OpenSea raises $23M led by a16z

“The world is waking up to the power of this technology, and it’s happening quite suddenly,” co-founder and CEO Devin Finzer wrote in a blog post. “Over the coming years, billions of people will be introduced to digital ownership, and we’ve built OpenSea as a trusted entrypoint into that world.”

2021 Data Science & Machine Learning Magic Quadrant

“There remains a “glut of compelling innovations” and visionary roadmaps, Gartner says. This is an adolescent market, where vendors are heavily focused on innovation and differentiation, rather than pure execution. Gartner said key areas of differentiation include UI, augmented DSML (AutoML), MLOps, performance and scalability, hybrid and multicloud support, XAI, and cutting-edge use cases and techniques (such as deep learning, large-scale IoT, and reinforcement learning).”

The Decade of Design

“The tipping point that transformed design’s role in tech was — what else? — the iPhone. Although Apple technically introduced it last decade (2007), it didn’t enable in-app purchases until 2009 or launch the iPad until 2010. So its biggest effects were felt in the last 10 years, as mobile spread throughout the world, reshaping consumer preferences and the design that powers them.”

Quantum Computers Now Available on AWS

Just dropping this here for future reference when we can (hopefully) comprehend what this really means. Until then, hard to imagine we’d have quantum computers running on a cloud service built by an internet bookseller. But then again, it almost makes sense.


Technology & Truth

Interesting take on technology and truth telling. Lux Capital makes a compelling case: 2019 Lux Annual Dinner Talk “The never-ending arms race between deception and detection keeps going.”

Lux is an investor in two companies we like to keep an eye on including neural interface company CTRL-Labs and interactive 3D modeling platform Matterport.

ML on Encrypted Data

Nreal Light Developer Kits

Interesting, but ugly AF.

Movie making gets video game magic

“But Favreau also brought Unreal onto the set to help with the entire flow of production. This uses a combination of technologies, but it primarily comes down to building computer-generated environments and then projecting them onto LED walls. Those projections then change their perspective and characteristics depending on the position of the camera and what kind of lens it is using.”

Get a sense of how it’s done here.

PayPal to acquire shopping and rewards platform Honey for $4B

This is great news for the LA tech scene.

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