Tim O’Reilly on Humans, Machines and Data at Stanford

Tim O’Reilly uses examples from Google’s autonomous Vehicle project to highlight the developing changes and interactions in the relationship between humans, machines and data (human-machine symbiosis).

How can it be that during the DARPA Grand Challenge an autonomous car drove 7 miles in 7 hours and 6 years later Google autonomous Vehicle drove 100 000 miles?

Peter Norvig, Chief Scientist, of Google has an explanation: “We don’t have better algorithms. We just have more data.”
The data was the Google street-view vehicle. The data came from humans who drove with the Google street-view cars the roads, equipped with detailed sensors which measured, photographed and collected all the data. The data was stored in the cloud and made available to the Google autonomous Vehicle. This is an example for rethinking human-machine symbiosis.

All this data makes the Google autonomous Vehicle project just possible. It is a fairly hard AI problem to pic a traffic light out of a video stream. It is a trivial AI problem to figure out if it is red or green if you already know it is there.

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Ben Horowitz Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz about his Investment Strategies

Ben Horowitz revails some of his investment strategies during his lecture at UC Berkeleys College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

What Ben Horowitz is looking at investments:

  1. The size of the opportunity – you need to get 30% to 40% of the market to meaningfull and to make money in technology.
  2. The quality of the team – is the team good enough to build a great product that is ten-times better and take the market.
  3. A bad market always beat a good team.

What Ben Horowitz likes to have in his investments:

  • Megalomaniacs
  • Outliers
  • Shifts in technology or markets
  • Market sectors that are dead – big market, a winner, bad product; this is a opportunity
  • Entrepreneurs that tilt towards big markets and not a niche
  • Hard core technical team
  • Products then teams rather than vice versa

What Ben Horowitz believes to be the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs:

  • Being both entrepreneur and inventor
  • Finding product/market fit
  • Managing their own psychology

Learn how business works directly from groundbreaking entrepreneurs and business leaders. This episode features Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, a $300 million venture fund aimed at investing in new entrepreneurs, products, and companies in the technology industry. Presented by UC Berkeleys College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Series: Distinguished Innovator Lectures [4/2010] [Business] [Show ID: 17365]

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