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05 juin 2015 à 15h04
Chatbots for teachers: Univ. of Washington releases free AI tool for quicker, better lesson plans

Chatbots for teachers: Univ. of Washington releases free AI tool for quicker, better lesson plans

Miller Hall, home to the College of Education, on the University of Washington Seattle campus. (UW Photo / Mark Stone) Teachers are spending more than 10 hours per week prepping their lesson plans, cutting into time that could be spent with students. A team at the University of Washington wants...

Not just another coding bot: Pioneer Square Labs releases JACoB AI agent as open-source project

Not just another coding bot: Pioneer Square Labs releases JACoB AI agent as open-source project

The JACoB open-source coding assistant from Pioneer Square Labs integrates with GitHub and other existing development tools. (PSL Screenshot. Click to Enlarge.) Would it be possible to build an AI summer intern? Kevin Leneway, principal software engineer at Pioneer Square...

Shift AI Podcast: Setting AI guidelines at work, with City of Seattle interim CTO, Jim Loter

Shift AI Podcast: Setting AI guidelines at work, with City of Seattle interim CTO, Jim Loter

Jim Loter, a longtime tech leader inside the city of Seattle, currently serves as interim chief technology officer. (City of Seattle Photo) As the interim CTO of the City of Seattle and leader of IT-related projects within the city’s departments, Jim Loter has deep insights into how municipal...

Look, and listen: AI headphones cancel background noise and focus on one speaker after a glance

Look, and listen: AI headphones cancel background noise and focus on one speaker after a glance

A University of Washington team has developed an artificial intelligence system that lets a user wearing headphones look at a person speaking for three to five seconds and then hear just the enrolled speaker’s voice in real time even as the listener moves around in noisy places and no longer faces...

Final test: Amazon’s Project Kuiper begins to deorbit prototype broadband satellites

Final test: Amazon’s Project Kuiper begins to deorbit prototype broadband satellites

One of Amazon’s prototype satellites is seen in an orbital “selfie” from October 2023. (Amazon Photo) After a series of successful tests, Amazon says it has begun the monthslong process of bringing two prototype satellites for its Project Kuiper broadband internet constellation down from...

Brinc unveils new 911 response drone, says it can handle 25% of calls without police officers

Brinc unveils new 911 response drone, says it can handle 25% of calls without police officers

Brinc’s new Responder drone and robotic Responder station are designed to help police officers respond to 911 calls and, in certain situations, eliminate the need for human response. (Brinc Photo) Brinc announced a new public safety drone designed to fly ahead of police in...

Seattle resident files FTC complaint alleging Uber, DoorDash mislead customers with ‘junk fees’

Seattle resident files FTC complaint alleging Uber, DoorDash mislead customers with ‘junk fees’

DoorDash orders in Seattle include a $4.99 “SEA Regulatory Response Fee” to “help cover DoorDash’s increased operating costs” as a result of new minimum wage standards implemented by the city. (GeekWire Photos / Taylor Soper) A new complaint asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate fees...

New LEGO skyscraper exhibit at Seattle’s MOHAI shows off some impressive building blocks

New LEGO skyscraper exhibit at Seattle’s MOHAI shows off some impressive building blocks

Buildings in the new MOHAI exhibit “Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks” stand in the center of a display where people can also create structures of their own using the toy blocks. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The most impressive skyline view in Seattle is coming to the inside of the city’s...

Salesforce, Microsoft vets raise $8M for new AI cybersecurity startup

Salesforce, Microsoft vets raise $8M for new AI cybersecurity startup

Averlon co-founders Sunil Gottumukkala (left) and Vishal Agarwal. (Averlon Photo) A new Seattle-area startup is using artificial intelligence to help overwhelmed security teams identify high priority security flaws and mitigate threats. Averlon just raised $8 million in a...

Bipartisan bill aims to bolster AI education and workforce training in the U.S.

Bipartisan bill aims to bolster AI education and workforce training in the U.S.

Sen. Maria Cantwell speaks at the Technology Alliance State of Technology annual luncheon in Seattle on May 3, 2024. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Sen. Maria Cantwell introduced new legislation Thursday packed with initiatives to strengthen American education and workforce training in...

First crewed mission of Boeing’s Starliner capsule rescheduled amid troubleshooting

First crewed mission of Boeing’s Starliner capsule rescheduled amid troubleshooting

Boeing’s Starliner space capsule sits atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during preparations for launch. (ULA Photo) Update: Mission managers say they are evaluating plans for the first crewed flight test of Boeing’s Starliner space taxi and are working toward a launch opportunity on...

Seattle peer-to-peer laundry startup Loopie sells part of business to two companies

Seattle peer-to-peer laundry startup Loopie sells part of business to two companies

(Loopie Laundry Photo) Loopie, the peer-to-peer laundry startup that connects people who don’t have the time or desire to wash their own clothes with those who want to earn money doing it, sold its wash and fold business to two companies offering the same services. Co-founder and CEO John...

Microsoft, Providence and UW make use of generative AI for digital cancer diagnosis

Microsoft, Providence and UW make use of generative AI for digital cancer diagnosis

Prov-GigaPath harnesses AI for digital pathology. (Ella Maru Studio via Providence / Microsoft) Researchers at Microsoft, Providence Health System and the University of Washington say they’ve developed a new artificial intelligence model for diagnosing cancer, based on an analysis of more than a...

Seattle-area teams blast into top 25 in national finals of American Rocketry Challenge

Seattle-area teams blast into top 25 in national finals of American Rocketry Challenge

Members of Team Starry Night from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash., include Eesha Jain, Dorah Wang, and Thomas Chang. Three Seattle-area teams made strong showings during the national finals of the 2024 American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket-launching...

Amazon shareholders reject all 14 proposals on issues related to climate, AI, working conditions

Amazon shareholders reject all 14 proposals on issues related to climate, AI, working conditions

(GeekWire File Photo) Investors representing a majority of Amazon’s shares voted against all 14 outside proposals submitted for the annual meeting of shareholders Wednesday morning, according to the company. The announcement of the preliminary results at the virtual meeting followed more than...

Redmond high school student is ‘Google for Doodle’ contest winner for Washington state

Redmond high school student is ‘Google for Doodle’ contest winner for Washington state

The Google Doodle by Mahee Chandrasekhar of Redmond, Wash. (Google Image) Mahee Chandrasekhar, a 9th grader at Redmond High School in Redmond, Wash., is the Washington state winner in the 16th annual “Doodle for Google” contest. Mahee, 15, is one of 55 state and territory winners announced by...

Opioid and alcohol addiction care startup Boulder Care raises $35M

Opioid and alcohol addiction care startup Boulder Care raises $35M

Boulder Care CEO Stephanie Strong outside the telehealth addiction treatment startup’s offices in downtown Portland. (Boulder Care Photo) Boulder Care, a Portland, Ore.-based startup that provides telehealth treatment for people with opioid and alcohol use disorder, raised $35 million in new...

Tech Moves: Madrona adds Silicon Valley partner; Walmart execs join Nex; and more

Tech Moves: Madrona adds Silicon Valley partner; Walmart execs join Nex; and more

Jeff Mills. (Madrona Photo) Seattle-based venture capital firm Madrona is boosting its Silicon Valley footprint with the addition of Jeff Mills as partner and head of investor relations. Mills most recently was managing director at San Francisco-based firm Gryphon Investors. He has more than...

Amperity CEO Barry Padgett stepping down from Seattle startup

Amperity CEO Barry Padgett stepping down from Seattle startup

Barry Padgett, left, is resigning as CEO of Amperity. Chris Jones, the company’s chief customer and product officer, will take over as interim CEO. (Amperity Photos) Amperity CEO Barry Padgett is stepping down from the Seattle startup to spend time with his teenage children and will transition...

How Amazon’s new cloud chief Matt Garman will approach the big challenges ahead

How Amazon’s new cloud chief Matt Garman will approach the big challenges ahead

Newly named Amazon Web Services CEO Matt Garman, speaking here at a Madrona Venture Group event last fall, brings years of product and sales experience to his new role. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Three executives from Amazon Web Services were meeting with a top CIA tech leader, trying...

Fintech startup Copper forced to discontinue banking services amid Synapse fiasco

Fintech startup Copper forced to discontinue banking services amid Synapse fiasco

(Copper Image) A small subset of customers storing money with fintech startup Copper are not able to access their deposit accounts due to a disruption involving embattled banking-as-a-service platform Synapse. Copper is one of several companies affected by an ongoing fiasco at...

OpenAI’s Sam Altman appears at Microsoft Build amid dustup over voice technologies

OpenAI’s Sam Altman appears at Microsoft Build amid dustup over voice technologies

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at Microsoft Build on Tuesday. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) OpenAI CEO Sam Altman played the role of closing act for the opening keynote at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle on Tuesday morning, in an appearance that was perhaps more...

Seattle’s economic strength helps propel it to No. 6 in new ranking of top 1,000 global cities

Seattle’s economic strength helps propel it to No. 6 in new ranking of top 1,000 global cities

The Global Cities Index gives Seattle high marks for economic strength, but it also scores well in the quality of life category. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) A new ranking of the top 1,000 largest cities in the world puts Seattle among elite company, thanks largely to the economic strength...

Microsoft will make Khan Academy’s  Khanmigo AI tool free to U.S. teachers in cloud shift

Microsoft will make Khan Academy’s Khanmigo AI tool free to U.S. teachers in cloud shift

Melissa Higgason, a chemistry teacher in Hobart, Indiana, uses marshmallows and water bottles to help students understand an abstract chemistry concept, an idea suggested by Khanmigo for Teachers. (Microsoft Photo / Scott Eklund) Online education platform Khan Academy is shifting a portion of...

Microsoft’s new ‘Team Copilot’ AI assistant runs meetings, manages projects, assigns tasks

Microsoft’s new ‘Team Copilot’ AI assistant runs meetings, manages projects, assigns tasks

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces Team Copilot at Microsoft Build on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Microsoft will test the limits of artificial intelligence in group collaboration with a new AI assistant that keeps meetings on track, takes collaborative notes, manages...

Easy Metrics lands $31M from private equity firm to boost labor analytics platform

Easy Metrics lands $31M from private equity firm to boost labor analytics platform

Easy Metrics, a Seattle-area software company that provides insight into labor productivity and warehouse operations performance, raised $31 million from San Francisco private equity firm Nexa Equity. Founded in 2011, Easy Metrics serves more than 50 customers and 250 warehouse facilities. Its...

Seattle startup Abett lands $11.6M to help companies manage healthcare expenses

Seattle startup Abett lands $11.6M to help companies manage healthcare expenses

The Abett team. (Abett Photo) Abett, a Seattle-based startup that helps large employers manage and analyze health plan data, raised $11.6 million in a Series A round to help boost its software platform. The company’s Lockbox product is built for benefits teams to share, store, and analyze...

A-Alpha Bio lands $14.5M from Department of Defense to prep for future biological threats

A-Alpha Bio lands $14.5M from Department of Defense to prep for future biological threats

A researcher at A-Alpha Bio. (A-Alpha Bio Photo) A-Alpha Bio will receive $14.5 million from the Department of Defense (DOD) to expand a project with a national lab to help prepare for future biological threats using the company’s machine learning tools. The partnership brings together...

Paul Allen Foundation gives $10M to 811 arts and culture organizations in Washington state

Paul Allen Foundation gives $10M to 811 arts and culture organizations in Washington state

Performers with Mariachi Noroeste, from the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, Wash. (Robert Inn Photo) The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Seattle-based nonprofit ArtsFund announced $10 million in funding Tuesday to benefit 811 arts and culture organizations across Washington...

U.S. Army awards $1.6M to Wave Motion for development of Jet Gun technology

U.S. Army awards $1.6M to Wave Motion for development of Jet Gun technology

Wave Motion CEO Finn van Donkelaar shows off a mortar-scale Jet Gun prototype. (Wave Motion Photo) Everett, Wash.-based Wave Motion Launch Corp. has won a contract worth nearly $1.6 million from the U.S. Army to continue development of its Jet Gun technology. Wave Motion’s Jet Gun concept...

Space Force and Starfish Space lay out their roadmap for satellite docking mission

Space Force and Starfish Space lay out their roadmap for satellite docking mission

An artist’s conception shows the Otter spacecraft in geostationary Earth orbit. (Starfish Space Illustration) The U.S. Space Force says a Pentagon partnership with Tukwila, Wash.-based Starfish Space will result in a “first-of-its-kind docking mission” aimed at adding to the maneuverability of...

Recruiting software company SeekOut lays off employees in another round of cuts

Recruiting software company SeekOut lays off employees in another round of cuts

SeekOut CEO and co-founder Anoop Gupta. (SeekOut Photo) SeekOut, a Seattle-area startup that sells recruiting software and raised $115 million in 2022, is trimming its workforce for the second time in the past eight months. TechCrunch, which first reported on the layoffs, reported that 30% of...

Do robots harm or help hospitality labor shortages? New research warns of worker anxieties

Do robots harm or help hospitality labor shortages? New research warns of worker anxieties

Cheese and pepperoni are added to pizzas making their way through a Picnic Pizza Station made by Picnic Works at Moto Pizza. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) New research suggests that using robots to address workers shortages in hospitality jobs such as food service and hotel work could create...

YC grad Manifold Freight raises $1.9M for trucking logistics software

YC grad Manifold Freight raises $1.9M for trucking logistics software

Manifold Freight, a new Seattle-based trucking software startup aiming to help aggregate spot freight opportunities for carriers, raised a $1.9 million seed round. Manifold is focusing on “spot freight,” an industry term that describes one-off, ad-hoc shipments that can be picked up by...

WeWork plans to hold onto five more co-working spaces in Seattle area

WeWork plans to hold onto five more co-working spaces in Seattle area

WeWork plans to hold onto five more of its co-working spaces — bringing the total to 10 — in the Seattle area as part of its effort to renegotiate leases worldwide during its bankruptcy-related restructuring. WeWork said Monday that it would assume leases at locations in Seattle at Holyoke...

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