Audi A8 goes autonomous. Social Mobility 2017. Politician AI Hackathon. http://ec2-35-176-202-215.eu-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com/news-briefing/.
A report by the Boston Consulting Group commissioned by the Sutton Trust, The State of Social Mobility in the UK, warns that the labour market is likely to become more volatile as workers lose their jobs to automation, estimating that 15 million UK jobs could be at risk of automation, with 63% of all jobs impacted to a medium or large extent.
Check out the news coverage from Sky News, which discusses the findings of the report as well as the reports the government has commissioned to review this topic. Also, be sure to see The Independent‘s take on it, which emphasises that learning ‘essential life skills’ will be key to getting ahead as automation progresses and for forestalling further class schisms.
At its first tech summit, Audi introduced the new A8 with Level 3 autonomy. It’s the first production vehicle that’ll let the driver actually stop paying attention while the car drives itself. Here, the company is making a bet that other companies have decided to pass on.
A Level 3 vehicle can also drive itself without the
driver paying attention. But not all the time and usually only in certain circumstances. Still, that’s a huge leap from what’s currently on the road and requires constant supervision by the driver. But before you start planning on napping while driving to work, this level of autonomy still requires the driver to take over if the system gets confused or fails.
Achieving flexible and adaptive control of simulated bodies is a key element of AI research. Their work aims to develop flexible systems which learn and adapt skills to solve motor control tasks while reducing the manual engineering required to achieve this goal. Future work could extend these approaches to enable coordination of a greater range of behaviours in more complex situations.
In three new papers, they seek ways to produce flexible and natural behaviours that can be reused and adapted to solve tasks.
Security software giant Symantec is continuing its recent spate of acquisitions with the news that it plans to buy US/Israeli cybersecurity company Skycure. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Founded in 2012, Skycure specializes in predicting, detecting, and preventing a range of attacks, including malware, network, and vulnerability exploits. More specifically, the company focuses on mobile threat
defence (MTD), which is particularly crucial to enterprises in an age where “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies are increasingly commonplace. Indeed, the line between personal and professional IT equipment has blurred, meaning companies need to be extra watchful for security threats.
In two weeks, Aida Martinez and Dani Fernández Castro – community leaders in The Fourth Group – will host a Politician AI Hackathon to see how we can automate tasks politicians are expected to do. These tasks include: Understanding voters’ preferences; writing speeches; making strategic decisions in regards to policy proposals, and; addressing problems faced by constituents.
They’re looking for people with experience in politics, data analytics, AI/machine learning, software development, and UX/UI/graphic design. APPLY NOW
Will we one day create machines that are essentially just like us? People have been wrestling with that question since the advent of robotics. But maybe we’re missing another, even more intriguing question: what can robots teach us about ourselves? Shankar Vedantam, host of Hidden Brain, ponders that question with Kate Darling of the MIT Media Lab in a special taping at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
I’m currently reading a book called Echo Boy by Matt Haig, which addresses this ethical issue and more. I highly recommend it.
Have you ever thought of the Toy Story films as sci fi? Dan Gärdenfors thinks they have many interesting themes that could apply to the Internet of Things. When people start bringing more “smart” devices to their homes, they will create a setting for Toy Story behaviours, such as addictive personalities and leadership conflicts.
He says that just like Woody experienced in Toy Story, leadership might be challenged every time a new and potentially smarter device is introduced to the home. Since technology develops fast, the leader device probably needs to be upgraded or replaced frequently. While less capable devices might get away with minimal user interfaces, one of the most important tasks for a leader device is to communicate with people.
Yesterday, Quartz presented their most ambitious special project to date, Machines With Brains. It’s an outgrowth of their obsession with AI, robots, drones, self-driving cars, and chatbots. While the obsession focuses on the latest news and advancements in robotics and AI, today’s project delves more deeply into what it means to be human in a world that is increasingly powered by these technologies.
To accompany the release, Quartz partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and DigitasLBi to debut a chatbot, which will help users learn more about the stories’ topics and how HPE creates technology related to the series.
Robbie Allen, Founder & Chairman at AInsights, has put together a great batch of free AI and ML resources.
The sections he has are: well-known researchers, AI organizations, video courses, bloggers, Medium writers, books, YouTube channels, Quora topics, subreddits, Github repos, podcasts, newsletters, conferences, research links, tutorials, and cheat sheets.
Given audio of President Barack Obama, researchers from The University of Washington have synthesized a high quality video of him speaking with accurate lip sync, composited into a target video clip. Trained on many hours of his weekly address footage, a recurrent neural network learns the mapping from raw audio features to mouth shapes.
Given the mouth shape at each time instant, they synthesise high-quality mouth texture and composite it with proper 3D pose matching to change what he appears to be saying in a target video to match the input audio track. Their approach produces photorealistic results.