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DC daily roundup: Where to cowork in DC metro; software’s role in tech’s future; CIA’s first CTO on AI

Plus, TD Bank's first local branch east of the river.

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DMV coworking guide: Top 20 spaces to know

Despite the rise in remote work since the pandemic, physical space still matters for innovative entrepreneurs. That’s where this coworking guide comes in.

For some of the spaces listed, there’s a twist. For example, we featured places where fitness and coworking come together, offering yoga and rock climbing. You can learn more about these offerings by reading up on the 20 locales and providers highlighted in my latest article.

➡️ Get the details in the coworking guide here.

Software is no longer the future of technology

For a generation, “tech” has been synonymous with “code.” That’s changing, with investments in robots, gene therapies — and, yes, AI.

As our CEO Chris Wink wrote, the last few years saw a focus on putting funds toward building physical things, like semiconductor chips and robots. Of course, software is involved, it’s just baked into the process — like the telephone.

AI is a kind of software, Wink said, but just about everyone is betting on it marking a new stage. Opportunities and limits with AI rely on chips and energy storage. In other words, that’s physical technology.

➡️ Read our CEO’s weekly column here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• DXC Technologies, based in Ashburn, is partnering with Microsoft and a Dutch transportation infrastructure firm to build a generative AI tool. [Washington Biz Journal]

• The CIA’s first chief technology officer is leading the agency’s incorporation of generative AI. Nand Mulchandani, who has been in the role since 2022, spoke about the progress. [Associated Press]

• The container ship that caused the Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore was refloated this morning, nearly two months after the disaster. [WTOP]

• A group of undergrads at Johns Hopkins University developed a quieter leaf blower. The design could be available in stores in a couple of years. [Johns Hopkins]

• TD Bank opened its first branch east of the river earlier this month. The 3,527-square-foot store will be open seven days a week, with space dedicated to financial literacy education and community events. [Washington Informer]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Unstuck Labs hosts startup pitch workshops every Tuesday. The next session is on May 21. [Details here]

• The Black Code Collective is hosting a learning session about Application Programming Interfaces on Wednesday, May 22. [Details here]

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