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From the Digital Worlds

June 20

June 20

Never mind having robots deliver pizza — if MIT and QCRI researchers have their way, the automatons will make your pizza as well. They’ve developed a neural network, PizzaGAN (Generative Adversarial Network), that learns how to make pizza using pictures. After training on thousands of synthetic and real pizza pictures, the AI knows not only how to identify individual toppings, but how to distinguish their layers and the order in which they need to appear.

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June 19

June 19

Facebook is finally ready to talk about its blockchain plans. The company said that its in-development global cryptocurrency, called Libra, will launch next year alongside the underlying blockchain-based network that will support it. At the beginning, Facebook imagines Libra will be used mainly to transfer money between individuals in developing countries who lack access to traditional banks. Eventually, the goal is to create the first truly mainstream cryptocurrency: a decentralized global form of payment that is as stable as the dollar, can be used to buy almost anything, and can support an entire range of financial products — from banking to loans to credit.

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June 18

June 18

Domino’s will begin delivering pizza using self-driving robots in the Houston area later this year. The company will use delivery vehicles from the Silicon Valley startup Nuro. The deal is a coup for Nuro, which raised $940 million in February and is already delivering groceries for Kroger in the Houston area. Pizza delivery is one of the most common applications for last-mile deliveries, and Domino’s is one of the biggest companies in the business, delivering about 3 million pizzas per day. That’s a lot of potential business for Nuro if the Houston trial is successful.

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June 17

June 17

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture made by Ai-Da, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at a gallery in the UK. Ai-Da, who is named after pioneering scientist Ada Lovelace, was revealed along with her creations at St John’s College at the University of Oxford. The AI robot, who was invented by gallery director Aidan Meller, can draw things from life using an inbuilt camera, a mechanical arm developed at Leeds University, and algorithms developed by scientists at Oxford.

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FROM
ROKK3R CEO
NABYL CHARANIA

May’s Digital Age Insights

May’s Digital Age Insights

May's Digital Age Insights From Rokk3r CEO Nabyl CharaniaCellphones now outnumber the world’s population Although this doesn’t come as a surprise, one of the more interesting insights I would add is around the subset of smartphone penetration. As the realities of a...

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Artificial Intelligence Venture Builder & GraphPath

Artificial Intelligence Venture Builder & GraphPath

This past week, the Artificial Intelligence Venture Builder was announced. Artificial Intelligence (AI) visualization company GraphPath, with its “knowledge-graph-as-a-service” platform, is this venture builder’s first company. Below, I’m sharing key stories and insight around AI to further build on this critical theme.

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Discussing AI with Apple’s Steve Wozniak

Discussing AI with Apple’s Steve Wozniak

During some downtime at Industry 4.0: The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age event in Los Angeles last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Rokk3r Fuel ExO GP Salim Ismail, and I discussed artificial intelligence (AI) and the impact of technology on humanity. I’m continuing the theme of our conversation by sharing 3 interesting AI stories

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