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The new Norwegian currency notes designed by Snøhetta are gorgeous. Distinct, modern, yet culturally significant. 

The new Norwegian currency notes designed by Snøhetta are gorgeous. Distinct, modern, yet culturally significant. 

Singularity University GSP14 - Favorite Concepts

Another batch of talented SU students made it through this awesome summer experience!

All really interesting concepts, but here are my favorites:

- nuTerra

This is going to be an increasingly fertile space, lots of room for innovation using machine vision, classification, graph analysis algorithms here. It is only natural to see this space go into a classic hype cycle and see a constellation of ventures deciding to specialize into verticals (real estate, disaster response, traffic analysis, urban planning etc.)

- Hoope

This is one of those concepts that is absolutely needed, and the basic ingredients make sense, and it may end up being the first venture to leverage compound micro-fluidics in a mainstream consumer context.

- ASAP

There is definitely a market for public safety drones that can carry a sensor payload designed to do a near real-time data acquisition of disaster zone conditions. Swarm formations that can figure out optimal coverage patterns and delegate sectors to each asset would be beneficial. All of this acquired data can then be analyzed in the cloud.

It’s a starter version of those cool looking surveillance drones in the movie Prometheus. The value proposition is not the drone tech nor the sensor package. It’s the OS that ties the sensors together, manages swarms, and assesses data. 

- Feebo 

Definitely a great market here, but crowded space for companies that take the adaptive learning path for structured subjects. My gut says that the breakthrough learning startup in this space will be immersive and experiential. Oculus is a piece of that puzzle. But content will be the king maker.

- mPower

Is interesting from an algorithmic sense. But with autonomous EVs of the future increasingly becoming a high-utilization shared commodity, I am not sure there is going to be that much surplus energy to monetize into the grid with.

10^9+!

“A Spacecraft for All”: The Journey of the ISEE-3.

Great story made all the more compelling by the gorgeous website. The Journey segment is an especially brilliant use HTML5 video, canvas 3D and JS. Standout aspect is the tasteful use of interactive canvas elements, seamlessly blending into the videoscape. 

Phenomenal interview with Jim Clark. Deserves way more views than it has gotten. One of the top 5 most influential figures in the Valley. Great charisma and a sharp mind. I believe he is 69 years old when this was recorded.

He was 38 when the SGI journey began, 50 by the time that ended and Netscape was on the horizon. Oh and then there was WebMD. And Shutterfly. Jim appears to do one thing consistently: he inspires incredibly smart engineers to do their best work with him. Easier said than done.

I was curious as to how Dunkin Donuts staff figure out exactly how much Coolata concentrate to pour into a cup, regardless of flavor.
If you observe the process, the preparer will take the concentrate out of the cooler and just “free pour” it into the cup.
The results, regardless of flavor, are quite consistent. So how do they do it?
Well, turns out that the dark red line on the cup isn’t just an aesthetic element, it serves as a guideline on when to stop pouring the concentrate.
The preparer then adds the slush-ice, mixes the concoction - and done! Clever, but I doubt they are the first to think of this.

I was curious as to how Dunkin Donuts staff figure out exactly how much Coolata concentrate to pour into a cup, regardless of flavor.

If you observe the process, the preparer will take the concentrate out of the cooler and just “free pour” it into the cup.

The results, regardless of flavor, are quite consistent. So how do they do it?

Well, turns out that the dark red line on the cup isn’t just an aesthetic element, it serves as a guideline on when to stop pouring the concentrate.

The preparer then adds the slush-ice, mixes the concoction - and done! Clever, but I doubt they are the first to think of this.

Have I done any good in the world today?

Have I helped anyone in need?

Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?

If not, I have failed indeed.

Has anyone’s burden been lighter today

Because I was willing to share?

Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?

When they needed my help was I there?

Then wake up and do something more

Than dream of your mansion above.

Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,

A blessing of duty and love.

by

Will L. Thompson

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