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+ - Does Tesla's fleet of X-men robots pass the diversity test?->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Tesla Motors named eight robots after X-Men characters, but only included one female character (that's 12.5 percent female, for those keeping diversity stats), and bypassed other more notable X-Men in favor of minor character Vulcan. Meanwhile, Tesla's and Lyft's recent remodels embrace Silicon Valley workplace trends (gotta have a plant wall or something strange hanging from the ceiling, along with a quirky photo display.) Will Lyft's secret room start a new trend?"
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+ - Magic Leap Draws From the Bay Area to Assemble Its Brain Trust->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Stealthy "cinematic reality" company Magic Leap may be based in Florida--but it's doing a lot of hiring from the Bay Area, scooping up engineers from Pixar, Google, Apple, and Intel--along with a few WIllow Garage alums. And it's got openings for many many more. Are all these folks with long-term Silicon Valley roots really going to move to South Florida? Or is Magic Leap getting ready to open up a Silicon Valley research center to house the brain trust it is gathering? Here's what we know about Magic Leap and its technology, who's joining it, and what other kinds of engineers the company aims to hire."
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+ - Migrant Tech Workers Abused by Contract Labor Firms, Investigation Shows->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) together with NBC Bay Area have been looking at tech immigrants to Silicon Valley—and elsewhere in the U.S.—for a year. And they found that regular abuse of the H-1B visa program has led to engineers and computer scientists, typically from India, being brought in for nonexistent jobs and confined to "guest quarters" until jobs emerge--at companies like Cisco, Apple, and Google. Is it a "flexible labor regime" or "indentured servitude"?"
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+ - Ian Wright is Turning Fedex and Garbage Trucks Into High Performance EVs->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Ian Wright was employee number one at Tesla, but left that carmaker and started Wrightspeed because he wanted to go all out on performance. The X1 electric sportscar he designed went superfast and could stop on a dime--but was hard to handle unless you were a trained race car driver. So he turned towards making putting motor systems in each wheel that allowed the car's computer to constantly fine-tune speed and make the car hug the road--as if a professional were at the wheel. He's now got a patent on “vehicle dynamics control in electric drive vehicles”, makes powertrains based on the technology, and landed FedEx as a lead customer. He's not saying that FedEx trucks are going to handle like racecars...or are they?"
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+ - Teens Take On Drone Collision Avoidance, Cyber Bullying, and More at Google Scie->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Coding? It's not that hard, say the teen finalists who entered engineering projects into the Google Science Fair. And they sure make it look simple. A fourteen-year old left a banana on a counter and returned to find the house full of fruit flies that were surprisingly hard to swat. That was pretty cool, he thought, and built a fruit-fly vision system into a drone, then programmed the drone to use fruit-fly behaviors to dodge moving objects. Another fourteen-year-old read a newspaper story about cyberbullying and set out to figure out to inhibit such behavior with an app. A sixteen-year-old was curious about sleep apnea when he separately learned about the musical instrument the Theremin, and built a system that applies Theremin technology to the sleep apnea problem. And more."
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+ - Why we care that Samsung joined Kateeva's OLED party->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Samsung's investment in OLED manufacturing equipment maker Kateeva is
A: a sign that big, cheap, OLED TVs are coming sooner than we thought
B: a reminder that Samsung is serious about venture capital and Silicon Valley
C: confirmation that the next big wave of Silicon Valley startups will be hardware, not software
D: all of the above
E: none of the above, the Kateeva investors just want real estate near Facebook so they can keep an eye on the company"

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+ - Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build A Startup Village->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Scott Hassan, founder of robotic research lab Willow Garage, is behind a large real estate development in Menlo Park, Calif. He reportedly plans to create an incubator village with 18,500 square meters of workspace and another 18,500 square meters of living space on a 30,000 square meter site, combining the advantages of a garage startup environment (what could be more convenient than working where you live) and an incubator (access to other smart entrepreneurs and ideas)."
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+ - A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "The "Weissman Score"—created for HBO's Silicon Valley to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm—creates a single score by considering both the amount of compression and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."
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+ - How to prepare for the flood of wearables into the workplace->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Wearables are poised to make a dramatic entrance into our lives and workplaces, if they haven't already. Wearables pose many of the paradigm shifting challenges that mobile devices, apps, and cloud services did. Companies will have to figure out how to redesign apps — again — to be more aware of context, and will have to grapple with new privacy and security challenges. But unlike with the flood of smartphones, this time they can be prepared."
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+ - Stanford Engineers Explain How They Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO's S->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Professor Tsachy Weissman and Ph.D student Vinith Misra came up with (almost) believable compression algorithms for HBO's Silicon Valley. Some constraints--they had to seem plausible, look good when illustrated on a whiteboard, and work with the punchline, "middle out". Next season the engineers may encourage producers to tackle the challenge of local decodability."
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+ - Mime Troupe Plays For Peace In San Francisco's Tech Wars->

Submitted by Tekla Perry
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "In its newest play, "Ripple Effect," performing at parks in San Francisco and beyond, the San Francisco Mime Troupe calls for the city to embrace its new tech immigrants instead of isolating them. The rousing comedy also aims to get tech workers to start thinking of themselves as political."
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