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Sophia, the worlds most advanced humanoid released to date was granted an honorary citizenship a few months ago by Saudi Arabia. In a move that set the net flooding with awe and dismay, this act probably triggered the first step towards recognising artificial intelligence being in the room and not at door step. The UN joined to recognise Sophia as the world's first UN Innovation Champion by UNDP. While these moves were music to many, artificial intelligence is raising a lot of divided opinions across the best of brains in science and technology. A quote widely in circulation on the social media on Einstein's premonition of a world having a generation of idiots may have its fair share of laughs.

China Gives Baidu Go-Ahead for Self-Driving Tests After U.S. Crash

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's capital city has given the green light to tech giant Baidu Inc to test self-driving cars on city streets, an important step as the country looks to bolster its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles.

Baidu obtains plates to test autonomous cars on public roads in Beijing


Beijing's traffic authority has issued five plates to Baidu on Thursday, allowing the Chinese search engine giant to start testing self-driving vehicles developed by company on public roads. Temporary plates for autonomous driving tests are designated into five categories, ranging from T1 to T5. The five T3 plates obtained by Baidu on Thursday are so far the highest level of plates issued in China, and require the tested vehicles to possess comprehensive abilities including cognition and traffic law compliance, route execution, and emergency execution, according to a Sina news report. The Beijing traffic authority has set stringent requirements for autonomous driving tests on public roads in the city. All the tests are only allowed to be conducted on 33 roads with a total length of 105km outside the "fifth ring road" in Beijing, which is about 10km from the centre of the city.

Look out, Face ID: This hat can fool facial recognition


Researchers from Fudan University in China, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Indiana University, and Alibaba Inc. have created a baseball cap that can reliably fool facial recognition software into thinking that you're, well, not you. The researchers laced the inside of the cap with tiny LEDs that projected infrared dots onto "strategic spots" on the wearer's face to subtly alter their features, in a technique known as "adversarial learning." The device made a facial-recognition system called FaceNet misidentify its targets as various public figures (including musician Moby and Korean politician Lee Hoi-chang) 70 percent of the time. SEE ALSO: Apple's still trying to convince us Face ID is cool So while they can fool security cameras, they can't yet fool your friends into thinking you're Moby (as much as we wish they could). "Attacker" refers to the volunteer wearing the hat; "victim" refers to the figure they're trying to impersonate.

Meet the startups that pitched at EF's 9th Demo Day in London


Entrepreneur First (EF), the company builder and "talent first" investor, held its ninth London Demo Day this afternoon. Once again, the pitches took place in front of a packed crowd at King's Place in London's King Cross area, seeing 19 startups pitch their wares to investors, press and other actors in the European tech scene. EF stands out from the plethora of demo days that the U.K. capital city hosts because of the way the investor backs individuals "pre-team, pre-idea" -- meaning that the companies pitching only came into existence over the last 6 months and perhaps may never have done so without the founders entering the programme. As is now a tradition, prior to the pitches, EF co-founder Matt Clifford took the chance to announce some EF news of its own. Already operating in London, Singapore and Berlin, the company builder -- which last year picked up backing in a $12.4 million round led by Silicon Valley's Greylock Partners -- is expanding to Hong Kong to double down on its Asia ambitions, kicking off with a local programme in July.

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan creates self-parking slippers

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Nissan has developed a new range of self-parking slippers. Using the same ProPilot Park system that is in Nissan's self-driving cars, the'smart' shoes have in-built sensors, a motor and a concealed set of wheels. Using the same ProPilot Park system that is in Nissan's self-driving cars, the'smart' shoes have in-built sensors, a motor and a concealed set of wheels. Whilst the space-age lounge wear may appeal to both the clean-freaks and the lazy, it sadly will not be available to customers. Nissan created the prototype's to show-off the technology that it is creating for its self-driving cars.

China's hospitals turn to AI to make up for doctor shortage


We already use AI in medicine to examine medical scans and spot signs of diabetes, among other applications. In China, though, artificial intelligence can do more than just assist medical professionals: it can help alleviate the country's doctor shortage. A hospital in Beijing, for instance, will start running all its lung scans through an algorithm that can expedite the screening process starting next month. The software was developed by a Beijing-based startup called PereDoc, and it can quickly spot nodules and other early signs of lung diseases. According to MIT's Technology Review, China has been beefing up its health care facilities with AI tools as part of its nationwide AI push, especially since there are only 1.5 doctors for every 1,000 people in the country, compared with 2.5 for every thousand in the US.

Suspected US drone strike kills 7 al-Qaida fighters in Yemen

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SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed seven alleged al-Qaida operatives in the central Marib province. They said Thursday's strike hit a house believed to have been used by the militants. The U.S. is believed to have carried out at least five drone strikes in Yemen since the beginning of March. The tribal leaders spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen affiliate is known, has long been seen as the global network's most dangerous branch.

The Wrap: Tokyo Station now has an AI concierge to help travellers - WIT


Bebot is your AI guide based in Tokyo Station. Tokyo Station, the train hub of Japan's capital and home to the world famous Shinkanshen bullet trains, is one of the busiest railway station in the country and many tourists may need help to navigate it. Now they may not fear being lost in transit as Bebot, the AI chatbot concierge, has started working there as a'guide'. Bebot, built by Tokyo-based Bespoke Inc., acts as a personal concierge for travellers. It was launched in April last year, and is already providing services in Narita and Haneda international airports and hotels globally.

It's worrying what China is doing to rule the world with artificial intelligence


The world's second-largest economy, China, is en route to achieving great things in the next decade and a half. Projections suggest that by 2032, the Chinese Republic will overtake the United States and become the largest economy in the world. This is a far cry from the China of the '70s before which it was a largely agrarian society. After the introduction of economic reforms in 1978 by Deng Xiaoping and the reopening of Shanghai Stock Market in 1990, China evolved into an industrial powerhouse and its economy started expanding at a brisk pace, averaging growth rates of nearly 10 per cent for almost three decades. Though the benefits of growth in GDP did trickle down to the public as wages and subsequently living standards received a considerable bump, it was largely the Communist Party-controlled state machinery and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) that enjoyed the fruits of China's meteoric growth.