The NASA and Intel AI teams will be at CogX London 11-12 June, taking us through their work and how we can use AI to ‘help establish humanity as a space-faring civilization and solve problems that potentially affect all of us here on Earth’.
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CogX London: Festival of AI (11-12 June) will be the single biggest AI event in Europe, bringing together over 3,000 global innovators, 300 speakers, and 100 market-leading exhibitors.
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Uptake, a SaaS startup that uses machine learning to read and understand how machines are working, and also anticipate when they may break down or need other attention, has closed a Series D round of $117M at a post-money valuation of $2.3B.
Uptake — co-founded by Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, two co-founders of Groupon who held different roles there including CEO — is capitalising on two existing factors in the industrial market: 1) most industrial companies do have some kind of sensors on their equipment today, but most of the time they are completely unused and 2) hese businesses are losing millions and sometimes billions of dollars because of ageing and faulty equipment that they are not able to monitor and service correctly.
DJI is fighting a claim by one United States government office that its commercial drones and software may be sending sensitive information about American infrastructure back to China, in the latest clash over the power of data in the growing technological rivalry between the two countries. It also shows how consumer technology companies have become increasingly central to debates about national security.
The company, formally named Da Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Company, put out a statement this month contesting the allegations made in a dispatch from United States customs officials. The memo, from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, was dated in August but had begun to circulate online more recently.
To deal with the sheer volume of information and gain competitive advantage, the news industry has started to explore and invest in news automation. In this paper, the authors present Reuters Tracer, a system that automates end-to-end news production using Twitter data. It is capable of detecting, classifying, annotating, and disseminating news in real time for Reuters journalists without manual intervention. In contrast to other similar systems, Tracer is topic and domain agnostic. It has a bottom-up approach to news detection, and does not rely on a predefined set of sources or subjects.
Designing algorithms to generate news that meets the standards of Reuters journalists in accuracy and timeliness is quite challenging. But Tracer is able to achieve competitive precision, recall, timeliness, and veracity on news detection and delivery. In this paper, they reveal our key algorithm designs and evaluations that helped them achieve this goal, and lessons learned along the way.
Created and launched as a project of the One Hundred Year Study on AI at Stanford University (AI100), the AI Index is an open, not-for-profit project to track activity and progress in AI. It aims to facilitate an informed conversation about AI that is grounded in data.
In this inaugural annual report of the AI Index they look at activity and progress in Artificial Intelligence through a range of perspectives. They aggregate data that exists freely on the web, contribute original data, and extract new metrics from combinations of data series.
Google is considering bringing Nest back into its family after the two became separate brands in 2015 under holding company Alphabet, people familiar with the matter told theWall Street Journal. Nest could potentially rejoin Google’s hardware team and the two could make more smart home products that rival Amazon’s lineup of Alexa devices.
The two are already pretty integrated — Google Home users can control Nest thermostats and pull up Nest Cam streams through voice command, the result of a few dozen Nest developers being brought on the Google team last year. Now these rumored talks could indicate a deeper partnership in the future that would bring all of Nest’s 1,000 employees onto Google’s team.
Deep convolutional networks have become a popular tool for image generation and restoration. Generally, their excellent performance is imputed to their ability to learn realistic image priors from a large number of example images.
In this paper, researchers show that, on the contrary, the structure of a generator network is sufficient to capture a great deal of low-level image statistics prior to any learning. In order to do so, they show that a randomly-initialized neural network can be used as a handcrafted prior with excellent results in standard inverse problems such as denoising, superresolution, and inpainting.
One of the big worries about delivery drones is what happens if something goes wrong mid-delivery? We don’t want people’s parcels (or the drones carrying them) falling from the sky, causing damage and injury. Well, Amazon thinks this might not actually be a bad idea — as long as the drones fall safely.Earlier this week, the company was granted a patent for the “direct fragmentation for unmanned airborne vehicles.” In other words: a drone that takes itself apart midair if something goes wrong.
The patent describes how an onboard “fragmentation controller” would take charge in the event of a catastrophic failure, like a battery exploding or propellor failing. The computer would quickly study the drone’s flight path, weather conditions, and nearby terrain, before initiating a “fragmentation sequence,” where the drone slowly dismantles itself midair.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will play a “massive” role in healthcare, a technology entrepreneur told CNBC on Thursday. Naveen Jain, the founder of health technology firm Viome, said that there is a big wave of AI coming into the health sector.
“This is a tsunami that’s coming,” Jain told CNBC in a TV
interview from the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Finland. “The sensors are becoming so cheap. For the first time in our lifetime we are able to look deep inside our body to know exactly what is going on.”