On Friday, Lyft, the ride-hailing company, announced that it was developing its own self-driving technology, marking yet another company’s gamble that the future of transportation will be marked by self-driving cars.
“We aren’t thinking of our self-driving division as a side project. It’s core to our business,” said Luc Vincent, vice president of autonomous technology at Lyft. “That’s why 10 percent of our engineers are already focused on developing self-driving technology — and we’ll continue to grow that team in the months ahead.” “Lyft is not getting into the business of manufacturing a car,” Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s chief strategy officer said. “We’re on our way to creating a self-driving system. Then the auto industry can bring it to life.”
The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.
“Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones,” said Aviation Minister Lord Martin Callanan. The drone safety awareness test will involve potential flyers having to “prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations”, it said. Similar registration rules in the US were successfully challenged in court in March 2017 and as a result are currently not applicable to non-commercial flyers.
Meet Albert, who is making the world of marketing less tedious by the day. He is the creation of Israeli tech firm Adgorithms.The idea of Albert was to centralise and automate the manual processes a marketer does day to day: planning, executing and reporting on campaigns, across all channels – search, social, email and display.
“All of our clients refer to him as ‘He’. He has his own personality at the end of the day. When you purchase Albert, it’s a little bit like you hired
another team member. We really replace work that otherwise would be done manually. So that’s why it’s easier to call it ‘he’,” said Or Shani, CEO of Adgorithms.
Microsoft Security Risk Detection, previously known as Project Springfield, is a cloud-based tool that developers can use to look for bugs and other security vulnerabilities in the software they are preparing to release or use. The tool is designed to catch the vulnerabilities before the software goes out the door, saving companies the heartache of having to patch a bug, deal with crashes or respond to an attack after it has been released.
David Molnar, the Microsoft researcher who leads the group delivering the risk detection tool, said companies have traditionally hired security experts to do this kind of work, which is called fuzz testing, if they did it at all. As the sheer volume of software that companies create and use has increased, it’s gotten harder to keep up with the dizzying pace of testing so much software – but more important than ever to keep systems safe from attackers.
Fast.ai released their newest free course, Computational Linear Algebra, including an online textbook and a series of videos, and covering applications (using Python) such as how to identify the foreground in a surveillance video, how to categorize documents, the algorithm powering Google’s search, how to reconstruct an image from a CT scan, and more.
Have you ever scrambled around at an airport, hunting down a power outlet for your laptop or smartphone? Amazon’s inventors have the answer: a power-charging robot that’ll come to your side and let you plug in, for a price.
The robot is the subject of a patent published recently, which is based on an application filed by a Seattle-based Amazon team back in 2015. The newly published patent lays out a detailed system for a fleet of robots that can be summoned in an airport, shopping mall or other public place. You could even set up a mobile app to have a robot show up unbidden when your device’s charge drops below a certain level.
The UK government is looking for as many ideas as possible for how machine learning can help Innovate UK make the best use of its existing data. You should show how you would develop and test a prototype application. You can find out more about the data that they will provide to successful applicants in Annex A on the secure server (FTP) site. The FTP site will be available after you register.
Competition opens: Today
Registration closes: Wednesday 6 September 2017 12:00pm
Earlier this week, TechCrunch were honored to host many of the greatest minds in the field on the MIT campus — the birthplace of much of this robotic innovation. Industry and university leaders joined us at TC Sessions: Robotics, including Amazon Robotics’ Tye Brady, Disney Robotics’ Martin Buehler, MIT CSAIL director Daniela Rus, ABB’s Sami Atiya and all three iRobot cofounders, Colin
Angle, Helen Grenier and Rodney Brooks.
Check out the videos here on The Future of Industrial Robotics, Collaborative Robots at Work, and more.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced that it will work with Neurala to develop intelligent cameras for public safety users. The goal is to enable police officers to more efficiently search for objects or persons of interest, such as missing children and suspects.
“We see powerful potential for artificial intelligence to improve safety and efficiency for our customers, which in turn helps create safer communities,” said Paul Steinberg, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions. “But applying AI in a public safety setting presents unique challenges. Neurala’s ‘edge learning’ capabilities will help us explore solutions for a variety of public safety workflows such as finding a missing child or investigating an object of interest, such as a bicycle.”