Thomas also points out that the talent shortage is partially a perception problem that ignores the fact that training employees in AI could be accomplished with a variety of online courses like Fast.ai or Coursera (which, incidentally, is a company cofounded by Ng while he was at Stanford; it now hosts his machine learning course). These already-in-place workers have a deep insight into the company, the data available, and the problems the company wants to solve with AI. Not all of those issues need cutting-edge resources, especially with all the open source tools and AI software currently out there. … [Read more...] about Tech firms try to address the risks the AI race poses for research
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Ori is now made from wood to match the finishes more commonly found in homes, but the core proposition remains the same. Within the unit–which is about the size of a large closet–there’s a bed, closet, drawers, workstation, and ample storage. The underlying robotics are similar but Larrea and his team decided to forgo gesture and voice controls initially and make everything operable by push button to make it easier for the mass market to use; however the software can be upgraded to support gesture controls in the future. He uses an iPhone as a metaphor: while two people might have the same device, the apps each person uses gives the hardware different capabilities. … [Read more...] about Coming To Market: An Apartment In A Box That Morphs At The Press Of A Button
I needed a while to figure out what engineer Mark Groden was up to. First his publicist emailed me, dissing claims by companies like Uber and Airbus that they could develop futuristic electric, autonomous craft within just a few years. Groden had a more realistic plan. But when we got on the phone, the 28-year-old co-founder of SkyRyse, which emerges from stealth today, started talking about the high cost of emergency helicopter flights and how radar and cameras could streamline operations. I failed to see the connection to flying cars. … [Read more...] about This high-tech 911 helicopter could be the next step to flying cars
Recently, Wegmann and Berkeley colleague Karen Chapple evaluated what life in the East Bay might look like in two different growth scenarios. The first, based on a conventional infill strategy of buildings with five or more units located around transit hubs, had the potential to add roughly 7,900 housing units to the area. They estimate that, given the recent pace of area development, building that much housing would take anywhere from 18 to 43 years. … [Read more...] about The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages
Its goals would be myriad: better understand the “environmental life cycle” of timber building products, increase the safety of tall timber buildings, and advocate for updated building codes that include easements for timber. The bill is supported by dozens of lumber trade groups, which could complicate its goals and the objectivity of its research. Even Green has accepted research grants and paid speaking engagements from the timber industry, though he comments that he and his organization “do not speak for forestry companies or the industry” and has declined to endorse organizations like the Sustainable Forest Initiative in the interest of remaining independent. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?