UW President Ana Mari Cauce on being a threefold ‘first’ and the most important lessons of college

UW President Ana Mari Cauce. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) In the not-so-distant past, the idea of becoming president of the University of Washington was unimaginable to Ana Mari Cauce. “When you look backward it all makes sense. But looking forward, if you had asked me as little as 10 years ago would I ever be doing this, I would have told you that you were crazy,” Cauce said. In 2015, Cauce took the top role at the UW, an institution with 59,000 students, 4,300 faculty members and an annual operating budget of more than $8.25 billion. She was the first female, the first Latina and the first openly gay… Read More

Continue Reading

Smart cities won’t infringe on privacy or destroy buildings

Across the world, over a thousand smart city pilots have been launched—many of them attempt to construct entirely new cities with fresh identities from the ‘tabula rasa’ of a blank slate. These new cities can be simply placed down onto the landscape like a grounded alien spaceship, built with technology in mind from day one. Equipping existing urban centers with the latest technology, though, is a different challenge entirely. Cities shaped over centuries by the demands of different civilizations, where horses once pulled carriages, are gradually transitioning to a smarter future. AI-directed traffic, smart parking and other intelligent infrastructure are taking its place on… This story continues at The Next… Read More

Continue Reading

Review: Horrified is a terrific family-friendly monster-themed board game

Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Some folks use “family game” as a pejorative. Not me. For one thing, I happen to like my family. More importantly, as a player and critic of board games, it is my holy duty to introduce as many games as possible to my family. In the cardboard eschaton, all games shall be family games, because families will play anything and everything together. With that very important disclaimer out of the way, it’s now time to announce that Prospero Hall’s Horrified is my favorite family game of the year. Read 11… Read More

Continue Reading

12 AI startups that will boom in 2019, according to VCs

Venture capitalists are the startup experts, the ones who have their finger on the pulse of which fledgling companies will boom and which will bust. As part of Business Insider Prime’s comprehensive coverage of the startups that will strike gold in 2019, we asked VCs to name the startups they think are going to be hot this year. They told us about companies they currently have in their portfolios, as well as ones they haven’t put any money into yet but are at the center of positive news. And from those discussions, one particular group of startups came up repeatedly: those that specialize in artificial intelligence tech. From AI robots… Read More

Continue Reading

A storm brought some of the largest waves ever recorded off the California coast last week. One was 75-feet tall

By Scottie Andrew | CNN The bomb cyclone that pounded the West Coast last week brought with it some of the tallest waves ever recorded off the California coast. A monstrous 75-foot wave was recorded about 20 miles off the coast of Cape Mendocino in northern California, according to the University of California, San Diego’s Coastal Data Information Program. The storm that impacted the California coast last week generated some of the largest waves ever recorded by CDIP buoys. At Cape Mendocino, CDIP staton 094, the significant wave height was 13m/43ft and the largest wave measured was 22.7m/74.4ft!https://t.co/FeUStWsF9A — CDIP Buoys (@CDIPBuoys) December 2, 2019 In the 15 years the… Read More

Continue Reading