We have moved from the Great Recession to the Great Malaise. Despite massive government stimulus, the world’s largest and most advanced economy continues to limp sideways. Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Growth remains slow and prospects for employment growth remain bleak. Wages continue to stagnate. Recent college graduates and young professionals may well be the first generation to live a life inferior to those of their parents, conventional wisdom holds. The United States has entered a period of slow decline, much like the sun finally setting on the British Empire in the 20th century. Read the Article.
The lead poisoning of the entire city of Flint, Michigan was preventable and should never have happened.
Numerous pundits and industry experts have said this. Most of them, however, explain that if government had functioned properly, the environmental agencies would have properly communicated to their higher-ups and the problem would have been spotted much sooner.
Meet Flippy, the flagship robot of Pasadena, California company Miso Robotics. Flippy is a kitchen assistant who will man the grills at CaliBurger 50 restaurants in 14 locations around the world starting in early 2018. Miso recently got $3.1 in funding to continue to develop Flippy and other products, all powered by artificial intelligence.
The Western U.S. is facing a new summer of wildfires and drought. Unfortunately, the planes and brave pilots combatting the flames face a new problem in the skies: drones. With growing frequency, firefighting agencies are grounding planes after close encounters with drones whose operators want to score cool aerial footage of the flames.
A Google robot car was pulled over in Mountain View for driving too slowly. Yes, you read that right. The self-driving car was driving so far under the speed limit that it had snarled traffic. The speed limit was 35 miles per hour. The Google Cars have a top speed of only 25 miles per hour. Seeing the traffic and wondering why the lead car was driving so slowly, the motorcycle officer pulled over the Google vehicle.
When Goldman Sachs talks, people all over the world listen. Today Goldman is talking about the blockchain. What the heck is the “blockchain”? Only the next biggest thing since the Internet, according to such tech visionaries such as noted venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.
The latest Nokia smartphone, the 1020, comes with a massive 41 megapixel camera. Begging the question, is it a phone or a camera? This is the wrong question. All phones are camera. All cameras are phones (or will be – they will soon all have WiFi or ability to connect to the Internet). The question to me more is what happens when you connect a superior image capture mechanism to the Internet.
If you had to name the best place in the world to find top programmer talent, you’d probably say California, right? But we recently found some compelling data that shows that’s not the case. In fact, not only does California not rank as the top U.S. state for programming talent, but the U.S. doesn’t even rank as the top country.
Suppose data scientists could track how people move through cities and towns as easily as e-commerce sites track them online?
Don’t answer that. It’s already happening—thanks, at least in part, to a startup called StreetLight Data.
How important are immigrants to the entrepreneurial landscape? Given the furor around changing the visa requirements for even the most skilled immigrants, you might think this would be a tough question to answer.