Three months after India announced a major mission to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) for its development programmes, the Narendra Modi government has realised that things are easier said than done.
In a discussion paper (pdf) released on June 04, the government’s think-tank Niti Aayog outlined India’s AI strategy, identifying five major sectors to focus on: health care, agriculture, education, smart cities and infrastructure, and smart mobility and transportation. The hurdles the paper identify include:
Israeli proprietary chip developer for deep learning on edge devices Hailo announced the completion of a $12.5 million Series A financing round. The company will use the funding to further develop its deep learning processor, which will deliver datacenter processing capacity to edge devices. This latest funding round brings the total raised to date by the Tel Aviv-based company to $16 million.
Hailo’s breakthrough deep learning processor, whose initial samples are expected to enter the market in first half of 2019, will be able to run embedded AI applications on edge devices that are installed in autonomous vehicles, drones, and smart home appliances such as personal assistants, smart cameras and smart TVs.
Pindrop, a pioneer in voice security and authentication, announced a partnership with Bank of the West, enabling the financial services company to further expand its exceptional customer experience.
“Pindrop’s machine learning technology allows us to better know our customers and more effectively protect their assets,” said Patricia Nowak, Head of Enterprise Customer Experience for Bank of the West. “Using emerging technology to better serve our customers is a key initiative for Bank of the West.”
Nauto, the transportation company that aims to make human drivers safer and train autonomous vehicles for all types of scenarios, has just launched Prevent. Nauto Prevent is designed to prevent distracted driving by notifying drivers when they’ve had their eyes off the road for too long.
Nauto Prevent’s notifications are dependent upon factors like how long you’ve had your eyes averted from the road and how fast you’re driving. If you’ve been distracted for more than five seconds and are driving at 60 mph, you’ll hear a voice notification. But if you continue to be distracted, you’ll hear an alarm. “We designed the whole thing to be really focused on keeping the driver safe without being intrusive,” Nauto CEO Stefan Heck told TechCrunch. “We want to help human drivers, not just rat them out to their boss.”
The US military is increasing spending on a secret research effort to use artificial intelligence to help anticipate the launch of a nuclear-capable missile, as well as track and target mobile launchers in North Korea and elsewhere.
The effort has gone largely unreported, and the few publicly available details about it are buried under a layer of near impenetrable jargon in the latest Pentagon budget. But U.S. officials familiar with the research told Reuters there are multiple classified programs now under way to explore how to develop AI-driven systems to better protect the United States against a potential nuclear missile strike.