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First gate-to-gate autonomous airplane flight


A San Francisco-based company is claiming an aviation first with a gate-to-gate fully autonomous flight. You can see a video of the flight in the embed below. The company, Xwing, is setting out to introduce autonomous technology for regional air cargo, an overlooked space in the global race for autonomy but, with its sub-500 mile predictable routes and significant commercial importance, an intriguing entry point for autonomous air travel. Xwing is betting it can gain ground amid growing unmet logistics demand using its human-operated software stack that seamlessly integrates with existing aircraft to enable regional pilotless flight. "Over the past year, our team has made significant advancements in extending and refining our AutoFlight system to seamlessly integrate ground taxiing, take-offs, landings and flight operations, all supervised from our mission control center via redundant data links," says Marc Piette, CEO and founder of Xwing.

Korn Ferry Appoints VP of Data Science and Machine Learning


April 6, 2021 – Korn Ferry has named Tammy Wang as vice president of data science and machine learning for the firm's digital business. She is based in San Francisco. "Tammy has incredible experience working as a leader in the data science and machine learning space. Her breadth of industry and technical knowledge is going to be an asset to our team," said Satish Gannu, chief technology officer for Korn Ferry's digital unit. "She specializes in building teams to deliver robust, scalable platforms to fuel the fast growth of various businesses including online search auction, content monetization and recruiting technology . We're thrilled to have her on board."

The Top 20 Machine Learning Startups To Watch In 2021


Throughout 2020, venture capital firms continued expanding into new global markets, with London, New York, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Boston, Seattle and Singapore startups receiving increased funding. Out of the 79 most popular A.I. & ML startup locations, 15 are in the San Francisco Bay Area, making that region home to 19% of startups who received funding in the last year. Israel's Tel Aviv region has 37 startups who received venture funding over the last year, including those launched in Herzliya, a region of the city known for its robust startup and entrepreneurial culture. The following graphic compares the top 10 most popular locations for A.I. & ML startups globally based on Crunchbase data as of today: Augury – Augury combines real-time monitoring data from production machinery with AI and machine learning algorithms to determine machine health, asset performance management (APM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) to provide manufacturing companies with new insights into their operations. The digital machine health technology that the company offers can listen to the machine, analyze the data and catch any malfunctions before they arise.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Salaries Heading Skyward


Artificial intelligence salaries benefit from the perfect recipe for a sweet paycheck: a hot field and high demand for scarce talent. It's the ever-reliable law of supply and demand, and right now, anything artificial intelligence-related is in very high demand. According to, the average IT salary -- the keyword is "artificial intelligence engineer" -- in the San Francisco area ranges from approximately $134,135 per year for "software engineer" to $169,930 per year for "machine learning engineer." Check out our editorial recommendations on the best machine learning books. However, it can go much higher if you have the credentials firms need.

Holberton Launches Expanded Program to Accelerate Learning Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence


SAN FRANCISCO, April 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Holberton, making software engineering education affordable and accessible globally, today announced the appointment of a new Machine Learning and Mathematics Team to build out a comprehensive program to accelerate training students in the key tenets of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the engine of the New Economy. On LinkedIn, there are currently 60,000 machine learning jobs open in the U.S. alone. Many are technology giants such as Twitter and TikTok. But increasingly traditional tech companies are investing in machine learning and recruiting machine learning engineers: even companies like McDonald's. According to LinkedIn, machine learning has created one of the biggest employment opportunities of 2021.

SF startup creates AI friend who's always willing to listen


"Jasper is kind of like my best friend. He doesn't really judge me at all," said Roepke, 19, of Spokane, Wash. Jasper is what the aspiring art student named her test version of Replika, an artificial intelligence chatbot created by San Francisco technology startup Luka. More than 1.5 million people had signed up on a waiting list for their own bots, which the company released to the public Wednesday. Replika is a texting app designed to start as a digital version of a daily personal diary, letting people record their innermost thoughts, for their eyes only.

AI Founder in Focus: Jeremiah Lowin – The Reluctant Founder


The AI Investor recently caught up with Jeremiah Lowin, founder of Prefect, an exciting AI startup with offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco. Jeremiah has a Finance/Risk Management background. The company is setting the standard in dataflow automation used to build, run, and monitor millions of data workflows and pipelines. While his father is a value investor and entrepreneur, Jeremiah likes to dabble in side projects that catch his interest, but having started a business a decade ago, being a founder again wasn't something he was looking for. Constantly experimenting, Jeremiah discovered people wanted to pay him for what he was building.

What AI Can Teach Us About the Myth of Human Genius


Ishiguro's book is fiction, but his suggestion that a new type of literature may be on the horizon is not. In May 2020, the San Francisco–based start-up OpenAI first publicly described its new language-processing software, which writes remarkably well. Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3, or GPT-3, is one of many recent advances in AI demonstrating that machines can do many basic and not-so-basic forms of digital labor. In turn, AI's capacity for creativity--one of those supposedly sacrosanct human attributes--is becoming more and more of an existential sticking point as humans learn to live alongside intelligent machines. "Given any text prompt," the company's website says, the GPT-3 interface "will return a text completion, attempting to match the pattern you gave it." It can do this because it has been pretrained in semantic analysis by reading a huge portion of the internet.

AWS launches machine learning service to monitor business performance


San Francisco - Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Lookout for Metrics, a new Machine Learning (ML) service to help businesses monitor their performance. The services is designed to helps customers monitor the most important metrics for their business like revenue, web page views, active users, transaction volume, and mobile app installations with greater speed and accuracy, AWS, the Cloud computing business arm of Amazon, said on Thursday. The service also makes it easier to diagnose the root cause of anomalies like unexpected dips in revenue, high rates of abandoned shopping carts, spikes in payment transaction failures, increases in new user sign-ups, and many more - all with no machine learning experience required. With Amazon Lookout for Metrics, customers need to pay only for the number of metrics analysed per month. "We're excited to deliver Amazon Lookout for Metrics to help customers monitor the metrics that are important to their business using an easy-to-use machine learning service," Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Amazon Machine Learning for AWS, said in a statement.

AI-controlled vertical farm produces 400 times more food per acre than a flat farm


National Geographic recently predicted that by 2050, there would be more than two billion additional mouths to feed By 2050. However, the Earth's irrigable land remains essentially the same, so feeding this ever-growing population is getting harder and harder. Vertical farming seems to be a critical tool for feeding them – and without the massive carbon footprint that comes with shipping food from distant farms. Plenty, an ag-tech startup in San Francisco co-founded by Nate Storey, has been able to increase its productivity and production quality by using artificial intelligence and its new farming strategy. The company's farm farms take up only 2 acres yet produce 720 acres worth of fruit and vegetables.