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Why South Korea has the highest concentration of robots in the world

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Humanoid robots are more than just sci-fi novelties in South Korea, which holds the top spot for the world's highest robot density – beating out China, Japan, Germany and the United States. Robot density refers to the ratio of industrial robots to employees. To maintain its lead, the South Korean government has committed $450 million to robotics over the next five years. 'The Highs' is a series which looks at countries that rank the highest in certain categories – for better or worse.


Chinese authorities banned the broadcast of a match between top Go player and AlphaGo AI

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A Go match between the world's top player, Ke Jie, and Google's AlphaGo that took place this week was censored by authorities, reports Quartz. Three journalists have reported receiving verbal directives barring their news organisations from broadcasting the match -- as well as the Go and AI summit held in Wuzhen, east China. One journalist reported being barred from even mentioning Google's name while reporting on the event, while another said that while they could mention Google, they were barred from writing about Google's products. A leaked copy of a government directive was also posted on California-based China Digital Times, a website that monitors censorship in China.


Why Tech Companies Like IBM and Amazon Brand Artificial Intelligence With Human Names

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AI is increasingly acting like humans, so companies are putting big resources and marketing money into branding AI with human-like qualities, down to naming their technology after people. "Zubin" orchestrates all of the AI's technology while the platform's user interface is named "Natalie"--a reference to actress Natalie Portman's dual American and Israeli citizenship. Other prospective names included EureQA, Thinqer, SystemQA and Deep Blue, a reference to IBM's "Big Blue" nickname. In 2015, Sharethrough launched a splashy new tool called Hemingway that uses AI algorithms to analyze words and help brands write the perfect headline.


What Was That Glowing Orb Trump Touched in Saudi Arabia?

NYT > Middle East

Bill Kristol, a prominent conservative critic of Mr. Trump, likened the group to the conclave of witches in "Macbeth." Brian Klaas, a political scientist who has been critical of Mr. Trump, likened the leaders to the evil wizard Saruman from J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." The design felt to a pool reporter who was present like a hybrid of a game-show set and a television thriller's idea of a counterterrorism operations control room. An unnamed official who narrated the features of the new control center said the displays used artificial intelligence to track, in real time, news reports and online statements.


Microsoft creates mysterious new version of Windows 10 for Chinese government

The Independent

Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo. A Toyota Motors employee demonstrates a smartphone app with the company's pocket plug-in hybrid (PHV) service on the cockpit of the latest Prius hybrid vehicle during Toyota's "connected strategy" press briefing in Tokyo An employee shows a Samsung Electronics' Gear S3 Classic during Korea Electronics Show 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Visitors experience Samsung Electronics' Gear VR during the Korea Electronics Grand Fair at an exhibition hall in Seoul, South Korea Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. It developed the software in partnership with the state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, through a joint venture called CMIT. "With the strong support of CETC and Microsoft, CMIT, our joint venture, has now developed a version of Windows 10 for China government customers," said Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group.


Samsung's self-driving cars are hitting the streets

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Samsung Electronics Co. is taking its autonomous vehicle program out of the shop and onto the street, following a decision by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to allow the company to test its sensor-laden vehicles on public roads. Interestingly, Hyundai Motor Co. was granted approval to test its own self-driving cars on public South Korean streets in February of 2016 -- though presumably this is an unrelated effort. Apple's self-driving car program has been approved for testing on California public roads by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, and what is believed to be an Apple car was recently spotted in the wild. However, the decision to test the company's self-driving systems on South Korean public roads means that Samsung technology might very well soon play a vital role in making sure you arrive safely at your destination.


Datasets of the Week, April 2017: Fraud Detection, Exoplanets, Indian Premier League, & the French Election

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In this month's set of hand-picked datasets of the week, you can familiarize yourself with techniques for fraud detection using a simulated mobile transaction dataset, learn how researchers use data in the deep space hunt for exoplanets, and more. What I have learned is that with the help of simulation to generate synthetic datasets we can study a specific fraud phenomenon and more important measure the impact of different controls that we can implement before implementing them. So I decided to download the data for all the seasons of IPL (total 9), convert to csv format and started looking at the key insights. Comparison of interest from Google Trends and Twitter mentions by candidate in the kernel "First Round Prediction."


Facebook Data 'Does Not Contradict' Intelligence on Russia Meddling

The Atlantic

But in a new report, Facebook now says it has data that "does not contradict" a key U.S. intelligence report that describes "information warfare" ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin and carried out on Facebook and across the web. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency," officials wrote in a declassified version of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence report in January. Guided by the Russian government's "clear preference" for Donald Trump, the DNI report said, Moscow followed a strategy "that blends covert intelligence operations--such as cyber activity--with overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or'trolls.'" Scholars have long theorized about the possibility of people manipulating public opinion on Facebook--Facebook itself carried out a mood experiment on its users--but U.S. intelligence officials call Moscow's latest meddling "unprecedented."


Artificial intelligence packs a punch in Kung Fu training

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But a Hong Kong-based start-up is combining traditional methods of learning the Chinese martial art with AI technology that analyses the speed and strength of your punches and provides personalised, professional advice to hone your technique. "Rather than pure observation, big data analysis can tell you your speed and strength as you learn Kung Fu, and provides more personalised advice." "Hong Kong government will continue to promote big data analytics and applications within the government and facilitate the development of big data application in industries through various organisations." On the education side, AI technology can help to improve learning by observing a person's learning habits and providing guidance based on those observations.


Russia adds gun slinging to its humanoid space robot's list of helpful skills

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Just in time for the rise in global military tensions, Russian officials have released video that's sure to calm fears all around: a death dealing humanoid robot that shoots handguns. Posted to Twitter on Friday by Russia's deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, the video shows the country's space robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) accurately shooting twin pistols in a scene chillingly similar to images from The Terminator. The Russian government plans to get FEDOR working on the International Space Station by 2021. Hopefully, the robot's arrival on the ISS will come sans life-snuffing weaponry, which is pretty much the opposite of the intent behind creating a peaceful international space station shared by the world's super powers in the first place.