The Intelligent Enterprise, by Analogy


Let's use the analogy of autonomous electric cars to explore the new opportunities for the intelligent enterprise. Autonomous cars use a variety of sensors that constantly gather information about what's going on--not just traditional indicators such as speed and temperature, but also the world outside, using cameras and advanced image recognition. All the data is processed and combined on the fly to provide an optimized journey. Organizations also now have much more visibility into business processes using sensors and the internet of things. These new technologies collect and connect data that was previously siloed and use it to recognize previously unseen patterns.

Deep Vision Data Creates Synthetic Training Data For Machine Learning Systems Such As Neural Networks


Q: What is Deep Vision Data? A: Deep Vision Data creates synthetic training data for machine learning systems such as neural networks. Neural networks are computer systems that aren't explicitly programmed, instead they are "trained" by providing them thousands or millions of examples. Self-driving cars, personal assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Home, language translation and facial recognition are all applications of a class of machine learning called deep neural networks. Q: What is synthetic training data?

Don't Let the Robots Rule: Millions Flow to Steer AI in the Right Direction


Artificial intelligence keeps barreling forward, and of all the sectors it will likely impact, we ought to think through autonomous vehicles, criminal justice and the media sooner than later. Those are the first three areas that a new AI-centered philanthropic fund is engaging first. The fund formed early this year with a $27 million pool of donations from the Knight and Hewlett foundations, Reid Hoffman, the Omidyar Network, and investor Jim Pallotta. Now it's announced its first round of payouts. The main grantees won't be a surprise, as the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard and the MIT Media Lab are the anchor institutions, and will share $5.9 million.

The 3 Tech Buzzwords Every CEO Should Know


This robot at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence can make popcorn. But is AI a topic that CEOs need to worry about today? If you're a CEO and sometimes think your technical team speaks a different language, you're not alone. My world is saturated with tech jargon because I am a venture capitalist who reviews and meets with hundreds of tech startups every month. But which buzzwords are the most important for a CEO to understand?

3 Industries That Will Be Impacted By Artificial Intelligence


Working in digital marketing keeps you fairly up to date on many of the top trending topics in the worlds of media and technology. Sometimes, a new topic or buzzword will bubble up and take hold for a while before eventually fizzing out without much of a real-world impact. Other times, a trend will have real staying power. These are the instances that create wholly new industries and transform existing ones. One trend that figures to have this kind of impact is artificial intelligence (AI).

Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo


Apple hired Jaime Waydo, previously a systems engineer at Waymo, Apple said, confirming a report by tech news website The Information. "We wish Jaime well in her next endeavor," Waymo said in a statement. Before joining Waymo, Waydo was a longtime engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, according to her LinkedIn profile. At Waymo, she oversaw systems engineering - the process of ensuring hardware and software work well together - and helped make key decisions about when to remove human safety drivers from the company's test fleet in Arizona, The Information reported. Apple has been tight-lipped about its efforts in the development of self-driving cars, although Chief Executive Tim Cook has called it "the mother of all AI projects."

Nuro's self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner


Not every self-driving car has to be able to move passengers from point A to point B. Take, for example, Nuro: The startup just revealed their unique autonomous vehicle platform, which is more of a mobile small logistics platform than a self-driving car. The company, which has been working away in stealth mode in Mountain View until now, has raised a $92 million Series A round led by Banyan Capital and Greylock Partners to help make its unique vision of autonomous transport take shape. Nuro's vehicle is a small, narrow box on wheels, which is about half the width of a regular car, and which is designed to be a lightweight way to get goods from a local business to a customer, or from one person to another within a neighborhood or city. The platform is just one example of what Nuro wants to do, however; the startup bills itself as a product company focused on bringing "the benefits of robotics" to everyday use and ordinary people. Nuro's AV also operates completely autonomously, and looks like something you'd see on a Moon base in a retro-futuristic sci-fi show.

Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer for self-driving project


Apple may not be as loud about its plans to create a self-driving car as Google or Uber, but the company is still in the game. According to The Information, Apple has just hired Jamie Waydo, a prominent engineer from Waymo's autonomous vehicle unit. Apple's project, currently code-named Titan, could likely benefit from the excitement over such a high-profile executive. It could mean that the company is closer to a prototype, or that it's ready to start showing off its progress. Either way, Apple needs to ramp things up if its to remain relevant in the highly-competitive (and scrutinized) arena of self-driving cars.

Drones Are Going to Space


A spacecraft, spinning in Earth's orbit, reaches inside itself. One of its four arms pulls out a length of polymer pipe that has been 3D-printed inside the body of the machines. All four of the spacecraft's arms are securing pieces together as it builds a new space station right there in orbit. This surreal project, called Archinaut, is the future vision of space manufacturing company Made In Space. The company promises a future of large imaging arrays, kilometer-scale communications tools, and big space stations all built off-planet by smart robots.

Video Friday: Kuka's Home Robot, Nao Upgrade, and Bionic Cuttlefish

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Kuka, who has a near monopoly on industrial robots that are painted orange, is now getting into consumer robots. Our i-do concept study, that we presented at Hannover Fair 2018, goes a considerable step further, however.