Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. […]View More Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel
Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those limits, perhaps setting a new standard for the industry.View More Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials
It’s impossible to discuss the seismic shift toward automation without a conversation about job loss. Opponent of these technologies criticize a displacement that could some day result wide scale unemployment among what is often considered “unskilled” roles. Advocates, meanwhile, tend to suggest that reports of that nature tend to be overstated. Workforces shift, as they […]View More Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says labor should not fear automation
Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the investment firm financed by billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Jack Ma that invests in companies developing technologies to decarbonize society, is investing $12.5 million in a geothermal project development company called Baseload Capital. Baseload Capital is a project investment firm that provides capital to develop geothermal energy power plants […]View More Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos-backed fund invests in a global geothermal energy project developer
Continuing its quest to become the Amazon Web Services for biomanufacturing, Ginkgo Bioworks has launched a new spinoff called Motif Ingredients with $90 million in funding to develop proteins that can serve as meat and dairy replacements. It’s the second spinout for Ginkgo since late 2017 when the company partnered with Bayer to launch Joyn […]View More With $90 million in funding, the Ginkgo spinoff Motif joins the fight for the future of food
In an AMA on Reddit, Bill Gates answered questions about the most pressing problems in the world, taxes for billionaires, and more. He also revealed his favorite TV shows — and it looks like the Microsoft founder isn’t as cuddly as he seems.
We already knew a bit about his viewing habits: he has gushed about Silicon Valley and how he sees himself in the deeply flawed/gastrointestinal mishap-prone protagonist Richard Hendricks. He also shared some of his favorite TV shows during his 2017 AMA. Read more…View More Bill Gates watches ‘Narcos’ when he’s alone
“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, […]View More How to read fiction to build a startup
In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery. They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient and insert a small robot while across the country a surgeon puts on a virtual reality headset, grabs their controllers, and prepares to operate. While this scene may seem like science fiction now, […]View More Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room
Should billionaires actually be a thing?
That was one of the first questions Stephen Colbert put to Bill and Melinda Gates during their appearance on The Late Show on Tuesday, where they spoke about philanthropy and taxing the wealthy.
“I think y…
Shawn Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Shawn Xu is a managing partner at The Dorm Room Fund. There has never been a better time to start, join, or fund a startup as a student. Young founders who want to start companies while still in school have an increasing number of resources to tap into that […]View More How students are founding, funding and joining startups
Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company developing technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and process it for use in enhanced oil recovery or in the creation of new synthetic fuels, has locked in financing from two big industry backers — Chevron and Occidental Petroleum — to bring its products to market. The undisclosed amount […]View More Oil and gas giants Chevron and Occidental are backing tech to combat carbon emissions
It may have taken over three years, but better late than never. Read more…More about Microsoft, Mashable Video, Bill Gates, Windows 10, and Big Tech CompaniesView More Windows 10 becomes the most popular desktop OS