Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China

U.S. accelerator Y Combinator is expanding to China after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft and Baidu Qi Lu who will develop a standalone startup program that runs on Chinese soil. Shanghai-born Lu spent 11 years with Yahoo and eight years with Microsoft before a short spell with Baidu, where he was COO and head ...

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New aero rules ‘biggest change since 2009’ – Lowe | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe says the scale of the aerodynamic changes being made for the 2019 F1 season shouldn’t be underestimated. What they say It is a big change. It’s not quite as significant as 2009 but it’s in that bracket. I think 2014 and 2017 [changes] were much less ...

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact
Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This is the future we have selected. The Simulative Emotional Expression Robot, or ...

Finding the Goldilocks zone for applied AI

Finding the Goldilocks zone for applied AI
Ivy Nguyen Contributor Share on Twitter Ivy Nguyen is an associate at Zetta Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor GDPR panic may spur data and AI innovation Data is not the new oil While Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg debate the dangers of artificial general intelligence, startups applying AI to more narrowly defined problems such ...

Revcontent is trying to get rid of misinformation with help from the Poynter Institute

CEO John Lemp recently said that thanks to a new policy, publishers in Revcontent‘s content recommendation network “won’t ever make a cent” on false and misleading stories — at least, not from the network. To achieve this, the company is relying on fact-checking provided by the Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network. If any two independent ...

‘Unhackable’ BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked

‘Unhackable’ BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked
The BitFi crypto wallet was supposed to be unhackable and none other than famous weirdo John McAfee claimed that the device – essentially an Android-based mini tablet – would withstand any attack. Spoiler alert: it couldn’t. First, a bit of background. The $120 device launched at the beginning of this month to much fanfare. It ...

Bird and Lime are protesting Santa Monica’s electric scooter recommendations

Bird and Lime are protesting Santa Monica’s electric scooter recommendations
Lime and Bird are protesting recommendations in Santa Monica, Calif. that would prevent the electric scooter companies from operating in the Southern California city. We first saw the news over on Curbed LA, which reported both Lime and Bird are temporarily halting their services in Santa Monica. Last week, Santa Monica’s shared mobility device selection committee ...

How does Alonso compare to the F1 greats?

As two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announces he will not be racing in Formula 1 in 2019, BBC Sport looks at how he compares to the greats. Source: BBC F1

Smart speaker sales on pace to increase 50 percent by 2019

It seems Amazon didn’t know what it had on its hands when it released the first Echo in late-2014. The AI-powered speaker formed the foundation of the next been moment in consumer electronics. Those devices have helped mainstream consumer AI and open the door to wide-scale adoption of connected home products.  New numbers from NPD, ...