One thing that all emerging companies need? A great tagline. See “brains for botsTM”, and automatically think Neurala, a Boston-based company at the forefront of developing brain-mimicking software for cost-effective, efficient, and more intelligent robots. A recent interview with Neurala’s CEO Massmilano Versace sheds light on the company’s roots, progress, and vision for the future.
Neurala got its start in 2006, after Versace and fellow PhD students, who were pursuing computational neuroscience at Boston University, enrolled in a business course “for fun” and later realized that neuronal-based technology had profound commercial implications. These experiences fed the seed of an idea that sprouted into Neurala. The organization’s first project was in collaboration with another BU colleague, who was working on developing a sniper-detecting robot for the U.S. Army. After the first few years of taking a more consultory approach, Neurala decided to build a software business in 2011.
Google Glass is a hands-free, increasingly mobile way of going wireless and staying connected. Tim Stevens, Editor in Chief of Engadget tech blog, is one of the few pioneers in trying out Google Glass, actively wearing and trying out the ‘Explorer Edition’, a gateway to augmented reality in the 4th dimension.
Recently, Emerj had a chance to catch up with Jim Rogers, the famed author, investor, and co-founder of the Quantum Fund with legendary investor George Soros. He is now chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc, and is the creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index. As an best-selling author, Rogers has penned Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogesr (1995), Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip (2003), and many other works.
Fused-quartz optical memory is the new long-term data storage reality. The technology, developed by scientists and led by Dr. Jingyu Zhang from University of Southampton in the U.K., has garnered the nickname “superman memory crystal”, with the potential to hold data for millions of years, potentially outlasting the human race; did we mention it has a resistance of up to 1000 degrees Celsius i.e. 1832 degrees Fahrenheit?
Timing and cultural circumstances are makers and breakers of successful commercial endeavors. For Dr. Jeff Orkin, co-founder of the new company “Giant Otter Tech”, it seems both elements are in his favor. Gaming and virtual environments have made waves in the last few years, and Orkins’ vision for his company lands right in the cross-section of the exploding artificial intelligence industry and education in a media-driven world.
Sustainable fast food. This idea seems a closer reality, with the first stem-cell-grown ‘burger’ put on a plate for taste-testing this week as related by a blog post from NPR’s the salt. The verdict? A bit of an unnatural experience, all around; however, the implications are profound, reflected by the interest and support of Google co-founder Sergei Brin, who stated that this is a technology that has the potential to change “how we view the world.”
One of the major headlines in recent news is Edward Snowden's revelation of documents which prove that the US government is using high-tech software to gather massive amounts of private information on every-day Americans.
The IPO scene in Biotechnology after 2008 was nearly non-existent, and even last year there were less than a dozen altogether. After Cellular Dynamics International went public in June, five life sciences companies began trading in the same week.