Each weekend in the winter, I drive 200 miles north to Warren, VT to feed my family's appetite for skiing, and the funky hippie vibe of the Mad River Valley. Yes, you westerners, I know that I should have moved west years ago. But I consider this area to be my second home - but I hate driving around there with "Mass" plates! And as I drive on VT Rt. 100, I pass this old abandoned travel information booth several times a weekend (yes it's still there). I pass by it in my connected car, with "infotainment" and my smartphone, with access to WWW via cellular towers.
Robots of all shapes and sizes took turns skiing, with varying degrees of success, down a course near Pyeongchang in what is believed to be the first robot skiing competition in the world. All entrants were required to measure more than 50cm in height, stand on'two legs', have joints resembling elbow and knees, an independent power system and use ski plates and poles. The event was designed to capitalise on attention on Pyeongchang during the Winter Olympics
While Alpine skiers fought high winds at the Pyeongchang Games today, there were no such problems for robots competing in their own'Olympics' ski challenge. Robots of all shapes and sizes skied, and in some cases tumbled, down a course at the Welli Hilli ski resort, an hour's drive west of Pyeongchang. Eight robotics teams from universities, institutes and a private company competed for a $10,000 (£7,240) prize in the Ski Robot Challenge. 'I heard the Alpine skiing has been postponed again due to wind conditions. That's a pity,' said Lee Sok-min, a member of the winning TAEKWAN-V team.
Alex Harker was skiing with friends at the Lake Louise ski resort in Banff, Alberta, a week ago when the group stopped to take some photos on Harker's Android smartphone. After shooting a few shots, Harker found that the AI-powered panorama stitching feature inside his Google Photos app had created the photo above as the suggested panorama for his scene. For some reason, Google Photos saw fit to insert Harker's friend Matt as a colossal bust in the snowy mountain landscape, making the guy look like a colossus peering over the hill at Harker.
Artificial Intelligence marketing is a reality with organisations such as IBM going deeper into marketing – including travel marketing. Watson refers to IBM's cognitive artificial intelligence (AI) platform. A year ago IBM began adding Watson to its marketing suite, and in the travel sector specifically, Watson Marketing is attempting to help airlines hotels, casinos and resorts with campaign automation, real-time personalisation and similar digital marketing tools.
When on the subject of successful leaders, it is evident that the how and why of success help derive inspiration. Forbes has come up with its second list of game changers--those who are not happy with the status quo and are transforming their industries by making a difference to the lives of their consumers. The youngest game changers are two contenders--Evan Spiegel, 26-year-old CEO of Snap, and Stripe cofounders John (26) and Patrick Collison (28). The oldest is 75–year-old Christo Wiese, chairman of South Africa-based retail company Steinhoff. These are the innovative trailblazers who are redefining and reimagining the lives of people, and taking the requisite action to bring that vision to life.
GoPro Inc., known for its rugged camcorder for outdoor adventurers, has unveiled a compact drone designed to record people's treks from above. The Karma enters the burgeoning market for consumer drones as one of the first models to be more than a toy, but the quadcopter is coming out a time when several cities and businesses are restricting such aircraft from their skies. Where it is allowed, the 799 Karma, carrying a separately sold GoPro, is sure to produce majestic images, with dramatic shots lending interest to even the dullest of objects. The drone comes with a grip and backpack, both of which serve as mounts. "It's so much more than a drone -- it's Hollywood-caliber stabilization in a backpack you can wear during any activity," Chief Executive Nick Woodman said Monday during a media event inside an opaque tent assembled on the Squaw Valley Ski Resort's parking lot.