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How artificial intelligence will take over the supermarket produce aisles
by / on 12/04/2018 at 16:00 / in TechCrunch

How artificial intelligence will take over the supermarket produce aisles

Artificial intelligence is about more than asking Alexa or Siri to turn on the lights at home and add a reminder to the calendar about getting some milk at the store later in the afternoon. The true power of AI and machine learning is how it can democratize expertise, lowering the barriers to entry for tasks that once could only […]

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MIT cuts ties with brain preservation startup Nectome
by / on 04/04/2018 at 23:00 / in TechCrunch

MIT cuts ties with brain preservation startup Nectome

MIT is disassociating itself from Nectome, the Y Combinator-backed startup promising to preserve customers’ brains for the possibility of future digital upload. Co-founder Robert McIntyre described the procedure as “100 percent fatal” — it involves connecting terminally ill patients to a machine that pumps embalming fluids into their arteries. The company has collected (refundable) $10,000 payments for a wait list, […]

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Five Seasons Ventures is a new €60M European early-stage fund investing in food and agriculture tech
by / on 15/03/2018 at 15:00 / in TechCrunch

Five Seasons Ventures is a new €60M European early-stage fund investing in food and agriculture tech

More VC money sloshing around Europe, this time with the launch of a new early-stage fund targeting food and agriculture technology. Backed by the likes of European Investment Fund, Nestlé, Fondo Italiano d’Investimento, and Bpifrance, Five Seasons Ventures is announcing the first closing of its fund with commitments “in excess of €60 million” to invest in food/agtech in the region. […]

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No one wants to build a “feel good” internet
by / on 07/03/2018 at 16:00 / in TechCrunch

No one wants to build a “feel good” internet

If there is one policy dilemma facing nearly every tech company today, it is what to do about “content moderation,” the almost-Orwellian term for censorship. Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed pointedly asked the question a little more than a week ago: “How is it that the average untrained human can do something that multibillion-dollar technology companies that pride themselves on innovation […]

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