with their tension-releasing punchlines. It’s led to articles declaring Gadsby to be the future of stand-up and wondering whether comedy is “broken.”

On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Brian Heater to talk about our reactions to the show — both to the way that Gadsby punctures the stand-up format and to her heartfelt call for more challenging and diverse stories.

We also discuss this year’s Emmy nominations, which, for the first time, saw Netflix beating out HBO for the most nominations.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You also can send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)


Source: TechCrunch

With its Snowball Edge, AWS now lets you run EC2 on your factory floor

AWS’s Snowball Edge devices aren’t new, but they are getting a new feature today that’ll make them infinitely more interesting than before. Until now, you could use the device to move lots of data and perform some computing tasks on them, courtesy of the AWS Greengrass service and Lambda that run on the device. But AWS is stepping it up and you can now run a local version of EC2, the canonical AWS compute service, right on a Snowball Edge.

With that, you can now take one of these devices, put it right on your factory floor and then run all of your standard Amazon Machine Images on it. That cuts down on bandwidth since you can either handle all of the processing on the device or pre-process it before you send it on to the cloud. And to manage it, you simply rely on the regular AWS management console (or use the command line). Every Snowball Edge comes with an Intel Xeon processor that runs at 1.8 GHz and that can support any combination of instances up to 24 vCPUs and 32 GiB of memory.

Since you could use any server for most of these functions, being able to manage all of your services from one console — and have it work just like any other machine in the cloud — is the selling point here. It’s worth noting that this was also the original idea behind OpenStack (though setting that up is far more complicated than ordering a Snowball Edge) and that Microsoft, with Azure Stack and its various edge computing services, offers similar capabilities.

Using a Snowball Edge isn’t cheap either, though. on-demand fees for jobs that are mostly about data transfer start at $500, but if you want to keep a machine for a year, that’ll set you back at least $15,330. Chances are then, most companies will only use the extra compute power on the machine to manipulate some of their data before they send the Snowball Edge back to Amazon to import their data.


Source: TechCrunch

Ocean Solutions Accelerator names its first wave of conservation startups

Early this year the Sustainable Oceans Alliance announced that it would be starting its own accelerator with a focus on conservation. The nonprofit has just announced the Ocean Solutions Accelerator’s first wave of startups: a particularly varied and international lineup that’s easy to root for.

You may also remember that the SOA was one of the beneficiaries of the mysterious Pineapple Fund, administered by a mysterious cryptocurrency multimillionaire. No doubt that has helped get the accelerator on its feet in good time.

The startups — which I’m getting to, be patient — will receive an initial investment to cover the cost of relocating to the Bay Area for eight weeks this summer. There they will receive the loving care of the collection of academics, founders, officials, and others in or around the Alliance, plus some important “personal development and executive training” intended to keep your company alive long enough to ship a product.

Interestingly applications were only open to founders 35 years and under, presumably to get that young blood into the conservation game. Here are the five companies selected to take part:

SafetyNet, from London, makes light-emitting devices that attach to fishing nets and can be programmed to attract or discourage certain kinds of fish. This prevents a boat from catching — and subsequently throwing away — thousands of the wrong fish, a huge waste.

CalWave came out of Berkeley a couple years ago and has been testing and refining its wave-harvesting renewable energy system, and in fact won a big Department of Energy grant just last year. Now presumably the team is looking to go from prototype to product and do some big installs.

Loliware’s edible cups.

Loliware has created a seaweed-based straws and cupts that are so compostable you can do it yourself — like, in your mouth. The items last for a day in a drink (or with a drink in them) but when you throw it away it’ll totally dissolve in about two months — or you could literally eat it. The New Yorkers were on Shark Tank and I’m guessing they ate one on camera. You can already order them on Amazon and people say they’re actually pretty tasty.

Etac, a Mexican company from Culiacan, has few details on its site but SOA’s press release says the company “designs and produces functional nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications, such as oil spill and wastewater cleanup.” I believe them.

And because there can’t be an accelerator without a Blockchain startup in it, there’s Blockcycle, based in Sydney, which aims to create a marketplace around waste materials that would normally go to the landfill but could also be valuable to recyclers, reusers, and so on. (Turns out there was an uptick in blockchain applications after the Pineapple Fund thing.)

All five companies will present their ideas on September 11 at an event (specifically, a gala) timed to coincide with California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. And then in October they’ll present again in Bali at the Our Ocean youth Summit.

“These ocean entrepreneurs are a beacon of hope at a time when new, bold approaches are needed to fast-track innovation and sustain the health of our planet,” said SOA founder and CEO Daniela Fernandez. “By supporting these incredible startups, we are encouraging young people to take ownership of the environmental threats facing their communities, bet against consensus and re-invent existing markets to benefit, instead of harm, our climate, and ocean.”


Source: TechCrunch

Astronomers Discovered 12 New Moons Around Jupiter. Here's How

Eleven of them behave a lot like Jupiter’s other moons, but the twelfth one is weird (in a good way).
Source: Wired

Spilled water on your laptop? Here’s how to fix it

How do you fix spilled water on laptop? It’s not as difficult as you might think, but you’ll need to act fast. Turn it off, disconnect the battery and then follow these steps to dry out your system.

The post Spilled water on your laptop? Here’s how to fix it appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Does Comics Culture Have an Inferiority Complex?

The comics industry, and its fans, are no longer the underdogs.
Source: Wired

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