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Watch a monkey equipped with Elon Musk’s Neuralink device play Pong with its brain

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (that we’re aware of), has released a new blog post and video detailing some of its recent updates — including using its hardware to make it possible for a monkey to play pong with only its brain.
In the video above, Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named ‘Pager’) as it played a game on-screen where it had to move a token to different squares using …

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Extra Crunch roundup: Tonal EC-1, Deliveroo’s rocky IPO, is Substack really worth $650M?

For this morning’s column, Alex Wilhelm looked back on the last few months, “a busy season for technology exits” that followed a hot Q4 2020.
We’re seeing signs of an IPO market that may be cooling, but even so, “there are sufficient SPACs to take the entire recent Y Combinator class public,” he notes.
Once we factor in private equity firms with pockets full of money, it’s evident that late-stage companies have three solid choices for leveling up.
Seeking more insight into these liquidity options, Alex interviewed:

DigitalOcean CEO Yancey Spruill, whose company went public via IPO.
Latch …

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Deep science: AI is in the air, water, soil and steel

Research papers come out far too rapidly for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter.
This week brings a few unusual applications of or developments in machine learning, as well as a particularly unusual rejection of the method for pandemic-related analysis.
One hardly expects to find machine learning in the domain of government regulation, if only …

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A crypto company’s journey to Data 3.0

Michael Li
Contributor

Data is a gold mine for a company.
If managed well, it provides the clarity and insights that lead to better decision-making at scale, in addition to an important tool to hold everyone accountable.
However, most companies are stuck in Data 1.0, which means they are leveraging data as a manual and reactive service. Some have started moving to Data 2.0, which employs simple automation to improve team productivity. The complexity of crypto data has opened up new opportunities in data, namely to move to the new frontier of Data 3.0, where you can scale value creation through systematic intelligence …

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Creating a New Customer Experience

Peggy Smedley: So Dave, it’s exciting to have you talk to us today because you’re based in a beautiful part of the world, so it’s exciting to have you on the show. So, you’ve had an opportunity to see the world, because you’ve had an opportunity to see business and innovation from a whole global perspective. And, with everything going on in the world today, we’ve seen the pandemic shut us down in a different way. But, I’d like to take a view from your perspective. So, let’s talk about business technology …

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EdgeOps for IoT: A Vision For Edge

Of the many complementary technologies that enable IoT (internet of things) deployments, there are none quite as critical as the distributed architecture commonly known as edge computing. Technically, edge computing and its concepts are nothing new. In the 1960s, the Apollo missions that brought humanity to the moon relied on a distributed network of mainframes (see Figure 1). One was located in Houston and powered the console displays in the Apollo Mission Control Center. The others were positioned at antenna sites in California, Spain, and Australia. Even in those early days of computing there was a need to position compute resources …

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Science-Based AI Ecosystem That Does Not Require Historical Training Data | Noor Alnahhas

Science-Based AI Ecosystem
That Does Not Require Historical Training Data

Noor Alnahhas
Founder & CEO, Nybl.


Noor is a serial entrepreneur with nearly 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has a proven track record of building businesses and relationships within the Gulf Cooperation Council and serves as an advisor to start-ups in the Middle East and U.S. Noor earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and completed additional leadership training at Wharton School of Business and INSEAD, a graduate business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.



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How China’s synthetic media startup Surreal nabs funding in 3 months

What if we no longer needed cameras to make videos and can instead generate them through a few lines of coding?
Advances in machine learning are turning the idea into a reality. We’ve seen how deepfakes swap faces in family photos and turn one’s selfies into famous video clips. Now entrepreneurs with AI research background are devising tools to let people generate highly realistic photos, voices, and videos using algorithms.
One of the startups building this technology is China-based Surreal. The company is merely three months old but has already secured a seed round of $2-3 million from …

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Docyt raises $1.5M for its ML-based accounting automation platform

Accounting isn’t a topic that most people can get excited about — probably not even most accountants. But if you’re running any kind of business, there’s just no way around it. Santa Clara-based Docyt wants to make the life of small and medium business owners (and their accounting firms) a bit easier by using machine learning to handle a lot of the routine tasks around collecting financial data, digitizing receipts, categorization and — maybe most importantly — reconciliation.
The company today announced that it has raised a $1.5 million seed-extension round led by First Rays Venture Partners with participation from Morado …

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