MMC Ventures have put out another great report. It’s a treasure trove of great charts and fascinating stats.
61,000 Gigabytes per second will be transferred by humanity, by the year 2020 (Cisco, MMC Ventures)
Investment dollars into early-stage AI companies globally have increased ten-fold in four years, to over $5B in 2016 (CB Insights)
In just the last 12 months, 6,600 articles referencing AI have appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, the Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal (Signal Media)
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s AI and Research Group have recently announced a new open-source deep learning interface called Gluon, jointly developed
by the companies to let developers “prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps,” according to an announcementreleased by the companies.
Around $1.5M has been invested into the research so far at the University of Michigan, part-funded by the software company Tome themselves and also the Trek Corporation, with the aim of making cycling safer by allowing cars and bikes to ‘talk’ to each other using artificial intelligence.
The suggested products, described by Trek’s brand manager Eric Bjorling as “the most important thing happening in cycling right now”, would be beneficial to both cyclists and drivers. For cyclists, apps that could be integrated into existing accessories such as lights would be a more attractive proposition rather than forking out for an aftermarket product – the idea would be for the AI to give alerts when the cyclist is approaching areas where there is a high rate of collisions, and also provide information on road surfaces and weather conditions in real-time.
After nine months in darkness, the digital billboards in London’s Piccadilly Circus are about to come back bigger and brighter than ever before. Cameras concealed within the screen will track the make, model, and colour of passing cars to deliver more targeted adverts. Brands can even pre-program triggers so that specific adverts are played when a certain model of car passes the screen, according to Landsec, the company the owns the screens.
Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Samsung, and L’Oréal have all signed up to the new screen, which can recognise vehicle make, model and colour to target adverts
Safe autonomous driving may be one of the most difficult engineering challenges that any AI system has been asked to do since the birth of AI over sixty years ago. The difficulty is not within the task itself, but rather in the extremely small margin of allowable error given the human life at stake and the extremely large number of edge cases that have to be accounted for.
In this paper, MIT researchers propose and evaluate a method for discovering edge cases by monitoring the disagreement between two monocular-vision-based automated steering systems. The first is a proprietary Tesla Autopilot system equipped in the first generation of Autopilot-capable vehicles. The second is an end-to-end neural network trained on a large-scale naturalistic dataset of 420 hours or 45 million frames of autonomous driving in Tesla vehicles.
Baidu, China’s internet technology giant, hopes to be in the business of mass producing autonomous cars by 2021, thanks to a partnership with BAIC Group, a Chinese automaker which will handle the manufacturing part of that equation. BAIC Group is one of Baidu’s many partners for its Apollo autonomous driving program, and it’ll use the open platform to produce vehicles with Level 3 autonomous features by 2019 before moving on to fully self-driving Level 4 cars by 2021, the companies announced.
Baidu will contribute cybersecurity, image recognition and self-driving, as well as its DuerOS virtual assistant capabilities, and BAIC will integrate those technologies into its own vehicles.
Google will invest $1B over the next five years in nonprofit organizations helping people adjust to the changing nature of work, the largest philanthropic pledge to date from the Internet giant.
The announcement of the national digital skills initiative, made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Pittsburgh is a tacit acknowledgment from one of the world’s most valuable companies that it bears some responsibility for rapid advances in technology that are radically reshaping industries and eliminating jobs in the U.S. and around the world.
HealthifyMe has unveiled its conversational AI-enabled nutritionist Ria. The advanced AI coach, which has been under works for a while, will be launched in the coming months in Beta.
Developed under the codename ‘Project Amadeus’, Ria uses key learnings obtained from HealthifyMe’s 150 million tracked meals (20 billion+ macro/micronutrients) and 10M message exchanges (1 billion+ words) between coaches and clients.
‘Sophia’ the robot, spoke at the United Nations, telling the audience she is ‘a year-and-a-half old and I can see you, have a full conversation, make thousands of facial expressions and understand speech and meaning behind words’.
It added: ‘And I just got these new hands – check this out’ before moving its fingers. United Nations deputy secretary general Amina J Mohammed asks the robot a question about how the UN can help those without basic needs such as electricity. ‘Sophia’ quotes William Gibson before talking about how AI is more efficient and can be used to better distribute resources. The robot thanks the audience before attempting a slightly forced smile.