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With a leaner model, startups reach further afield

from The New York Times

Lee Redden, 26, a Ph.D. student in engineering at Stanford University, recently decided to shelve his education and help found a startup company. His skills lie in a couple of red-hot niches of artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine learning. Yet he is not applying his talents to Internet search, online commerce or intelligence surveillance. Redden's ambitions are further afield — in farm fields, actually. His company, Blue River Technology, is developing a robotic weed killer for organic farms, which shun chemical pesticides. The new venture, he said, is "a great way to bring this technology to agriculture." The startup here points to the latest stage of evolution in Silicon Valley, the world's epicenter of innovation. more


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