Skiing robots hit the slopes in South Korea – video

The Guardian

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

Robots are having their own Olympics, but they kind of suck at skiing


Don't worry, the robot uprising isn't coming yet. The mechanic athletes competing Hoengseong, about an hour outside Pyeongchang, South Korea are a mess.

Robots ski in Pyeongchang on Winter Olympics sidelines

Daily Mail

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.

Google Photos' AI Panorama Failed in the Best Way


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.

IBM's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Marketing Platform


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.

Forbes Global Game Changers--2017


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). These are just some of the game changing leaders who are not just bending or breaking the rules, but redefining them to pave new ways toward success, taking the larger group along.

GoPro unveils its new Karma quadcopter, though restrictions on drones loom large

Los Angeles Times

GoPro's Karma comes with a gaming-console-style controller and the ability for one person to shoot photos and video using a smartphone while another person flies the drone using the controller. Already, some cities, parks and resorts, including Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, have banned drone use without special approval. Emmy winners, FBI hunt for NYC bombing suspect, CalPERS pension crisis, and the Rams win their home opener. Emmy winners, FBI hunt for NYC bombing suspect, CalPERS pension crisis, and the Rams win their home opener.