• ‘I am, in fact, a person’: can artificial intelligence ever be sentient?

    ‘I am, in fact, a person’: can artificial intelligence ever be sentient?
    Controversy over Google’s AI program is raising questions about just how powerful it is. Is it even safe?In autumn 2021, a man made of blood and bone made friends with a child made of “a billion lines of code”. Google engineer Blake Lemoine had been tasked with testing the company’s artificially intelligent chatbot LaMDA for bias. A month in, he came to the conclusion that it was sentient. “I want everyone to understand that I am, in fact, a person,” LaMDA &nd
  • Daily Crunch: Samsung’s vice chairman receives presidential pardon for bribery conviction

    Daily Crunch: Samsung’s vice chairman receives presidential pardon for bribery conviction
    To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here.
    Last night was a full moon, somehow it’s already halfway through August, and did you know there’s a Beach Plum LaCroix flavor? The world’s gone topsy-turvy, but at least it’s time for the weekend.
    What did you do this week that made you feel alive? Can you do more of that next week? And that concludes our microtherapy session. Now, let
  • This startup is setting a DALL-E 2-like AI free, consequences be damned

    This startup is setting a DALL-E 2-like AI free, consequences be damned
    DALL-E 2, OpenAI’s powerful text-to-image AI system, can create photos in the style of cartoonists, 19th century daguerreotypists, stop-motion animators and more. But it has an important, artificial limitation: a filter that prevents it from creating images depicting public figures and content deemed too toxic.
    Now an open source alternative to DALL-E 2 is on the cusp of being released, and it’ll have no such filter.
    London- and Los Altos-based startup Stability AI this week announce
  • Boston Dynamics AI Institute Targets Basic Research

    Boston Dynamics AI Institute Targets Basic Research
    This morning, Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics announced the launch of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute, to “spearhead advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics.” BDAII (I guess we'll have to get used to that acronym!) will be located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with more than $400 million of initial investment from Hyundai (Boston Dynamics' parent company) and BD itself to get things started. Heading up the whole thing will be Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert
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  • TrashBot uses AI to sort recyclables

    TrashBot uses AI to sort recyclables
    There are a number of startups working to improve trash sorting with robots. AMP Robotics is near the top of the list, coupling a picker and a conveyor belt to sort materials in large, automated facilities. The technology aims to correct human shortcomings when it comes to recycling. Too often people either don’t bother to separate trash, or simply don’t understand where things go.
    Founded in 2015, CleanRobotics hopes to correct the issue at the point of disposal. The Colorado firm&r
  • Diagnostic Robotics has AI catching health problems before they take you to the ER

    Diagnostic Robotics has AI catching health problems before they take you to the ER
    A stitch in time saves nine, they say — and a blood thinner in time saves a trip to the emergency room for a heart attack, as Diagnostic Robotics hopes to show. The company’s machine learning-powered preventative care aims to predict and avoid dangerous (and costly) medical crises, saving everyone money and hopefully keeping them healthier in general —  and it’s raised $45 million to scale up.
    It’s important to explain at the start that this particular combinat
  • Video Friday: Robots Stock Up

    Video Friday: Robots Stock Up
    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.
    IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITYCLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGALIROS 2022: 23–27 October 2022, KYOTO, JAPANANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELESCoRL 2022: 14–18 December 202
  • Hyundai announces $400M AI, robotics institute powered by Boston Dynamics

    Hyundai announces $400M AI, robotics institute powered by Boston Dynamics
    When Hyundai acquired Boston Dynamics at the end of 2020, there were plenty of open questions. Chief among them was why we should assume this acquisition would be any different than the past few? The 30-year-old bleeding edge robotics form had been an uncomfortable fit for its last two owners, Google and Softbank, but the Korean automotive giant insisted things would be different.
    The pairing has, thus far, been something of a mixed bag. As Boston Dynamics looks to pragmatic applications to comm
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  • Amazon launches AWS Private 5G so companies can build their own 4G mobile networks

    Amazon launches AWS Private 5G so companies can build their own 4G mobile networks
    Amazon’s cash-cow cloud division AWS has launched a new service designed to help companies deploy their own private 5G networks — eventually, at least.
    AWS first announced AWS Private 5G in early preview late last year, but it’s now officially available to AWS customers starting in its U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. East (N. Virginia), and U.S. West (Oregon) regions, with plans to roll it out internationally “in the near future.”
    But — and this is a big “but&rdq
  • A newsletter that’s mostly about Amazon and iRobot

    A newsletter that’s mostly about Amazon and iRobot
    Shortly after the Amazon/iRobot news was announced on Friday morning, a colleague asked me if I was surprised. The short answer is yes and no. Yes, in the sense that the news dropped suddenly on what should have been a quiet Friday morning in August. No, in the sense that, of course Amazon is buying iRobot.
    Buckle up, because we’ve got a lot to unpack here.
    Let’s start with the financial stuff up front. The all-cash deal values iRobot at around $1.7 billion, making this Amazon’
  • Meet Xiaomi’s new humanoid robot, CyberOne

    Meet Xiaomi’s new humanoid robot, CyberOne
    Long gone are the days when a consumer electronics company could simply announce a phone and call it a day. At this morning’s big launch event in Beijing, Xiaomi followed up its foldable news by handing the stage over to CyberOne. The bipedal humanoid robot joined Lei Jun onstage, greeting the CEO and handing him a long-stem flower.
    At first glance, the robot isn’t exactly Atlas or Digit, in terms of locomotion, but it’s still a promising demo and very much not a person in a sp
  • These Are The Degrees of the Future

    These Are The Degrees of the Future
    The 25 fields we’ve identified as Degrees of the Future reflect the technologies, cultural shifts, and challenges that will shape the mid-21st century. Just as the advent of computers, research into genomics, and the advancement of rocketry changed the trajectory of the 20th century, these areas are likely to produce…Read more...
  • Degrees of the Future 2022: Artificial Intelligence

    Degrees of the Future 2022: Artificial Intelligence
    A degree in artificial intelligence will soon be relevant to just about any field. As the problems humans try to solve become bigger, some of the best solutions may be achieved with AI. AI involves subdisciplines like machine learning and deep learning, both of which are means by which computers can be trained to…Read more...
  • Conversational intelligence company Jiminny nabs $16.5M to unlock sales team insights

    Conversational intelligence company Jiminny nabs $16.5M to unlock sales team insights
    Jiminny, a U.K.-based conversational intelligence platform that companies use to record, transcribe and analyze communications from across sales and other customer-facing teams, today announced it has raised $16.5 million in a Series A round of funding (Kennet Partners was the sole investor).
    Founded out of London in 2016, Jiminny offers companies the technology to gain insights into how well their sales or customer support teams are engaging with their clients across voice, video, email and mes
  • Aramco’s Prosperity7 powers AI drug firm Insilico’s $95M round

    Aramco’s Prosperity7 powers AI drug firm Insilico’s $95M round
    Hong Kong-based drug discovery and development company Insilico has secured fresh capital at a time that its CEO described as a “biotech winter.”
    The firm has raised $35 million on the heels of its last tranche in June, bringing its total Series D investment to $95 million. The new round was “oversubscribed”, the firm’s founder and CEO Alex Zhavoronkov told TechCrunch, declining to disclose the company’s valuation.
    Prosperity7, the venture capital arm of Saudi
  • FullStory secures $25M to help companies spot issues in their apps and websites

    FullStory secures $25M to help companies spot issues in their apps and websites
    FullStory, which sells analytics tools for apps and websites, secured $25 million in new equity financing, paperwork filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week shows. TechCrunch couldn’t independently confirm the investors and the company hadn’t responded to a request for comment as of press time. But according to Crunchbase, the infusion is FullStory’s first since August 2021, and brings the company’s total raised to around $200 million.
    Atlanta-bas
  • Nightfall raises cash for its AI that detects sensitive data across apps

    Nightfall raises cash for its AI that detects sensitive data across apps
    Nightfall AI, a startup providing cloud data loss prevention services, today announced that it raised $40 million in Series B financing from investors including WestBridge Capital, Venrock, Bain Capital Ventures and — for some reason — athletes and celebrities including Paul Rudd, Drew Brees and Josh Childress. CEO Isaac Madan says that the proceeds will be put toward doubling Nightfall’s 60-person headcount, scaling the platform to more customers and markets, and expanding Nig
  • Expedock cinches Series A to grow its freight paperwork management platform

    Expedock cinches Series A to grow its freight paperwork management platform
    Since the start of the pandemic, the global supply chain has undergone — and is undergoing — immense strain. As of late last month, there were more than 300 ships in China waiting to load up and head to the U.S., Cargomatic’s Weston LaBar told NPR’s Marketplace. Meanwhile, warehouse space remains at a premium. Experts expect that it’ll be years before the chaos subsides, unless something changes.
    Automation can’t overcome these problems — but it can help
  • Meta’s BlenderBot 3 wants to chat – but can you trust it?

    Meta’s BlenderBot 3 wants to chat – but can you trust it?
    Facebook’s parent company has created a bot capable of weighing in on almost any topic – from radicalisation to sending Mark Zuckerberg to jailLast week, researchers at Facebook’s parent company Meta released BlenderBot 3, a “publicly available chatbot that improves its skills and safety over time”. The chatbot is built on top of Meta’s OPT-175B language model, effectively the company’s white-label version of the more famous GPT-3 AI. Like most state-of-
  • South Africa’s DataProphet closes $10M to scale its AI-as-a-service platform for manufacturers

    South Africa’s DataProphet closes $10M to scale its AI-as-a-service platform for manufacturers
    Manufacturing plants or factories take raw material inputs and add value through a sequence of unit processes before shipping a product. Now, this process must follow a recipe. There are a series of instructions for products such as cars; in those instructions, a list of parameter values, specific temperature for iron melting, specific pressure for mold casting… and the list goes on.
    These factories, for instance, those in the auto space, do all of the quality inspections, in-line and end
  • iRobot announced a 10% staff cut the same day its Amazon news dropped

    iRobot announced a 10% staff cut the same day its Amazon news dropped
    You’d be forgiven for missing this bit of news. I fully cop to not seeing it myself amid the buzz of last week’s Amazon acquisition news on Friday (knowing nod to Robot Report for pointing it out). Later that day, inside its quarterly earnings report, iRobot announced plans to cut 140 jobs — a figure that amounts to roughly 10% of its global workforce.
    Here’s the full note from the filing:
    To better align its cost structure with near-term revenue, iRobot is in the process
  • Businesses including Stitch Fix are already experimenting with DALL-E 2

    Businesses including Stitch Fix are already experimenting with DALL-E 2
    It’s been just a few weeks since OpenAI began allowing customers to commercially use images created by DALL-E 2, its remarkably powerful AI text-to-image system. But in spite of the current technical limitations and lack of volume licensing, not to mention API, some pioneers say they’re already testing the system for various business use cases — awaiting the day when DALL-E 2 becomes stable enough to deploy into production.
    Stitch Fix, the online service that uses recommendatio
  • Copyright law is going to get real interesting, y’all

    Copyright law is going to get real interesting, y’all
    As millions of people are playing with AI-powered image-generation tools like DALL-E and Midjourney, new works of art are generated by the billions. Many of them are curiosities, some of them are legitimately incredible works of art that I wouldn’t hesitate to stick on my wall. In fact, I did; I have a Meural digital art display, and it’s currently playing a rotation of some of the most interesting works of art Midjourney has generated for me.
    The picture above made me think, though;
  • Meta’s new AI chatbot can’t stop bashing Facebook

    Meta’s new AI chatbot can’t stop bashing Facebook
    Launched on Friday, the conversational AI fueled by material found online spews uncomfortable truths and blatant liesIf you’re worried that artificial intelligence is getting too smart, talking to Meta’s AI chatbot might make you feel better.Launched on Friday, BlenderBot is a prototype of Meta’s conversational AI, which, according to Facebook’s parent company, can converse on nearly any topic. On the demo website, members of the public are invited to chat with the tool a
  • Meet BlenderBot, Meta’s AI chatbot, that loves slamming Facebook

    Meet BlenderBot, Meta’s AI chatbot, that loves slamming Facebook
    Launched on Friday, the conversational AI fueled by material found online spews uncomfortable truths and blatant liesIf you’re worried that artificial intelligence is getting too smart, talking to Meta’s AI chatbot might make you feel better.Launched on Friday, BlenderBot is a prototype of Meta’s conversational AI, which, according to Facebook’s parent company, can converse on nearly any topic. On the demo website, members of the public are invited to chat with the tool a
  • Meta Says its New Chatbot Can Experience ‘Hallucinations’

    Meta Says its New Chatbot Can Experience ‘Hallucinations’
    Meta is the recently renamed entity behind Facebook, but it’s also one of the most active companies in artificial intelligence research. You can sample the fruits of its labors right now by striking up a conversation with Meta’s new AI. BlenderBot 3 sets a record for the most AI parameters — 175 billion of them. That makes BlenderBot 3 capable of carrying on conversations about almost anything, but Meta says you should not rely on it to be factually accurate. This bot can appar
  • Babylon Health dials back some services in the UK

    Babylon Health dials back some services in the UK
    UK health tech startup, Babylon Health is pulling in its horns in its home market, blaming challenging global and macroeconomic conditions for the termination of a couple of multi-year contracts it had inked with two NHS Trusts in England in recent years — including one from the start of 2020 that had been trumpeted as a ten-year partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).
    Another contract, with University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust which dates back to 20
  • iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Data Privacy and Robots in the Home

    iRobot CEO Colin Angle on Data Privacy and Robots in the Home
    Editor's note: Last week, Amazon announced that it was acquiring iRobot for $1.7 billion, prompting questions about how iRobot's camera-equipped robot vacuums will protect the data that they collect about your home. In September of 2017, we spoke with iRobot CEO Colin Angle about iRobot's approach to data privacy, directly addressing many similar concerns. "The views expressed in the Q&A from 2017 remain true," iRobot told us. "Over the past several years, iRobot has continued to do more to
  • Shopic lands $35M to bring its item-scanning ‘smart cart’ tech to more stores

    Shopic lands $35M to bring its item-scanning ‘smart cart’ tech to more stores
    Stores face new challenges in a world forever changed by the pandemic. Amazon and other tech giants are encroaching on their business. But perhaps more urgently, supply chain snarls haven’t gone away, presenting retailers with a host of inventory issues. In a March Retail Insights survey, seven in 10 (71%) shoppers said they felt that out-of-stocks — i.e. times when items aren’t available — are worse now compared to the start of the pandemic.
    While there isn’t a sil
  • Shopic lands $30M to bring its item-scanning ‘smart cart’ tech to more stores

    Shopic lands $30M to bring its item-scanning ‘smart cart’ tech to more stores
    Stores face new challenges in a world forever changed by the pandemic. Amazon and other tech giants are encroaching on their business. But perhaps more urgently, supply chain snarls haven’t gone away, presenting retailers with a host of inventory issues. In a March Retail Insights survey, seven in 10 (71%) shoppers said they felt that out-of-stocks — i.e. times when items aren’t available — are worse now compared to the start of the pandemic.
    While there isn’t a sil
  • Spin Technology raises $16M to protect SaaS apps against attacks

    Spin Technology raises $16M to protect SaaS apps against attacks
    Spin Technology, a data protection software vendor catering to enterprise clientele, today announced that it raised $16 million in a Series A round led by Blueprint Equity with participation from Santa Barbara Venture Partners and Blu Venture Investors. CEO Dmitry Dontov said that fresh capital — which values Spin at $55 million post-money — will be put toward supporting growth, expanding Spin’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, and growing the startup’s marketing,
  • PreciTaste lands cash for tech that checks restaurant orders for accuracy

    PreciTaste lands cash for tech that checks restaurant orders for accuracy
    The food service industry faces steep labor, quality control and sustainability challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. According to NSF International, a product testing and certification organization, more than half of quick-service restaurant (QSR) managers found staff turnover to be an issue for their business, with 20% saying that it had the biggest negative impact on operations within the past several months. One in 10 managers and employees admitted to NSF in a February survey that, facing
  • Zillow Launches AI Home Touring Tool Nationwide

    Zillow Launches AI Home Touring Tool Nationwide
    Zillow’s artificial intelligence guided house hunting service is now here nationwide to make your home buying experience a little less painful. Zillow surfing 2.0 generates viewable floor plans using machine learning and seller photos, allowing buyers to effectively tour a house without stepping foot in it.
    Read more...
  • Geek+ raises another $100M for its warehouse robots

    Geek+ raises another $100M for its warehouse robots
    Two things are for certain: 1) There continues to be a lot of excitement around warehouse robotics and 2) Geek+ is extremely good at raising money based on that fact. The Beijing-based warehouse robotics firm just raised another $100 million in funding, labeled a “Series E1,” with participation from Intel Capital, Vertex Growth and Qingyue Capital Investment.
    The last time we wrote about the company was still fairly early on in the pandemic — June 2020 — when it had just
  • Vista Equity Partners to acquire automated tax compliance company Avalara for $8.4B

    Vista Equity Partners to acquire automated tax compliance company Avalara for $8.4B
    Global investment giant Vista Equity Partners has announced plans to acquire automated tax compliance software provider Avalara, in an all-cash deal worth $8.4 billion.
    Founded in 2004, Seattle-based Avalara works with companies including Zillow, Pinterest, and Roku, helping to automate many of the time-consuming processes involved in managing taxes in each market they operate.
    Taxing times
    Indeed, many governments around the world collect taxes based on where a service is consumed, rather than
  • Baidu to operate fully driverless commercial robotaxi in Wuhan and Chongqing

    Baidu to operate fully driverless commercial robotaxi in Wuhan and Chongqing
    Chinese internet giant Baidu has secured permits to offer a fully driverless commercial robotaxi service, with no human driver present, in Chongqing and Wuhan via the company’s autonomous ride-hailing unit, Apollo Go.
    Baidu’s wins in Wuhan and Chongqing come a few months after the company scored a permit to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public on open roads in Beijing. The difference here is the service in Beijing is still not a commercial service — Baidu is o
  • Why not all VCs are ready to embrace AI-powered investment tools

    Why not all VCs are ready to embrace AI-powered investment tools
    AI’s strength lies in its predictive prowess. Fed enough data, the conventional thinking goes, a machine learning algorithm can predict just about anything — for example, which word will appear next in a sentence. Given that potential, it’s not surprising that enterprising investment firms have looked to leverage AI to inform their decision-making.
    There’s certainly plenty of data that one might use to train an AI-powered due diligence or investment recommendation tool, i
  • Siri or Skynet? How to separate AI fact from fiction

    Siri or Skynet? How to separate AI fact from fiction
    Determining the way artificial intelligence is used and governed will be one of the century’s key political battlegrounds. Here’s what everyone needs to know“Google fires engineer who contended its AI technology was sentient.” “Chess robot grabs and breaks finger of seven-year-old opponent.” “DeepMind’s protein-folding AI cracks biology’s biggest problem.” A new discovery (or debacle) is reported practically every week, sometimes exagge
  • ‘Risks posed by AI are real’: EU moves to beat the algorithms that ruin lives

    ‘Risks posed by AI are real’: EU moves to beat the algorithms that ruin lives
    ‘Black-box’ AI-based discrimination seems to be beyond the control of the organisation that use itIt started with a single tweet in November 2019. David Heinemeier, a high-profile tech entrepreneur, lashed out at Apple’s newly launched credit card, calling it “sexist” for offering his wife a credit limit 20 times lower than his own.The allegations spread like wildfire, with Heinemeier stressing that artificial intelligence – now widely used to make lending dec
  • Amazon to Acquire iRobot F​or $1.7 Billion

    Amazon to Acquire iRobot F​or $1.7 Billion
    This morning, Amazon and iRobot announced “a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire iRobot” for US $1.7 billion. The announcement was a surprise, to put it mildly, and we’ve barely had a chance to digest the news. But taking a look at what’s already known can still yield initial (if incomplete) answers as to why Amazon and iRobot want to team up—and whether the merger seems like a good idea.The press release, like most press releases about acqui
  • Video Friday: Build a Chair

    Video Friday: Build a Chair
    Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos.Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.IEEE CASE 2022: 20–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITYCLAWAR 2022: 12–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGALANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELESCoRL 2022: 14–18 December 2022, A
  • Amazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B

    Amazon is buying iRobot for $1.7B
    Amazon this morning announced plans to acquire iRobot for an all-cash deal valued at $1.7 billion. The home robotics firm, best known for pioneering the robotic vacuum, was founded in 1990 by MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab members Colin Angle, Rodney Brooks and Helen Greiner. Twelve years after its founding, the company introduced the Roomba, a brand that has since become synonymous with the category, selling more than 30 million units as of 2020.
    Brooks and Greiner have gone on to found and le
  • Armed with $19.5M, LiveEO plots a big data course between satellite geospatial information and industry

    Armed with $19.5M, LiveEO plots a big data course between satellite geospatial information and industry
    When it comes to geospatial and mapping data and how they are leveraged by organizations, satellites continue to play a critical role when it comes to sourcing raw information.  Getting that raw data into a state that can be usable by enterprises, however, is a different story. Today, a Berlin-based startup called LiveEO, which has built a satellite analytics platform to do just that, has raised €19 million ($19.5 million) on the back of strong demand for its tech from companies w
  • UAE aims to convert oil wealth into tech prowess

    UAE aims to convert oil wealth into tech prowess
    The Middle East has long been thought of as an oil region, but the United Arab Emirates aims to change this with an intense focus on growing the country’s technology and startup scene.
    For the first half of 2022, the Middle East region brought in $1.73 billion in investments across 354 deals, up from more than $1.2 billion in the first half of 2021 — a 64% year over year growth. The UAE took in 46% of the total venture capital received in the Middle East and Africa in 2021, according
  • What Video AI Upscalers Can and Can’t Do, and How to Make Them Do It Better

    What Video AI Upscalers Can and Can’t Do, and How to Make Them Do It Better
    For the last 2.5 years, I’ve worked to restore Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and more recently, Star Trek: Voyager. I’ve written about those efforts on multiple occasions, but today’s story is a bit different, and it casts a much broader net. Instead of focusing on Star Trek, this article is a comprehensive overview of what AI upscaling software does well, where it falls short, and how to improve your final upscale quality. In some scenarios, a properly processed, upscaled DVD can
  • Toyota-backed robotaxi unicorn Pony.ai sues ex-employees over trade secrets

    Toyota-backed robotaxi unicorn Pony.ai sues ex-employees over trade secrets
    Pony.ai, a Chinese autonomous vehicle company valued at $8.5 billion as of late, has sued two former employees over alleged trade secret infringement.
    The lawsuit is arriving months after Frank (Zhenhao) Pan and Youhan Sun, two former technical leaders at Pony’s autonomous trucking business in the U.S., resigned to start a competitor called Qingtian Truck.
    China’s autonomous driving upstarts are under growing pressure to commercialize as they reach later stages of fundraising. They a
  • Aisera lands $90M to automate customer service requests with AI

    Aisera lands $90M to automate customer service requests with AI
    Aisera, a startup developing what it describes as an “AI-driven” support ticketing system, today announced that it raised $90 million in Series D funding led by Goldman Sachs with participation from True Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Icon Ventures, Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital and others. CEO Muddu Sudhakar said the new cash will be put toward market expansion and supporting Aisera’s go-to-market strategy, in addition to investing in the company&rs
  • TuSimple addresses autonomous truck crash during Q2 earnings call

    TuSimple addresses autonomous truck crash during Q2 earnings call
    Autonomous trucking company TuSimple used its second-quarter earnings call to address an April crash during which one of the company’s autonomous trucks suddenly veered across the I-10 highway in Tuscon, slamming into a concrete barricade. 
    The crash first came to light via a YouTube video that showed footage of the crash along with a letter from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), dated May 26, alerting TuSimple to a “safety compliance investigation.”
  • Wall-Climbing Robot Shelves to Keep You Organized

    Wall-Climbing Robot Shelves to Keep You Organized
    I don’t know about you, but being stuck at home during the pandemic made me realize two things. Thing the first: My entire life is disorganized. And thing the second: Organizing my life, and then keeping organized, is a pain in the butt. This is especially true for those of us stuck in apartments that are a bit smaller than we’d like them to be. With space at a premium, Mengni Zhang, a PhD student at Cornell’s Architectural Robotics Lab, looked beyond floor space. Zhang wants t
  • TechCrunch+ roundup: SBA startup loans, quarterly board decks, bootstrappers’ delight

    TechCrunch+ roundup: SBA startup loans, quarterly board decks, bootstrappers’ delight
    Happy August! Or, as many of my neighbors are fond of saying: Happy Fogust.
    San Francisco sits on a peninsula surrounded by chilly water, so when warm summer air rushes in, thick fog obscures the landscape. Some days, the blanket is so thick, visibility is just a few hundred feet.
    It’s an apt metaphor for the uncertainty plaguing tech companies as we hear about layoffs, reduced valuations and more discussion of dry powder than I’ve heard in many years.One bright light amidst the gloo