Kickstarter connects people with big ideas and zero funding to eager micro-investors around the U.S. But how are your town's entrepreneurs faring? ThingsWeStart.com, an interactive map of Kickstarter projects, shows you at a glance. Zooming in on hotspots of ingenuity pinpoints individual projects. Click a pin to learn more about each one, including how much time you have left to contribute. You can even search for certain types of projects and set alerts for new arrivals.
This year's Imagine Cup, a dream-of-the-future student competition in which "technology helps solve the world's toughest questions," was held in Sydney. The opening ceremonies were the mixture of ostentatious congratulation and childlike enthusiasm I have come to expect from the Imagine Cup. For a while, it was like Oprah's Favorite Things in there: "Everybody gets a new Nokia phone! Four of you get to go to a Microsoft developer's conference! Everybody gets Bill Gates's signature on a certificate!" The phrase "change the world" was used 10 times. I counted. And then four confetti cannons went off.
By Kyle Wagner/GizmodoPosted 04.09.2012 at 2:44 pm 2 Comments
Mark Zuckerberg just announced that Facebook has agreed to buy mega-popular photo sharing service Instagram for $1 billion. Facebook's been on a buying spree of late, and has been beefing up its own already-ubiquitous photo sharing service lately as well. But it looks like it just landed a whale.
The New York Times took a look at start-up Narrative Science today, a company that has developed what is a pretty cool step forward for artificial intelligence, and a pretty frightening step towards human labor's eventual replacement by machines, a piece of software that takes data (sports statistics, financial reports, etc.) and turns it into news articles.