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First self-driving taxis to hit Moscow streets in 2024

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"If we efficiently start implementing the plan we are developing on the basis of our stakeholder authorities and key companies (the Transport Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade), then, I believe 2024 is the year when we can launch driverless taxis in a certain regime," he said. The ride-hailing service will be provided by Russian technology giant Yandex. Tests of over one hundred robotic cars are currently underway. Yandex first unveiled its autonomous car in 2017, saying it was entering the driverless technology market and intended to capitalize on its already existing online services like map navigation, traffic surveillance, and image recognition for its other major branch – an Uber-like taxi service. In 2018, experimental self-driving cars were launched in Moscow and Tatarstan.


If AI has taken over the world, would it let you know?

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The difference this time is that normally revolutions are loud. This one is potentially quiet. Hackers used to be loud too. The holy grail now is to silently infiltrate the systems and have access for as long as possible. Imagine what very fast networks and artificial intelligence and black boxes and the new gatekeepers (winners take all) and compression of time (the distance between Moscow and St Petersburg is about 0.3 milliseconds on a light-speed fibre-optic cable) and everyday objects connected and weapons can do together.


Machine learning will help to grow artificial organs – IAM Network

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Akbar Solo Researchers in Moscow and America have discovered how to use machine learning to grow artificial organs, especially to tackle blindness Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish. Unlike humans, the algorithm achieves this without the need to modify cells, making the method suitable for growing retinal tissue for developing cell replacement therapies to treat blindness and conducting research into new drugs. The study was published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. How would this enable easier organ growth? This would allow to expand the applications of the technology for multiple fields including the drug discovery and development of cell replacement therapies to treat blindnessIn multicellular organisms, the cells making up different organs and tissues are not the same.


Machine learning helps grow artificial organs – Tech Check News

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Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish. Unlike humans, the algorithm achieves this without the need to modify cells, making the method suitable for growing retinal tissue for developing cell replacement therapies to treat blindness and conducting research into new drugs.


Machine learning helps grow artificial organs

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IMAGE: Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network capable of... view more Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish. Unlike humans, the algorithm achieves this without the need to modify cells, making the method suitable for growing retinal tissue for developing cell replacement therapies to treat blindness and conducting research into new drugs. In multicellular organisms, the cells making up different organs and tissues are not the same. They have distinct functions and properties, acquired in the course of development. They start out the same, as so-called stem cells, which have the potential to become any kind of cell the mature organism incorporates.


Experimental AI regime to be introduced in Moscow

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Moscow City Hall has been instructed to determine the conditions, requirements and procedure for the development, creation, introduction and implementation of artificial intelligence technologies, as well as the cases and procedures for using the results of the application of artificial intelligence. It is expected that large IT companies using artificial intelligence in the field of medicine, urban infrastructure, face recognition and other uses will take part in the experiment. The Law separately outlines certain provisions relating to the storage and processing of personal data that will be obtained during the experiment. As a result, the Law makes it possible to use the previously anonymised personal data of individuals participating in the experiment to increase the effectiveness of the state or municipal government. However, the Law specifically establishes that such personal data can only be transferred to participants in the experiment and must be stored in Moscow.


Yandex switches from self-driving Prius to autonomous Hyundai Sonata

Mashable

Yandex, the Russian Alphabet-like company with a self-driving car unit that debuted a fully driverless car in Las Vegas this year, has updated its autonomous driving program. The fourth iteration of the company's self-driving car was officially revealed on Tuesday as a modified Hyundai Sonata. Up until now, Yandex had used hybrid Toyota Priuses, with a fleet of 100 of the self-driving vehicles, including some offering taxi rides in a Russian city. In March five of the new Sonatas were sprinkled into the Moscow fleet. By the end of this year, 100 of the Sonatas will join the collection of electric rides in Russia and Yandex's soon-to-arrive self-driving program in Michigan.


NASA seeks participants for eight-month isolation study

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA is on the hunt for volunteers for a'social isolation' mission that simulates the psychological effects of confinement. In a nod to the current virus pandemic, the space agency is after healthy participants to live together in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia. The ground based'SIRIUS-20' mission will help NASA learn more about'the physiological and psychological effects of isolation and confinement on humans'. The chosen participants – who have to be'US citizens, between the ages of 30 to 55 and'highly motivated' – will experience'environmental aspects' similar to those astronauts will experience on future missions to the Moon and Mars. SIRIUS is an international mission conducted in the NEK, a ground-based analog facility in Moscow.


Russia to replace human soldiers with robots in combat IAM Network

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MOSCOW: Russia is reportedly aiming to replace human soldiers with what it deems as faster and more accurate robots on the battlefield, with plans to begin testing a newly developed unmanned armor fighting machine. Citing recent statements by deputy director of Russia's Advanced Research Foundation Vitaly Davydov, the US-based Forbes magazine reported that robotics will be the future of warfare due to their increased speed and accuracy in target selection."Living


AI lets you be Albert Einstein or the Mona Lisa on all your Zoom calls

New Scientist

Customised video conferencing backgrounds have gotten an artificially intelligent upgrade: real-time animated deepfakes that transform your face into that of a celebrity. Karim Iskakov at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, and Ali Aliev, a software developer in Moscow, have developed a program that lets you create deepfakes in real time during video calls. The program, called Avatarify, works with video conferencing applications such as Zoom or Skype. All it requires is a headshot of the person you want to appear to be. Demonstrating to New Scientist via a Zoom call, Aliev used the program to appear to be speaking as several figures including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Albert Einstein and the Mona Lisa.