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SK Telecom invests in Israeli digital X-ray firm Nanox


SK Telecom has invested an additional $20 million into Nanox, an Israeli medical imaging company, the company said on Friday. It is in addition to the initial $5 million investment the telco made a year ago during Nanox's seeding round. With the new investment, SK Telecom has become the second largest shareholder of the firm. The Israeli company also has Foxconn, FujiFilm, and Yozma as backers, having accrued $80 million in investment so far following the latest equity investment from SK Telecom, the company said. Nanox produces a semiconductor-based digital X-ray device and accompanying cloud software.

Mobileye demos self-driving car that uses cameras to get around


Mobileye, Intel's driverless vehicle R&D division, today published a 40-minute video of one of its cars navigating a 160-mile stretch of Jerusalem streets. The video features top-down footage captured by a drone, as well as an in-cabin cam recording, parallel to an overlay showing the perception system's input and predictions. The perception system was introduced at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show and features 12 cameras, but not radar, lidar, or other sensors. Eight of those cameras have long-range lenses, while four serve as "parking cameras" and all 12 feed into a compute system built atop dual 7-nanometer data-fusing, decision-making Mobileye EyeQ5 chips. Running on the compute system is an algorithm tuned to identify wheels and infer vehicle locations and an algorithm that identifies open, closed, and partially open car doors.

Deforest Launches Technology Practice - Leaders League


The technology practice will be headed by Etienne Luquet Farías and Israel Cedillo Lazcano, specialists in the field who will offer comprehensive and strategic legal advice in all issues relating to innovation, both in the private and public sectors. They will be responsible for the design and supervision of projects relating to the development of technology-focused startups, software and hardware IP, technology transfer, privacy policies and venture capital, as well as fintech, crypto assets, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The technology practice will assist clients in the determination of possible civil or criminal liabilities arising from the creation and use of algorithms, the assignment of rights, the drafting of codes of ethics and regulation through the use of technologies, among other needs. "Technology law involves a plurality of legal norms and technical issues, making it a particularly complex cross-disciplinary practice. Through the use of new technologies, legal problems can be solved in a new way, creating new opportunities," the firm said in a statement.

Intel/MobilEye Promises Self-Driving Robotaxi Service In 2022, While Others Back Off


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 07: Mobileye CEO and Intel Senior Vice President Amon Shashua speaks ... [ ] during an Intel press event for CES 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 8-11 and features about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 180,000 attendees. At the EcoMotion self-driving conference held (in cyberspace) from Israel this week, Amnon Shashua, founder and CEO of MobilEye, now a unit of Intel INTC, declared their intention to offer robotaxi service, with no safety drivers, in early 2022. They will begin in their headquarters town of Jerusalem, then move to Tel Aviv, then France, Korea and China. He makes this statement while many other companies, particularly car OEMs, are scaling back their plans and timelines on full robocar service.

Gibbons Will Receive ACM's Kanellakis Award

CMU School of Computer Science

The Association for Computing Machinery has announced that Carnegie Mellon University's Phillip Gibbons, professor in the Computer Science and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments, will receive the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. Gibbons will share the award with Noga Alon of Princeton University and Tel Aviv University, Yossi Matias of Google and Tel Aviv University and Mario Szegedy of Rutgers University. The award recognizes them for their seminal work on the foundations of streaming algorithms and their application to large-scale analytics. In a series of papers published in the late 1990s, Gibbons and his colleagues pioneered a framework for algorithmic treatment of streaming massive datasets, the ACM said. Their algorithms remain the core approach for streaming big data and constitute an entire subarea of the field of algorithms.

New Major Joins Computation, Cognition MIT Spectrum


When Doron Hazan '21 was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) after high school, he had the opportunity to join the army's intelligence unit. It was the obvious choice for the self-described "math and physics nerd" from Kiryat Shmona, a small town in Israel's Hula Valley just south of the Lebanese border. But Hazan was not one to make obvious choices. "All of my life I've been interested in human behavior," says Hazan, a junior who is enrolled in one of MIT's newest majors: computation and cognition, or Course 6-9. Launched in the fall of 2019, Course 6-9 is a joint curriculum offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS).

Mobileye CEO Sees 'Great Consolidation' Ahead in Autonomous Car Sector

U.S. News

Amnon Shashua, CEO of Intel's Israel-based Mobileye, said the strategy of having individual companies each focusing on one component, like safety, sensors or maps, is not sustainable because it's an "end-to-end system" that cannot be broken down.

British treasure finders accused of piracy

Daily Mail - Science & tech

British archaeologists who discovered hundreds of artefacts from a cluster of 17th century shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea have had their cargo seized and been accused of an'illicit excavation'. Enigma Recoveries, which led an expedition into the Levantine Basin off the coast of Cyprus, found 12 shipwrecks filled with Chinese porcelain, jugs, coffee pots, peppercorns and illicit tobacco pipes. The ships and their priceless cargo, hailed as the'archaeological equivalent of finding a new planet' were recovered in ancient'shipping lanes' that served spice and silk trades from 300 BC onwards. But in a strongly-worded statement, the Cypriot government accused the company of being well known to both Cyprus and UNESCO for its'illicit underwater excavations' and its'violent extraction of objects causing destruction to their context'. Cyprus's Department of Antiquities accused the company of intending to sell the objects, as allegedly evident in documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (NASDAQ).

Israeli Army's Idea Lab Aims at a New Target: Saving Lives

NYT > Middle East

A number of projects are aimed at minimizing direct contact between health workers and patients. Temi had already identified a market for personal robotic assistants, costing about $2,000, that resemble an iPad on a parking-meter-high wheeled pedestal. Rafael and Elbit have now adapted them to operate in fleets, and to allow doctors to monitor patients or deliver them medicine without ever entering their rooms, said Yossi Wolf, who previously developed robots to help Israeli soldiers deal with Hamas tunnels or chemical weapons.

Intel Buys Moovit App for $900M to Boost Bet on Robotic Cars

U.S. News

Moovit, an 8-year-old company based in Israel, makes an app that compiles data from public transit systems, ride-hailing services and other resources to help its 800 million users plan the best ways to get around. Intel plans to combine Moovit with Mobileye, a self-driving car specialist that Intel bought for about $15 billion in 2017.