California regulators have announced two pilot programmes that allow transportation companies operating autonomous vehicles to provide rides to members of the public. These programmes apply to any companies that use self-driving vehicles that have been approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and California Public Utilities Commission.
According to a statement issued by the CPUC, the first pilot programme “authorises Transportation Charter-Party Carrier (TCP) permit-holders to use test autonomous vehicles to provide passenger service, as long as the TCP permit-holder also holds an ‘Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program Manufacturer’s Testing Permit’ issued by the DMV.” In these cases, a driver is required to be in the vehicle, and the company is not allowed to charge passengers for the ride.
When a “normal” algorithm generated by artificial intelligence is asked what it sees in an abstract shape it chooses something cheery: “A group of birds sitting on top of a tree branch.” Norman sees a man being electrocuted. The psychopathic algorithm was created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as part of an experiment to see what training AI on data from “the dark corners of the net” would do to its world view.
The fact that Norman’s responses were so much darker
illustrates a harsh reality in the new world of machine learning, said Prof Iyad Rahwan, part of the three-person team from MIT’s Media Lab which developed Norman. “Data matters more than the algorithm. “It highlights the idea that the data we use to train AI is reflected in the way the AI perceives the world and how it behaves.”
China’s largest streaming service, iQIYI, is bringing one of its most popular television shows to North and South America. The dance-off reality TV show Hot-Blood Dance Crewwill now be shown on Rakuten Viki, a popular video platform that allows Americans to stream Asian dramas like Boys Over Flowers, My Love From the Star, and Goblin.
Hot-Blood Dance Crew was created with help from iQIYI’s AI Brain, a system that uses machine learning algorithms to analyse video and search data and predict audiences’ likes and dislikes. iQIYI previously used the in-house AI to help create the rap reality show Rap of China, which debuted last June and became immensely popular; it had nearly 3 billion views during its initial run.
One in five consumers in the European Union have shopped using a voice assistant like Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa or a chatbot, a practice that’s set to grow in coming years, according to a study by Mastercard Inc.
So-called conversational commerce, where customers buy products through talking to a device powered by artificial intelligence, will make up $40 billion, or 6 percent, of all online spending in the U.S. by 2022, payments firm Mastercard said in a statement. Research shows 21 percent of EU residents have shopped, 16 percent made payments and 7 percent did banking using voice or text agents.
A team of engineering researchers from the University of Toronto has created an algorithm to dynamically disrupt facial recognition systems. Led by Professor Parham Aarabi and graduate student Avishek Bose, the team used a deep learning technique called “adversarial training”, which pits two artificial intelligence algorithms against each other.
Aarabi and Bose designed a set of two neural networks, the first one identifies faces and the other works on disrupting the facial recognition task of the first. The two constantly battle and learn from each other, setting up an ongoing AI arms race.
Bessemer Venture Partners is doubling down on its investments in healthcare start-ups enlisting artificial intelligence tools with the launch of a $10 million fund to invest in seed stage companies. Leading the fund are Stephen Kraus, a partner with Bessemer Venture Partners, and Adam Fisher, a partner who serves as the head of investments in Israel and manages the firm’s Herzliya, Israel office, according to a TechCrunch report.
The Deep Health Seed Program will invest $100,000 to $2 million in the companies it targets. The fund’s first investment is Subtle Medical, which focuses on AI applications for radiology images, according to the report.