This piece has been published as part of Slate's partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Artificial intelligence is getting smarter, but it isn't getting cleaner. In order to improve at predicting the weather, sorting your social media feeds, and hailing your Uber, it needs to train on massive datasets. A few years ago, an A.I. system might have required millions of words to attempt to learn a language, but today that same system could be processing 40 billion words as it trains, according to Roy Schwartz, who researches deep learning models at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and in the University of Washington's computer science and engineering department. All that processing takes a lot of energy.
Bellevue, Wash., located in the Seattle metro area, is undergoing a citywide review of near-miss incidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and other cars. Using images from its closed circuit video network, as well as high-level analytics and machine learning, the city wants to understand which streets and intersections are the most dangerous, and how they might be made safer. Bellevue is partnering with the group Together for Safer Roads (TSR), which represents a coalition of private-sector companies, including Brisk Synergies, to conduct a comprehensive near-miss study from August to September where roughly half of the city's network of 80 public video cameras will be used to gather some 34,000 hours of footage representing about 21 terabytes of data. The data will be processed by Brisk using artificial intelligence and machine learning to gain insights into "near-miss" incidents. "This is the first network-wide traffic safety monitoring assessment of its kind," said Franz Loewenherz, principal transportation planner for Bellevue.
The new iPhones are in stores now. With their release, the 2019 tech buying season has officially begun. Facebook released its fall hardware lineup on Wednesday, and Roku updated its streaming player offeringsThursday. Meanwhile, Amazon is set for this upcoming Wednesday, and Google and Microsoft have October events lined up. The e-tailer will host press next week at its Seattle headquarters, where the company is expected to introduce several new Amazon Echo speakers and other products.
Truck driving is one of the most popular professions in the United States. However, a staggering 40 percent of the miles logged each year are done with an empty truck. Seattle-based Convoy is revolutionizing the industry by providing better matches for shippers and truckers, allowing them to move freight more efficiently. Using AWS Machine Learning, Convoy recommends the best matches by analyzing millions of shipping jobs along with trucker availability.
Artificial intelligence is at the center of many emerging technologies today, and perhaps nowhere are the implications more meaningful than in healthcare. So where is AI making an impact in healthcare today? What will the future bring, and how should healthcare providers and technologists get ready? On the Season 4 premiere of GeekWire's Health Tech Podcast, we address all of those questions with three guests: Linda Hand, CEO of Cardinal Analytx Solutions, a venture-backed company that uses predictive technology to identify people at high risk of declining health, and match them with interventions; Colt Courtright, who leads Corporate Data & Analytics at Premera Blue Cross; and Dr. David Rhew, Microsoft's new chief medical officer and vice president of healthcare. This episode was recorded on location at the dotBlue conference in Seattle, hosted by the returning sponsor of the show, Premera Blue Cross.
In May of last year, after a 13-month slumber, the ground beneath Washington's Puget Sound rumbled to life. The quake began more than 20 miles below the Olympic mountains and, over the course of a few weeks, drifted northwest, reaching Canada's Vancouver Island. It then briefly reversed course, migrating back across the U.S. border before going silent again. All told, the monthlong earthquake likely released enough energy to register as a magnitude 6. By the time it was done, the southern tip of Vancouver Island had been thrust a centimeter or so closer to the Pacific Ocean.
Tableau announced the general availability of Explain data that brings a new set of AI capabilities to its analytics platform. Founded in 2003, Seattle-based, Tableau is the leading provider of the analytics platform. The company was successfully IPO(ed) in 2013 and later acquired by Salesforce in an all-stock deal amounting to $15.7 billion in transaction. It analyzes available data and explains relevant factors for the given data point. Earlier, to derive the cause of data point, manual validation of explanations is required.
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Artificial intelligence is a big deal for the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google -- but what about a small business that can't afford to have a data scientist on staff? That's the niche that Bellevue, Wash.-based Kurvv plans to fill, with a service that takes a company's data and fits it into a pre-trained AI model that may not be perfect, but is good enough to address the problem that needs solving. "We're targeting companies that have data, but don't have the knowledge or the resources to hire data scientists and can't bring in a consultant," Kurvv's CEO, Ryan Lee, told GeekWire. Lee left his post as a data science program manager at Microsoft in May to focus on getting Kurvv off the ground, drawing upon more than 15 years of experience in product management. One of Lee's fellow co-founders is Vince Roche, who co-founded Boost Media, a San Francisco-based ad optimization venture, and now serves as Kurvv's chief technology officer.
WASHINGTON – Robot shipments are expected to jump 39 percent from 2018 to 2022 from a record annual sales level of $16.5 billion last year, according to the World Robotics report. More than a third of global installations are in China and the top five countries -- also including Japan, Korea, the U.S and Germany -- hold 74 percent of the market. China's investment in robots reached $5.4 billion last year. "We saw a dynamic performance in 2018 with a new sales record, even as the main customers for robots -- the automotive and electrical-electronics industry -- had a difficult year," said Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics. "The U.S.-China trade conflict poses uncertainty to the global economy -- customers tend to postpone investments."