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304: Waymo’s Over-Engineering of Self-Driving Cars

304: Waymo’s Over-Engineering of Self-Driving Cars

Waymo Over-Engineering

Waymo (part of Alphabet, formally Google) is on a quest to capture every single corner case there is when it comes to autonomous self-driving cars. To help that effort, they literally created fake streets that where difficult for the cars to figure out. Then, they created a simulation machine to run thousands of permutations to make sure the car can handle every single possible situation. It sounds over-engineered, but as they argue, when lives are on the line and anything short of perfection is unacceptable. In this episode we dive into the details of what they’ve been up to.

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301: Is Snapchat Doomed?

301: Is Snapchat Doomed?

Is Snapchat Doomed?

We’re back after a summer break and we have a new format: shorter shows with one topic.

This week we’re talking about Snapchat and asking if the company and/or app is doomed. Their recent Q2 earnings didn’t go well and they don’t seem to have a clear path forward. Can they figure it out before they lose too much investor confidence? We discuss in this 30 minute episode. The show notes are below.

Question: Is your personal interest in Snapchat raising or lowering? Why? Leave a comment below.

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297: Meeker’s Internet Trends And The Reality Of AI

297: Meeker’s Internet Trends And The Reality Of AI

Meeker Internet Trend Report 2017

Mary Meeker shared her 2017 internet trends report this week. It’s super long, but we broke it down to the good stuff. We also talk about the future of AI and how it’ll get smarter in a beyond-exponential way. The rest of the stories are below.

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296: The Future Of Ambient Computing And AlphaGo’s Dominance

296: The Future Of Ambient Computing And AlphaGo’s Dominance

Walt Mossburg Ambient Computing

The future of tech is ambient computing according to Walt Mossberg… and he’s probably right. In the future, technology won’t be about gadgets and hardware because it’ll be always present, in the background, waiting to help when you need it. It’s a very cool picture of the future he leaves us with. The rest of the stories are below.

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295: Big News From Maker Faire, Google IO and Techcrunch Disrupt

295: Big News From Maker Faire, Google IO and Techcrunch Disrupt

Big News from Google IO

What a great week to be interested in tech! Google held their annual conference and showed off some sweet new tech that will be released… someday… Honestly, it felt more like an awesome TED talk than an actual product announcement, but it was still cool! Matthew also visited the Maker Faire and TechCrunch held their conference in New York. All the stories are below.

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294: Amazon Shows Off Their New Echo And Microsoft Builds A New Platform

294: Amazon Shows Off Their New Echo And Microsoft Builds A New Platform

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon showed off their new echo: Echo Show, which comes with a display to augment Alexa’s voice control. Think of it as a video conference landline, which the possible potential to be MUCH more. At $320, it isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you have the right use case, it’s a great product. The rest of the stories are below.

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293: Deleting Apps on the Apple Watch and Windows

293: Deleting Apps on the Apple Watch and Windows

Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S

This week Microsoft announced a new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S. The laptop is meant to compete with the MacBook Air and Windows 10 S only allows you to download apps from their store. Personally, I think the new hardware looks cool, and as long as the app store has the apps I want, I’d welcome the extra security. The rest of the stories are below.

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285: Nintendo’s Titanic

285: Nintendo’s Titanic

Nintendo's Titanic

When the movie titanic first came out, it wasn’t very popular: it took a few weeks to become the sensation we know it as today. The Nintendo Wii was the same way: people needed to play Wii Sports before realizing how fun the system was. In effect, the Wii was Nintendo’s Titanic.

The Switch, on the other hand seems much more straight forward, and therefore the initial sales are much higher. Personally, I still want to buy a Switch. :)

The rest of the stories are below.

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284: The Problem With Owning A Camera Company

284: The Problem With Owning A Camera Company

Snap is a Camera Company

Snap become a publicly traded camera company this week. It’s the largest IPO since Facebook and is based purely on expectations of future growth and advertisements. Matthew and I don’t totally get why they insist on calling themselves a camera company, but I guess that’s because we’re not cool.

A ton of other cool things happened this week as well. See below for the whole list.

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279: Amazon Is Winning Awards For Excellence And Twitter Is Not

279: Amazon Is Winning Awards For Excellence And Twitter Is Not

Manchester Excellence

Congrats to Amazon on the Oscar nominations. They’re proving that streaming companies can make just as good of movies and traditional studios. Exciting times! Twitter, on the other hand, has not received as high of marks for their recent update with the “explore” tab. Oh yeah, and Elon Musk is building a tunnel from SpaceX to LAX. That guy…

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