January 04, 2018

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  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Allen Distinguished Educators
  • Smart City Challenge
  • EMP Museum
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Paul G Allen

What Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and other leaders did with their first big paychecks

Sinteza

The car didn’t gather dust in Gates’s garage, either: He loved to put its speed to the test with aimless drives around the New Mexico dessert. After one particularly raucous night, he even had to call business partner Paul Allen to bail him out of jail, according to a Time profile from 1997.

“Sometimes when I would want to think at night, I would just go out and drive around at high speed,” Gates told Rubenstein. “Fortunately, I didn’t kill myself doing that.”…

 

What Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and other leaders did with their first big paychecks

CNBC

The car didn’t gather dust in Gates’s garage, either: He loved to put its speed to the test with aimless drives around the New Mexico dessert. After one particularly raucous night, he even had to call business partner Paul Allen to bail him out of jail, according to a Time profile from 1997.

“Sometimes when I would want to think at night, I would just go out and drive around at high speed,” Gates told Rubenstein. “Fortunately, I didn’t kill myself doing that.”…

 

Downtown, public arts scene helps ABQ top Sunset Magazine’s list of best places to live

Albuquerque Journal

In the article, editors said “ABQ, as it’s often called, doesn’t like to brag, so you might only know it as the high-desert setting of ‘Breaking Bad.’ But get it talking, and soon it’ll come out that Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft here in 1975, and that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories calls it home.

And later in 2018, in Los Lunas, Facebook is set to open a huge data center that will bring with it more jobs.”…

 

Robots en route to Antarctica to study underside of ice shelves

Digital Journal

To this end, the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies have partnered to use a robotic network of underwater drones to observe the conditions beneath a floating Antarctic ice shelf. “This is a high-risk, proof-of-concept test of using robotic technology in a very risky marine environment,” says Craig.

It is hoped that observing the water-filled caverns beneath the ice will help in understanding how warmer seawater interacts with the underbelly of the Antarctic ice shelves. According to team member, Knut Christianson, where they are headed is a forbidding region…

 

Four big questions about Jon Gruden and the Raiders

Mercury News

Because if Gruden gets both the $10 million annually and an ownership cut of a multi-billion dollar company, he could claim that he would be the highest-paid coach in American sports. (Gregg Popovich and Nick Saban have secretive and ornate contracts, respectively, that could put them over the top, but the point stands).

Having Gruden setting a new record would create a ripple effect around the league. You know Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll would be going to Bob Craft and Paul Allen’s offices and demanding raises…

 

Elon Musk says AI could doom human civilization. Zuckerberg disagrees. Who’s right?

USA Today

Perhaps tellingly, 68% said that the real threat remains “human intelligence,” implying that technology harnessed for nefarious purposes is what could do the most harm.

U.S. researchers and scientists have no choice but to push forward with AI developments because inaction is not an alternative, says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for AI, which was started by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen…

 

Allen Institute for Brain Science

ReadCoor Receives Grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

FINSMES

ReadCoor, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based company innovating omics and pathology with its panomic spatial sequencing platform, received a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The amount of the grant was not disclosed.

The company intends to use the funds to spatially map cortical cells using Fluorescent in situ Sequencing (FISSEQ) for the Human Cell Atlas…

 

Spatial Sequencing Platform Developer Wins Chan Zuckerberg Grant

GEN News

The research project is part of a consortium of research institutions led by the Allen Institute. In addition to Dr. Church, Consortium researchers include Ed Lein, Ph.D., and Hongkui Zeng, Ph.D., of the Allen Institute for Brain Science; Aviv Regev, Ph.D., Evan Macosko, M.D., Ph.D., and Fei Chen, Ph.D., of the Broad Institute; and Long Cai, Ph.D., and Barbara Wold, Ph.D., of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Also serving as researchers within the consortium are Anthony Zador, M.D., Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Paola Arlotta, Ph.D., and Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D., of Harvard University; Sten Linnarsson, Ph.D., of Karolinska Institute; Joakim Lundeberg, Ph.D. of KTH Royal Institute of Technology; Ed Boyden, Ph.D., of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mats Nilsson, Ph.D., of Stockholm University; and Kun Zhang, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego…

 

ReadCoor Receives Grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Business Wire

The research project is part of an Allen Institute-led consortium of world-class research institutions. Members include the Allen Institute for Brain Science (Ed Lein and Hongkui Zeng), Broad Institute (Aviv Regev, Evan Macosko and Fei Chen), California Institute of Technology (Long Cai and Barbara Wold), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Anthony Zador), Harvard University (George Church, Paola Arlotta and Xiaowei Zhuang), Karolinska Institute (Sten Linnarsson), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Joakim Lundeberg), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ed Boyden), Stockholm University (Mats Nilsson), and the University of California, San Diego (Kun Zhang). The ReadCoor team is led by Samuel A. Inverso.

“Our team is honored to be part of this consortium of world-leading academic scientists to contribute to the Human Cell Atlas,” said Shawn Marcell, Chief Executive Officer of ReadCoor. “We look forward to working with our fellow collaborators to deliver a robust map of cortical cells and transcend our foundational understanding of health and disease.”…

 

Allen Distinguished Educators

New database reveals gender bias in movie scripts

UW News

Researchers in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) group at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering created a database that analyzes the power dynamics between male and female characters in almost 800 movie scripts. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation, Google, and Facebook.  

“We were frustrated with the way women were portrayed in movies so we started looking for ways to measure and correct for bias,” Maarten Sap, one of the team members, said…

 

Six West Coast Tech Leaders Share Top Developments of 2017

Xconomy

Thanks to hundreds of individual and corporate friends, it has been an amazing year for computer science at the University of Washington, which will pay off for the region long into the future. In January, construction began on a second building that will provide the space to double our enrollment. In March, we became the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, recognizing gifts from Mr. Allen and from Microsoft.

In October, our new building was given a name—the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering—thanks to gifts made in honor of the Gateses by 13 couples who are long-time friends of theirs, plus Microsoft…

 

Dateline Rice for Jan. 3, 2018

RICE

Former Rice professor John Bennett received an Alumni Impact Award from the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering.
University of Washington…

 

Smart City Challenge

Think big, beyond congestion pricing, to get the roads flowing

Daily News

There is no more valuable physical asset in New York City than curb space, and few greater causes of congestion than the free-for-all to land curb space for deliveries. With the explosive growth of e-commerce deliveries, the Darwinian battle is only getting worse.

Columbus, Ohio, winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge, is implementing a sensor-based application to manage and reserve delivery zone availability for truck traffic. New York has an opportunity to go much further, by using existing technologies to coordinate truck delivery routes, dropoff locations and dropoff times to dramatically improve traffic flow to and within Manhattan…

 

Smart building tech yields utility savings up to 18%

Construction Drive

Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s recent report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments.

The study examined office and retail space, hotels and hospitals and found each segment has significant differences in smart technology adoption. About 75% of healthcare buildings use building automation systems while less than 40% of hotels use them…

 

EMP Museum

Popular exhibit on Latino music debuts as a book: A Q&A with UW faculty authors of ‘American Sabor

UW News

When “American Sabor” opened at what was then the Experience Music Project a decade ago, its University of Washington creators saw it as a chance to celebrate the extensive Latino contribution to popular music.

It was a product of years of interviews and research and an often challenging exercise in collaboration and presentation…

 

Seattle Seahawks

‘Drastic’ may be word of offseason for Seahawks

Herald Net

The great thing about spectator sports is that exactly everyone who enjoys them knows better than the people hired to do them. At the moment around Seattle, all who bought a ticket, a T-shirt or a cable-TV subscription have a plan for Seahawks renewal that’s better than what coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are concocting.

Even people who haven’t bought a single Seahawks doo-dad know better than those two. The two who should be most thrilled about this magnum fount of critical knowledge are Carroll and Schneider. Even if they have a hard time seeing it…