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Oceans of opportunity: surveying 2020’s seafaring startup potential

Oceans of opportunity: surveying 2020’s seafaring startup potential Space attracts a lot of attention as an area of frontier tech investment and entrepreneurship, but there’s another vast expanse that could actually be more addressable by the innovation economy — Earth’s oceans. Seafaring startups aren’t attracting quite as much attention as their spacefaring […]

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How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative

How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative Microsoft Research is a globally distributed playground for people interested in solving fundamental science problems. These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no […]

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Aptiv and Hyundai form new joint venture focused on autonomous driving

Aptiv and Hyundai form new joint venture focused on autonomous driving Automaker Hyundai is forming a new joint venture with autonomous driving technology company Aptiv, with both parties taking a 50 percent ownership stake in the new company. The goal of the new venture will be to develop Level 4 and Level […]

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Apple’s latest Tesla hire specializes in car interiors

Apple’s latest Tesla hire specializes in car interiors Another high-level Tesla engineering executive has hopped over to Apple. Steve MacManus, who was vice president of engineering at Tesla, is now a senior director at Apple, according to an update on his LinkedIn profile. Bloomberg was the first to report MacManus had taken […]

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Quadric.io raises $15M to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems

Quadric.io raises M to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems Quadric.io, a startup founded by some of the folks behind the once-secretive bitcoin mining operation “21E6,” has raised $15 million in a Series A round that will fund the development of a supercomputer designed for autonomous systems.   The round was led by […]

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Apple cuts 200 staff from its Project Titan autonomous car division

Apple cuts 200 staff from its Project Titan autonomous car division Apple’s secretive efforts to develop a self-driving car — its so-called ‘Project Titan’ — have taken a hard turn in 2019 after it emerged that the iPhone-maker has reassigned 200 employees previously involved in its development. That’s according to CNBC which, […]

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Embark CEO says autonomous driving is the only way we’ll get to zero fatalities

Embark CEO says autonomous driving is the only way we’ll get to zero fatalities Autonomous systems are coming. In fact, they’re already here thanks to Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber and smaller startups like Aurora, Embark Trucks and Voyage . Although there have a been a couple of fatal crashes involving autonomous software, the […]

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Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design

Duplex shows Google failing at ethical and creative AI design Google CEO Sundar Pichai milked the woos from a clappy, home-turf developer crowd at its I/O conference in Mountain View this week with a demo of an in-the-works voice assistant feature that will enable the AI to make telephone calls on behalf of […]

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