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Staff Full Stack Software Engineer, Machine Learning Infrastructure

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We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love. We're building the world's most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many. Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines.


AADS: Augmented autonomous driving simulation using data-driven algorithms

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Simulation systems have become essential to the development and validation of autonomous driving (AD) technologies. The prevailing state-of-the-art approach for simulation uses game engines or high-fidelity computer graphics (CG) models to create driving scenarios. However, creating CG models and vehicle movements (the assets for simulation) remain manual tasks that can be costly and time consuming. In addition, CG images still lack the richness and authenticity of real-world images, and using CG images for training leads to degraded performance. Here, we present our augmented autonomous driving simulation (AADS). Our formulation augmented real-world pictures with a simulated traffic flow to create photorealistic simulation images and renderings. More specifically, we used LiDAR and cameras to scan street scenes. From the acquired trajectory data, we generated plausible traffic flows for cars and pedestrians and composed them into the background. The composite images could be resynthesized with different viewpoints and sensor models (camera or LiDAR). The resulting images are photorealistic, fully annotated, and ready for training and testing of AD systems from perception to planning. We explain our system design and validate our algorithms with a number of AD tasks from detection to segmentation and predictions. Compared with traditional approaches, our method offers scalability and realism. Scalability is particularly important for AD simulations, and we believe that real-world complexity and diversity cannot be realistically captured in a virtual environment. Our augmented approach combines the flexibility of a virtual environment (e.g., vehicle movements) with the richness of the real world to allow effective simulation.


AI Is Replacing Human Jobs: Low-Skilled And Manual

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Artificial Intelligence is here to transform everything from our daily business lives. It is impacting both positive and negative manners. The experts, the tech-savvy, and even the common people are aware by now that AI is replacing human jobs. The questions and concerns have shifted to when and how, and which jobs will vanish first. If we look at the current situation, we are in the middle of the AI development phase.


Humans and AI: Should We Describe AI as Autonomous?

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Beware the hype about AI systems. Although AI is powerful and generates trillions of dollars of economic value across the world, what you see in science fiction movies remains pure fiction. In this blog post, I will focus on the use of the word autonomous, the dangers of using it with stakeholders, and, in the context of customer experience, the inaccurate perception that all things can be automated, eliminating the need for interactions between employees and customers. According to the dictionary, autonomous means "having the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs." To have autonomy is to have the freedom to exercise self-determination, to rule oneself, to make decisions in accordance with one's own goals, without external interference.


Biden's 'Antitrust Revolution' Overlooks AI--at Americans' Peril

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Despite the executive orders and congressional hearings of the "Biden antitrust revolution," the most profound anti-competitive shift is happening under policymakers' noses: the cornering of artificial intelligence and automation by a handful of tech companies. There is little doubt that the impact of AI will be widely felt. It is shaping product innovations, creating new research, discovery, and development pathways, and reinventing business models. AI is making inroads in the development of autonomous vehicles, which may eventually improve road safety, reduce urban congestion, and help drivers make better use of their time. AI recently predicted the molecular structure of almost every protein in the human body, and it helped develop and roll out a Covid vaccine in record time.


TaaS Magazine: AUTONOMOUS Cars and Data Management - Bridgeworks

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There are many predictions about connected and autonomous vehicles, some of them suggesting that fully autonomous, levels 4 and 5 vehicles will begin to become commonplace on public roads from 2025. A study by Vynz Research says the global connected and autonomous vehicle market size was 17.7 million units in 2019; and it predicts that this will reach 51.2 million units by 2025 – a compound growth rate of 17.1% during the period of 2020 to 2025.At present, most vehicles aren't fully autonomous, yet still increasingly rely upon data to operate. With their emergence will be a growth in data. Rich Miller writes in his article for Data Center Frontier, 'Rolling Zettabytes: Quantifying the Data Impact of Connected Cars': "The Automotive Edge Computing Consortium (AECC) is working to help stakeholders understand the infrastructure requirements for connected cars. At Edge Computing World, AECC board member, Vish Nandlall, outlined the group's findings on the volume of data created by autonomous cars and the challenges they will create."


Biden's 'Antitrust Revolution' Overlooks AI--at Americans' Peril

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Despite the executive orders and congressional hearings of the " Biden antitrust revolution," the most profound anti-competitive shift is happening under policymakers' noses: the cornering of artificial intelligence and automation by a handful of tech companies. There is little doubt that the impact of AI will be widely felt. It is shaping product innovations, creating new research, discovery, and development pathways, and reinventing business models. AI is making inroads in the development of autonomous vehicles, which may eventually improve road safety, reduce urban congestion, and help drivers make better use of their time. AI recently predicted the molecular structure of almost every protein in the human body, and it helped develop and roll out a Covid vaccine in record time.


Artificial Intelligence in reality

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fascinating technological development that is significantly impacting our present-day lives. Given AI's potential, there is a need to carefully examine what is being entrusted to the AI system and to build mechanisms to obtain the advantages of AI and to avoid its disadvantages. AI is a potent digital computational reality and even though AI-driven applications are widespread, still there seems to be limited appreciation of the role AI is playing in our lives. However, recent technological advances in designing self-driving vehicles have helped focus attention on AI and have helped people better understand the powerful potential of AI. The prospect of safe self-driving or autonomous vehicles is quite amazing, and this possibility has justifiably attracted much attention.


Computer Vision: Self-Driving Car Perception in a Nutshell

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One of the things I enjoy the most in learning about self-driving cars is simply realizing how much resemblance a set of computing machines could bear to our human body. A part that stood out to me is perception, as it takes after many of the visual functionalities in our body anatomy.