Aipoly, an app created by an American startup born out of the Singularity University in California, helps the blind, visually impaired and color blind recognize their surroundings via a smartphone. All users have to do is take a picture of an object in front of them, which is then analyzed and tagged by the app before being read back to them through text-to-speech technology. Alberto Rizzoli, Aipoly’s co-founder, explains how the app is letting people ‘see’ the world around them.
Nick Walker, the winner of a 10-week course at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, California, hopes to use his winning concept to start a stem cell storage bank in collaboration with scientists who are developing a cure for HIV.
Today she is the chief impact officer for Singularity University. After that trip to the movies she made a conscious decision to study physics and aeronautical engineering, to lift her chances of being chosen for a space flight, and has worked for startups pioneering private space travel: Space Adventures which does spaceflights to the international space station, and Odyssey Moon which wants to send people to the moon again after landings were abandoned following the last one in 1972.
Twist Bioscience Corporation, a company accelerating science and innovation through rapid, high-quality DNA synthesis, today announced the acquisition of Genome Compiler Corporation, an Israeli-based company providing software for genetic engineers, molecular and synthetic biologists. Twist Bioscience intends to leverage Genome Compiler’s technology and expertise to drive a digital products portfolio, including an eCommerce solution with gene design capabilities, expected to be available in the second half of 2016.
GSP alumni represent in Skoll World Forum 2016: Sly Lee (The Hydrous, GSP15) and Andreas Raptopoulus (Matternet, GSP11)
Peter Flint CEO of Trulia wrote a post on Medium about what he learned in the recent March 2016 Executive Program.
The creators of Aipoly hope the app can be helpful for people with severe vision impairments—and perhaps for those trying to learn a new language. They also hope it will be faster than other image-recognition-related apps that rely on the aid of other humans, like Be My Eyes, or that require the Internet, such as TapTapSee.
Ramez Naam’s book Apex won Philip K Dick award for distinguished original science fiction paperback.
To help with this crisis, artificial intelligence startup X2AI is in the middle of a two week stay in Beirut, Lebanon, where it’s piloting the use of artificial intelligence as a psychotherapy treatment for refugees.