Founder Institute Launches New Pittsburgh A.I. & Robotics Startup Program

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The Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator is announcing the "A.I. & Robotics" program in Pittsburgh, sponsored by Philips, a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health. The A.I. & Robotics Founder Syndicate aims to inspire and support early-stage A.I. & Robotics entrepreneurs and teams in the Pittsburgh Founder Institute by providing: The goal of this program, designed in partnership with Philips is to help launch more than 20 promising companies leverage A.I. or Robotics technology in 2020 and further establish Pittsburgh as a center for A.I. & Robotics innovation. Early-stage entrepreneurs and teams interested in building an A.I. or Robotics startup in Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply at FI.co/join/AI. The final deadline for applications will be on December 15th, 2019, and the program will run from January 21st, 2020 to April 28th, 2020. To celebrate this new program, the Pittsburgh Founder Institute will host several free events focusing on A.I. & Robotics over the next few weeks: The Pittsburgh Founder Institute was launched in 2017 by Randy Eager (Founder and Managing Partner, Aqualibrium LLC) and Greg Coticchia (Chief Executive Officer/Founder, ENTRA).


Listen to Startup Podcasts, from the Founder Institute

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Every entrepreneur has felt it: that gnawing sense that every moment of your day needs to be filled with work. In our newest episode from the Mindstorm series, Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute CEO) is back with Josh Whiton (Founder of Makesoil). Together, they discuss how startup founders can balance their work life with their personal wellbeing. If you're looking to join a pre-seed accelerator, apply at https://fi.co/join/mindstorm


With Vector Institute co-founder as advisor, integrate.ai wants to lead ethical AI

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With Vector Institute co-founder Richard Zemel joining as an advisor, integrate.AI is hoping to position itself as a leader in ethical AI. The company--which has been outspoken about the need for businesses to think about social good in the past--will use Zemel's expertise to explore privacy and fairness in AI, while the Vector Institute has the opportunity to test their research with enterprises. In addition to his work at the Vector Institute, Zemel is also a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and co-chief of machine learning at the Creative Destruction Lab. "It's akin to the Shopify ambition where we want to grow a platform company, not get acquired too soon, and provide great jobs to people here." "The kinds of problems that they're solving are looking at engagement of customers across different platforms and different kinds of products, and trying to infer aspects about that individual and aspects of what their preferences are," Zemel said of what attracted him to integrate.AI.


Endowed Scholarship at Wesleyan for Land Institute Founder

U.S. News

The scholarship for pioneering conservation researcher Wes Jackson will give recipients insight into research at the institute, which Jackson co-founded in 1976. Recipients also will assist in the fields, seed processing facilities and laboratories.


The Complicated Legacy of Stewart Brand's "Whole Earth Catalog"

The New Yorker

In the fall of 1968, the Portola Institute, an education nonprofit in Menlo Park, California, published the first edition of the "Whole Earth Catalog": a compendium of product listings, how-to diagrams, and educational ephemera intended for communards and other participants in the back-to-the-land movement. The catalogue's founder, Stewart Brand––a photographer, writer, former army lieutenant, impresario, and consummate networker––had spent part of the summer driving a pickup truck to intentional communities in Colorado and New Mexico and selling camping equipment, books, tools, and supplies to the residents.