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Paul Allen on the race between brain research and artificial intelligence — and why he’s betting on both

Over the past decade, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has committed $500 million toward understanding the brain through his Allen Institute for Brain Science — aiming to ultimately transform the treatment of related diseases and disorders including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. And earlier this month, he launched the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence — “AI-squared,” as… Read More

The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (Ed LaCasse photo)

Forget MIT and Stanford: UW computer science department wins high praise in NYT piece

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain and asked him pointedly to name one missing ingredient that’s holding back Seattle’s technology community. The veteran venture capitalist didn’t hesitate, suggesting that outsiders (and even Seattleites to some degree) don’t fully appreciate what’s being built around them. “The Pacific Northwest culture of humility… Read More

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Wavii exits stealth mode, touts a better way to consume news

It’s been nearly two years since we first encountered Wavii. Operating in the equivalent of a bunker, the Seattle startup has offered just a few clues of the news aggregation service that it is building. But the company — backed by some of Silicon Valley’s top angel investors and led by former Microsoftie Adrian Aoun… Read More

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Introducing the GeekWire Summit: Our new conference will go inside the future of tech

As journalists and participants in the Pacific Northwest tech community, we’ve long believed that Seattle deserves a world-class tech conference that involves people not only from our region but also from other tech hubs such as Silicon Valley and Boston — bringing leaders together for a conversation about the future of technology and innovation in the Northwest and… Read More