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

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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.


How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect Covid-19 Hot Spots Early

NYT > Middle East

Teams of epidemiologists and computer scientists on three continents have started mass population surveys to try to get ahead of the coronavirus and ensure that scarce diagnostic tests, and even scarcer ventilators, are sent where they can do the most good. More than two million people in Britain and 150,000 Israelis have already completed simple questionnaires, and many are updating their answers daily. Analysts of the data -- including symptoms of Covid-19 and test results, as well as risk factors and demographics -- say they have been able to identify incipient outbreaks days ahead of the authorities. Three groups in the United States -- led by Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York -- are now vying to attract enough survey participants nationwide to detect impending hot spots. In Israel, where artificial-intelligence experts at the Weizmann Institute of Science have played a leading role in the effort, computer models that were fed the results of questionnaires accurately predicted surges in cases in cities like Bnei Brak, Jerusalem and Beersheva five days in advance, researchers said.


Mathematicians who revealed the power of random walks win Abel prize

New Scientist

Mathematicians Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis have jointly won the 2020 Abel prize for their pioneering use of methods from probability and dynamics in other mathematical fields such as group theory, number theory and combinatorics. Furstenberg, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and Margulis, at Yale University, have never formally collaborated, but both invented similar "random walk" techniques to study various mathematical objects. They share a 7.5 million Norwegian kroner (£595,000) prize. "I received this notice with total disbelief," said …


Israeli start-up Ibex helps detect cancer using AI

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Tackling cancer is one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st century, and accurately detecting the presence of tumors is an essential part of this challenge.Tel Aviv-based Ibex Medical Analytics supports medical professionals through its AI-based technology, which is designed to be used in routine clinical practice.Ibex's Galen Prostate solution helps identify suspected cancer on prostate core-needle biopsies. It just received the CE-IVD Mark, the company announced last Thursday, marking the first time one of its products has received the certification of conformity to EU health, safety and protection standards.Ibex provides an important contribution in facing two challenges, the shortage of pathologists and the occurrence of human errors, CEO Joseph Mossel told The Jerusalem Post."When a person shows potential symptoms of cancer, the next step is a biopsy, an analysis of a sample of the affected tissues," he said. "The examination of the sample has to be carried out by a pathologist using a microscope. Pathology is a complex medical discipline that requires years of training, and the world is facing a shortage of these specialists, even in countries such as the US and the UK. There is a growing gap between supply and demand."Galen


Modernize or Bust: Will the Ever-Evolving Field of Artificial Intelligence Predict Success? - insideBIGDATA

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Yochay is an experienced tech leader with a background in building and designing products. He received a BSc in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) where he founded the HUJI Innovation Lab. Leah earned a BSc in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while simultaneously working as a software team leader at WatchDox, which was later acquired by Blackberry. In her last position, she lead the startup, Appoint, as CTO – and has followed her career consulting enterprises on AI and Machine Learning. It has become eminently clear in the business world that AI adoption is key to remaining competitive in 2020.


The top 10 tech trends for 2020

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"Top 10 Tech Trends for 2020, and Beyond" was one of the most packed plenary sessions at the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, held February 13 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. The largest tech event in the Middle East and the biggest business event in Israel's history, this year's summit attracted 23,000 registrants from 183 countries, including 22 Arab or Muslim nations. Over the course of the day, 231 Israeli and international experts spoke at 34 sessions. OurCrowd, the largest global venture investing platform, has been ranked "Most active venture investor in Israel" by Pitchbook for the past two years. At the opening session, OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved told delegates he believes that "Together we can make this next decade a truly Roaring Twenties."


Computational humanness, analogy and innovation, and soft concepts

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In this episode of the Data Exchange I speak Dafna Shahaf, Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also runs the hyadata lab, a research group that consistently produces unique and interesting projects at the intersection of computer science, data, and the social sciences. Our goal in this podcast is to build a community of people interested in Data, Machine Learning and AI. If you have suggestions for us on what to recommend (books, conferences, links), and guests to book, please visit TheDataExchange.media


CES: Amazing footage shows a self-driving car navigating the narrow streets of Jerusalem

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An Israeli tech firm focused on autonomous driving systems shared an impressive new video of one of its vehicles navigating the cramped and crowded streets of Jerusalem. The Ford sedan called Autonomous Driving Test Vehicle is shown navigating an amazing array of obstacles, including'roundabouts, unprotected turns, narrow streets, close maneuvers, lots of pedestrians, and pretty much anything you can think of.' The car was developed by Mobileye, a recent Intel acquisition that develops a wide range of mobility devices and software for motor vehicles. Mobileye's impressive new Autonomous Driving Test Vehicle (pictured above), was able to navigate a wide variety of traffic complications in Jerusalem Unlike many other self-driving cars, the Mobileye vehicle doesn't use any LIDAR or RADAR sensors and instead creates a detailed three-dimensional map of its surroundings using 12 different video cameras mounted on the car body. The camera feeds are analyzed by software running on two of the company's proprietary EyeQ 5 chips, according to a report by The Verge.


Intel Confirms $2 Billion Habana Labs Acquisition

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Intel has acquired Tel Aviv-based artificial intelligence chip developer Habana Labs Ltd. for $2 billion, the company announced Monday. Calcalist first reported on the deal earlier this month, citing sources. Habana will continue to operate as an independent business unit under its current management team and will remain in Israel. The deal marks Intel's second-largest acquisition of an Israeli company. In March 2017, Intel announced the acquisition of Jerusalem-headquartered automotive chip developer Mobileye for $15.3 billion.


Intel acquires Israeli chipmaker Habana Labs for $2 billion

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American technology giant Intel Corp. has acquired Israeli AI processor developer Habana Labs in a deal worth approximately $2 billion, the companies announced on Monday.Founded by David Dahan and Ran Halutz in 2016, Tel Aviv-headquartered Habana Labs is the developer of powerful artificial intelligence processors, optimized for training deep neural networks and artificial intelligence systems, and for deployment in production environments.Intel said the acquisition, the company's second largest in Israel to date, will strengthen its artificial intelligence portfolio and accelerate its efforts in the fast-growing AI silicon market, expected to be worth more than $25b. Chairman Avigdor Willenz will serve as a senior advisor to both the business unit and to Intel.The company currently employs 150 people worldwide at its offices in Tel Aviv, Caesarea, California, Beijing and Gdańsk."We We are excited to partner with Intel to accelerate and scale our business. Together, we will deliver our customers more AI innovation, faster."Prior to the acquisition, in November 2018, Intel Capital - the strategic investment arm of the Santa Clara-headquartered chipmaker - led a $75 million Series B round of fundraising for Habana.The purchase of Habana represents Intel's second largest in Israel to date and the latest in a long line of investments in the country. In August 2017, Intel purchased Jerusalem-based vision technology company Mobileye for a record $15.3b., the largest sale or "exit" of an Israeli company yet.Intel, which has been active in Israel since 1974, employs nearly 13,000 workers in the country, exporting products worth $3.9b. in 2018 and procuring local materials and services worth $1.7b., primarily from peripheral areas.In January, Intel announced plans to invest approximately $10.9b. in the company's Israel-based operations to construct a vast production facility in Kiryat Gat.