A supercomputer designed by two Russian scientists has passed the Turing Test, a test to see if a conversation with a computer can fool humans, at the University of Reading at the Royal Society of London on June 7th. The chat based challenge fooled judges 33% of the time as a 13 year old Ukranian boy, the threshold for passing the Turing Test. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/eugene-the-supercomputer-not-13-year-old-first-to-beat-the-turing-test/
Category: Software and Startups
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been approved for flights by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Virgin Galactic plans to have maiden flights of its Space Ship Two to the edge of space for its pre-paid space tourists by end of 2014! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27628476
Mark Zuckerburg, the CEO of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced a $120 million pledge to help struggling bay area schools in California. Zuckerburg, who turned 30 this year, is a Harvard University drop-out that founded the social media giant and is reportedly worth $28 billion. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25862651/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-pledges-120-million-help
GrabTaxi, the taxi-hailing app for Southeast Asia, has just raised a $15 million round of investment to fuel their growth. With demand in Singapore and Bangkok Thailand growing, GrabTaxi has been downloaded 1.2 million times, with 250,000 registered users using the app at least once a month to hail cabs! http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/28/grabtaxi-raises-15m-series-b-led-by-ggv-capital/
Researchers from the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin in Germany have developed a technology to fly a plane with thoughts alone. Using a cap outfitted with EEG electrodes to communicate brain signals to flight controls, the Brainflight algorithms are accurate enough to pass a flying license test with a flight simulator! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/28/mind-controlled-plane-germany-brainflight/
First it was Apple with Beats by Dre, then AT&T buying DirecTV. Now, Google has joined the acquisition itch by preparing to acquire video game streaming startup Twitch.tv for $1 billion. Integrated into Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, the service is a dominant player for video game streaming video and will solidify an already dominant YouTube portfolio.