Robotics & Automation


Paul Pepper: Scott Christianson, Artificial Intelligence Specialist, "Face Recognition"

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University of Missouri assistant professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON puts an app designed to assist those with visual impairments to the test using yours truly, our floor director and some wrinkled up dollar bills. Self-driving cars is becoming a reality, and while it may sound like a cool idea, PROF. SCOTT CHRISTIANSON points out a not-so-obvious morality dilemma when it comes to programming machines that are designed to make decisions that a human normally would, saying "hopefully the car will be able to avoid the accident, but there may be situations where it may not be able to, so how do we want those cars programmed?" Never mind tomorrow, machine-learning artificial intelligence is happening now! University of Missouri professor SCOTT CHRISTIANSON tells us just how much it's "creeping into our lives."


Ford's self-driving cars may have delivery robots because humans are too lazy

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for May 22 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Ford is developing self-driving delivery vehicles it plans to launch in 2021, but there's a problem. If there isn't a driver, who's going to bring the package or pizza to your door? In tests with faux-autonomous Domino's Pizza cars, Ford discovered that a lot of people were simply too lazy to make the trip to the curb to get their orders from the car themselves, so it came up with the obvious solution: robots.


Drones may soon come with 'spidey-senses' as tiny detectors pick up on vibrations

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Drones and self-driving cars may soon come with'spidey' senses. That's according to engineers in America, who believe the unmanned machines would benefit from sensory detectors similar to those often seen in arachinds. Specifically, they're referring the hairs on a spider's legs, which are linked to special neurons called mechanoreceptors, which flag-up danger through vibrations. If machines had similar characteristics, they'd be able to navigate more effectively in dangerous environments. Until now, sensor technology hasn't always been able to process data fast enough, or as smoothly, as nature.


U.S. Postal Service Is Testing Self-Driving Trucks

NPR Technology

A mail carrier for the United States Postal Service makes deliveries at a Florida apartment complex in June 2018. The USPS has partnered with TuSimple to launch a multi-state driverless semi-truck test program on Tuesday. It doesn't involve home deliveries. A mail carrier for the United States Postal Service makes deliveries at a Florida apartment complex in June 2018. The USPS has partnered with TuSimple to launch a multi-state driverless semi-truck test program on Tuesday.


AI and machine learning will throw bigger punches at ad fraud

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In a poll conducted by Integral Ad Science (IAS) 69.0% of agency executives said that ad fraud was the biggest hindrance to ad budget growth, compared with more than half (52.6%) of brand professionals who said the same. How much is ad fraud costing advertisers? Nobody knows, but with estimates ranging from $6.5 billion to $19 billion, there's a lot at stake. Marketers are becoming more assertive in their demands for better fraud prevention measures and they are seeking to increase their knowledge of different fraud types – from bots to unauthorised domain reselling – and wider technology adoptions to drive their Marketing strategies overall. Ad tech providers will need to adapt their technology and techniques to meet this demand.


AI and machine learning will throw bigger punches at ad fraud

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In a poll conducted by Integral Ad Science (IAS) 69.0% of agency executives said that ad fraud was the biggest hindrance to ad budget growth, compared with more than half (52.6%) of brand professionals who said the same. How much is ad fraud costing advertisers? Nobody knows, but with estimates ranging from $6.5 billion to $19 billion, there's a lot at stake. Marketers are becoming more assertive in their demands for better fraud prevention measures and they are seeking to increase their knowledge of different fraud types – from bots to unauthorised domain reselling – and wider technology adoptions to drive their Marketing strategies overall. Ad tech providers will need to adapt their technology and techniques to meet this demand.


Seeing rough road ahead, Ford sheds 7,000 white-collar jobs

The Japan Times

DETROIT - Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10 percent of its global salaried workforce. The major revamp, which had been underway since last year, will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager. In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs. About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off. About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit.


Startup Claims Performance Leadership With New AI Edge Chip

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Hailo, an AI startup based in Israel, has released its initial chip that the company claims is "the world's top performing deep learning processor," with the Hailo-8 chip claimed to deliver 26 tera-operations pers second (TOPS), while consuming only a few watts of power. If true, that would certainly put it near or at the top of its class in performance for edge applications in areas like self-driving cars, drones, smart appliances, and virtual/augmented reality devices. The challenge in these edgey environments has always been to get AI processors with the requisite performance for these applications but consuming only the small amounts of power available in these settings. In fact, Hailo is positioning its new offering as chip that "enables edge devices to run sophisticated deep learning applications that could previously run only on the cloud." However, doesn't mean Hailo-8 is as powerful as a top-of-the-line inference GPU for the datacenter.


Mini robotic cars show how driverless cars improve traffic flow Verdict

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A fleet of miniature autonomous cars has shown how driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35% when programmed to work together. Researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, tested how 16 miniature robotic cars driving around a two-lane track reacted when one of the cars on the inner lane stopped. When the cars were in cooperative mode, they alerted the rest of the cars to slow down as it neared the immobile car, allowing the inner lane cars to quickly pass it. However, when they were not driving cooperatively, traffic built up as cars had to stop and wait for a safe moment to overtake the stopped car. "Autonomous cars could fix a lot of different problems associated with driving in cities, but there needs to be a way for them to work together," said co-author of the study Michael He, an undergraduate student at St John's College who designed the lane-changing algorithms for the experiment.


15 inspiring artificial intelligence success stories from brands

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AMAZON: Has opened an AI-powered convenience store in Seattle. The premise of Amazon Go is simple: to eliminate everyone's least-favorite part of the shopping experience, checking out. With ceiling-mounted sensors and cameras backed by artificial intelligence, Amazon is able to track every interaction a customer has with a product. It knows exactly when a product is picked up or put back. Go works like a physical manifestation of Amazon's 1-Click checkout, where you "click" by taking an item off a shelf.