Memphis Meat is growing Healthy Real Meat from Stem Cells

Imagine a future where you could eat meat but not hurt animals? Memphis Meats has successfully grown authentic tasting meat from animal stem cells.

The company has created beef, pork, and poultry that has all the same nutrients and flavor as store bought meat. The difference with the meat grown in a lab is that the company can control the amount of fat in the meat and provide the most nutrients, at the same time meat eaters can eat safe meat that isn’t tied to diseases, pathogens, or pumped with antibiotics. This meat is safer and healthier and world changing because no animals are harmed in the process.

Memphis Meat has been pushing the need for a solution to the inhumane process of providing meat to consumers. The company has been very vocal and have shown documentaries about the cruelties of livestock production. From overcrowding, slaughtering, and inhuman living conditions Memphis Meats has shown animals suffering, not only dying.

Aside from helping animals it also helps us humans. It takes a great deal of effort and resources to produce quality meat, which means hundreds of thousands of gallons of water being used to create edible meat. Synthetic meat isn’t reliant on that and since no animals are killed in the process there are benefits to the environment.

Smacc deploys AI to automate accounting

Smacc, an accounting and financial platform, has taken to using an AI to automate accounting.

The company, founded by Uli Erxleben, Janosch Novak, and Stefan Korsch, takes receipts submitted by their customers then turns them into machine-readable format, encrypts them, and pushes it to an account.

Their system checks invoices, sales, costs, checking, does all the math, and ensures everything is correct, including VAT-IDs. The system learns and then appropriately automates everything.

Smaac recently secured a $2.5 million Series A round from Cherry Ventures, Deiter von Holtzbrink Ventures, Rocket Internet, Grazia Equity, and angel investors. The company is on its way to provided accurate, secure, and automated accounting using AIs.

DoNotPay has overturned 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

DoNotPay known as the worlds first robot lawyer has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets throughout London and New York.

Created by Joshua Browder, DoNotPay, helps users contest parking tickets using a chat like interface. The program determines first if the appeal is possible by asking questions and guiding the users through the appeals process. According to Browder, the free app, has taken on 250,000 cases and have appealed over $4m on parking tickets. Browder has plans to expand DoNotPay to Seattle next.

If you’re in New York or London checkout the website, it may help you.
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Google Launches Project Blocks to teach kids to code

Google announced Project Bloks, an open hardware platform that allows developers to build their own devices and is aimed at helping kids learn to code.

From Googles Creative Lab Goldstein and Wilbert worked together with IDEO and Paulo Blikstein, the Director of Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford University to develop this project.

The platform has 3 parts that make up the development system to allow for customization, reconfiguration, and rearrangement.

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The first part is called the “Brain Board,” which is a Raspberry Pi Zero based board. The board will be the central processing unit and power unit. The Brain Board talks to the “Pucks” and “Base Board,” which make up the physical programming language. The board contains an API to receive and send data to the Base Boards. It sends the instructions from the Base Board to any device with WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity and an API.

Pucks are used to send commands such as ‘turn on or off’, ‘move left’ or ‘jump’. Google shows the use of buttons, dials, and switches, however you are able to use different forms such as paper with conductive ink. Pucks.jpg

The Base Board reads the commands from the Pucks and transmits them to the Brain Board. The Base Board has haptic motors and an LED to allow users to get real-time feedback. It can also be used to play audio using the speakers that come on the Brain Board. image08

In the introduction video kids use Bloks to control a Lego WeDo 2.0 robot. Project Bloks may pave the way for a new way of learning how to code and build systems for kids.

“Imagine what could happen if we had 10 times more people developing ways for children to learn coding and computational thinking: not just the traditional way, but kits that would teach programming in different ways such as making music or controlling the physical world,” Blikstein said in a statement. “That is what this platform will enable: make it easy to think outside of the box, without all the technical obstacles.”

Google is looking for educators, developers, parents and researchers, from around the world to remotley participate in research studies later in the year. You can sign up for the study here.

Kajima and Jaxa are partnering to develop machinery for off world use

A Japanese contractor Kajima is planning to partner with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) to create automated construction machinery that will be used outside the Earth.

The company states on its website that the automated construction could be used off world to prepare landing sites, build launchpads, or carry dirt. The machines would be operated by humans via computers from a remote location. According to Kajima, networked bulldozers carried out “simple and repetitive” construction operations with “high precision”.

Kajima plans to develop its A4CSEL software to enable communication between machines, which can compensate for the delay in signals sent from the Earth. It would allow machines to avoid each other while working. The software would also be beneficial for rovers working on Mars or the Moon.

JAXA and Kajima are working together to develop machinery for the Space Exploration Innovation Hub project. An experiment will be held in doors in April of 2017. Kajima and JAXA aim to have fully functional machinery and developed software for use in the next 15 to 25 years.

 

OpenSource AI

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence non profit, is working on a physical robot for household chores.

OpenAI has a funding of $1bn with with backing by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, Jessica Livingston, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel. You might be thinking, why is Elon Musk funding an AI company when he’s hellbent on making sure AI don’t take over the world? Well according to OpenAI’s site they have a different mission in mind, “Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” The non profit was launched in 2015 as a way to balance the advancements made by other corporations such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

In a blog post  by Altman, Brockton, Musk, and Sutskever, they explain that they don’t want to manufacture the robot, but want to “enable a physical robot…to perform basic housework.”

OpenAI wants to build an AI that can understand natural language, learn by itself, and solve complex problems. They are aiming to build new algorithms to advance the field because as of now AIs are not yet advanced enough. “Today, there are promising algorithms for supervised language tasks such as question answering, syntactic parsing, and machine translation but there aren’t any for more advanced linguistic goals, such as the ability to carry a conversation, the ability to fully understand a document, and the ability to follow complex instructions in natural language,” OpenAI noted.

The company opened Gym Beta, which targets advances in reinforcement learning, and is their step to advancement of the field.

CRISPR may begin clinical trial on human patients

CRISPR, Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, the genome-editing technology may be used on a trial involving patients by the end of the year.

On June 21st, an advisory committee at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) approved a proposal to use the CIRSPR-Cas9. CRISPR will be used to augment cancer therapies using the patients T cells, immune cells. Gene editing could improve treatments drastically.

The first trial has been designed to test the safety of the technology for us in people. The University of Pennsylvania will manufacture edited cells and treat patients with locations including California and Texas. An immunotherapy foundation will be funding the project.

There will be approximately 18 patients who will have their T cells removed. 3 CIRSPR edits will be performed: The first edit will insert a gene for an engineered protein capable of detecting cancer cells and instructing T cells to target them, the second edit removes a T-cell protein that may interfere in the process, and the third edit will remove the gene for a protein which identifies the T cells as immune cells and prevents them from being disabled by the cancer cells. The last part of the process will be to infuse the edited cells back into the patient.

With the approval coming from NIH all that’s needed to successfully being trials is the permissions from US regulators and review boards. Though if approved trials could begin by the end of the year.

Business Processes- Build Smartly and Use Quickly with O365 and Nintex

Every company has dozens of business processes, from simple approval processes to complex on-boarding processes. Companies that don’t have a solution to automate business processes will likely suffer from getting lost in complicated processes, wasting valuable time, stagnating business success, and even losing money. Though it doesn’t have to be this difficult, there are several solutions such as Nintex workflows that you can use to automate your business processes or even make it easier to create workflows.

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Lenovo’s making flexible phones and tablets

Lenovo’s Tech World 2016 event showed much promise of upcoming tech, one of which is sure to change the way we interact with devices. Lenovo teased flexible phones that can bend around your wrist and tablets that fold in half.

The CPlus is an android smartphone that bends and snaps around the wrist, much like a bracelet and may be fully functional in that state. YouTube star Meghan McCarthy showed a demo of the phone and the tablet during the event. In the demo of the smartphone the screen was very much alive. So it may have certain available functionality much like a smart watch.

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The Folio is the company’s tablet that folds outward, which is not the traditional model, this is because it allows the user to be able to use the full screen and given them two screens when folded. The tablet can also be used as a phone when folded.

 

The devices are not available yet, far from it. Aside from creating or working around hardware flexibility, there are many kinks that would need to be solved, and maybe new technologies to be created. The devices were samples of what could be available in the future. Samsung is also working on flexible devices though there haven’t been functional prototypes.

These prototypes do show the promise of flexible devices and in a few years we might see near functional devices.

Tesla Model S Drives Through Flooded Tunnel

Elon Musk recently tweeted about the Model S, though it wasn’t your regular tweet about Tesla’s electric vehicle. Musk tweeted that the Model S floats in water after a Model S user drove the car through a flooded tunnel.

The video taken in Kazakhstan shows the driver pushing through the flooding. At first it seems as if the car is unable to move after the first jolt, though slowly we can see water being pushed out in the back via the display and the car begins to move.

Musk later stated that the drive unit and battery on the Model S are all “sealed” in order to keep water or other liquids out. Musk is notorious for complicated and lets call them creative projects. One such project would be the bond car, which he was planning to create. The Bond car, for those of you who don’t know, is a hybrid sports sub car that can drive on land and in water. In 2013 Musk bought James Bond’s submarine car, a Lotus Esprit.