Patreon Makes Space To Create | TC Cribs

Patreon Makes Space To Create | TC Cribs
In today’s episode of Cribs we head to San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood to check out the digs at Patreon, a subscription-based funding platform for artists. This also happens to be the episode where I take over as the new host of the show. Hello my new friends.
Patreon is all about the creatives. You get a sense of just how important the work of musicians, artists, and other makers is to this startup’s culture when you first walk in the door. Giant murals deck the walls alongside the productions of writers and artists on the site. Employees gather for jam sessions morning or mid-afternoon, utilizing the many musical instruments available in the front of the office. Stars of Youtube shows also drop in on a regular basis for a recording in Patreon’s built-in recording studio.
Youtube star and one-half of the band Pomplamoose Jack Conte co-founded Patreon with AdWhirl founder Sam Yam back in the spring of 2013. Conte still records music at the office. He recently took us on a tour of the place to show how the work gets done in this creative environment.
Watch the video embedded above to see Patreon’s art-filled and very colorful space – and my first go at hosting the show.

Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display

Looking Glass Founders See Their L3D Cube As A New Type Of Display
Earlier this year, Looking Glass successfully raised $252,000 on Kickstarter for its 3D LED cube, dubbed the L3D Cube.
Now the startup actually is shipping cubes — or, rather, kits for assembling your cube — and co-founders Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne are getting settled into a new office in Brooklyn. (Frayne is splitting his time between Brooklyn and Hong Kong.) So we stopped by to take a look at the cube and get a better sense of the team’s vision.
In the video above, you can see the cube in action, displaying different visualizations (including one downloaded from
Cubetube
, the company’s “YouTube for cubes”) and responding to Hornstein’s voice. The pair sees the L3D Cube as a step in the evolution of “
volumetric displays
” — or, as Hornstein put it, “a simple hologram.”
Granted, the cube can’t show particularly detailed images or animations, but Frayne said that’s the next step.
“We’re doing these stages to understand how people interact with this very very different type of display,” he said. “It’s not a screen, it’s like a living digital object that takes up real space.”

Reminder: Get Your Discounted Student Tickets To Disrupt SF 2015

Reminder: Get Your Discounted Student Tickets To Disrupt SF 2015
Matt Burns
Disrupt SF is coming up fast, and we still have some student tickets available for the show at the deeply discounted price of $300 a piece.
Previously, these tickets were only available to those enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school with a valid student ID and current transcript, but we’ve now opened these cheap tickets up to all you recent grads out there, as well. Now, folks who graduated in the spring of 2015 (May-June 2015) can get in on the action.
To get your discounted Disrupt tickets, just send an email to students@techcrunch.com for more information. Current students should send a copy of a valid student ID card and transcripts showing your current enrollment status. Recent grads should send copies of their student IDs, transcripts and confirmation of graduation.
Once we’ve confirmed your status, we’ll send you information on how to purchase your student tickets, which will get you all the perks and benefits of a standard ticket for a fraction of the price. You’ll get to hobnob with some of the most influential minds in the tech community, from venture capitalists to entrepreneurs and, of course, your favorite TechCrunch writers and editors.
You’ll get to attend all of the fireside chats with folks like Sprig CEO Gagan Biyani and Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, tour the startups in Startup and Hardware Alley and network at all of the after parties. It’s a great way to make connections with the people who matter in the tech industry who may very well be the people you end up working for once you’re done with school. Or even to see if that tech project you and your classmates have been working on is ready to go to the next level.
If nothing else, you’ll probably have tons of fun and learn a lot about startups and technology and what it takes to make an impact in the Valley.

Driving Your Car Will Soon Be Illegal

Driving Your Car Will Soon Be Illegal
Jay Samit
Driving a car will be illegal by 2030. Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, man’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted.
The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber, climate change or improvements in mass transportation. Driving should and will be made illegal because we now have the technology to prevent deadly traffic accidents; one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe. More than 1.2 million people are killed in car accidents globally each year (which is more than the total casualties suffered by both sides in the Korean War).
Last year, more than 275,000 Chinese, 238,000 Indians and 33,000 Americans died in preventable traffic accidents. Since Ralph Nader first took on the auto industry by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, automobile manufacturers have radically improved the safety and reliability of motor vehicles.
Seatbelts, airbags, anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitoring systems have all reduced traffic fatalities. But until now, car makers were unable to deal with the single biggest cause of traffic fatalities: human error. We now have at hand the technology to save millions of lives, but do we have the willpower as a society to mandate its use?
Autonomous vehicles don’t drive drunk, don’t drive distracted and don’t fall asleep at the wheel.
Google’s autonomous vehicles have now logged more than one million miles on roads dominated by human-driven cars. Subjected to the same real-world road conditions as us mere mortals, self-driving cars have been through rain, sleet and snow. Autonomous vehicles have driven the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe 40 times — without incident.
In fact, self-driving machines have been hit by human drivers 11 times, but never been the cause of a single accident. According to the data, human driver error is responsible for 94 percent of all crashes across the planet. And regardless of the amount of education or training, human behavior behind the wheel is not improving. Alcohol is now responsible for more than a third of all traffic-related fatalities worldwide.
In the United States, one out of four accidents is caused by texting and driving (which is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk). The more technology we put in human hands, the worse our driving habits become. And unlike robots, humans need rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 69 percent of adult drivers report driving while drowsy at least once a month.
Autonomous vehicles don’t drive drunk, don’t drive distracted and don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Self-driving cars are wired with cameras, infrared sensors, networked maps and a host of other software, which empowers them to accurately avoid dangers in ways humans can’t.
They can brake faster, swerve quicker and anticipate changes in road conditions that are imperceptible to the human eye (such as obstacles beyond the visible range of headlights). Robots also communicate with each other more efficiently and effectively than human-navigated vehicles.
Imagine Waze for robotic vehicles: Software guiding millions of drivers at optimal speeds, reducing congestion, shortening commutes and eliminating the need for costly public road expansion projects.
The British government is so convinced that autonomous vehicles will save and improve lives that it recently invested more than £50 million for trials aimed at making Britain a global hub for testing rules for driverless cars and building the components for these vehicles. In the U.S., the University of Michigan just dedicated 32 acres to build a self-driving test track.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shocked the world when he proclaimed, “people may outlaw driving cars because it’s too dangerous.” With two billion legacy vehicles on the roads today, a full transition to autonomous vehicles will take nearly two decades to achieve.
But according to the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C., attaining a partial penetration will save 21,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone. We should all work on making human driving illegal by 2030 — as if our lives depended on it. Because another 20 million people are going to die needlessly if we don’t.

Apple Shares Tumble 5% Amid China Concerns

Apple Shares Tumble 5% Amid China Concerns

Apple suffered a 5 percent drop in its share price Tuesday as Wall Street reacted strongly to news from China that the government is further devaluing the yuan. The currency devaluation is likely to increase import costs of devices for Apple in the region.
The announcement from China’s central bank that official guidance for the yuan would be reduced 2 percent to 6.2298 yuan per dollar, its lowest point in three years, sent the $700 billion tech giant’s shares tumbling. A drop worth tens of billions in market cap value.
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source: Yahoo Finance
The yuan news prompted concerns that the currency devaluation can only harm Apple and will likely aid its main electronics competitors in the region, including Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo, who will benefit from the impact of a stronger dollar on their global sales. The price target for the company was cut today to $130 from $135 at Jefferies, which cited uncertainty surrounding iPhone demand in China.
During last month’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook went out of his way to note that China was likely headed to become Apple’s largest market, with business there making up 27 percent of Apple’s global sales.
Stocks closed Tuesday with AAPL trading at $113.55, 5.15 percent lower than the previous day’s close.