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  • Ford acquires SAIPS for self-driving machine learning and computer vision tech

    Ford acquires SAIPS for self-driving machine learning and computer vision tech

    Ford outlined a few of the ways it’s aiming to ship driverless cars by 2021, and part of the plan involves acquisitions. CEO Mark Fields revealed at a press event in Palo Alto today that the automaker acquired SAIPS, an Israeli company focusing on machine learning and computer vision. It’s also partnering exclusively with Nirenberg Neuroscience, to bring more “humanlike… Read More

  • Google’s self-driving car CTO departs the project

    Google’s self-driving car CTO departs the project

    Google’s self-driving car project is losing Chris Urmson, who served as the unit’s CTO and lead technical resource after going the company from Carnegie Mellon. Urmson has considerable status among roboticist in the world of autonomous vehicles, but said in a Medium post announcing his departure that he was “ready for a fresh challenge,” without specifying what… Read More

  • Meet Brain, The AI Engine That Wants To Replace Search

    Meet Brain, The AI Engine That Wants To Replace Search

    Fifteen miles away from where Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked out of their first office developing the technology that would become Google, a team of eleven engineers no older than 20 are hard at work on developing what they hope will be its replacement. Their adoptive home, for the moment, is the co-working space Tim Draper set up as part of his Draper University startup program… Read More

  • Google Expands Its Self-Driving Car Pilot To Kirkland, Wash.

    Google Expands Its Self-Driving Car Pilot To Kirkland, Wash.

    Google today announced that it is expanding its self-driving car testing program to Kirkland, Washington. So far, Google’s cars have driven 1.4 million miles around the company’s hometown of Mountain View, California and — more recently — in Austin, Texas. “We have strong roots in Kirkland having established an office here a decade ago,” said Jennifer… Read More

  • Supercharge Your Pokemon X & Y Collection With This Arduino Hardware Hack

    Supercharge Your Pokemon X & Y Collection With This Arduino Hardware Hack

    Pokemon X & Y has been out for a while now, and there’s been a lot of catching going on in my immediate environs. But it’s still hard to catch rare Pokemon, no matter how much of your life you dedicate to that repetitive task. A new hack using an Arduino Micro microcontroller board, developed by Arduino in conjunction with NY-based Adafruit, makes it possible to cycle… Read More

  • From W to X to Wayland

    Ars Technica has a terrific look at the Linux graphics stack, from the original X protocol pioneered by MIT computer scientist Bob Scheifler up to the new Wayland display manager (for lack of a better word) by Kristian Høgsberg. Many of the current crop of Linux users might well be completely unaware of the robust network functionality built into X.org, the current iteration of the X… Read More