Author: Geekwire

Start Ups

Magic Leap vets raise $3.5M for new virtual reality prototyping platform Torch

Torch 3D helps users design 3D prototypes in virtual and augmented reality. Photo via Torch 3D. Designing 3D concepts for virtual and augmented reality apps and programs can be a time-consuming process. Now two former Magic Leap engineers have come up with a way to help. Paul Reynolds. Photo via Torch 3D. Portland-based Torch 3D…

Science

Airbus partners with Canada’s Bombardier, complicating trade dispute over Boeing jets

An artist’s conception puts Bombardier’s CS100 jet alongside Airbus’ A320neo. (Airbus Illustration) Airbus added a twist to a U.S.-Canada trade dispute by announcing a plan to partner up with Bombardier, the Boeing Co.’s Canadian rival. The plan calls for Airbus to take on a majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series line of passenger jets, which…

Start Ups

LevelTen Energy raises $6.8M to make it easier for big companies to buy renewable energy

A solar plant. (Bigstock Photo) Renewable energy is on the rise , but it’s still tough for most companies to buy clean power. Seattle startup LevelTen Energy just raised $6.8 million with a goal of fixing that problem. LevelTen, a 2017 graduate of the Seattle Techstars accelerator program, built a two-sided marketplace to help clean power providers…

Start Ups

Visual Vocal raises $3.6M for virtual reality enterprise collaboration platform

Visual Vocal co-founders Sean House, CTO, and John SanGiovanni, CEO, Visual Vocal , a Seattle startup that develops virtual 3D environment productivity tools, has raised a $3.6 million investment round. The two-year-old company announced the funding on Friday; Eniac Ventures led the round, while Scout Ventures, Spider Capital, and the Alliance of Angels also participated. Visual Vocal…

Science

NASA’s carbon-monitoring OCO-2 satellite confirms that El Nino weather boosts CO2

An artist’s conception shows the OCO-2 satellite. (NASA Illustration) Readings from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 have confirmed that the El Niño weather pattern of 2015-2016 was behind the biggest annual increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels in millennia. The OCO-2 satellite, launched in 2014, is designed to provide a detailed picture of how carbon is…

Science

Will AI create a new god for us? Sounds like the plot of a Dan Brown thriller

Dan Brown’s “Origin” weaves scientific themes into a thriller set in Spain. (AuthorDanBrown via YouTube) Imagine an age when artificial intelligence takes the sum of human experience and turns it into a “global consciousness” that becomes a replacement for God. That scenario could serve as the plot for a science-fiction novel, but novelist Dan Brown…

Science

Virgin adds its investment (and its brand name) to Hyperloop One transit venture

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson dons a hardhat during his visit to Hyperloop One’s test track in Nevada. (Virgin Photo / Greg Rose) British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in the Hyperloop One rapid-transit venture, which will soon be rebranded as Virgin Hyperloop One, the company announced today. The arrangement was described as…

Science

B.S. for Ph.D.s: Not even science is immune from the fake-news epidemic

Vinny Green of Snopes.com, Jevin West of the University of Washington and Ina Fried of Axios discuss fake news during the 2017 GeekWire Summit 2017. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire) The controversy over fake news may focus on politics , but it’s also slipping into the scientific realm, says one of the country’s pioneers…

Start Ups

TheBoardlist founder: ‘Silicon Valley is built for people given opportunity they’re not qualified for’

TheBoardlist Founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy and Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff have a candid conversation about gender discrimination in tech. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire) Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is calling BS on tech industry leaders who avoid hiring female candidates because they don’t want to “lower the bar.” In an on-stage interview at the GeekWire…

Science

Brain scientist Christof Koch maps out a path to merge humans and machines

Christof Koch, chief scientific officer for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, addresses the GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire) It may sound like a zombie movie, but Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science is studying fresh human brain tissue to see up close how our neurons work — and perhaps eventually figure out…