Fortnite hidden star locations: Weekly Blockbuster loading screen challenges map markers

Fortnite developer Epic Games introduced Blockbuster challenges as part of its season 4 update. As long-time fans will know, Epic releases a new set of seven Battle Pass challenges each week. Fans need to complete any four of these challenges to be rewarded with 4,000 XP. The challenges are separated into hard and regular tiers […]

Heartland Tech Weekly: What scaling startups look for in a second location

This week, there are a couple of stories in the Heartland Tech newsletter that touch on scaling startups looking outside of the Bay Area. First, there’s my story on Opendoor adding an engineering office in Atlanta, its first outside of San Francisco. Second, there’s a nice analysis from Crunchbase News on where unicorn companies are opening offices…Read More

AI Weekly: Computing power is shaping the future of AI

This week, OpenAI published an analysis that documents an explosion in compute power over the past six years, which is driving advances in artificial intelligence. Compute power used in the largest AI training runs, the piece found, has doubled every 3.5 months since 2012. The breakdown of compute power necessary to create well-known AI systems lik…Read More

Fortnite weekly Battle Pass challenges: Every Season 4 task SOLVED

Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4 is out now, complete with a new wave of weekly challenges. Each week a new set of seven Battle Pass challenges are released by Epic Games. Fans need to complete any four of these challenges to be rewarded with 4,000 XP. The challenges are separated into hard and regular tiers […]

Heartland Tech Weekly: In Pittsburgh, big tech continues to lure university grads to the Valley

Research universities are often pointed to as one of the most important drivers of tech activity in the Heartland. They not only provide a pipeline of talent for established tech companies, but can help facilitate the creation of startups if they give students and researchers the resources to help them start their own companies. But what […]

AI Weekly: Dystopian visions of AI are distractions from present problems

Writing about AI for any appreciable amount of time is, in my experience, enough to make any reasonable person concerned about the future of humanity. But I worry the focus of that concern is too often directed at the relatively distant future, which could lead to unforeseen consequences in the present. Headlines from the past […]

AI Weekly: Facebook fiasco proves we need a better approach to personal data

Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data have a lot of people rightfully concerned about how their personal information is collected and used online. But while Facebook is trying to position the Cambridge Analytics breach (and collection of user data by other third-party apps) as a function of bad actors on its plat…Read […]

AI Weekly: Google should listen to its employees and stay out of the business of war

This week, we learned that thousands of Google employees are upset about the company’s involvement in Project Maven, a U.S. Department of Defense initiative that has tapped Google to help drones with drone footage analysis. News of Google’s participation in the program and concern among the company’s ranks was first reported by Gizmodo, which…Read More