February 01, 2018

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Vulcan Production
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge
  • Portland Trail Blazers


Paul G Allen

Conservationist Pin-Ups: How Effective is celebrity-Driven conversation Marketing?

We are Africa Travel

A number of Hollywood notables have also trained their cameras on the cause, making documentaries about the plight of the elephants ­– Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-winning director made a short film Last Days. Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis produced the Gardeners of Eden, while tech billionaire Paul Allen made the touching Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale.

Savvy charities such as WildAid* have spotted the hugely influential voice wielded by these household names and brought them on board, creating celebrity-driven hashtags such as #JoinTheHerd, which saw donations to their elephant initiative rise by 94 per cent after a few high-profile retweets…


The looming irrelevance of Microsoft

The Week

In the decades of its existence, Microsoft has always appeared to have a clear goal: Appeal to as many as people as possible. In fact, founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen used to say their aim was to have a PC on every desk — and it’s a desire they ostensibly achieved.

PCs may now be overshadowed by smartphones in importance, but it was the Windows computer that first propagated the ubiquity of digital technology that is so commonplace today…


BlackBook Urbanologie: Four London Members Clubs Coming to NYC and LA

Black Book

Additional amenities include an outdoor pool deck, relaxing tea room, stylish bars, gym and wellness facilities, creative co-working space, music studio, screening room and live performance spaces and 36 bedrooms.

Founded in 2004 by philanthropist and enterpreneur, Paul G. allen in London, in what was once a derelict hospital and is popular hub for the creatice industries…


TAAQademy and Machani Ananda associate to confluence entrepreneurs and musicians

Radio and Music

Many accomplished entrepreneurs like Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners Founder Roger McNamee are also active performing musicians. Music is powerful at the level of the social group because it facilitates communication which goes beyond words, enables meanings to be shared, and promotes the development and maintenance of individual, group, cultural and national identities.

It helps people get out of their silos, start talking to each other, and realize they share a lot of the same goals. Residents at Ananda will be encouraged to form bands within the community which will help bring them together…


YouTube TV Strikes Unprecedented Deal for Pro Sports TV Rights (EXCLUSIVE)


The likes of basketball-team owners including Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers), Paul Allen (Portland Trailblazers) and Ted Leonsis (Washington Wizards) have discussed exploring holding onto their own TV rights and self-distributing over the Internet.

But no pro sports team has done so yet considering how rich a revenue stream existing RSN or local affiliate deals can be…


Can Friendships Survive Business Partnerships?


However, many ventures founded by friends do succeed, and in fact, they represent some of the world’s most prominent brands. Apple with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Microsoft with Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Google with Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Hewlett-Packard with Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, or Ben & Jerry’s with Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

Certainly, life wasn’t always a joy ride for these founding partners. Varying tastes, priorities and approaches often lead to conflicts. A little caution will go a long way, and you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business with your best friend…


Computer History Museum Launches New Speaker Series ‘Inside the Transformation’

Globe News Wire

Speakers and moderators are carefully selected and engage in meaningful, thought-provoking discussions. CHM Live’s diverse range of programs is designed for a global audience and is distributed worldwide on multiple media platforms.

Launching in 2018, “Inside the Transformation” and “Technically Speaking” join the Museum’s past speaker series “Revolutionaries.” Past speakers include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Microsoft’s Paul Allen…


US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

Turkish Maritme

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.

The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three…


Vulcan Inc.

AAA survey shows drivers more welcoming to self-driving cars

Akron Legal News

In addition, autonomous vehicles are a key component to the Smart Columbus, an effort the city launched after it received $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation plus $10 million from Vulcan Inc.

Some of Smart Columbus’ initiatives include developing connected technologies to allow communication between vehicles and introducing connected electric autonomous vehicles. For the latter initiative, the city will launch EAVs at Easton Town Center improve safety…


Columbus building technological ‘heartbeat’ of future smart cities

Columbus Dispatch

“There are messages continually being generated from the cars to the system. … How to get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient and cost-effective way.” Columbus beat out 77 other U.S. cities in 2016 to win the Smart Cities grant.

It includes $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a smart-transportation system in which vehicles and roads communicate to make travel easier and safer. It also came with $10 million from Vulcan Inc. with a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions and auto commutes…


Vulcan Productions

Seth Klarman Gives $5 Million to Spelman: Philanthropy Tracker


$25,000: Paul G. Allen through Vulcan Productions, to create a fellowship for a documentary filmmaker to tell a story about environment or conservation in conjunction with the San Francisco International Film Festival.

$20,000: Kaepernick and Stephen Curry each pledged $10,000 to United Playaz in San Francisco, which works to keep youth out of the justice system…


Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel


“Despite the fact they’re playing catchup, their product releases have been incredibly impressive,” says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “They’re a world-class company and they’ve created world-class AI products.”

The flywheel keeps spinning, and we haven’t seen the impact of a lot of six-pager proposals still in the pipeline. More data. More customers. Better platforms. More talent…


Find the answers you need

Hacker Noon

Due to similarities in their implementation, I decided to first understand the math behind them. This led me to write an article, explaining the best model.

For Asknote, I chose to go with the second best model (by Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence) because its performance is excellent for the use case…


MIT Technology Review Announces 2018 EmTech Digital Conference March 26-27


Today, MIT Technology Review announced its sixth west coast conference on emerging digital technologies, EmTech Digital 2018, which will take place at the St. Regis San Francisco, March 26-27, 2018. The annual conference convenes innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and venture capitalists to examine the next wave of the digital revolution.

Attendees will gain clear insights about artificial intelligence (“AI”) and meet the sharpest minds in technology, management, startups, engineering and academia who will pave the way for emerging intelligent technologies…


Great Elephant Census

Zimbabwe’s Elephant Selling Harming Tourism

Country Life

Zimbabwean environmental activist Kenesias Dambakurima was told by Zimparks Director-General Fulton Mangwanya that the country had 70,000 elephants but only the carrying capacity of 50,000, which leaves 20,000 for “export”. He also told him that the elephants being captured and exported are not baby elephants but adults.

According to the Great Elephant Census, the country has more – 82,304 – but notes that this equals a decline of 6% overall and 74% in the northern regions…


Smart City Challenge

A Government Perspective: 2018 Technology Trends


Spurred on by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, Denver is aggressively embracing and testing new and better ways to deploy technology and using data to improve services for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Denver Smart City is knocking down silos between departments, optimizing city operations, and addressing some of our biggest challenges: crime, traffic congestion, vehicle crashes, air pollution, and economic imbalances…


Gov. Kasich Launches DriveOhio with Executive Order

Sun Burg News

Housed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio is a partnership between ODOT, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Turnpike Infrastructure Commission, the Public Utilities Commissions of Ohio, the Department of Insurance, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department.

“Gov. Kasich is to be commended for his vision of a state that attracts and develops innovation in an increasingly important industry,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “DriveOhio represents the future of smart mobility and positions Ohio as a key leader.”…


Portland Trail Blazers

CJ is king in record setting night

NBC Sports

“We have 15 guys on team, and I think a good 11 of the guys are like, man, I could be moved,’’ Davis said. “It’s human nature.’’

But Lillard, the team captain who recently met with owner Paul Allen to talk about the direction and plan for the team, said he hopes Davis is kept out of the Blazers’ trade talks…


Blazers Recap: CJ, OLÉ! McCollum Drops 50, Blazers Win, 124-108!!

Portland Mercury

Naturally, the postgame press conference buzzed with CJ glee. Even the team’s owner Paul Allen walked through and said, “I have no comment. CJ was hot. Thats it.”

In the locker room, CJ’s modesty was unbearable. When asked what he’ll remember most about this game, he replied, “My great aunt is here. She’s 92. It’s her first time seeing a game here.”…