Hashtag Trending – Uber’s e-scooter play; Nvidia’s AI-generated graphics; David St. Jacque’s space shirt

Uber is planning to buy an electric scooter company, Nvidia has created the first videogame with AI-generated graphics, and Canadian astronaut David St. Jacques went to space and all he got was this smart t-shirt.

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Trending on LinkedIn, today when we order an “uber,” we’re ordering a car ride. But that may change soon enough. The Information reports that Uber is looking to acquire an es-scooter startup. Either Lime or Bird could be targets for a multi-billion dollar deal. Uber already has a stake in Lime, and it’s recently held talks with Bird about an acquisition. Some Canadians will be familiar with Lime, as it’s been running a pilot in the City of Waterloo, Ontario since October. It wants to expand to other Canadian markets, I sort of wonder how these things will hold up in the snow. After all, winter is coming.

Trending on Google, Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics. Nvidia is known for its graphics processing units, which it turns out are great for running PC videogames and crunching machine learning algorithms. So why not showcase both at once? The game is a simple driving simulator meant as a proof of concept. Nvidia took footage of a real city, rendered it using the Titan Five video card, and mapped it onto a game world created with the Unreal Engine 4. And according to the researchers that made it happen, this could be used for more than videogames in the future.

Trending on Bing, Canadian astronaut David St. Jacques is on his way to the International Space Station after a launch yesterday, where he plans to wear a new T-shirt. No, not just any shirt, but a new bio-monitor smart shirt. It’s designed by Montreal-based Carré Technologies and it’s designed to collect information about the effects of life in space without being too much of a bother to St. Jacques. Data to be collected includes blood oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, and breathing rate. I guess you don’t get much privacy when you’re an astronaut.

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Brian Jackson
Brian Jacksonhttp://www.itbusiness.ca
Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

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