Microsoft has invested $1 billion in OpenAI and reached a multiyear deal with the artificial intelligence research startup to jointly develop new supercomputing tech, the companies said Monday. OpenAI will run its services on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform.San Francisco-based OpenAI, which launched in 2015, has repeatedly emphasized its focus on the ethical use of artificial intelligence that "benefits all of humanity." Microsoft and OpenAI said that artificial intelligence, a term used to describe how a machine can understand any intellectual task like a human being, should be used to resolve "currently intractable" problems such as the global climate crisis. "AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time and has the potential to help solve many of our world's most pressing challenges," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "By bringing together OpenAI's breakthrough technology with new Azure AI supercomputing technologies, our … [Read more...] about Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI for supercomputing tech
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During a talk at Stanford University more than a decade ago, Peter Thiel said there was a 50 percent chance the next major tech firm would come up within a 5-mile radius of the school. That company was Facebook, and it was well within that distance.Now, the billionaire tech investor's thinking has changed. On Thursday, Thiel said the chances of another Google sprouting in Silicon Valley are markedly lower.San Francisco and other "megacities," such as New York, simply aren't as attractive to creative entrepreneurs as they were, Thiel said. They've become too expensive, intellectually homogenous and centers of aggressively left-leaning politics, he said.The Valley is so politically lopsided that it's become "almost totalitarian," Thiel said in an interview Thursday that was hosted by the Economic Club of New York. Sure, promising startups might head west for a year or two in a marquee accelerator, like Y Combinator, but they'll head back to wherever they came from and that's where the … [Read more...] about Peter Thiel is totally over Silicon Valley, people
Billionaire investor Peter Thiel reportedly criticized Alphabet-owned Google and its ties to China at the National Conservatism Conference on Sunday. He called on the FBI and CIA to investigate the tech company for allegedly aiding the Chinese military, according to Axios.During a speech, Thiel, who has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, reportedly accused the company of having been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence. The event was organized by the Edmund Burke Foundation and served as an effort to unite conservative thinkers under one roof. Thiel, a Facebook board member and PayPal co-founder, reportedly said Google should be asked if "senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence" and whether this is why it has "engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military." Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Thiel, through his … [Read more...] about Peter Thiel says CIA and FBI should investigate Google
Johan Sosa takes a small plastic vial out of an industrial laboratory freezer. Pointing to a long string of letters on the label, he explains that a gravel-size pellet inside the vial contains the DNA of cow's milk protein. "There are millions of [genes] in here," Sosa says. Sosa belongs to a team of biohackers, or do-it-yourself scientists, working on a project they call Real Vegan Cheese. Their aim: to replicate cow's milk, without the cow. The idea is pretty straightforward. Synthesize the milk-protein DNA, insert that genetic blueprint into yeast and let the yeast go to work, processing the protein to produce milk. "It's basically taking on the role of the cow," Sosa says. The two milks should taste the same because they'll be molecularly identical, which means you can pour the lab-grown version over cereal, stir it into coffee and ferment it to create real cheese. "My goal is there will be no way to distinguish it from the bovine molecule," says Sosa. In other words, it … [Read more...] about Lab-grown food: It’s what’s for dinner!
Now playing: Watch this: This plant burger actually tastes like meat 1:52 Slap an Impossible Foods' burger on a grill, and it pops, sizzles and smokes like a typical hamburger. But there's nothing typical about it. Instead of cow meat, it's made of plant products. Oh, and it was wholly engineered in a Silicon Valley lab."We look for each of those elements that make meat, meat," said Celeste Holz-Schietinger, a principal scientist for Impossible Foods, during a tour of the company's Redwood City, California, lab last week. "That little bit of fat leak-out. Those meaty, those roasty, those caramelized notes."Count Impossible Foods among a handful of tech startups hoping to convince you to eat meat and dairy substitutes. While Impossible Foods is focused on burgers, rival Beyond Meat sells everything from plant protein "beef crumbles" to chicken strips, and Hampton Creek offers up vegan mayonnaise called Just Mayo. The market for faux meat is expected to exceed $5 billion by 2020, … [Read more...] about Meet Impossible Foods’ lab-grown veggie burger. It bleeds