Daily Archives: 04.06.2021

The Market Minute: Why Startup Acquisitions Are On Fire

The public markets usually get all the attention when it comes to exits, but acquisitions of venture-backed companies have been rapid-fire this year, with 2021 set to outpace the previous three years. So far this year, there have been 1,070 acquisitions of venture-backed companies with a reported total of $91.9 billion, according to Crunchbase data. We’re not even halfway through ...

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Intelligent Conversational Android ERICA Applied to Attentive Listening and Job Interview

Spoken dialogue systems have been successfully employed for the control of the machine or information retrieval. Future advances in science can extend the abilities of robots to participating in a human-level dialogue. A recent paper on arXiv.org introduces an autonomous android ERICA who behaves and interacts like a human, including facial look and expression, gaze and gesture, and spoken dialogue. ...

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Ingenuity’s 6th Flight Didn’t Go So Smoothly

When NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in the Jezero crater on February 18th, 2021, it brought with it an interesting little companion that’s been causing quite a stir of late! We are talking, of course, about the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, an experimental flight system designed to demonstrate if aerial systems can work on Mars. Since its inaugural flight on April 19th, ...

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SpaceX cargo ship launches on mission to upgrade space station electrical grid

Nine Merlin main engines propel a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into the sky over the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now Trailing a brilliant orange flame, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket thundered into orbit Thursday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a Dragon cargo ship hauling experiments and new solar arrays to enhance ...

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SpaceX Launches CRS-22 Cargo Resupply to Space Station, Gears Up for SXM-8 Mission This Weekend

For the first time in 2021, a never-before-used Falcon 9 booster core powers uphill, laden with a Cargo Dragon whose heat shield previously saw service to guard Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken during last year’s Demo-2 re-entry. Photo Credit: NASA/Tony Gray and Kevin O’Conne SpaceX has successfully launched its 17th Falcon 9 of 2021, and with the year barely half-done, ...

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G7 finance ministers meet in London

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe will be attending the meeting in his capacity as President of the Eurogroup The G7 finance ministers are meeting over the next two days in London to consider coordinated approaches to the key economic challenges facing economies emerging from the Covid crisis. The in-person meeting will build on the virtual meeting of finance ministers ...

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