'The show must go on,' an often heard sentence that makes absolute sense in the pandemic hit the world. Yes, it all became at the end of 2019 when Covid-19 was first reported in Wuhan. Later, the virus spread across the globe and pushed governments to impose strict lockdowns. An international sports event that was supposed to take place in 2020 got delayed and finally, when people started living with the virus in 2021, the IOC and Japan, the host country, came forward to go on with it. One of the most welcomed guests in the summer Tokyo Olympics is artificial intelligence.
The future of technology is determined by a handful of venture capitalists. The world's 10 leading venture capital firms have, together, invested over $150 billion in technology startups. The venture capitalists who run these firms decide which startups today will develop the new platforms and technologies that will shape our lives tomorrow. There is a startling lack of diversity within the venture capital sector. This means that a small group of men -- mostly white men -- make decisions that affect all of us. Unsurprisingly, they all too often ignore the broader societal and human rights implications of these investment decisions.
I highly recommend reading the McKinsey Global Institute's new report, "Reskilling China: Transforming The World's Largest Workforce Into Lifelong Learners", which focuses on the country's biggest employment challenge, re-training its workforce and the adoption of practices such as lifelong learning to address the growing digital transformation of its productive fabric. How to transform the country that has become the factory of the world, where manual assembly was the cheapest due to its low labor costs, into an artificial intelligence giant, with the largest public blockchain infrastructure in the world, a digital currency in an advanced stage of development that will see an end to cash payments, along with the world's largest 5G network? Xi Jinping's state capitalism is transforming the Asian giant: the possibility of drawing up and maintaining long-term strategies thanks to political stability is driving change at an unprecedented rate, that includes autonomous driving and digital healthcare, advanced retail or even livestock farming. No matter where you look: the modernization and robotization of Chinese assembly factories has led to enormous reductions in the size of their workforces, which, moreover, immediately correspond not only to an increase in their production capacity, but also to a drastic reduction in the number of errors. And the COVID-19 pandemic, far from slowing the process, has accelerated it even further.
Inceptio Technology, a China-based developer of autonomous trucking technology, raised a $270 million Series B round of funding. Inceptio said the funding will allow it to accelerate the development of its full-stack autonomous driving system called "Xuanyuan" and speed up its deployment in electrification. Inceptio, which was founded in 2018, has raised approximately $490 million to date. It raised a $100 million Series A round in April 2020, followed by an additional $100 million in November 2020. The Series B round was led by JD Logistics, Meituan, and PAG.
Robot Enabled Nike Warehouse fulfills? Nike at their Chiba (Japan) warehouse started using Automated Mobile Robots(?? It is a robot that can understand and move through its environment without being overseen directly by an operator. Rather than being restricted to fixed routes, an AMR can navigate dynamically using a map, allowing it to plan its own paths and travel quickly and efficiently. Let's get back to Nike Use case. Geek, a startup based in Beijing, is considered the Amazon Kiva ( now Amazon Robotics) of China.
The world's first high-resolution 3D image of a monkey brain has been revealed, in a breakthrough that could pave the way for treatments for human diseases including Parkinson's. A detailed map of a complete macaque monkey brain was created using fluorescent imaging techniques by a team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. The team used a new technique to show how nerve cells are organised and connected within the monkey brain at a'micron resolution'. The human brain comprises nearly a hundred billion nerve cells with delicate and complex connections, and while up to 17 times larger than that of a macaque, it is similar enough for comparisons to be made between the two, researchers claim. Until now, a mouse brain was the largest to be mapped, taking days to create a complete 3D image, but the new technique made it possible to move up to a macaque brain, which is about 200 times larger in volume than that of a mouse.
AutoX has launched the production of its latest "Gen5 system for fully driverless RoboTaxis". The AutoX Gen5 was launched at the Crowne Plaza Shanghai Anting recently when AutoX founder and CEO, Dr Jianxiong Xiao, unveiled the technology behind the Gen5 system. The Gen5 system has 50 sensors in total, as well as a vehicle control unit of 2,200 TOPS computing power. There are 28 cameras capturing a total of 220 million pixels per second, six high resolution LiDAR offering 15 million points per second, and 4D radar with 0.9-degree resolution encompassing 360 degrees around the vehicle. Using camera and LiDAR fusion perception blind spot modules, the Gen5 system "covers the entire RoboTaxi body with zero blind spots", according to AutoX.
Artificial Intelligence is increasingly underlying the systems and processes that we interact with on a daily basis. While this has benefits such as improved efficiency, increased capacity, and the ability to institute more sophisticated applications, it can also be a double-edged sword. Code is unbiased, but the people who create it are not, and their unconscious biases can inform that code and everything that it interacts with. HANGZHOU, CHINA - MARCH 03: A woman wearing a face mask uses a face recognition system to enter a ... [ ] residence amid novel coronavirus outbreak on March 3, 2020 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. This is true of every product.
Last week we participated in The IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids) as Gold Sponsors. We took part in the workshops'Towards physical-social human-robot interaction,' and'TALOS: Status & Progress', as invited speakers, as well as offering a Virtual Tour of our legged robots including our latest projects, SOLO12 & Kangaroo. The IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots is the internationally recognized prime event of the humanoid robotics community. Established in 2000 and held annually, the Humanoids Conference is a forum for researchers working in the area of humanoid robots including mechatronics, control, perception, planning, learning, human-robot interaction, biomechanics, artificial intelligence, cognition, and neuroscience. Although this year's event took place virtually, PAL Robotics has previously taken part in Humanoids Conferences around the world, including in Toronto, and Beijing in recent years. At the event, we offered a Virtual Tour of all of our legged robots featuring our Humanoids Team: Sai Kishor, Adrià Roig, and Narcis Miguel.