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State of the Valley 2019

July 24, 2019 - (KPIX -TV 5) - Justice Department Launches Antitrust Probe Of Big Tech Companies: Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock says it remains to be seen if the anti-trust investigation could change the landscape of big tech in Silicon Valley.More

More July 8, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out: In 2017, roughly 36 percent of Silicon Valley adults between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents, according to an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

More June 26, 2019 - (The Almanac) - Manzanita Talks move forward: Efforts to bring together public and private sector leaders to talk about how to address regional transportation problems moved forward on June 13 with what Joint Venture Silicon Valley President and CEO Russell Hancock called a historic discussion.More

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Supply-chain visibility is just the first step in the journey toward enabling a digital supply chain, says David McCarty, vice president of customer solutions with TransVoyant.

But having visibility is just the start, because you also need to better understand the behavior of what's going on within the supply chain.

What’s often a challenge is that a company's internal data about the supply chain, its manufacturing facilities and the like, isn’t clean.

When it comes to driving visibility across the entire supply chain, it's not just the client's own data that's required.

SCB: If you start out with a carrier that's reliable and has the data, it kind of lulls you into thinking that, "Well, this isn't so hard."

That's one of the biggest challenges out there —how to deal with the data at scale for your entire supply chain.

If you’re embarking on the journey to a digital supply chain, the creation of a “digital twin”

And if you don't get it right, it's going to be very, very difficult to synchronize and optimize your supply chain.

It’s one thing to know where a truck is, but it's probably more important to know which products are on that truck —how many SKUs and cases.

The internet of things is driving enormous volumes of data that provides visibility and new angles.

SCB: Would it be your argument that we cannot achieve supply-chain visibility without digitalization of the supply chain —that we can’t do it manually, with spreadsheets?

It gets back to that digital twin —the digital representation of your physical supply chain.

Also, some companies are applying machine learning to the ingestion of data, so that they can automate the cleansing and harmonization of that information.

The Singularity Is Nearer: Microsoft Places $1 Billion Bet On Artificial General Intelligence

Microsoft is investing $1 billion in AI research company OpenAI to build a set of technologies that can deliver artificial general intelligence (AGI).

The multiyear joint effort aims to construct a supercomputing capability in Azure that provides developers a platform for building AGI applications and delivering them to the public.

That’s unlike today’s version of AI, sometimes referred to as “narrow AI,” which provides applications trained to solve particular problems like image recognition, language translation, and robotic control.

So for example, an autonomous truck driving through Europe would not only be able to navigate across multiple countries, but would also be able to develop optimal routes using traffic and weather intelligence, converse with clients about their deliveries in the appropriate local language, and coordinate with autonomous warehouses for unloading and loading merchandise.

Their most notable project in this regard is Universe, which it describes as “a software platform for measuring and training an AI’s general intelligence across the world’s supply of games, websites and other applications.” Universe enables an AI to interact with a computer by looking at the pixels on a screen and based on its interpretation of those pixels, operate the computer using a virtual keyboard and mouse.

In general, Altman thinks AGI will be made possible with the development of much larger neural network models and is optimistic that the industry can do so, noting that AI has been enjoying an annual 8x performance increase for the last several years.

Since Alphabet spends a few hundred million dollars per year on DeepMind and HBP is expected to cost over a billion dollars over its 10-year span, the $1 billion influx from Microsoft, plus the other billion from other investors, should certainly put the collaboration in good stead.

Versatile virus hops between three primate species — including humans

Crafty caterpillars have repurposed an acid normally deployed against predators as a defence against plants that ooze a sticky, dangerous goo.

Observation of the species revealed that the caterpillar uses its mandibles to scrape off some of the wax that coats the plant’s leaves and stems, then secretes an acid, which softens cell walls, into the opening.

The caterpillars use the same acid to deter predators such as birds.

 The resulting withering of the plant’s tissue, along with the caterpillar’s manual compression of the area with its mandibles, dams the leaf’s latex channels.