December 05, 2017

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Living Computer Museum

 

Paul G Allen

Black Venture Capitalists Are Transforming Tech

Xconomy

Stephen DeBerry is the founder and chief investment officer of  The Bronze Venture Fund of East Palo Alto, CA. Previously, Stephen was a partner at Kapor Capital, the investment director at Omidyar Network (the investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam), and a senior business development manager at Interval Research (the lab established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen).

Among Stephen’s credentials, he is a graduate of Oxford University’s M.B.A. program, a Marshall Scholar, an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, and a trustee and member of the investment committee at The California Endowment…

 

The CIO Dive Awards for 2017

CIO Dive

The company’s transition to an enterprise cloud focus over the last few years has transformed it into a different powerhouse than it was in the hands of founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Under current CEO Satya Nadella’s leadership, the company is focusing intently on “intelligent cloud” — having moved on from a “mobile first, cloud first” strategy…

 

Black Venture Capitalists Are Rising

Our Weekly

Stephen DeBerry is the founder and chief investment officer of the Bronze Venture Fund of East Palo Alto, CA. Previously, DeBerry was a partner at Kapor Capital, the investment director at Omidyar Network (the investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam) and a senior business development manager at Interval Research (the lab established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen).

Among DeBerry’s credentials, he is a graduate of Oxford University’s M.B.A. program, a Marshall Scholar, an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and a trustee and member of the investment committee at the California Endowment. Approximately 100 Black men and women VCs can be found in the database of Culture Shift’s Lab’s talent database, says its CEO Andrea Hoffman…

 

Company of the Year: Microsoft

CIO Dive

The company’s transition to an enterprise cloud focus over the last few years has transformed it into a different powerhouse than it was in the hands of founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Under current CEO Satya Nadella’s leadership, the company is focusing intently on “intelligent cloud” — having moved on from a “mobile first, cloud first” strategy — with an eye on the future in mixed reality, artificial intelligence and quantum computing…

 

The Business of Major League Soccer Ahead of MLS Cup

Zacks

The MLS has grown in both size and stature in recent years. Just last week, the MLS announced four cities—Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, and Sacramento—as finalists for two new expansion franchises, with a whopping $150 million price tag attached.

On top of that, the league’s TV ratings and attendance numbers have climbed in 2017. Team valuations also continue to rise, as notable owners from the NFL and NBA, such as Robert Kraft and Paul Allen, help inspire other billionaires to get in on the growth of MLS…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Exponential technology watch list: Innovation opportunities on the horizon

Deloitte Insight

In March 2016, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and I asked 193 AI researchers how long it would be until we achieve artificial “superintelligence,” defined as an intellect that is smarter than the best human in practically every field. Of the 80 Fellows responding, roughly 67.5 percent of respondents said it could take a quarter century or more. 25 percent said it would likely never happen.

Given the sheer number of “AI is coming to take your job” articles appearing across media, these survey findings may come as a surprise to some. Yet they are grounded in certain realities. While psychometrics measure human IQ fairly reliably, AI psychometrics are not nearly as mature. Ill-formed problems are vague and fuzzy, and wrestling them to the ground is a hard problem…

 

Smart City Challenge

COTA to interview three candidates for CEO post

Metro Magazine

The agency’s search committee will interview Emille Williams, COTA’s interim CEO since former CEO Curtis Stitt’s retirement in September; Richard Krisak, COO for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority; and Michael Ford, former CEO for the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority in Detroit.

The new leader of the transit agency likely will determine if COTA remains a bus company, implements light rail or takes advantage of its SmartColumbus connections from last year’s win of the federal Smart City Challenge, the report said…

 

Intelligent Transportation Systems Save Cents for Main Street

State Tech Magazine

If you’re looking for a mobility revolution in the works, look no further than Columbus, Ohio, the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and $50 million in grants. The city has used the funding to launch several technology deployments aimed at driving economic growth, spurring innovation and increasing quality of life for residents.

A major lynchpin in this effort is the move to significantly upgrade mobility throughout the city. Government officials and private partners alike are hoping to build upon existing transit and connectivity infrastructures to alleviate traffic stress and help those in lower socio-economic areas reach doctor appointments and job opportunities, as well as address other tangible community challenges…

 

City Leader of the Year: Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

Smart Cities Dive

Peduto’s team is working with officials from Da Nang, Vietnam, to help that city develop a resilience plan. And he went to Cop 23, a global conference on climate change, in Bonn, Germany this year.

Pittsburgh released its resilience plan this year and has continued to attract and inspire transit-based smart cities projects. Officials are working on redeveloping and revitalizing 170 acres along the Monongahela River, the site of the last remaining steel mill in the city…

 

Economic development leaders envision Columbus region’s transit future with job goals in reach

Columbus Business First

Columbus 2020 is well ahead of its plan to add 150,000 jobs this decade, and communities throughout the region are already looking ahead to what comes next…

 

Living Computer Museum

Students can learn to code in Minecraft at workshops across Seattle this week

Seattle Times

For the third consecutive year, Minecraft and Microsoft have released a special Hour of Code tutorial in partnership with Code. The tutorial, Hero’s Journey, introduces a fun character called the Agent and 12 new challenges that teach core coding concepts like loops, debugging, and functions. So far, nearly 70 million Minecraft Hour of Code sessions have introduced coding concepts to learners in over 100 countries.

This week, museums and schools across Seattle are hosting special Hour of Code events for Computer Science Education Week. The Living Computers Museum + Labs is offering three Minecraft Hour of Code workshops, and Microsoft stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond are hosting Hour of Code events for students and families…