A robot learns to cope with the loss of an eye in an experiment carried out on the ISS

stereo_camera_on_iss_drone Humans are pretty good at ballparking distances, even with one eye closed — but it turns out computer vision systems have a hard time with it. Researchers hope to fix that, or at least make robots a little more robust, by teaching them to navigate a space without the benefit of stereo vision — in zero gravity, to boot. Read More

LendingClub Founder Renaud Laplanche is coming to back to Disrupt

Renaud LaPlanche, Lending Club Last year, privately held online lenders like Prosper, SoFi and Avant looked all but certain to go public at same unicorn valuations their venture investors had assigned them, if not higher. It seemed their apt reward for reshaping the student, consumer and small business lending business. Fast forward today and the picture is much changed. While the market that online lending companies… Read More

Nvidia’s new Xavier SoC is an AI supercomputer for cars

nvidia_xavier Nvidia’s work in reinventing itself as a leader in automated car technology continues with the launch of a new system-on-a-chip, called Xavier and launched today at the GPU Technology Conference Europe. The Xavier SoC manages 20 trillion operations per second, while only using 20 watts of power. Xavier is designer to be used as an AI brain for use in self-driving cars specifically,… Read More