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Snap Inc. is headed toward Los Angeles' biggest IPO ever. How come local venture capitalists missed out?

Snapchat is on track to hold the biggest initial public offering of stock for a Los Angeles company, yet none of the region's major start-up investors stand to profit.<p>Of the nearly $3 billion that Snap Inc. has raised from investors for technology and hiring ahead of next month's expected IPO, …

Venture Capital

Prospera wants to use AI to bring agriculture into the 21st century

Agriculture is about to get a healthy injection of AI. Thanks to machine learning company Prospera, one of man’s oldest practices will be made new by …

Machine Learning

The Last Touchpoint: The Future Of The Web

As Imagined By Google (According To I/O)<p><b>The internet as we know it today is changing. Google’s new emphasize on intelligent, conversational</b> …

What Is Deep Learning? | How It Works, Techniques & Applications

Examples of Deep Learning at Work<p>Deep learning applications are used in industries from automated driving to medical devices.<p>Automated Driving: …

The simple reason why Apple won’t release a VR system anytime soon

“It just works.”<p>These three words stood smugly behind Steve Jobs at many press conferences during his second stint at Apple. It represented his desire for Apple to create simple, easy-to-understand products. It was this promise that was behind the cutesy advertising campaign “I’m a PC, I’m a Mac” …

Virtual Reality

We're Modeling Networks All Wrong

... according to some Notre Dame computer scientists and zebra mussels.<p>Current network analysis algorithms are missing or skipping over some crucial details, argues a team of computer science researchers from the University of Notre Dame in the current issue of <i>Science Advances</i>. The result, they …

Machine Learning

Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning

In a recent <i>Scientific American</i> article entitled “Springtime for AI: The Rise of Deep Learning,” computer scientist Yoshua Bengio explains why complex …

Japanese Robot Farm Company Going Big And Looking At New Vegetables

Companies like Spread are giving Japan’s agriculture industry a serious upgrade for the 21st century. Spread shot to fame for its highly automated, vertical farming units. The company is now looking at possibilities for widening its business, as well as possibly expanding into new kinds of …

Aquaponics

Google’s machine learning gains natural language understanding

Google is promoting natural language understanding with the open-sourcing of SyntaxNet, a neural network framework, and Parsey McParseface, an …

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur says basic income would work even if 90% of people smoked weed instead of working

Sam Altman doesn't buy it.<p>On a recent episode of the "Freakonomics" podcast, entitled "Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?" Altman argued basic income could support huge amounts of productivity loss and still carry the economy on its shoulders.<p>"Maybe 90% of people will go smoke pot …

Silicon Valley

Why We Can't Just Let Algorithms Be Algorithms

Picture this: you’re in a busy restaurant having a quiet meal with a friend. Suddenly, one of the patrons, obviously drunk, starts getting loud and obnoxious, going from table to table insulting the other diners. Within a minute or two, all of the other customers are very uncomfortable and wishing …

Concurrency

Robots are coming for our jobs — but the best solution is already being tested in Europe

In 1930, the influential economist John Maynard Keynes coined the term 'technological unemployment" to describe what happens when mechanical labor makes human labor obsolete.<p>He predicted that by 2030 we could all be working just 15 hours a week.<p>That hasn't happened yet, because until now most …

John Maynard Keynes

The era of AI-human hybrid intelligence

You hear a lot these days about the potential for impending doom as AI becomes ever smarter.<p>Indeed, big names are calling for caution: the futurist optimism of protagonists like Ray Kurzweil is outweighed by the concern expressed by Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. And Swedish philosopher …

Facebook is succeeding where Google should have dominated

Facebook seems to be leaving Google in the dust in certain areas where the search giant should have dominated. Beyond giving Facebook bragging rights, the company's aggressive development of some of these new technologies has the potential to shake up the business landscape.<p>Take Facebook's recent, …

Chatbots

Why It’s a Mistake to Compare A.I. With Human Intelligence

In 1950, the brilliant mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing began his seminal paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”with a simple query: …

Artificial Intelligence

Urban.us Raising $10 Million Fund To Invest In Startups That Impact City Living

Venture fund Urban.us is gearing up to close a $10 million fund to continue investing in startups focused on impacting urban city living across mobility and logistics, environment, utilities and local government. Urban.us expects to close the fund later this year, but it has already committed some …