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China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids

China’s enthusiasm for teaching children to code is facing a new roadblock as organizations and students lose an essential tool: the Scratch programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. China-based internet users can no longer access Scratch’s website. Greatfire.org, an organization that monitors internet […]

Launched with $17 million by two former Norwest investors, Tau Ventures is ready for its closeup

Amit Garg and Sanjay Rao have spent the bulk of their professional lives developing technology, founding startups and investing in startups at places like Google and Microsoft, HealthIQ, and Norwest Venture Partners. Over their decade-long friendship the two men discussed working together on a venture fund, but the time was […]

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We need a new field of AI to combat racial bias

Gary M. Shiffman Contributor Share on Twitter Gary M. Shiffman, Ph.D., is the author of “The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency, and Terrorism“. He teaches economic science and national security at Georgetown University and is founder and CEO of Giant Oak, the […]

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MIT’s tiny artificial brain chip could bring supercomputer smarts to mobile devices

Researchers at MIT have published a new paper that describes a new type of artificial brain synapse which offers performance improvements vs. other exiting versions, and which can be combined in volumes of tens of thousands on a chip that’s smaller physically than a single piece of confetti. The results could […]

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In a potential big win for renewable energy, Form Energy gets its first grid-scale battery installation

Form Energy, which is developing what it calls ultra-low-cost, long-duration energy storage for the grid, has signed a contract with the Minnesota-based Great River Energy to develop a 1 megawatt, 150 megawatt hour pilot project. The second-largest electric utility in the U.S., Great River Energy’s installation in Cambridge, Minn. will […]

R&D Roundup: Sweat power, Earth imaging, testing ‘ghostdrivers’

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: one step closer to self-powered on-skin electronics; people dressed […]

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MIT muscle-control system for drones lets a pilot use gestures for accurate and specific navigation

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has released a video of their ongoing work using input from muscle signals to control devices. Their latest involves full and fine control of drones, using just hand and arm gestures to navigate through a series of rings. This work is impressive […]

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Silicon Valley needs a new approach to studying ethics now more than ever

Lisa Wehden Contributor Share on Twitter Lisa Wehden is an investor at Bloomberg Beta, a VC fund focused on the future of work; previously she launched Entrepreneur First in Berlin. Next month, Apple and Google will unveil features to enable contact tracing on iOS and Android to identify people who […]

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MIT developed a wireless box that can detect COVID-19 patients’ movement and breathing at home

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge for healthcare workers. Among the major challenges are social distancing issues, which have required novel approaches to diagnosing and treating illness. For many who have already tested positive, home stays are the best option to avoid an already massively overtaxed hospital system […]