Silicon Valley In 2016: A New World Order Begins To Arise

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Why Samsung May Release A Foldable Smartphone Next Year -- Even If It Won't Make Them Any Money By all accounts, 2016 has been an extraordinary year for Silicon Valley. Not only have the technology behemoths mustered a growing influence on Capitol Hill, their sheer market capitalization also testifies to one undeniable fact: They are the ones who change the world. The tech industry's missions are unapologetic and filled with passion. Their corporate myths are often wrapped up in their early days as startups. That some awkward twenty-year-old could turn their social ineptness into their biggest advantage and build a global enterprise from their garage is the highest expression of the American dream.


2016 In Review: A New World Order From The Silicon Valley

Forbes - Tech

By all accounts, 2016 has been an extraordinary year for Silicon Valley. Not only have the technology behemoths mustered a growing influence on Capitol Hill, their sheer market capitalization also testifies to one undeniable fact: They are the ones who change the world. The tech industry's missions are unapologetic and filled with passion. Their corporate myths are often wrapped up in their early days as startups. That some awkward twenty-year-old could turn their social ineptness into their biggest advantage and build a global enterprise from their garage is the highest expression of the American dream.


Google sets the bar high for its Oct. phone reveal

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google has helped build intense speculation for its October 4 event in San Francisco, where it's expected to reveal new phones aimed at consumers that will power a new virtual reality platform, and possibly other smart home devices. Now that the buzz has reached a football-stadium roar, here comes the hard part: living up to the hype. Google has been teasing the event as one for the history books. A tweet Monday from Hiroshi Lockheimer, the company's senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play, turned up the volume on the buzz. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today.


Mastering the Game of Go Is Easy: Conversing Like A Kid Remains Intractable - DZone AI

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It wasn't that long ago that Deepmind's AlphaGo proved it could play the game better than the best humans. From the standpoint of the range of possible future moves, the game of Go is not a searchable problem. It represents search spaces that are astronomically larger than all the potential moves in chess. Yet, the individual moves are far simpler and more atomic than chess (and almost any other game) partly because of the incredible simplicity of the rules combined with a giant catalog of hundreds of thousands of human played games. Because it was relatively easy to have it play a large number (countless millions) of games against itself, the game is a good fit for deep learning.


Pokemon Go and IBM Watson IoT

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This weekend saw Michael Hsu, a front-end and back-end developer, and part-time university lecturer in California, win the Best use of Watson award at the AT&T Shape Hackathon in San Francisco. Michael won the hackathon with his app focused on the Pokémon Go game. The game, using augmented reality and GPS, allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. In this video you can see Michael, using IBM's Watson IoT platform and the Watson Visual Recognition service to take periodical screenshots, identify the Pokemon characters in them, and alert other users to where the characters are.