German logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group is partnering with Nvidia and auto supplier ZF to deploy a test fleet of autonomous delivery trucks next year. Nvidia
CEO Jensen Huang made the announcement at the GPU Technology Conference in Munich, Germany. Nvidia is known as a graphics processing chipmaker. But the company has been diversifying new technologies, notably artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.
Deutsche Post will outfit its StreetScooter electric delivery vehicles with ZF’s self-driving system called ProAI—basically the brain of the car, which is powered with Nvidia’s Drive PX technology. ZF’s package of sensors that include cameras, radar, and light ranging and detection radar known as LiDAR will connect to the self-driving system.
Petuum, a startup that aims to provide enterprises with the tools they need to deploy machine learning, announced today that it has raised a whopping $93 million series B funding round, led by SoftBank.
The funds will be used primarily to hire engineers, salespeople, and marketers, as Petuum works to commercialise its software, according to Eric Xing, the company’s founder and CEO. Petuum is working to create a platform for building machine learning and deep learning applications through its own custom virtualization and operating system. The company is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is staffed by people from Carnegie Mellon University, where Xing is a tenured professor of Computer Science.
The firm is partnering with Madrona Venture Partners, Notion Capital and Vertex Ventures to host this competition, which is looking for (very) early-stage AI startups in North America, Europe and Israel. The Innovate.AI competition will award $1M in funding to one startup per region (North America, Europe and Israel), in addition to a $500K “AI for Good” prize. All prizes also come with $500K in Azure credits (though there is no expectation that the participating startups use Azure).
Dell Technologies launched a new Internet of Things division to integrate products and services across the company, as well as new tools to speed up implementations, and it plans to invest $1 billion in research and development over the next three years.
The new division within Dell Technologies will be run by VMware CTO Ray O’Farrell. His first mission will be to develop IoT products and services throughout the company and develop new technologies. CEO Michael Dell said AI and IoT will create one “interdependent ecosystem from the edge to the core to the cloud.” Gartner estimates that IoT will save consumers and businesses more than $1 trillion a year in maintenance, services and consumables by 2022.
AI assistant Cortana is now available on Skype, Microsoft announced. Cortana on Skype can chat either one-on-one, like you would with any friend, or be summoned into conversations to handle tasks like scheduling events, finding nearby restaurants, or sharing IMDB movie reviews. Cortana for Skype will begin to roll out today for iOS and Android users in the United States, according to a blog post.
Cortana will now appear as a permanent contact in every Skype user’s contact list. When chatting one-on-one, Cortana can answer questions the same way she can elsewhere: Ask for things like directions or a weather forecast and Cortana will deliver answers via visual cards.
Researchers at William Carey University in Mississippi are studying how disaster drones could carry medical kits to victims in a mass casualty event, before an ambulance arrives. Bystanders could use the kits to help victims, or first responders on the scene could use them when multiple victims are injured.
While most people find video glitches or artifacts distracting, some folks see the beauty in them. One of those is programmer and visual artist David Kraftsow, known for his trippy YooouuuTuuubegenerator and
delightfully droll First Person Tetris. One of his latest projects is a Twitter bot called @youtubeartifact that generates so-called Glitch Art out of the occasionally delightful hiccups produced by YouTube’s MP4 motion compensation algorithm.
Once it finds a promising video, the bot then exploits a technique called ” datamoshing.” YouTube uses H.264 motion compression on MP4 videos, which fully captures only select frames (i-frames), filling in the rest with b-frames or p-frames that save the temporal differences between frames. While that conserves space, the image breaks up if any of the i-frames are missing.
Deepgram, a startup applying machine learning to audio data, is releasing its machine transcription platform this morning for free. No more will you have to pay for other services like Trint to get the dirty work of automated transcription done. Hint: it has something to do with data.
Deepgram is using deep learning for its transcription too— good old convolutional and recurrent neural networks. Everything is generalised in the free version, but paid offerings might include custom training on company and product names, as well as terms of art in a given industry.
Researchers have created edible, environmentally-friendly soft robots which could one day find purpose in the medical and research fields.
Now, researchers from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, are developing robots which are not only squishy but safe to eat.As first reported by IEEE Spectrum, the research team, hailing from EPFL’s Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, has created a prototype which uses gelatin to be safe to consume, biodegradable, and environmentally sustainable.