German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) greets a robot next to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (2ndR), his wife Angelica Rivera (2ndL) and German Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek (L) on April 23, 2018 as they visit the IBG Automation stand during the Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany. The Hanover Fair is the biggest industrial fair worldwide and runs until April 28, 2018, with Mexico as this year's partner country.
Today at the Frankfurt motor show, one of the biggest and most prestigious motor shows in the world, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, spoke before German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now what is Facebook and most importantly, Sheryl Sandberg doing at an automotive industry event? The obvious answer that comes to mind when one relates Facebook and the car industry is the billions of advertising dollars the industry spends on marketing and advertising. However, that does not seem to be Facebook's game plan, as highlighted by Sheryl and shown at their pavilion. Facebook seems to have a strategy of leveraging its capabilities in social marketing, AR & VR and interestingly, who would have thought of it, leveraging its advanced AI and deep learning capabilities to support the development of autonomous vehicles.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is introduced to Pepper the Robot by DigitalSTROM employee Martin Vesper in Berlin, Germany. Deep learning, a popular form of machine learning, is being applied across across a number of the latest tech products and services. But for the most part, all that computing is still taking place in the cloud. San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup Skymind is hoping to embed deep learning directly into robots. The startup is releasing a new toolkit, SKIL Somatic, that will enable robots to recognize the visual world around it using a popular type of deep learning, called a convolutional neural networks.
On this cheerful Tuesday morning, Angela Merkel is at peace with herself and her country. She is standing in a factory loft in central Berlin and listening to Rami Rihawi, a refugee from Syria, who, in his blue suit and only slightly accented German, looks as though he has just jumped out of a glossy brochure on successful integration. After fleeing his homeland to Germany, Rihawi attended a school for computer experts, the site of Merkel's visit. He then received an internship at steel retailer Klöckner before being offered a fulltime job at the company. "We were extremely happy that Rami accepted our job offer," says Klöckner CEO Gisbert Rühl, who is standing proudly next to Rihawi.
Hanover German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kicked off the world's biggest digital business fair in Hanover with a speech urging developers not to leave their fellow humans behind. At the opening ceremony for the CeBIT expo, Merkel appealed to tech firms to include the'millions of people who in some ways don't know what awaits them' in the digital revolution, adding that politicians could not achieve such inclusion without help from the industry. Merkel is set to peruse the latest trends at the trade fair in detail on Monday, when it opens to the public, together with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 'We cannot let a situation arise in which only certain people generate wealth,' Abe said on Sunday, reinforcing the theme of shared benefits. Merkel admitted that Europe was all too often lagging behind in digital technology.
Next to convincing many to ditch their gas guzzling cars in favor of electric power, a new challenge from Tesla has arisen in Germany that has to do with the company's most talked about feature: Autopilot. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk teases'unexpected' new Tesla product Officials from Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) have requested that Tesla stop using the term "Autopilot" for its driver assistance feature, calling it misleading. "It can be confirmed that a letter to Tesla exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car," a KBA official told Reuters. "A letter to Tesla exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot." According to the report, the German agency's letter to Tesla stated, "In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers' expectations, we demand that the misleading term Autopilot is no longer used in advertising the system."
Just days ago, Germany's Federal Motor Authority sent letters to Tesla owners warning them that their cars' "Autopilot" feature is strictly there for driver assistance, not driver replacement. As it turns out, those letters were just the opening salvo. According to a report from Reuters, the German government is asking Tesla to stop using the term "autopilot" in its advertising entirely out of concerns that people misinterpret its purpose. To be absolutely clear, your Tesla will not drive you around town on its own... yet. A Tesla spokesperson maintained that the word "autopilot" has been used in the aerospace industry for years in reference to systems that assist pilots in flight, and that the company has always been clear that people still have to pay attention to the road.
Following two confirmed Tesla Autopilot-related crashes in the U.S., including a fatality, German lawmakers are planning legislation that would require carmakers to include a black box for cars. More commonly associated with aircraft, the proposed black box would record when an autonomous system was engaged, when the car asked the driver to retake driving duties and when a human driver took control or not, according to Reuters. The intent of this legislation would help both carmakers, regulators and law enforcement officials determine who is responsible in the event of an autonomous car crash. SEE ALSO: Tesla is the only carmaker beta testing'autopilot' tech, and that's a problem Both Volvo and Mercedes-Benz have said they will accept responsibility for the actions of its cars when in autonomous driving mode. I suspect, though, simply knowing when the system was engaged or not won't be the only factor used to determine fault or responsibility.