Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the wizard-themed augmented reality mobile app game, is holding its first fan festival next month and registration to go into the ticket draw now open.The fan fest will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and entering the draw will give you the chance to purchase a $30 ticket to attend on one of those days.The game was first announced in 2017 and comes from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic -- which also made Pokemon Go -- under the Portkey Games label.It launched in June, and involves using your phone's GPS to move around the physical world while interacting with AR objects, beasts, points of interest and other wizards and witches on the game map."Attendance is limited in order to maintain the best gameplay experience possible," The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite team announced Friday.The fan festival will go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million (£126 million) to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017.In the livestreamed announcement, Musk expressed his long-held concern that humans would be “left behind” by developments in artificial intelligence, but said with the development of a true brain-computer interface, humanity could “come along for the ride.” He described the principal barrier preventing this as an information precision and “bandwidth” issue, with existing technology that interfaces with the brain limited in both.To that end, Neuralink says it has developed a new way of embedding electrodes in the brain using tiny insulated “threads” that resemble a string of pearls and connect to a chip embedded in the skull.In the presentation, Neuralink described plans for an external receiver that could wirelessly communicate with the embedded chip and connect to apps, though it currently relies on a hardwired external connection (USB-C).Neuralink also debuted a surgical robot equipped with advanced optics that it says is precise enough to weave the delicate threads throughout brain tissue without damaging blood vessels.It does, of course, require a brain surgeon to actually operate.
Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its rival Lyft are planning a Friday protest in downtown San Francisco as they seek better conditions from both companies.The gig economy workers are asking both companies for higher pay and a union.In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment."Drivers need a seat at the table as equal partners to chart our path forward," wrote representatives of Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance, two groups of drivers.As employees, the drivers would be eligible for benefits and have the right to organize collectively.The two companies have previously called for amending current laws to allow for more worker benefits, including paid time off and retirement planning, irrespective of worker classification.
He has spent over $80 million on five homes since he founded WeWork in 2010.The Journal reported that he cashed out over $700 million from his company ahead of its initial public offering in July 2019.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann owns some interesting residential real estate.In 2018, Neumann bought a 13,000-square-foot home in the San Francisco Bay Area with a guitar-shaped room for $21 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.The home was added to Neumann's long list of residential real-estate purchases, which over the past nine years have totaled over $80 million.
Cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX is being investigated by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).According to Bloomberg, which cites people familiar with the matter, the CFTC is looking into whether BitMEX broke the rules by allowing American customers to trade on the platform, which is not registered with the agency.The probe is ongoing and it’s worth noting that the regulator’s investigations don’t always lead to allegations of misconduct.The CFTC declined to comment, Bloomberg says.It comes after BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes said in an interview in January that the cryptocurrency exchange removed anyone who disregarded company rules barring US residents and nationals.However, it’s not entirely ludicrous to think that some customers may have been able to mask their real location by using VPNs to assign their device an Internet protocol address from a BitMEX permitted country, Hayes added.
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Geroscience, an important research field which is enhancing our understanding of the molecular and cellular underpinnings of the biology of aging that drive most chronic diseases in older adults, continues to gain momentum.Held in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting of the China Medical Association Geriatrics Branch on May 24-25 in Shenzhen, China, the meeting featured more than 40 experts from China, other Southeast Asian and European countries, as well as the United States.They shared insights about basic, translational, and clinical aging research and discussed how to integrate geroscience concepts into global research endeavors to accelerate both prevention and intervention strategies.The China geroscience meeting was co-organized by Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership (MMAAP) Foundation, the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).Sean X. Leng, MD, PhD, the leading convener and co-Chair of the meeting, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and President of MMAAP Foundation, shares that "the expert presenters discussed core principles in geroscience as well as perspectives unique to Eastern medicine and innovations, including pillars of aging and resilience, traditional Chinese medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, anti-aging research and translation, as well as geroscience infrastructure and platform building.The meeting provided a truly unique and important international platform for promoting geroscience and brainstorming on its further development in China and around the world."
To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian opened up on his approach to work-life balance at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.The founder turned venture capitalist said after beginning therapy he now realizes how "stupid" his work life was when he was building Reddit with cofounder Steve Huffman.Ohanian said his new professional goal is to be more like his wife, tennis star and investor Serena Williams, who "works just as hard when she's not working as when she is working."He added that any founder that thinks they don't need coaching has taken "an amazing leap of arrogance."During the discussion with Zeus Living cofounder and CEO Kulveer Taggar, Ohanian also said that he would be skeptical of investing in a company through his venture capital firm Initialized if the founder insisted on building the company in San Francisco, citing the costs of living and doing business in the tech hub.
Adam Neumann, the co-founder and chief executive of the international real estate co-working startup, WeWork, has reportedly cashed out of more than $700 million from his company ahead of its initial public offering.The size and timing of the payouts, made through a mix of stock sales and loans secured by his equity in the company, is unusual considering that founders typically wait until after a company holds its public offering to liquidate their holdings.Despite the loans and sales of stock, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, Neumann remains the single largest shareholder in the company.According to the Journal’s reporting, Neumann has already set up a family office to invest the proceeds and begun to hire financial professionals to run it.He’s also made significant investments in real estate in New York and San Francisco, including four homes in the greater New York metropolitan area, and a $21 million 13,000 square-foot house in the Bay Area complete with a guitar shaped room (I guess a fiddle would be too on the nose).In all, Neumann reportedly spent $80 million on real estate.
As Assembly Bill 5 makes its way through the California state legislature, Uber and Lyft drivers are voicing their demands for better pay, basic workplace protections and the right to organize through unions.Tomorrow, Lyft and Uber drivers will convene outside Uber’s San Francisco headquarters to make their voices heard.As established in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court of Los Angeles, AB-5 seeks to codify the ruling.In that case, the court decided Dynamex wrongfully classified its workers as independent contractors.AB-5, which has already passed in the California State Assembly, would ensure gig economy workers are entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation and other benefits.To fuel its mission, Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance took out an ad in the SF Chronicle, coming out tomorrow, that features an open letter to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer.
After seeing ads for the internet-connected weight training machine with guided workouts on screen, they wanted to see it in person before making the $3,000, plus $50 a month, commitment.Brittany was pregnant with their first child, and Nikolas had put on some extra pounds alongside her.Brittany had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and would have to undergo chemotherapy.The chemo caused her resting heart rate to rise, which she says prevented her from working out as much as she used to.I also gaining weight from all the steroids I had to take.” Nikolas, on the other hand, gained 90 pounds from stress eating through his wife’s cancer treatments.To the new parents, being able to jump on a bike and stream on-demand classes after their two young sons went to sleep felt like a game-changer.
A man’s shirt caught my eye as I was walking around my local shopping mall last week.It was for an Overwatch League team, the San Francisco Shock.And it’s the first time I can recall seeing an esports team’s logo on clothing in public (barring game conventions, trade shows, and conferences, of course).Turns out esports apparel is a growing segment in what Global Industry Analysts pegs as a sports and fitness wear market that could hit $231.7 billion by 2024.No wonder esports teams such as Misfits Gaming are getting into gear.I spoke with Ben Spoont, the cofounder and CEO of Misfits Gaming, about this move.
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Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has its sights set on the Moon, and in May unveiled a new lander to help it get there.This October, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith will join us onstage at Disrupt SF 2019 to talk about how the company plans to get to the Moon, and beyond — and what the opportunities are for private space companies once it does.Smith and the Jeff Bezos -backed Blue Origin have been busy with more than just building lunar landers: It has been testing the company’s New Shepard spacecraft since 2015 and through this year, when it plans to perform its first crewed mission.To date, its tests have largely been successful and are a strong indicator that it’s well-positioned among the various companies hoping to return the U.S. to crewed launches.That’s a key milestone in Blue Origin’s goal of getting to the Moon by 2024, which is the timeline the company declared in May.But their plan isn’t strictly about human achievement or scientific discovery — it’s about business, and establishing a permanent presence in space to provide access to resources and help humanity expand beyond its finite, Earth-bound constraints.
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Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming a foundational technology for enterprise software development and startups have begun addressing a variety of issues around using AI to make software and processes much more efficient.To that end, we are delighted to announce that Jocelyn Goldfein, a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners will be joining on us a panel to discuss AI in the enterprise.It will take place at the TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise show on September 5 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.It’s not just startups that are involved in AI in the enterprise.Some of the biggest names in enterprise software including Salesforce Einstein, Adobe Sensei and IBM Watson have been addressing the need for AI to help solve the enterprise data glut.Computers can process large amounts of information much more quickly than humans, and as enterprise companies generate increasing amounts of data, they need help understanding it all as the volume of information exceeds human capacity to sort through it.
Coinbase has today launched a tool that enables users to see information based on the activity of its top traders.As part of the new launch, customers will see the anonymized data of the top 10 percent of users and can use the information to create their own cryptocurrency investment strategy.Data points will include top holder activity of each asset traded, the median number of days different assets stay in a customer account, the popularity of an asset, and asset price correlation, which will measure the extent to which cryptocurrency values have moved in relation to each other.“These new signals, which are in addition to the typical market data we already provide, will power a deeper understanding and comparison of cryptocurrencies and their communities so Coinbase customers can think beyond price when building their crypto portfolio,” Coinbase said in a blog post.The tech unicorn, based in San Francisco, is valued at over $8bn and is one of the longest-serving companies in the cryptocurrency space.Back in April, Coinbase launched a cryptocurrency debit card for its UK customers.
Game publisher Kongregate, a division of MTG, said it has acquired the Bit Heroes, a dungeon-crawl role-playing game for PC, mobile, and web.The San Francisco-based publisher is buying the game from Juppiomenz, and Kongregate’s Ultrabit studio in San Diego will manage the game and its community.Bit Heroes first launched on Kongregate.com in September 2016.The retro-style RPG became an immediate favorite, with a 4.5 user rating on Kongregate’s web gaming platform (the publisher said it’s been played 14 million times).The deal is one of the first announced since cofounder Emily Greer announced in May that she was leaving Kongregate to do something new.Bit Heroes then moved to mobile, with Kongregate serving as the publisher, supporting Juppiomenz with product, analytics, and marketing.