Feeding the Future : 


Machines for Moving: 

  • Jaybridge Robotics was acquired by Toyota to join their AI team, presumably to work on self-driving cars. General Motors picked up driverless car startup Cruise Automation. Whether incumbent auto makers are going to win the race for truly autonomous (and safe) vehicles instead of Tesla, Google or others remains to be seen - but the auto giants seem to be hedging their bets by buying their way into the bleeding edge and domain knowledge outside of their own. To be sure, a household name will be helpful for convincing the public of the safety and reliability of self-driving, but when the trust is more about the quality of the technology than the quality of the engine, a name synonymous with sedans might lose out to a name synonymous with search. 


Building Things: 


More next week.