Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels

Last year we were talking about solar energy growing 10x with a corresponding 90% drop in costs.  I’d talk often with people still thinking that solar needs subsidies from tax breaks. They also would point out that solar was only a small part of the energy economy.  I’d smile and remind them that it meant […]

Google AI Experiment lets you mix two instruments for some odd sounds

This experiment lets you play with new sounds created with machine learning. It’s built using Nsynth, a research project that trained a neural network on over 300,000 instrument sounds. NSynth is able to combine sounds, like a bass and flute, into a new, hybrid bass-flute sound. This experiment lets anyone explore these sounds and make music […]

Need to add AI to your App? Just log into AWS for instant #deeplearning

Amazon AI services bring natural language understanding (NLU), automatic speech recognition (ASR), visual search and image recognition, text-to-speech (TTS), and machine learning (ML) technologies within the reach of every developer. Based on the same proven, highly scalable products and services built by the thousands of deep learning and machine learning experts across Amazon, Amazon AI […]

Amazon Alexa is poised to control the connected ecosystem of the future

Alexa, is Amazon poised to control the connected ecosystem of the future? By Lisa Lacy In adding a screen to Echo and creating a network beyond the platform, Amazon is honing its connected ecosystem. Just two weeks after introducing the hands-free camera and style assistant Echo Look, Amazon made another Echo product, Show, available for […]

How The New York Times’ recast R&D unit got back to basics – Digiday

The New York Times’ R&D Lab, started in 2006, grew to a 12-person team that dreamed up products of the future. There was a Minority Report-style “magic mirror” that could serve up information as you’re brushing your teeth. And a conference table that takes notes. Now, the research unit, recast as Story[X] a year ago, […]

A camera for fashion selfies? Useful or Narcissism?

Have you considered a voice activated assistant and put it off because it wouldn’t take selfies? I understand that some would want a record of every outfit they ever wore. It’s a logical extension of paying attention to fashion. Since that’s not me, I started wondering whether the purported Amazon Echo might be more than […]