Toyota Invests $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence

Posted on November 11th, 2015 by REFUGE Categories Artificial Intelligence

By Vlad Vidaeff
As humans, we have always had a fascination with robots and the technological wonders that the future will provide.  The popular children’s television show The Jetsons had flying cars.  An artificially intelligent robot, Data, was a popular character on Star TrekBattlestar Galactica took a look at what happens when advanced robots revolt.  The Terminator franchise covers a similar theme.  Last week, on November 6, 2015, Toyota announced that it’s investing $1 billion in artificial intelligence research.  Toyota is creating a new company, Toyota Research Institute, to focus on the initiative with headquarters at Stanford and a second laboratory at MIT.  The company will begin operations in January 2016, just a few short months away. (more…)

The Cultural Behemoth Apple and the Potential of the Apple Watch

Posted on July 15th, 2015 by REFUGE Categories Blog

By Vlad Vidaeff
I’m 28 years old.  I grew up during a time of unprecedented technological innovation.  I am part of the first generation that used computers as children.  I am part of the first generation that used cell phones.  I am part of the first generation that used social media.  Looking back at how things were before technological armageddon, it’s truly extraordinary to see how far we’ve come.  It’s no exaggeration to say that Apple has played an important role in my life.  As I progressed from adolescence to becoming an adult, the introduction of a new Apple product was always met with excitement.  The iPod?  Bought it.  MacBook?  Bought it.  iPhone?  Bought it.  Apple Watch?  Nope. (more…)