MWC 18: Catch up with Pepper the humanoid robot


We caught up with Pepper to see what Softbank's humanoid robot has been getting up to in the past few years, and its plans for the rest of 2018.

'Prepare your students for interviews with robots'


As we all know, getting that first job after college can often be a bigger challenge for a student than gaining the qualification. The interview process can be daunting, particularly for young people with limited experience of speaking in front of others. Judgements can be formed quickly in this intense environment and it's easy to come away feeling you haven't showcased yourself, your skills and your personality in the best light. Striking up a "rapport" with an interviewer is very important, but something that the less confident college leaver may struggle with – even if they may have all the skills needed for the particular role. So could the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) interview technology help to create a more level playing field in the initial stages of a recruitment process?

As AI Begins to Reshape Defense, Here's How Europe Can Keep Up


Change comes hard in much of Europe, particularly in the defense community. But no less than in the United States, European nations are wrestling with the implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence -- in the military as well as civilian society. During several trips to Europe in the last six months, we have noted a significant uptick in the number of NATO political and military leaders discussing AI's impact on the alliance's military capability. There seems to be a two-speed discussion going on. European defense industry officials we talked to had no qualms about harnessing AI to reduce manufacturing costs and improve customer satisfaction.

'Fear The Walking Dead' EPs Talk Madison's Surprising Contingency Plan

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Following Madison's trip to Naomi's former camp in the last episode of "Fear the Walking Dead," the Clark matriarch secretly told her daughter Alicia to make a just-in-case Land Rover getaway car. Madison's decision to arrange a backup plan was quite surprising as she seemed to be the one person at the Stadium that had not even considered an emergency scheme since the Vultures showed up in their parking lot. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-showrunner Ian Goldberg said that learning what happened to the FEMA shelter where Naomi (Jenna Elfman) used to live was one of the things that made Madison (Kim Dickens) realize that any community could crumble in an instant. "I think in a sense that plays a big role in it," Goldberg said. "Going through this experience with Naomi, learning what she went through with her daughter [Rose] -- certainly that plays a huge role in that moment we see with Madison at the end where she tells Alicia to pack her car just in case.

Meet Sophia, the Robot That Looks Almost Human


A transparent skull allows people to literally peer into the head of Sophia, one of the most sophisticated humanoid robots yet built. Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics created Sophia with an advanced neural network and delicate motor controls that allow the machine to emulate human social interactions. Rubberized faces stretch into familiar shapes, driven by tiny motors and a distant version of artificial intelligence--is this the future? Meet Sophia, a social robot created by former Disney Imagineer David Hanson. Modeled in part after Audrey Hepburn and Hanson's wife, the robot was built to mimic social behaviors and inspire feelings of love and compassion in humans.

World Telecom Day: Expert urges Nigerians to embrace artificial intelligence - PM NEWS Nigeria


An Information Communication Technology (ICT) expert, Mr Adede Williams, says the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will ease the difficulty involved in doing businesses in the country. Williams, who is President of Association of Telecommunications Professionals of Nigeria (APTN), stated this in an interview with on Thursday in Abuja. He spoke at the backdrop of the 2018 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, with "Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All'' as theme. Artificial Intelligence is an aspect of Computer Science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react, like humans. Williams said that the theme for the year was apt and carefully selected by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), adding that the positive use of AI was a powerful message to the public.

Nvidia Data Center Chief: On-Prem GPU Deployments for AI Rising


When he's not fielding reporters' questions about Nvida's latest AI chips at a conference or educating a congressional committee in Washington about the importance of investing in AI research, Ian Buck is in the AI-infrastructure trenches, pushing the limits of chip design to make data centers capable of handling ever more powerful AI applications. Riding the wave of AI enthusiasm, Nvidia's stock reached a record high last week ahead of the release of its first-quarter earnings announcement. Expectations that its data center business, which Buck leads as VP and general manager, would once again report a stellar quarter drove the surge. And the group didn't disappoint, reporting 71 percent more revenue than last year. Data Center Knowledge recently caught up with Buck to ask him about the latest trends in deployment of computing infrastructure that underpins AI applications in data centers.

The data science life: Intuit's Ashok Srivastava on AI, machine learning, and diversity of thought


Intuit is betting big on artificial intelligence and machine learning as it looks to infuse the technology into its products and customer experiences. As a result, Intuit is hiring flexible thinkers as well as data scientists to deploy AI broadly. We caught up with Ashok Srivastava, senior vice president and chief data officer at Intuit, to talk shop, where machine learning ends and AI begins, and managing a data science team. Here are some of the highlights. How does Intuit utilize AI and machine learning?

Can A.I. usher in a new era of hyper-personalized food?


"My take is that pretty much all the food and beverage products on the market today are awful," Jason Cohen tells me, with fierce conviction. "There are literally no products engineered for me." Cohen is the founder and CEO of Analytic Flavor Systems, an NYC-dobased start-up that aims to usher in a new era of hyper-personalized food. We are meeting at a swank Australian coffee shop near the company's office in the financial district--the kind of place that offers multiple single-origin pour-over options--so he can tell me about his artificial intelligence (A.I.) platform, Gastrograph, which he says can be used to map taste preferences with unprecedented ease and precision. Cohen is lanky and self-possessed, with hair the color of damp straw. He drinks his coffee with the studied concentration of someone who takes flavor extremely seriously. Like many start-up CEOs, Cohen interprets his own dissatisfaction as a sign of a more general problem. It's not just that most grocery store offerings, from snack-cakes and yogurt to green tea and IPA, don't fully thrill our senses. They're also aimed at the lowest common denominator: There's nothing out there truly designed for you. The world of food and beverage manufacturing, Cohen says, is still oriented around "the predominant demographic," the flavors of things tailored to please a coarse approximation of majority appetites.

Robotics Industry Has Big Future as Applications Grow


Robotics are about to take off, with applications for the technology expanding across many different industries, said Susan Teele, the head of marketing and communications for the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM). A push to make robots more easily customized and more flexible will especially increase their use, she added. "Right now robots have to be fairly customized to do a job and the goal for any success with robotics is the ability to do mass production," said Teele in an exclusive interview with R&D Magazine. "More opportunities for mass production for robots is important because it will keep the cost down and make them readily available." Teele also explained why improving the flexibility of robots is important to the industry.