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Through the Table Talk Dinner Series, Comcast NBCUniversal's Entrepreneurial Engagement team takes us across the United States to meet tech entrepreneurs who build innovative products and influence startup culture in their cities. Authentic conversations between founders and product and innovation leaders at Comcast NBCUniversal helped create this series of stories about cities, like Pittsburgh, where tech and entrepreneurship is thriving.
Biotech, self-driving cars, and robotics? Pittsburgh, the Steel Belt city, is the best-kept secret east of Silicon Valley. The old factories and warehouses dotting the Alle­gheny River make up Robotics Row, where Edge Case Research--which, among other things, tests self-driving-car soft­­ware--works out of 19th-century stables.
Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University is the only institution that offers Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs in Machine Learning. Our faculty are world renowned in ML and AI, and are constantly recognized for their contributions to Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Computer Science.
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Pittsburgh's robotics and artificial intelligence sectors are gaining more attention than ever before, thanks to continued interest from tech giants like Facebook and Google, which opened offices there, as well as local university Carnegie Mellon's recent announcement that it will be offering the na...
Fast food, real estate, military operations, even home improvement - many large industries will have to shift their strategies in the wake of driverless cars. It's all but a certainty that autonomous or driverless vehicles will be widely used in the United States at some point over the next two decades.
Dozens of companies are rushing headlong into a future where they expect that the more than 270 million registered vehicles in the U.S. will be scrapped and replaced with shared automated vehicles that do everything from get us to work to deliver our pizzas.
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In August, I spent four days in Pittsburgh. I had never been. The little I knew about the area was mostly from watching Steelers games and reading a few articles. But I was curious why Pittsburgh kept popping up in lists as a top new destination for businesses.
Carnegie Robotics lobby, courtesy of RIDC/Desmone Architects A long-term investment to convert a former steel mill in Lawrenceville into space for Carnegie Robotics helped to boost Pittsburgh's status as a place for robotics companies, and now the mill redevelopment has become a model project for commercial real estate developers.
The following is an adapted excerpt from " The New Localism - How cities can thrive in the age of populism ," published by Brookings Institution Press.
Shortly after Luis von Ahn helped launch Duolingo, his popular language-learning app, he started to receive the same piece of well-meaning advice from investors and fellow entrepreneurs: Why don't you move from Pittsburgh to Silicon Valley, where you can really grow? Presumptuous? Sure. But not that surprising.
Patrick Doyle / MIT Technology Review
Innovation is critical for established companies to stay relevant in the face of disruption. Here's our list of corporate innovation labs. Corporate innovation is critical for established companies looking to stay relevant in the face of disruption from up-and-coming startups.
(PITTSBURGH, PA) In a bold move positioning Pittsburgh as a global innovation hub, regional leaders today announced the formation of InnovatePGH, a public-private partnership conceived to accelerate Pittsburgh's growth as a global destination for technology-based economic activity.