‘Who will have a place in Seattle?’ Community leader challenges tech to grow inclusively

Wyking Garrett discusses his efforts to revive the Central District at Forterra’s annual breakfast. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) “Seattle’s losing a part of its soul.” That’s how Wyking Garrett sees it. He is a third-generation resident of the city’s historically black Central District and he discussed how his community has been left behind by Seattle’s growth at Forterra’s annual breakfast Thursday. “Seattle is growing,” he said. “Black Seattle is not. Seattle is booming. Black Seattle has been busted.” Garrett is president of Africatown Community Land Trust, an organization that worked with Forterra to secure a hotly contested piece of property in the Central District for affordable housing and local… Read More

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This AI storyteller fools humans 3 out of 5 times

A recently developed neural network is capable of captioning a series of images in a method which imitates human storytelling. Rather than simply identifying and describing objects, the AI makes inferences about what’s happening in a picture. And it’s eerily good at its job. The team, researchers from UC Santa Barbara, developed the AI to determine if a neural network could be used to deduce novel, abstract stories from images. According to a whitepaper published by the the team: Different from captions, stories have more expressive language styles and contain many imaginary concepts that do not appear in the images.… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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New episode: GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch returns with AI in healthcare, a math learning tool and a new way to challenge speeding tickets

We’re back for the second episode of Elevator Pitch, a new show on GeekWire in which entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts in the 42 seconds it takes to travel to the top of Seattle’s Space Needle. The clock is ticking, and the judges are probing as we look to pick a winner among three dynamic entrepreneurial ideas. Watch the second episode above, and vote on your favorite below. In today’s episode, we’ll hear from three startup entrepreneurs: Off The Record founder Alex Guirguis, a former Amazon engineer who came up with the idea for an app to fight speeding tickets after getting busted on a trip home from Crater Lake;… Read More

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Nintendo’s profits soar by 500% thanks to massive success of Switch console

Nintendo Switch. (Nintendo Photo) The Nintendo Switch is already one of the most successful gaming consoles of all time, and today we got to see the incredible impact it’s had on the company’s bottom line. Nintendo reported net sales $1.05 trillion — yes trillion — yen for the year ending March 31, which translates to about $9.7 billion in U.S. dollars and is up 105 percent over the previous year. Profits skyrocketed too — $177.5 billion yen in 2017 ($1.5 billion U.S.) up 505 percent from $29.3 billion yen ($270 million U.S.) the year prior. The Switch has now sold 17.79 million units in its lifetime, including 15.05 million in… Read More

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Snapchat to test unskippable ads because money is nice

It’s a banner week for Snapchat. The company has announced a new version of its Spectacles which appear to be an improvement on the original. It’s also shown off Snappables, AR games you can play with friends. In between that news, however, it’s come to light the company is also going to start testing unskippable video ads. The details: According to DigiDay, Snapchat is flirting with the idea of running unskippable six-second ads on some of its biggest shows — though not in the Discover section or your Stories. An insider said the company was using the fact that “so much of… This story continues at The Next Web Or… Read More

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Snap unveils next generation Spectacles, taking another shot at wearable hardware

Snapchat parent company Snap is giving the Spectacles experiment another go. Today the company unveiled the second generation of the wearable camera, with some design changes, better download speeds and the promise of water resistance. The new Spectacles come with a higher price tag as well: $150, which is $20 more than the first version. Snap’s first foray into the wearable scene didn’t go as well as it’d hoped. Spectacles were initially a hit, with Snap generating buzz by offering only a limited supply through traveling vending machines. But the fervor soon fizzled, and the company disclosed last year that it was sitting on hundreds of thousands of unsold pairs… Read More

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