Smart bra cups, rock-paper-scissors, AI or Jack Kerouac? (Issue 47)

This photo shows Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto (l) awarded Julián Ríos Cantú (r) the 2017 Presidential Medal for Technology and Entrepreneurship. (Image credit: Higia Technologies)

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto (l) awarded Julián Ríos Cantú (r) the 2017 Presidential Medal for Technology and Entrepreneurship. (Image credit: Higia Technologies)

Hello and welcome back to the All Turtles newsletter, where we share stories about AI, entrepreneurship, and All Turtles product teams. If you can think of anyone else who might appreciate our takes on AI and entrepreneurship (or be interested in the job posts at the end), please forward it on to them.

AI or Kerouac?

The cross-country road trip is a staple of American literature, and the latest to contribute to this storied tradition is a new novel written entirely by AI. To compose this work, first a (human) writer outfitted a car with a camera, a coordinate tracking device, and a microphone to capture data about the journey from New York to New Orleans. He then fed an AI the works of travel writers, and the AI aggregated this data to produce a novel sentence by sentence based on what it “saw” and “heard” along the way. The resulting work may not be consistently coherent throughout, but some of the turns of phrase are thought-provoking, if not exactly Jack Kerouac.

ReadCan an AI Write a Novel? (The Atlantic)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This photo shows The EVA cancer-detection sensors work with a sports bra. (Image credit: Higia Technologies)

October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Higia Technologies is a startup that’s been working on a device to fight this disease all year round. The company has developed bra cups that can detect tumors in a non-invasive way and provide the early diagnoses, which are critical for effective treatment. The cups are equipped with thermal sensors to measure heat changes that can correlate to tumor growth, even in high-density tissue, where mammograms have lower accuracy rates. Women who wear the cups under a sports bra for 15 minutes once a week can track thermal changes over time and see a doctor for further testing if abnormalities are flagged.

ReadA new way to detect breast cancer: smart bra cups (All Turtles)

Timing is everything

Can it be that now is the best time in the history of the universe to build meaningful products? The final episode of the Unscaled series considers how access to APIs, broader sources of funding, and tools on the internet that weren’t available ten years ago allow creators to build innovative new products faster, cheaper, and more easily than ever before. Yet, at the same time, creators now have the ability to cause widespread harm. With great power comes great responsibility.

ListenUnscaled 8: The Best Time in the History of the Universe (All Turtles)

East meets West

This is a photo of Kai-Fu Lee (Image credit: Detail9.com)

Reports that compare AI innovation in China to the U.S. often observe that China makes more compromises in regards to privacy and allows for more extensive data collection, which in turn gives Chinese AI developers a competitive edge. Yet this line of thinking can easily devolve into an “arms race” between the two countries. Moreover, it tends to position China as a nation that has no regard for privacy at all, which isn’t the case: efforts have been put forth to develop ethical guidelines for the implementation of AI in the country. Kai-Fu Lee is an advocate for the sharing of knowledge between the U.S. and China, saying that they—and other countries around the world—have a lot to learn from one another.

ReadAI needs cooperation, not an arms race (All Turtles)

Getting a competitive edge

There are three different types of competition, and each one requires different strategies. In this episode of Rule of Three, Phil Libin describes a rock-paper-scissors approach for dealing with competitors depending on the stage of your company: startup, mid-size business, or large corporation.

WatchRule of Three: Dealing with Competition (All Turtles)

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