Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are aiming to develop robots that can both maneuver around on land and take to the skies. In a new paper, the team presented a system of eight quadcopter drones that can fly and drive through a city-like setting with parking spots, no-fly zones, and landing pads.
“This work provides an algorithmic solution for large-scale, mixed-mode transportation and shows its applicability to real-world problems,” says Jingjin Yu, a computer science professor at Rutgers University who was not involved in the research.
How do ongoing advances in technology affect business management? That’s the question the prolific writing duo of Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee pose in their new book, “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future,” which was published yesterday.
The authors say that “Machine, Platform, Crowd” is the answer to a question: How should I think differently about running my organization in this era of crazy technological progress? We need to rethink the balance between the work that we ask human minds to do in organizations, and the work we give to machines. We need to rethink whether you have a product orientation or a platform orientation. And we need to rethink the core of an organisation, if there are literally these hundreds of millions of strangers out there across the internet who you can tap into.
When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art world. It wasn’t a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer based on 168,263 Rembrandt painting fragments.
Andres Guadamuz, Senior Lecturer In Intellectual Property asks: who owns creative works generated by AI? In the UK and other countries such as Ireland and New Zealand, computer-generated works do have copyright, which belongs to “the person by whom the arrangements necessary for the creation of the work are undertaken”. Other European countries lack similar provisions in their legislation.
Cybersecurity has become one of the biggest priorities for businesses and governments, as practically all of life migrates its way to data centres and the cloud. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Sam Palmisano, former chairman and CEO of IBM, and Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity strategy at Illumio, speak with McKinsey about how governments and companies can vastly improve their cyberprotections.
UK chip designer ARM released a report yesterday highlighting which industries consumers expect to be disrupted the most by AI machines.
The report — carried out in partnership with Northstar Research Partners and based on responses from 3,938 consumers — found that people expect everything from banking to farming to be impacted by AI. For example, these are the industries which people thought would be the most affected:
Check out Yui, Toyota’s AI assistant. Yui talks to you while you’re behind the wheel. It measures emotional responses to routes and even suggests where to go or what to do once you get into the car. “A demo video of Yui from Toyota envisions a man forming a 20-year bond with his own Yui assistant, with the AI knowing about his family, interests and personality very deeply,” reports TechCrunch.
Dr. Micha Breakstone, co-founder of chorus.ai, has written a great summary of the advances in speech recognition, describing how important the invention of deep neural networks was for this advancement. Impressively, the accuracy of transcription engines surged from around 84% in 2012 to almost 90% in less than two years.
Although the achieved laboratory results are ground-breaking and significant, under non-sterile conditions (i.e., background noises, speakers with an accent that use a non-restricted vocabulary such as people’s names, abbreviations, and slang), the results are substantially worse. Check out the blogpost for the full scoop.
A group of Leeds University robotics students have used research on beer pouring techniques to create a robot capable of pouring a pint.
The School of Mechanical Engineering students were commissioned by local engineering company Quality Bearings to create the pint-pulling robot in the “The Perfect Pint Project”. The robot’s pint skills were tested on taste, consistency and wastage with all being impressed with the results.