EP 63 - Ron of Indie Cluster

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New anti-harassment AI program has 90% success rate

Yahoo has developed an AI algorithm that it says can correctly detect up to 90 percent of abusive comments online, making it outperform other "state-of-the-art" deep-learning-based algorithms, according to a report by the algorithm's developers.<p>"While automatically detecting abusive language online …

Machine Learning

Comma.ai open-sources the data it used for its first successful driverless trips

Comma.ai, the startup that George Hotz (aka Geohotz) founded to show that making driverless vehicles could done relatively cheaply using off-the-shelf components and existing vehicles, has open-sourced a dataset of 7.25 hours of highway driving.<p>It might not seem like a lot, but in terms of …

Machine Learning

Dropbox's collaboration tool opens up to everyone, gets new apps

Dropbox's new productivity software is getting a big update.<p>The company has been testing Paper, a new Google Docs-like tool, since last year when they quietly introduced something known as Project Composer in the spring. The collaboration tool was later dubbed Paper and the initial testing group …

Software

Nike used 3D printing and Olympic sprinters to design its new track shoe

When Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce competes in the women's 100m and 4x100m relay at the Olympics this month, she'll do so wearing what Nike claims is one of its most advanced track and field shoes yet. The 29-year-old Jamaican, who is favored for gold in Rio, actually helped Nike design her new spikes, …

Sneakers

Nicki Minaj's new mobile game is a challenge to 'become the next rap superstar'

You can stop peddling your mixtapes on the street now: Nicki Minaj's new mobile game lets you achieve rap stardom. It's all virtual, sure, but that …

Nicki Minaj

Lyft hits record 13.9M monthly rides, sees 5X quarterly growth in Concierge rides

Lyft is seeing record ridership, including an all-time high of 13.9 million rides during July, first reported by Recode and confirmed by TechCrunch via sources familiar with the matter. In addition to the total ride increase, along with a new record for monthly active riders of over 3 million, Lyft …

Uber

Comcast Thinks It's Totally Chill to Charge For Privacy

Comcast has logged yet another tally in the competition for Shittiest Company In Existence.<p>During a meeting with the FCC last week, Comcast officials …

Internet

Intel is working on a depth sensor for the HTC Vive

It's looking like virtual reality will take center stage at Intel's Developer Conference in a couple weeks. Dimitri Diakopoulos, an engineer on Intel's VR team tweeted out an image of an HTC Vive with an attachment featuring six camera holes that could be used for a hand-tracking system or …

Virtual Reality

This volcano in Nicaragua is going to be connected to the internet

The goal is to predict when the volcano will erupt<p>You can get Wi-Fi almost anywhere nowadays — even on the NYC subway platform. So how about connecting an entire volcano to the internet? General Electric is working on that. The goal is not to allow tourists to more easily post Instagram photos, but …

Internet of Things

Tesla plans to open a new store every four days

Elon Musk wants to see more of his stores in malls and shopping centers near you.<p>Tesla Motors will add a new retail store every four days, on average, during the next year, according to the company's second-quarter earnings report Wednesday.<p>The plan comes amid earnings that missed expectations on …

Tesla

We checked out a bunch of hologram art

Could holograms be the future? VR headsets bring us into a virtual world by sealing our eyeballs into a headset; AR promises to augment our physical world by layering digital things on top of it; and holograms could allow us to experience a digital world with no extra hardware. Last night, a few of …

Augmented Reality

Economist says uploaded brains will take over all jobs within 100 years

We’ve all heard wild visions of the future. Hearing them from an economist, in a new book from Oxford University Press, makes them seem unusually real.<p>Robin Hanson predicts in “ The Age of Em ” that we’ll develop cheap technology for emulating brains on computers in the next 100 years.<p>He expects …

Singularity