Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks at a press conference at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 8, 2017. Waymo, the company born from Alphabet's Google Self-Driving Car research project, is designing and building all the sensors, radar and computers used in its automated test vehicles, along with the artificial intelligence programs that control everything. Yet to make its technology affordable for commercial use, it anticipates a manufacturing alliance as it looks ahead to mass-scale production of components, according to Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik. Waymo this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit revealed that the latest generation of its hardware and software is being used on Chrysler Pacifica minivans that begin road tests this month. A total of 100 of the vans are getting radar, sensors, cameras and laser Lidar units for 360-degree, high-definition images of a vehicle's surrounding, all made by Waymo.
We've all heard the buzz surrounding 5G: How it will be an amazing upgrade of our wireless infrastructure. How we'll be able to stream 8k video without buffering as we ride through the city in our driverless cars. Certainly, the promise of 5G sounds pretty exciting. But there's more to 5G than faster download speeds for our unquenchable thirst for more data. The capabilities of 5G will spawn new applications and innovations, which in turn will spur opportunities for economic growth, by transforming once disconnected industries into connected, automated systems that improve diverse sectors such as healthcare, transportation, construction, energy and manufacturing through enhanced productivity and efficiency.
Watch out Tesla and Google: the race for whom will build the car of the future is still far from over. German automakers are working hard to stay ahead of the pack and add new capabilities to their reliable, if sometimes unexciting, vehicles. Back in September BMW, Audi and Mercedes announced the launch of a project aimed at helping vehicles communicate with each other and help the driver gain a better understanding of traffic conditions. The BMW i8 is presented on the first day of the press days of Paris motor Show, on September 29, 2016. Today, BMW unveils yet another agreement, a partnership with American giant IBM.
On November 30th, Syncsort, a data integration vendor, announced plans to acquire Trillium, a data quality company, and I had a chance to talk to Josh Rogers about the state of the data and analytics stack. In explaining the rationale for tightly integrating data integration and data quality in the same product, Rogers and I also dug into the layers of the stack in a way that I found illuminating. I suspect this discussion will be helpful to the many people who are adapting existing stacks or constructing new ones. I started the conversation by asking Rogers why bother buying a company like Trillium, with which Syncsort already had a strong partner relationship. Data Prep: The work involved in assembling data from many sources and transforming it into what is needed for a particular task.
There is a point where we will blankly stare at our Amazon Alexa devices and wish that it wasn't so easy to order groceries and other retail goods. There has got to be some sort of alternative right? That alternative is Amazon Go, a new retail experience that proves that even Amazon knows that brick and mortar isn't dead yet. If you prefer not to stand in the middle of Walmart, softly crying to yourself at the muddled masses of humanity, but still like to physically go shopping then Amazon Go is the future you are waiting for. Amazon Go is a literal brick and mortar store, announced today.
One of Silicon Valley's most idiosyncratic players -- the Mozilla Foundation -- just reported a 28% leap in revenue for 2015, to $421 million, with cash flow more than tripling, to about $80 million. Further increases appear likely this year. Those gains pave the way for Mozilla to take an even more active role as an "open-Internet" crusader on issues such as encryption, net neutrality, copyright reform and security, Mozilla's chief legal and business officer, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, said in a phone interview. In a section of its newly released annual report, called The State of Mozilla, the foundation said that in 2017, Mozilla will invest in more mobile-product development and will build a recommender system for the web, known as Context Graph. Mozilla also said that in 2017 it will launch its first Internet Health Report.
Nintendo Reports Second Quarter Losses But 3DS Sales Are Up Thanks To'Pokmon GO' We've all been there – scouring the internet for items of clothing to buy to suit any given occasion, only to feel more than overwhelmed by the volume of choice now available and increasingly frustrated by how hard it is to actually find something we like. Abigail Holtz is out there to try and solve that problem. Hailing from Google where she worked on a multitude of different shopping products, including Boutiques.com The vision is to create a'Pandora for fashion' – a site that uses recommendation technology (based on what Holtz calls a "fashion genome" and her "secret sauce") as well as human input, to suggest looks for shoppers informed by things like style, fit, body shape, even occasion appropriateness. It's got an intuitive UI/UX built around a simple like or dislike (heart or cross) functionality, and a straightforward breakdown of clothing categories based on trends as well as occasions.
Nintendo Reports Second Quarter Losses But 3DS Sales Are Up Thanks To'Pokmon GO' Intel is reorganizing to better position itself for the next big thing in computing: self-driving cars. The chipmaking giant is taking its autonomous car efforts out the Internet of Things business group and creating a new business unit focused exclusively on the new market, called the Automated Driving Group. Doug Davis, the current head of Intel's Internet of Things division, will be heading up the new unit. In August, Davis had announced he would be retiring from Intel soon, but it looks like he changed his mind. "Throughout his career, Doug has consistently been on the leading side of disruption – standing up amazing new technologies that redefine how we experience work and life," said Intel president Murthy Renduchintala in a blog post.