Lee Hnetinka Darkstore Raises 1.4 Million Dollars

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Apr 20, 2017) – Darkstore CEO Lee Hnetinka has successfully raised $1.4 million in seed funding from PivotNorth Capital, the company has announced. The funding will be used to hire additional employees and expand Darkstore’s operations into three new markets: Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In addition to the money, PivotNorth general partner Tim Connors will be joining Darkstore’s Board of Directors. Please click HERE to continue reading…

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LEE HNETINKA-DRIVERLESS CARS

lee2bhnetinka2bbest2bman1Limo drivers as well as taxi drivers are beginning to get worried about the future of their jobs. Driverless cars have been talked about practically non-stop in recent years. Will cab and limo drivers be replaced by cars that can drive themselves? Many people think that it seems to be on the horizon after Google’s former executive David Krane made a 258 million dollar investment in Uber last year. David Krane is currently a general partner with Google Ventures and it is predicted that this huge investment in Uber will allow google’s driverless cars to take over the fleet of manned cars and trucks that Uber has.

However when Krane was asked about the investment he said that, “these things are exciting, incredibly forward but nowhere near ready for prime time.” This statement also said that he rode in a Google car from Silicon Valley to San Francisco and that a human driver was involved in the beginning, the end and a few times in the middle.

This 259 Million dollar investment from Dave Krane is the largest single bet that the Uber cab company has received. Making David Krane’s involvement in Uber as well as Google a very interesting transaction to watch.

Lee Hnetinka-Gadgets

lee-hnetinka-meetupNumerous new gadgets have been created or released recently. Although unique, each new gadget shows a step forward in technology in its respective field.

Rhythm Downlight LED from Lighting Science:

This light bulb has the ability to make users feel tired or energized on cue. Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences ran experiments to see how different wavelengths of light affected volunteers. Different colors of light were used that ranged from 440 nm to 600 nm. The volunteers were exposed for 90-minute intervals, while the scientists recorded melatonin levels in the volunteers’ blood. The result of the experiment was that blue light between 446 nm and 477 nm reduced the production of melatonin, a hormone that increases drowsiness. The engineers at Lighting Science used this information to program the Rhythm Downlight. The settings on the Rhythm Downlight range from energizing (more blue) to relaxing (no blue). The app can be programmed to reflect the user’s schedule so the proper light frequency will be used throughout the day. NASA intends to use this new invention on the International Space Station to help astronauts regulate their sleep.

Computer Teachers:

Researchers at Washington State University have recently built a program that allows a computer to teach another computer. In order to do this, the researchers built two computers: a teacher-like one and a student-like one. The researchers used the games Pac-Man and StarCraft as samples of what the teacher-like computer could teach the student-like computer. When the student-computer fumbled or struggled, the teacher-computer gave advice and helped the student-computer slowly improve.

BirdCast:

This project from Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology is an attempt to create better-educated predictions of bird migrations in real time. The program will combine current advances and innovations in computing power and data analysis with bird watching. Computer models will be created that can reconstruct the behavior of the birds migrating across North America. This would create a standardized and open source method for managing bird-related data.