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Artificial Intelligence - The Exponential Guide to Artificial Intelligence

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"AI is here today; it's not just the future of technology. It's embedded in the fabric of your everyday life." Today, it can be difficult to understand the significance and potential impact that artificial intelligence (AI) has for humanity. From Siri to IBM's Watson to Hollywood portrayals of killer robots, it's not clear what we should ultimately expect from this exponential technology. What is clear: AI-powered products and services have made it into nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives in just a few years.


What does 5G mean for robotics?

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It's a vision we've seen in science fiction countless times: robots reacting independently to novel situations they couldn't possibly have been programmed for. Until now it's been no more than a fantasy, but with the advent of 5G, robotics could be on the brink of a revolution. It will be around 10 times faster than 4G speeds, with far more bandwidth and more reliable connections – and for robotics, that makes all the difference. Latency is an enormous challenge for robot developers; if it takes too long an input to be received and processed, then a movement to be calculated and executed, the robot is severely limited. Until now, the only way to transmit the vast quantities of data needed to operate robots without lag has been to keep them tethered with a wired connection, but thanks to 5G networking, that could all be about to change.


Iran vows to ditch more nuclear curbs in war of words with U.S.

The Japan Times

TEHRAN - Iran said Tuesday it will further free itself from the 2015 nuclear deal in defiance of new American sanctions as U.S. President Donald Trump warned the Islamic republic of "overwhelming" retaliation for any attacks. Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have spiraled since last year when Trump withdrew the United States from the deal under which Tehran was to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The two arch-rivals have been locked in an escalating war of words since Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in what it said was its own airspace, a claim the US vehemently denies. On Monday, Washington stepped up pressure by blacklisting Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top military chiefs, saying it would also sanction Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later in the week. Tehran was defiant on Tuesday, saying the new US sanctions against Iran showed Washington was "lying" about an offer of talks.


There will be 33 million driverless cars sold annually by 2040

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Members of the public are getting the chance to take a free ride in a self-driving car in Detroit as part of a nonprofit coalition's effort to clear up misunderstanding and confusion about the technology (April 5) AP, AP Fully autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves in nearly any situation aren't roaming the streets just yet, but almost every major technology company and automaker is working on getting to that point as quickly as possible. These companies are making huge strides in creating a world where we can hop into a car, tell it where to take us, and safely arrive – with no human input needed. If you need some convincing about how these vehicles will transform our world, consider these four hard-to-believe facts. Research from IHS Markit shows that in nearly two decades, more than 30 million self-driving vehicles will be sold each year. That means that 26% of new cars will have autonomous mobility by that year.


Top 10 emerging technologies of 2019

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is the emerging technology offering the greatest opportunities to create new business and revenues, according to CompTIA's second annual Top 10 Emerging Technologies report, released Monday. The 10 technologies named in the report were ranked according to the near-term business and financial opportunities each creates for IT firms and other business technology companies, and selected by the organization's Emerging Technology Community. IoT is driving business changes by providing the data needed to improve marketing, increase sales, and decrease costs, the report found. "Everybody in the technology world, as well as many consumers, is hearing the term Internet of Things," Frank Raimondi, a member of the CompTIA Emerging Technology Community leadership group who works in strategic channel and business development for Chargifi, said in a press release. However, "to say it's confusing and overwhelming is an understatement," he added.


A Guide to Using AI for Marketing

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As technology increases, so do the tools that we as marketers have at our disposal. One of the more recent developments, artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception. While most just hear AI and think of self-driving cars or sentient robots, this is an area of science that we can use to help us be more effective as marketers. AI is the method of using machine learning to mimic human intelligence, patterns and tendencies. Computers use algorithms and historical data to determine how to respond to certain actions.


A Guide to Using AI for Marketing

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As technology increases, so do the tools that we as marketers have at our disposal. One of the more recent developments, artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception. While most just hear AI and think of self-driving cars or sentient robots, this is an area of science that we can use to help us be more effective as marketers. AI is the method of using machine learning to mimic human intelligence, patterns and tendencies. Computers use algorithms and historical data to determine how to respond to certain actions.


I spent a day eating food cooked by robots in America's tech capital

The Guardian

Around the world, an industry has emerged around automating food service through robotics, raising questions about job security and mass unemployment while also prompting praise for streamlining and innovation. In the epicenter of Silicon Valley, where innovation is exalted beyond all else, this industry has played out in various forms, from cafes, burger shops and pizza delivery to odd vending machines. Man cannot survive on bread alone, the saying goes, but in the Bay Area, a woman could conceivably sustain herself on a varied menu of foodstuffs that had not passed the hand of man in preparation at all that day. And that woman is me. I began my day with a coffee at CafeX, where I met Francisco, the dancing and spinning robotic arm.


Ford's Argo AI will release its HD maps for free to autonomy researchers

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It's not like academic researchers have the time or money to command a fleet of self-driving mapping vehicles, which is why Argoverse is so important to that community. A self-driving car is only as good as its maps. Automakers around the world have made efforts to create high-definition maps of as many roads as possible as they ramp up AV development, so that their cars can have the best idea possible of the surrounding world. But while most groups don't seem too keen on the idea of giving those maps away, Ford's Argo AI is taking a different approach. Argo AI announced on Wednesday that it has created a public repository for its self-driving-car development data, including high-definition maps.


A new set of images that fool AI could help make it more hacker-proof

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Artificial intelligence is great at identifying objects in images, but it's still pretty easy to mess it up. Add a few choice strokes or layer in some static noise invisible to the human eye, and you can throw off an image recognition system, sometimes to deadly effect. Adding stickers to a stop sign can make a self-driving car believe the sign is posting a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit, for example, while adding them to a road can make a Tesla swerve into the oncoming traffic lane. You win some, you lose some.)