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Dude! Smoking-hot evidence found of earliest cannabis use 2,500 years ago – CNET

Scientists discover some of the earliest clear evidence that people used cannabis as a psychoactive drug.
Source: CNET

Astronomers discover rare, new type of galaxy on the brink of death – CNET

Cold quasars offer a glimpse of active galaxies heading for cosmic retirement and hint at the ultimate fate of the Milky Way.
Source: CNET

The Strange Mating Rituals of Self-Driving Car Companies

Aurora hooked up with Chrysler on Monday, ditched VW on Tuesday, and doubled down with Hyundai on Wednesday.
Source: Wired

US Customs and Border Protection says traveler images were taken in cyberattack – CNET

Photos of travelers and license plates were taken in a data breach at a federal subcontractor in May.
Source: CNET

New deepfake detection tool debunks fakes of Trump and other world leaders – CNET

By creating pseudo-fingerprints for the faces of world leaders like Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren, researchers detected all kinds of deepfakes.
Source: CNET

Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud: The game streaming dream was inside us all along – CNET

Analysis: The true dream of video game subscriptions has been here for years, but it’ll be a while before it’s truly fulfilled.
Source: CNET

Google Pixel 4 leak: Damn the hype cycle, full speed ahead – CNET

Apparently Google DGAF anymore.
Source: CNET

Uber, Lyft must continue to limit size of fleets in New York City – CNET

To fight congestion, the city council votes to indefinitely extend a cap on the number of ride-hailing vehicles on New York streets.
Source: CNET

Laundry startup FlyCleaners confirms major layoffs

FlyCleaners, a New York startup offering on-demand laundry pickup and delivery, has laid off “a large number” of its employees, co-founder and CEO David Salama told TechCrunch.

This confirms a story earlier this week in Crain’s New York reporting that FlyCleaners filed a notification with the Department of Labor outlining plans to close its Long Island City plant and lay off 116 employees.

As Salama explained when we profiled him several years ago, FlyCleaners customers can use the mobile app whenever they want someone to pick up their laundry — the startup handles pickup and return, while the actual cleaning is handled by local businesses.

In an email about the layoffs, Salama told me that the company (which raised a $2 million round led by Zelkova Ventures back in 2013) created its own team for pickup and delivery because “when we started FlyCleaners six years ago, the last-mile logistics industry was simply not where we needed it to be in order to effectively service our customers.” More recently, however, the company has been testing partnerships with other logistics companies as a way to “supplement” its own team.

“Recently, it became clear to us that the cost of our internal team was just too large to bear and it was starting to hamper our ability to execute strategically and to sustain and grow our business,” Salama continued. “And so, that [led] to the painful decision to lay off a large number of employees and to proceed as a more asset-light organization.”

He added, “We don’t anticipate that this change will materially decrease the service we offer our customers. If anything, by partnering with larger-scale logistics providers, our service should be more efficient and resilient than it currently is.”

But if partners are handling pickups, delivery and the laundry, what does FlyCleaners bring to the table? When I asked what the company will focus on moving forward, Salama said, “I prefer to be discreet about it[,] but I’m comfortable saying that our plan is to leverage our technology to create the best customer experience possible.”

He also said that the startup is working with its logistics partners to find new positions for laid-off employees.


Source: TechCrunch

Why Vinod Khosla thinks radiologists still practicing in 10 years will be ‘causing deaths’

Doubling down on comments he’s made throughout the years regarding AI’s potential impact on the medical industry, legendary Silicon Valley investor and Sun Microsystems founder Vinod Khosla said on Wednesday that he believes “any radiologist who plans to practice in 10 years will be killing patients every day,” because machine-powered solutions will have advanced to such a point that they’ll be far more effective than professional human practitioners.

Speaking at the closing keynote of Creative Destruction Lab’s Super Session in Toronto, Khosla also said onstage that “radiologists are toast,” and that they flat out “shouldn’t be a job,” continuing that in a decade when AI-based diagnostic technology has advanced, people in this profession will “be causing deaths, because [they] choose to practice.”

The position was in keeping with his past statements on the subject, dating back to as early as 2017, when he expressed the belief that some types of doctors would be “obsolete” within five years (the timeline seems to have gotten a bit longer in the interim, but he later qualified that this includes the time it will take for acceptance by the community and general public that the tech is better). Khosla added that he also believes that oncologists will also be surpassed by alternatives based on domain-specific AI solutions, but that that’s probably a bit further out on the 15-year horizon.

Instead, he believes that human general practitioner doctors will be more valuable, and will work with AI solutions for more specialized medical fields often currently considered more highly skilled. This is in keeping with the general thinking about how narrowly focused AI is easier to accomplish than machine intelligence that addresses more general topics.

Khosla noted further that oncology is “much easier to automate” than the job of a factory worker, since the job of a factory worker “has much more dimensionality.”

The investor qualified the strength of his statements by adding that he believes the time for being polite is over, since he does believe that on balance people will be more dangerous than machine intelligence in the specific domain of radiology in the 10-year time frame.


Source: TechCrunch

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