Big Tech &
Garry Tan is the next president and CEO of Y Combinator (3 minute read)
Garry Tan will become president and CEO of Y Combinator next year. Tan will continue to serve as founder and partner at Initialized until the transition takes place, after which he will become a strategic advisor to the firm. Jen Wolf and Brett Gibson have been appointed as managing partners at Initialized in anticipation of the change. Tan has previously served as a partner at YC, where he advised and funded 700 companies and more than a thousand founders.
'Synthetic milk' made without cows may be coming to supermarket shelves near you (3 minute read)
Synthetic milk is milk produced without cows or other animals. It is grown using an emerging biotechnology technique known as precision fermentation. The technique creates milk with the same taste, look, and feel as normal dairy milk without methane emissions or animal welfare concerns. The precision fermentation industry is predicted to create more than 700,000 jobs in the US by 2030.
These glasses help you see and hear better (4 minute read)
Oculaudio's glasses can help people with hearing impairments hear voices better in loud rooms. The glasses feature 16 microphones and a camera to help distinguish where speech is coming from. They can enter sleep mode when the user doesn't need sound. The glasses come with an app that can be used to make adjustments. Oculaudio plans to put its first designer pair of hearing aid glasses on the market soon.
Programming, Design & Data Science
sd-enable-textual-inversion (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains files that enable textual inversion in the Web UI for Stable Diffusion. Textual inversion allows users to reference specific things or concepts in their prompts. The model works by learning to describe pictures in a way that can be understood by text-to-image models. Examples of images generated using textual inversion are available.
Rematch is a state management tool supported by a healthy middleware ecosystem and excellent devtools. It provides Redux best practices without the boilerplate. Rematch is less than 2kb and it supports built-in side-effects, TypeScript, hot-reloading, plugins, and much more.
NASA scrubs first SLS launch attempt due to engine issue (3 minute read)
NASA has canceled its first attempt to launch the Space Launch System rocket. The next available launch window is on September 2. The launch was canceled due to an engine bleed issue that meant that one of its four main engines couldn't be properly chilled ahead of ignition. The launch attempt may be pushed back until at least October if there is work required on one of the engines.
Sony’s new PlayStation Studios Mobile team is making spinoff games for your phone (3 minute read)
Sony has formed a PlayStation Studios Mobile Division that will operate separately from its console game department and create mobile games with new and existing PlayStation IP. The company announced earlier this year that it wants half of its games to be on PC and mobile by 2025. It is also looking to expand into live service games through its acquisition of Bungie. Sony recently acquired Savage Game Studios, which is currently working on a new AAA live service action game.
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