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Uber is building a flying taxi technology center in Paris

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Uber has wildly ambitious plans to send flying taxis soaring over cities, but building them will be orders of magnitude harder than anything it has ever done. As such, the company announced that it will open a Paris lab dedicated to its Elevate program called the Advanced Technologies Center in Paris (ATCP). Uber will spend €20 million ($23.4 million) over five years to develop the AI algorithms, air traffic control and other tech necessary for the service. Uber will recruit engineers, AI specialists and computer vision researchers when the center opens this fall. "Initial projects will include: machine learning-based transport demand modeling, high-density low-altitude air traffic management simulations, integration of innovative airspace transport solutions with European aviation regulators such as EASA, and the development of smart grids to support future fleets of electric transport on the ground and in the air," Uber said in a press release.


Big data: Success in marketing technology requires a personal touch ZDNet

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CMO vs CIO: Why it shouldn't be a battle Chief data officer and chief digital officer roles are on the rise with significant implications for IT leaders and their position in relation to the top table. Zeta Global uses its vast database of profiles and technologies like artificial intelligence to help companies improve their marketing return on investment. Customers include British Airways, American Airlines, Citizens Bank, Ralph Lauren and Sprint. ZDNet talked to the company's CIO, Jeffry Nimeroff, to find out more about the company's plans and priorities. ZDNet: Tell me a little bit about your company and the focus of the business.


DEEP AERO is Building Tomorrow's Drone Economy Powered by Blockchain and AI - Global Coin Report

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As globalization continues to push e-commerce and international travel to new highs, traditional modes of transport and logistics have become increasingly stressed to keep up with demand. Today's global economy is more reliant than ever on yesterday's outdated infrastructure, which is increasingly bogged down by traffic-stricken highways and crowded skies. One company sees this burgeoning challenge as the perfect opportunity: use today's most disruptive technologies to create a more efficient, autonomous, and self-governing cargo and transportation economy. DEEP AERO -- an innovative blockchain company -- is developing an aviation economy powered by AI, blockchain, and drones that will act as an on-demand logistics system, and later, a fully-functioning transportation system capable of private transportation. The current international medium of aviation and flight logistics is overburdened by the skyrocketing demand of a growing global middle class of developing countries and businesses that service this class.


Examples of Artificial Intelligence Applications in Transportation Lanner

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From the first mass produced cars to passenger aircraft breaking the sound barrier, there have been numerous advances within the area of transportation that have had a profound effect on the way in which we approach travel and transport. However, the latest technological advance to begin to revolutionize transportation may come to dwarf any and all that arrived before it. And its uses are many. In this article, we'll being looking at a few examples of artificial intelligence within transportation and how it is helping to meet several of the most common and persistent challenges in this area. There are several challenges that are persistent throughout the transportation industry and that have plagued this sector ever since its inception.


IAG: Marketers must end the blind faith in martech and adtech

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Marketers with blind faith in adtech and martech are at risk of putting advertising in front of people who were going to buy anyway and waste time and money on useless personalisation activities. This was the message from IAG's director of media and technology, Dr Willem Paling, and one-to-one marketing director, Jason Ridge, who took to the stage at CeBIT 2018 to discuss where and when to use AI-enabled martech, and why it's vital to set the right goals around it. Ridge said all consumers expect personalised experiences, and marketers can throw data into AI platforms to ensure the content coming out of their tech engines is personalised. But IAG is starting to ask if it really needs the technology to achieve relevance. "No one will say delivering customers' personalisation isn't a good thing.


[D] Simple to use library for black box optimization of neuronal network weights • r/MachineLearning

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I am trying to optimize an agent in a simple simulation. For now, I do not want the agent to take the current state into consideration. Instead, it should just react to the environment. My idea is to model the agent as a neuronal network. The simulation results in a score, which I want to maximize.


AI startup receives grant from Abu Dhabi kickstarter programme Tahawul Tech

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NEURAi, an artificial intelligence powered business analytics platform, received a grant of $10,000 through the Etihad Airways Innovation Kickstarter Award. The team members will have the opportunity to work closely with and be mentored by Etihad Airways and startAD, and to build their prototype at Al Warsha, startAD's lab at NYU Abu Dhabi. Held in partnership with ADNOC Distribution, Etihad Airways, and Crescent Enterprises, the hardware Venture Launchpad programme is one of startAD's core initiatives that aspires to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem. NYU Abu Dhabi Research Professor of Engineering, Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and startAD Managing Director Ramesh Jagannathan said, "startAD's strategy to catalyse Abu Dhabi and the UAE's entrepreneurship ecosystem has gained significant momentum with close to 100 startups going through our programs in the last 18 months. "In this edition of the hardware Venture Launchpad programme, we brought together promising artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning-based startups in sectors of regional importance such as transportation, shipping, logistics, and aviation.


Drone Deliveries and Passenger Drone Moves A Step Towards Reality

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Although robotic flying taxi and drone deliveries would take years to become a reality, the US Department of Transportation has moved a step ahead to make this a reality soon. The numbers of companies are designing their systems and technologies and will very soon operate their devices. Amazon.com and Alphabet's Google unit are both developing drones to deliver products. As per the US law, the agency must certify that any business carrying people or cargo for hire is economically'fit, willing and able' to perform. "The FAA still must approve of a drone air carrier's safety in a separate process," stated the DOT.


ECSU Will Offer 4-Year Drone Degree – DEEP AERO DRONES – Medium

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Elizabeth City State University opens up the drone courses as part of the four-year aviation degree. "We can train our students in all these areas and we want our graduates to be entrepreneurs," said Professor Kuldeep Rawat, Director of the ECSU aviation science program. The students in the UAV classes learn to operate and fly drones, interact with air traffic control and use different payloads and sensors. The university also plans to build an outdoor flying facility with a net, sort of like a giant batting cage. As reported by the FAA, the industry could need more than 300000 new pilots in the next five years.


The Drone Racing League Partners With Allianz With A Race In Nice

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The Drone Racing League partner with France's Group AB, and is kicking off this year's DRL World Championship season with a race at the Allianz Riveria Stadium in Nice, France. The drone racing has been raised from an underground hobbyist activity in parking lots across the country to an authentic eSport with celebrated events all over the world. The event will mark the first professional drone race in France. "We're incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Allianz, who has a proud history of supporting innovative sports and auto racing, and to expand the reach of pro-drone racing in collaboration with Groupe AB, the predominant racing media company in France," said Nicholas Horbaczweski, the founder of Drone Racing League. "I think that fans define what we are," concluded Horbaczewski.