Jamie Paik explores more creative forms of robots.

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Taking design cues from origami, robotician Jamie Paik and her team created “robogamis”: folding robots made out super-thin materials that can reshape and transform themselves. In this talk and tech demo, Paik shows how robogamis could adapt to achieve a variety of tasks on earth (or in space) and demonstrates how they roll, jump, catapult like a slingshot and even pulse like a beating heart.

Alison McCauley gives a very thought provoking presentation at OSCON. Can blockchain really be this good for humanity?

In a world of increasingly complex challenges, the accelerated innovation of open source development is more urgent than ever. But nobody knows if it’s enough. Join Alison McCauley to learn how blockchain technology offers new tools that could help extend the ethos of open innovation into new areas.

In case you haven’t noticed it, we are in the middle of an AI boom. ML Engineers and Data Scientists are among the hottest job titles right now.

What is behind all this innovation? Is it breakthroughs in AI research? Yes. But there’s a more fundamental reason that AI is taking off right now: the cloud.  Yes, the cloud.

Cloud computing puts massive amounts of compute and storage at just about anyone’s fingertips. That has unleashed a lot more brainpower and innovation.

As these barriers to entry come down, companies and hobbyists around the world have started experimenting with machine learning and AI, exploring the possibilities and pushing the boundaries of what it can do. Much of this research has been shared with the wider community under open source licenses. A key example of is TensorFlow™, a machine learning library developed internally by Google and shared freely with the rest of the world.

Jerry Chi, Data Science Manager at SmartNews, has compiled a list of “mind-blowing” ML/AI breakthroughs of the last year or two.  I have to say that I agree with most of his choices.

Compared to other fields, machine learning / artificial intelligence seems to have a much higher frequency of super-interesting developments these days. Things that make you say “wow” or even “what a time to be alive!” (as the creator of Two Minute Papers always says)

Here’s an innovation that is long overdue, Dog Mode. Tesla recently rolled out this feature that lets you leave your dog in the car safely and leaves a message on screen to let passers by that everything is ok.

Business Wars is a podcast that chronicles the fight for your business, taking a peek behind the shiny logos and press releases to uncover the gritty details behind the scenes.

Fascinating stories made better with amazing audio production values and killer narration.

Below is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO.

It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry.

This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions.

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