Darpa Wants to Build an Image Search Engine out of DNA

Most people use Google’s search-by-image feature to either look for copyright infringement, or for shopping. Ensure some shoes you like on a frenemy’s Instagram? Search will pull up all the match images on the web, including from sites that will sell you the same pair. In order to do that, Google’s computer vision algorithm had […]

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Another short-lived, overfunded startup is shutting down: Primary Data

A startup that’s is working in stealth mode raises an virtually stunning amount of money before it releases a product. Investors write outsized checks to the outfit anyway because of the people involved in it, but before you know it, poof, the company is imploding, and the capital is gone. It’s a narrative that industry […]

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Palantir: the’ special ops’ tech giant that exerts as much real-world power as Google

Peter Thiels CI-Abacked, data-mining firm honed its crime predicting techniques against insurgents in Iraq. The same techniques are now being sold to police departments. Will they inflame already tense relations between the public and the police? In Minority Report, the 2002 movie adaptation of the Philip K Dick novel, Tom Cruise plays a police officer […]

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