All posts by John Mannes

Crunch Report | A bad day for cybersecurity

Today’s Stories A massive new ransomware attack is spreading around the globe Target’s next-day essentials delivery service opens to customers in pilot test Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else Credits Written and Hosted by: John Mannes Filmed by: Joe Zolnoski Edited by: Gregory… Read More

Crunch Report | Caldbeck and Mazzeo leave Binary Capital

Today’s Stories Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck quits as Matt Mazzeo steps away from the firm Pandora co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren will step down according to reports  Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation  Avis signs on to manage Waymo’s self-driving vehicle fleet in Phoenix  MIT’s new drones switch between flying and driving for… Read More

Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

 Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove recruiting materials for terror groups from major web platforms. Together, the four tech leaders say they… Read More

Autodesk Generative Design takes in constraints and makes its own 3D models

 It’s easy to see machine learning as a creativity-killing, bubble-inducing agent invading our Facebook News Feeds and dumbing-down our Netflix habits. But increasingly machine learning is finding a home helping humans break their own internal biases to enhance rather than subjugate creativity. Autodesk’s Generative Design tool in Netfabb 2018 is the latest example of this. The… Read More

IBM is working with the Air Force Research Lab on a TrueNorth 64-chip array

 IBM is working with the U.S. Air Force to improve its TrueNorth line of chips designed to optimize the performance of machine learning models at the hardware level. The new 64-chip array will consist of four boards, each with 16 chips. IBM’s chips are still too experimental to be used in mass production,  but they’ve shown promise in running a special type of neural network… Read More

The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

 Going through airport security is a universally painful experience. And despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system… Read More

Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and Airbnb growth lead Gustaf Alstromer join Y Combinator

 Y Combinator is officially adding three new team members to its roster this morning. Gustaf Alstromer, formerly product leader of Airbnb’s growth team, is joining YC as a partner. Meanwhile Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky is taking a visiting partner role and Jocelyn Robancho is coming on board to assist with organizing YC’s startup batches. Though Alstromer and Migicovsky… Read More

These undergrads built a Generative Adversarial Net that creates art

 I can’t tell you for sure if we have reached peak GAN but there are far more people messing around with them than there were a year ago and that’s a great thing. Two undergraduates at William’s College taught themselves introductory machine learning and read about 50 papers on the now almost mainstream Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) before embarking on a project with… Read More

Udacity’s latest Nanodegree will teach React

 In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup’s “Nanodegrees,” as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the lineup —… Read More