John Mannes

John Mannes is a student at the University of Michigan.

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Nobody is going to ask Cortana to talk to Alexa

The future of conversational AI is not a league of anthropomorphic voice assistants that we address by name to handle our problems. We will not unlock our iPhones and ask for Alexa when we need to dim

Facebook to open source LogDevice for storing logs from distributed data centers

Facebook is planning to open source LogDevice, the company's custom-built solution for storing logs collected from distributed data centers. The company made the announcement as part of its Scale conf

Facebook has a way to correct your crooked 360 photos

As part of its Scale conference today in San Jose, Facebook's computational photography team is announcing the completion of an internal research project dedicated to helping you clean up your poorly

Uber Movement traffic data finally makes it out of beta

Uber Movement, announced back in January, finally went live today. The service gives anyone access to some of Uber’s internal demand and usage data. The hope is that cities and urban planners ca

Ryan Hoover’s $3M Angel Fund is going by the name Weekend Fund

An SEC filing turned up this morning showing that Product Hunt's Ryan Hoover is investing out of a $3 million AngelList Angel Fund going by the name Weekend Fund. We previously reported that Hoover

Salesforce is using AI to democratize SQL so anyone can query databases in natural language

SQL is about as easy as it gets in the world of programming, and yet its learning curve is still steep enough to prevent many people from interacting with relational databases. Salesforce's AI researc

Y Combinator takes machine intelligence startups to school and learns a thing or two

Machine intelligence startups are the black sheep of the startup world. The new kids on the block are challenging investors to do their technical homework and differentiate themselves in intentional w

Descartes Labs raises $30 million Series B for its brand of geospatial analytics

Descartes Labs is announcing a $30 million Series B this morning in a large round led by March Capital. This comes just three months after one of Descartes’ largest competitors, Orbital Insight,

All the companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day (Day 2)

We once again braved the traffic of the 101 to bring you all the companies presenting on the second of Y Combinator's day of demos, for what is the 25th batch of startups that have gone through the pr

Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can

All 50 startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day 1

Biotech and artificial intelligence have emerged as the top startup trends at Y Combinator‘s 25th Demo Day. The 124 companies presenting at the entrepreneur school’s twice-yearly graduatio

Our collective facepalm has gotten so bad, AI researchers are dedicating time to it

OK, perhaps the events of the last few months have only moved the needle a bit, but the fact remains that we take a heck of a lot of pictures of ourselves with our hands covering our faces. And it tur

GoodTime nabs $2M to match job applicants with interviewers to save time and build rapport

Despite countless attempts and millions in venture capital, the calendar, one of the most ubiquitous work tools, has remained largely unchanged for as long as I can remember. Rather than overwrite the

Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund

We knew that Andrew Ng had more than just a series of deep learning courses up his sleeve when he announced the first phase of his deeplearning.ai last week. It’s clear now that the turn of Ng&#

The US Government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Google's Mountain View campus. Mattis spent time at Amazon and the Defense Innovation Unit

Tetra raises a $1.5M seed round to bring deep learning to voice transcription

There are a million and one services for voice transcription on the market. But even with just one job to do, I've never seen a service that can handle the long tail of vocabulary used in the real wor

Deeplearning.ai is Andrew Ng’s new series of deep learning classes on Coursera

When Andrew Ng announced Deeplearning.ai back in June, it was hard to know exactly what the AI frontiersman was up to. In his time since departing as Baidu's chief scientist, Ng has been developing a

IBM touts improved distributed training time for visual recognition models

Two months ago, Facebook's AI Research Lab (FAIR) published some impressive training times for massively distributed visual recognition models. Today IBM is firing back with some numbers of its own. I

Etsy lives to fight another day as new leadership shaves costs and delivers an earnings beat

Etsy went ahead and DIYed its Q2 2017 earnings report this afternoon and fortunately things turned out fairly well for the company. Etsy announced revenue of $101.69 million with earnings per share of

GoPro actually had a good quarter and the stock is spiking 15%

GoPro is flying high and mighty after releasing its 2017 second-quarter earnings. The camera company took in $297 million in revenue equaling a non-GAAP loss of 9 cents per share. This was way above W
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