AI, Robotics, And The Future Of Precision Agriculture


Smart money VCs like Bessemer Venture Partners, Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, and Data Collective have invested in general-purpose drone and computer vision companies with a focus on agricultural applications, like DJI and Orbital Insight, as well as ag tech startups like Blue River Technology. Orbital Insight has raised $78.7M in totally funding, including a $50M Series C round in Q1'17 backed by investors including Lux Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Google Ventures. In-field monitoring: This category includes drone manufactures with a focus on agriculture, as well as startups working on computer vision algorithms to process the data captured by drones and other on-field cameras. The National Science Foundation grantee is backed by smart money VCs Data Collective and Khosla Ventures.

The world's best Dota 2 players just got destroyed by a killer AI from Elon Musk's startup


Tonight during Valve's yearly Dota 2 tournament, a surprise segment introduced what could be the best new player in the world -- a bot from Elon Musk-backed startup OpenAI. Engineers from the nonprofit say the bot learned enough to beat Dota 2 pros in just two weeks of real-time learning, though in that training period they say it amassed "lifetimes" of experience, likely using a neural network judging by the company's prior efforts. Dota 2 is an astoundingly complex game in which two teams of 5 players compete to siege and destroy the opposing team's base. Elon Musk founded OpenAI as a nonprofit venture to prevent AI from destroying the world -- something Musk has been beating the drum about for years.

Six Key Internet Of Things (IoT) Trends To Watch For In 2018


LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 04: Tim Baxter, President and Chief Operating Officer of Samsung Electronics America, speaks during a press event for CES 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Based on analysis of over 200 hardware startups, the HAX Hardware Trends Report has identified six key ways the world of connected devices has evolved and will impact our lives in the coming years.