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How to use AI to manage inventory in a time of stock shortages - Raconteur


A winter of retail discontent is looming for consumers in the UK. Post-Brexit border delays and HGV driver shortages are already leading to empty shelves in supermarkets around the country. There could even be no turkey for dinner this Christmas. The Food and Drink Federation has warned that shoppers can expect not to find all the goods they want whenever they want them for the foreseeable future. Its CEO, Ian Wright, told an Institute for Government event in September: "The just-in-time system is no longer working. I don't think it'll work again."

Drones Autonomously Attacked Humans for the First Time in March


The world's first recorded case of an autonomous drone attacking humans took place in March 2020, according to a United Nations (UN) security report detailing the ongoing Second Libyan Civil War. Libyan forces used the Turkish-made drones to "hunt down" and jam retreating enemy forces, preventing them from using their own drones. The field report (via New Scientist) describes how the Haftar Affiliated Forces (HAF), loyal to Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, came under attack by drones from the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) forces. After a successful drive against HAF forces, the GNA launched drone attacks to press its advantage. The report says Turkey supplied the drones to Libyan forces, which is a violation of a UN arms embargo slapped on combatants in the conflict.

Ukraine to produce Turkish armed drones: Minister

Al Jazeera

Ukraine said it will build a factory to produce Turkish armed drones that Kyiv previously bought to use against pro-Russian separatists in the east, a deal that might upset Kyiv's adversary Moscow. "A land plot on which the factory will be built has already been chosen," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a news conference on Thursday with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. "There were a number of obstacles to the implementation [of this project] but all of them have been removed," he added, without providing further details. Pleased to welcome my Turkish colleague and friend @MevlutCavusoglu in Lviv and expand our diplomatic geography. Cavusoglu did not speak specifically about the subject but stressed that Kyiv and Ankara were "in the process of strengthening their relations in many sectors", including defence.

Data Analyst (Looker) - UK, Remote


Plentific is one of the fastest-growing property technology companies in the UK and Germany, with offices in the US and Turkey. Its mission is to improve lives by making property work better for everyone. The platform empowers landlords and property managers to manage their properties and internal trades workforce, source local trade talent, build community cohesion and provide better services than ever before. The end-to-end solution offers a flexible approach to compliance management, repairs reporting and delivery, ensuring landlords and property managers can be confident that their property meets necessary standards. Following a major funding round, Plentific has recently expanded into the US multi-family market and has plans to enter the wider professional and commercial real estate sector in Europe this year.

Turkey's National Artificial Intelligence Strategy has been Published


The National Artificial Intelligence Strategy (2021-2025) is prepared by the Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency and the Ministry of Industry and Technology, taking the opinions of other stakeholders in order to determine a roadmap for the studies carried out in the field of artificial intelligence ("AI") in Turkey. Within this scope, Circular numbered 2021/18 on the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy ("Circular") was published in the Official Gazette dated 20 August 2021 and numbered 31574, and the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy Document ("Strategy") on Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency's website on 24 August 2021. It has been decided to establish a "National Artificial Intelligence Strategy Steering Committee" ("Steering Committee") with the participation of the Head of the Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency and the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Technology in order to develop policies at the national level, disseminate the use of artificial intelligence technologies and monitor the applications within this scope. The Steering Committee will convene at least once every three months and may form sub-committees, advisory and working groups when it deems necessary. The vision is determined as generating value on a global scale with an agile and sustainable AI ecosystem for Turkey.

Watch a one-legged robot hop about as researchers try to knock it over

New Scientist

A one-legged robot that can stand, hop and keep its balance on sloping or unsteady surfaces could offer a cheaper route to bipedal bots and self-balancing exoskeletons. Researchers at the Toyota Technological Institute (TTI) in Nagoya, Japan, built their robot, dubbed TTI Hopper, using simple motors and gears for less than $1000, then created an algorithm that compensates for the limited capabilities of these components. "In robotics, we sometimes use hydraulics, because they can be actuated fast," says Barkan Uğurlu, who is now at Özyeğin University in Istanbul, Turkey. "Or electric actuators that have a special spring arrangement or a strain gauge to measure forces inside. Instead, we used DC motors with gears. We only measure the joint angle, and we only used one very low-cost force sensor at the foot."

Turkey rolls out strategic artificial intelligence road map


Turkey is drawing a road map for its strategy in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), which can be defined as the realization of actions such as making decisions, discovering meaning and learning in dynamic environments specific to intelligent creatures, by a computer or a computer-controlled machine. Accordingly, the Presidential Circular on the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for 2021-2025 was published Friday in the Official Gazette. The document was prepared by the Presidency's Digital Transformation Office and the Industry and Technology Ministry in line with the 11th Development Plan. The country's priorities in the field and the steps to be taken were determined within the framework of the "Digital Turkey" and "National Technology Move" visions. Digital Turkey aims for a globally competitive Turkey with the increase in productivity it provides by using digital technology, products and services in its social, economic and public activities and the value it generates from data.

How to Achieve Udacity AWS Machine Learning Scholarship?


It's a good day to learn something new, don't you think? Let's take a break from our ML / DL articles today and breathe together. Wouldn't it be nice to have a scholarship with many goodies available to you as a machine learning engineer or researcher-developer? I will be sharing with you how I went through the steps for this scholarship and my own roadmap. If you are looking for ways to achieve an AWS ML scholarship, let's chat together. This scholarship program, along with the adventure of being a core member of the TensorFlow Turkey community, has been a scholarship program that I learned through my dear teacher Yusuf Sarıgoz.

AI recreates actor Val Kilmer's voice that was lost to throat cancer

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A British artificial intelligence (AI) company has recreated Hollywood actor Val Kilmer's voice – with amazingly realistic results. London-based firm Sonantic used the actor's voice recordings from throughout his career, which were fed to their AI to create the lifelike yet artificial mock-up. Film producers could potentially use the tool – described as'Photoshop for voice' – for voiceovers if they have a role in mind that would be suited to Kilmer's tones. Kilmer, whose career has spanned nearly four decades, has starred in blockbusters such as Top Gun, Willow, The Doors, Tombstone and Batman Forever. But after undergoing a tracheotomy in 2014 as part of his treatment for throat cancer, Kilmer's voice is now barely recognisable.

Val Kilmer finds his voice again ... thanks to AI


He was one of the biggest stars of the 1980s and 1990s, starring in blockbusters such as Top Gun and Batman Forever, but Val Kilmer's voice was irreversibly changed by throat cancer five years ago. Now artificial intelligence has offered a solution. A British start-up called Sonantic has used AI to recreate Kilmer's voice based on recordings of the actor before his illness. The computer-generated voice can read any line of text with the subtleties in expression and tone that Kilmer himself would have used. Kilmer, 61, said that after listening to the AI model he felt that his voice had been restored "in a way I've never imagined possible", with the potential to now use the tool for voiceover work.