Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showed up in a robotic suit at this secret, invitation-only conference (AMZN)March 27, 2016
Earlier this week, Amazon held a secret, invitation-only event for the machine-learning and robotics community.
The three-day event, at the Parker Palm Springs resort in California, had hundreds of guests from the business, entertainment, and robotics sectors.
Business Insider got photos of the event from one of the attendees. Here's what it was like:
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Plenty of food and booze … served on a Kiva, the robots made by Kiva Systems, the company Amazon bought for $775 million. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was spotted drinking single malt whiskey with some of the attendees.
The name of the event was MARS — Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration. The invitation card said, “Many great humans are attending (not to mention some extraordinary robots).”
There were tons of talks and demos of robots. About 130 people were invited, according to one of the attend..Read More
A lot of people had police run-ins when they played the game Pokémon GO is based onMarch 27, 2016
Are you excited for “Pokémon GO?” I'm excited for “Pokémon GO.” Especially after the new details about the upcoming smartphone game we got Thursday.
But as I explored everything we know so far about the game, I discovered something fascinating: A lot of people had run-ins with the police playing the game it's based on.
Nintendo is making “Pokémon GO” in partnership with a company called Niantic. That company, which started as part of Google but now exists on its own, is best known for a 2012 game called “Ingress.” Like “Pokémon GO,” “Ingress” is a massively multiplayer augmented reality game for mobile devices that takes users on a kind of treasure hunt through the real world. To play, you go out (yes, literally out your door, just like in “Pokémon GO”) in search of “portals.” Portals show up alongside important places in the real world. It's a clever, unique concept. And it's exciting to see in applied to a franchise as popular as Pokémon. The two universes seem ..Read More
The Ford Mustang comes in a lot of different versions — here they areMarch 27, 2016
The Ford Mustang is an American icon — there are no two ways about it.
It has symbolized American economic prosperity and free-spiritedness, and American excess and wastefulness — and it has done so to varying degrees for more than 50 years.
The car serves as a sort of bastion for the V8 engine, bringing the best noise in the gasoline-burning world to the people.
Check out this rundown of all of the Ford Mustangs you can buy today, and some you might wish you still could.
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This is the base Mustang, featuring either a 3.7-liter V6 engine or a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4 pot — the second is turbocharged.
And here's the convertible version.
Step things up with the Mustang GT, which has a 5-liter V8 engine that sounds just like a Mustang should.
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10 insights from Google’s head of HR that describe what it’s like to get hired at the tech giantMarch 27, 2016
Last year, Google's senior vice president of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, peeled back the curtain on Google's management style and culture with the publication of his book “Work Rules!”
The bestseller is chock-full of insights that explain what it's really like to be hired at what's consistently been ranked one of the best companies to work for in the US.
We rounded up some of the most compelling takeaways from the book, as well as from recent interviews Bock has given.
Read on to find out what makes the tech giant so awesome — and what your company can learn from them.
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1. Google sets its sights high.
Google's mission is “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Bock says it's a moral goal, not a business one, and represents the culture that the company's leaders are trying to create.
The 32 ads which tell the story of how Apple became the most valuable brand in the world (AAPL)March 27, 2016
Apple released a quickfire ad at its Keynote on Monday celebrating the past 40 years in 40 seconds, with lots of references to the advertising that has helped position the company and its innovations at the top of the tech sector.
With help from EveryAppleAd's comprehensive library, we chose the most important Apple commercial from each year since the company's watershed advertising moment at the Super Bowl in 1984.
From the celebrity-packed “Here's to the Crazy Ones,” to the beginning of Apple's memorable demonstration-style ads, here are its best commercial hits.
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1984 — 1984
In 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh personal computer with a vision of an Orwellian dystopia during the Super Bowl. It was directed by Ridley Scott. Apple's board of directors at the time hated the video, calling it “the worst commercial they had ever seen,”according to Walter Isaacson.
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The FAA’s list of drone sightings and near misses with planes is frighteningMarch 27, 2016
Drones are increasingly venturing into restricted airspace and flying dangerously close to airplanes and helicopters, with the Federal Aviation Administration reporting hundreds of drone incidents during the past six months.
Among the incidents catalogued in a new FAA report that runs from Augsut 2015 to January 2016 are several reports by airline pilots of “near misses” with drones.
In one incident in November, a helicopter departing the Children's Hospital in Saint Louis had to take evasive action with a 60 degree banking turn to avoid a black, four-propeller drone at 1,400 feet altitude. In another incident in August, a pilot flying at 7,000 feet near JFK airport reported seeing a “black UAS with a purple fin thing” passing by in the opposite direction, a mere 20 feet to the right of the aircraft.
Consumer drones have become increasingly popular among hobbyists, tech aficionados and media organizations in recent years, and tech companies including Intel, GoPro and Samsung ..Read More
This CEO says he’s been lying to customers, investors, and even his board to sneak out the next big thingMarch 27, 2016
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These are the words you’re most likely to tweet while drunkMarch 27, 2016
If you're one of the thousands of New Yorkers who has, on occasion, sent out a tweet after a couple of cocktails, this algorithm may be able to pick up on your antics.
Researchers from the University of Rochester recently developed a computer program that can single out tweets sent while the user is tipsy.
Some of the strongest words include “shot,” “here,” “haha,” a URL, and — worrisomely — “drive.”
To develop the algorithm, researchers first collected millions of geo-tagged tweets and then filtered them for references to drinking and alcohol.
Then they had to sort out whether the tweet was sent actually sent about the user's own alcohol use (and not, say, a friend's) and whether it was sent while the tweeter was under the influence.
Below is a flowchart from the study that shows how the team's artificial intelligence software, called a support vector machine (SVM), sniffed out the drunk tweets. An SVM is an algorithm that can be taught to recognize features ..Read More
This machine makes perfect Easter eggsMarch 27, 2016
The EggBot is a machine that can draw on most spherical objects, which are normally very difficult to print on. Users can import patterns or come up with their own designs to be printed. The Czech Technical University in Prague used it to print mesmerizing patterns on eggs.
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A Wall Street big shot is trying to build a drone empireMarch 27, 2016
Measure, the drone-fleet company cofounded by Wall Streeter Robert Wolf, is launching a nationwide franchise operation.
Measure doesn't make drones. It runs fleets of them which it leases out to farmers, oil companies and others who use them to gather data.
The company was granted government approval in September to operate a fleet of 300 types of drones. At the time it said it was the only company with such permission.
It is now looking for drone operators to join its franchise program.
“Customers with nationwide data requirements need standard services,” said Measure CEO Brandon Torres Declet.
Franchisees will get protected territory and access to Measure's commercial clients. The franchise operation is part of a broader effort to become the leading player in the commercial drone industry.
Wolf is a former chairman and CEO of UBS Americas, and served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He went on to set up 32 Advisors and then Measure, where he is c..Read More