Y Combinator, Not Lambda School, Is Unbundling Education

If higher education is mostly about signaling, you can make the world a better place by making it happen faster. “..the real value of education, for the people who get it, is signaling, not skills — memorably, he argues that a college is not so much a sculptor as an appraiser.” If you were reinventing the Ivy League as a signaling-focused product, your stripped-down version might look like this: you invite a small cohort of talented people to move to a city for about three months, you host some social events so they get to know each other, you have them work on projects and you advise them on those, and afterwards you introduce them to a bunch of savvy rich people. In other words, you’d invent Y Combinator.

Electric cars could be charged in 10 minutes in the future

Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University have claimed a breakthrough that could resolve the key concerns of range anxiety and recharge time – 10 minutes of charging for 200 miles (320 km approx.). Published in the journal Joule, the researches say that charging at this speed requires the vehicle to take in 400 kilowatts of energy at a rapid pace. The current technology is constrained in this aspect as this may cause lithium plating, the build up of metallic lithium around the anode, degrading battery life. To pull this off, the researchers would raise the temperature of the experimental battery to 60 degrees celsius during the charge cycle, and reduce it gradually as it was used. Scaling up the design and ensuring safety during the temperature elevation as well as the large amounts of energy transfer may take up to a decade, according to experts.

Tamil Nadu working on ‘safe and ethical AI’ policy

The Tamil Nadu government is said to be working on the ‘world’s first’ policy for safe and ethical use of artificial intelligence, according to Santosh K. Mishra, CEO of Tamil Nadu E-Governance Agency, and commissioner of e-governance in the Tamil Nadu government. State government officials have told the media that they might be releasing a blockchain policy soon. The policy is expected to set certain parameters that will need to be met before release of an AI-based solution, including in government. “While new technologies open up huge opportunities, they can also throw some big surprises. Governments and private institutions roll out these technologies in their domain. If they have not completely understood the pitfalls therein, there can be massive disasters. That is what we are countering by bringing out this policy.” he added. The policy is expected to assist the state government in implementing AI and blockchain solutions in public administration by subjecting procurement to fulfillment of ‘seven parameters’ as set out in the policy.

India and Germany expected to sign agreement on artificial intelligence

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and Prime Minister Modi are expected to discuss and sign agreements on AI and green mobility among other things such as climate, regional security, trade and investment during her 3-day visit to India that begins on 31st October. This was shared with the media by German ambassador Walter J. Linder, who added that Merkel will be accompanied by cabinet colleagues as well as a business delegation. Merkel has said in a message released ahead of her visit that the focus this time would be on ‘economic and trade relations, innovation and digitalisation and climate protection and sustainable development’. Germany is currently India’s largest trading partner in Europe and over 1,700 German firms operate in India.

IIT-Madras researchers develop AI algorithms to tackle engineering problems.

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) have announced that they have developed algorithms for novel applications in AI, machine learning and deep learning to solve engineering problems. The researchers intend to establish a startup called ‘AISoft’ to develop solutions for fields such as thermal management, semiconductors, automobiles, aerospace and more. AIsoft is ‘nearly million-fold faster’ as compared to existing solutions in the field, according to Vishal Nandigana, Assistant Professor, Fluid Systems Laborator, Department of Mechanical Engineering. The researchers utilised a AI trained with data sets and a deep learning model to arrive at solutions for engineering problems.They have also developed hardware products aiming to solve thermal management problems in thermal and electronic cooling industries.

What you should know about color when adopting dark mode

Adopting dark mode is all about setting a new set of colors. For most apps, adopting dark mode is a process of replacing your static color to a dynamic one. Let’s say your app has a white background, and you want to adopt dark mode. You open up Asset Catalog, create a new color set, and put white and black colors for each appearance. You might end up with something like this.

Telangana govt to declare 2020 as 'year of artificial intelligence'

At a recent meeting with Debjani Ghosh, president of IT industry body NASSCOM, Telangana’s state IT Minister KT Rama Rao announced the intent of his government to declare the year ‘2020’ as the ‘year of artificial intelligence’ to promote the use of the technology in sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare. The minister added that the government would host a number of events centered around AI through the year and is interested in partnering with NASSCOM to bridge the skill gap in emerging technologies.

Want AI in your toothbrush? Oral-B has you covered.

Oral-B has launched a $220 (approx. 16,000 Rupees) AI-powered electric toothbrush called the ‘Genius X’ that promises to help you brush better. Featuring a wireless Bluetooth connection, the Oral-B Genius X links to a companion app on your phone to time how long you brush your teeth for, how much pressure you’re applying, where you have been brushing and where you should brush more next time. It also gives you a rating. The Oral-B Genius X comes with custom brush heads, along with a rechargeable battery that lasts two weeks and an included travel case that can charge both your toothbrush and smartphone at the same time.

Launch of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV delayed

Maruti Suzuki has revealed in a recent press conference that the expected launch date of its electric variant of Wagon R has been pushed beyond its original 2020 timeline. The car is expected to have a 130km range and support for fast-charging and was being tested over the past year. Maruti Suzuki executives have told the media that the company believes the lack of EV charging infrastructure and high prices are a major impediment. Until these isses are resolved, the company appears to be more committed to introducing hybrid vehicles. Competitors like Hyundai have already gone ahead and taken the plunge, having released the all-electric Kona earlier this year while Mahindra plans on bringing the XUV300’s fully electric variant next year.

How to Write A Product Requirements Document (PRD)

There are four core sections of a PRD — defining purpose, describing features, setting release criteria, sketching rough timing. According to Marty Cagan, the PRD’s goal is to explain the “What”, not the “How”. In each section, remember to be clear on the problem being solved versus the solution otherwise you may lead the team to make incorrect assumptions. The engineers, designers, and UX folks are the ones designing solutions for the product — don’t piss them off by making the PRD a recipe rather than a guideline.

AI to now assist in combating wildfires with increased accuracy

Wildfires are notoriously hard to track and manual systems are not efficient enough as data becomes obsolete quickly with rapid spread. Now, new AI systems are being introduced to help in this regard. An AI firm called CrowdAI has developed an automatic algorithm named FireNet. FireNet uses drones that fly above the wildfire and constantly record at 20 frames a second. This evidence is sent back to the AI in real time which decodes the data and identifies exactly where the wildfire is using GPS signals from the drones. Additionally, any rogue fire that splits of from the main wildfire is flagged by the software to analysts. To train the system, it was fed tens of thousands of frames of wildfire videos. Thanks to machine learning, it is now claimed to spot the edges of fires with a 92% accuracy.