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Ceres Imaging gets $25M to intelligently scan crops from above

Agtech startup Ceres Imagine which uses computer vision and spectral imaging tech to deliver insights about crops to farmers has closed a new round of funding.

The Oakland-based company has pulled in a $25 million round led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from Romulus Capital. They have raised around $35 million to date.

Since the company closed their Series A, they’ve continued expanding their efforts beyond vineyards and orchards into “row crops” like corn, soybeans and wheat. While those crops may be lower margin by nature, they offer a big opportunity when it comes to scaling up their operations and tackling problems on a bigger scale.

“Our imagery helps farmers cope with a changing world full of challenges such as climate variability, labor shortages, and depressed markets,” said Ceres Imaging CEO Ashwin Madgavkar in a statement.

Unlike many of the other startups looking to provide analysis of farmers’ crops from above, Ceres Imaging isn’t looking to stick their tech onto drones, instead opting for manned airplanes to carry the substantial proprietary equipment and gather the imagery data in a less automated capacity.

This data goes beyond naked eye imagery, gathering spectral data that can deliver insights into the water and nutrient content of the crops. This data ultimately gives customers in the U.S. and Australia insights on how best to fertilize, water and apply pesticides to their crop with data that identifies early warning signs for damage, the company says.


Source: TechCrunch

Con artists are fleecing Uber drivers – CNET

The ride-hailing company knows about it, but “hasn’t done anything to warn drivers.”
Source: CNET

Robots don't want to take your miserable office job – CNET

When the AI super machines of the future get here, do you really think they’ll want to come to the office team-building exercise?
Source: CNET

Get fired up about these new gas grills – CNET

We tested some of the latest gas grills to see which one is worthy of your backyard barbecue.
Source: CNET

The real reason robots aren't going to steal your job video – CNET

Robots are taking our jobs and stealing our future! But wait a minute, does a robot actually want a 9 to 5 worklife?
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Kilner Fermentation Set Review: A Great and Easy Way to Get Started

This inexpensive and easy-to-use kit is the nudge you need to start making your own fermented foods.
Source: Wired

Fourth of July Party Picks: Yeti, Weber, Biolite, Hydro Flask

Happy Fourth of July! Let us upgrade your Independence Day bash with premium coolers, stomping rockets, and 12 other great products.
Source: Wired

Coinbase CEO unveils crypto charity fund targeted at $1 billion

Hot on the heels of Coinbase expanding its crypto fund to U.S.-based investors, the company’s own CEO has unveiled a fund of his own but this time it is focused on philanthropy.

GiveCrypto.org is aiming to raise $10 million by the end of this year — it has already secured $3.5 million — with a view to growing its total pot to $1 billion over the next two years.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said he’s been inspired by the Gates Foundation and acts of charity from the crypto community — including Ripple donating millions in XRP to schools, the Pineapple Fund, and OMG giving $1 million to GiveDirectly — all of which he said shows that crypto can have a positive impact worldwide.

“People who invested early in crypto have amassed an enormous amount of wealth in a relatively short amount of time. Yet the reputation of the crypto community has been dominated by images of “bros in Lambos,” whose antics get a lot of attention. This doesn’t represent the best of our community.

“Most people I respect and know in the crypto ecosystem believe we have a responsibility to help this technology reach a much wider audience,” Armstrong, who has personally donated $1 million to GiveCrypto.org, wrote in a post on Medium.

The fund is open for donations at givecrypto.org/donate

The Coinbase chief said the fund will offer a mix of direct-cash transfers and crypto-to-crypto disbursements — as well as ‘hodling’ — to get funds to those who are deemed to need it.

On that subject, Armstrong said that when the time is right, GiveCrypto.org will find trusted local “ambassadors” to handle payments while it may also collaborate with non-profits and develop systems to track the money flow, as organizations like GiveDirectly already do.

A big focus looks to be the unbanked — crypto can reach those outside of traditional financing and cut out the potential for foul play by going direct — but it isn’t yet clear how the recipients of the donations will be selected. But then again the charity fund is still being assembled — on that note, it is currently hiring for an executive director who’ll be involved in making calls like that and shaping the fund.

Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.


Source: TechCrunch

Boeing’s Proposed Hypersonic, Mach 5 Plane Is Really, Really Fast

Supersonic planes are always almost here, but maybe the way to fly is to go faster. Much, much faster.
Source: Wired

How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco

Huge contributions from tech titans, a STEM-packed curriculum, gadgets everywhere: Willie Brown Middle School was supposed to set the bar. Then it opened.
Source: Wired

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