Google launches self-driving bicycles in the Netherlands


Take note from Google, the best April Fools' Day pranks from brands are ones that make fun of itself. In an obvious spoof of its self-driving cars, Google Netherlands launched a parody video on Friday highlighting its new product: self-driving bicycles. Although the clip is simultaneously poking fun at America's car culture, self-driving innovation and the Netherland's bike culture, it's not unconceivable and could easily be the norm one day.

Here's Silicon Valley's Strategic Advantage: Its Platforms

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In a paper in Harvard Business Review, Kellogg School of Management professor Robert Wolcott illustrates the problems that Netflix founder Reed Hastings had in 1997 in building a platform. Hastings had always wanted to provide on-demand video, but the technology infrastructure just wasn't there when he needed it. So he started by building a DVDs-by-mail business -- while he plotted a long-term strategy for today's platform. According to Wolcott, Uber has a strategic intent of providing self-driving cars, but while the technology evolves it is managing with human drivers. It has built a platform that enables rapid evolution as technologies, consumer behaviors, and regulations change.

Guy Builds 'Hollywood Star' Robot And It Sure Looks Like ScarJo

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"I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream. If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life," said Ma, who had to learn about fields completely new to him before he could build the complex gadget. Besides simple movements of its arms and legs, turning its head and bowing, Ma's robot, which has dark blonde hair and liquid eyes, and wears a grey skirt and cropped top, can create detailed facial expressions. In response to the compliment, "Mark 1, you are so beautiful," its brows and the muscles around its eyes relax, and the corners of its lips lift, creating a natural-seeming smile, and it says, "Hehe, thank you."

'Machine learning' is a revolution as big as the internet or personal computers


Sean Gallup / GettyDon't worry, the machines are your friend. It used to be the case that you had to program a computer so that it knew how to do things. Now computers can learn from experience. The breakthrough is called "machine learning." It's unimaginably important for understanding where technology is going, and where society is going with it.

Influence of AI on Sales


The global commerce is expanding at an alarming rate. Involvement of proactive engineering coupled with functions displaying the futuristic approach of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has created surplus choices in the market. As a result, consumer expectations have risen to greater heights. Companies now face challenges related to product innovation, addressing needs and demands, and collecting updated data in the ever-changing business scenario. Companies who shy away from confronting customer demands tend to lose their grip on the competitive market.

IBM's resistive computing could massively accelerate AI -- and get us closer to Asimov's Positronic Brain ExtremeTech


With the recent rapid advances in machine learning has come a renaissance for neural networks -- computer software that solves problems a little bit like a human brain, by employing a complex process of pattern-matching distributed across many virtual nodes, or "neurons." Modern compute power has enabled neural networks to recognize images, speech, and faces, as well as to pilot self-driving cars, and win at Go and Jeopardy. Most computer scientists think that is only the beginning of what will ultimately be possible. Unfortunately, the hardware we use to train and run neural networks looks almost nothing like their architecture. That means it can take days or even weeks to train a neural network to solve a problem -- even on a compute cluster -- and then require a large amount of power to solve the problem once they're trained.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work, Part 1


How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) help companies operate in the 21st century? How might it impact organisations and employees? AI has been around for years, but now it seems that it is taking the business world by storm. According to software startup advisor Steve Ardire, it will fundamentally reshape organisations. "Human capital will start to shift from mundane tasks and transactions to higher-order and creative work.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work, Part 2


Gloria Lombardi speaks with software startup advisor Steve Ardire to explore the state of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its implications for the future of work. In Part 1 of this post, we covered the meaning of AI vs. machine intelligence and how AI will affect the future of work. Now we turn our attention to what's going on in the AI market and what this technology could mean for healthcare in particular. AI technology is developing, fast. "In 2016," Ardire says, "we are already seeing the emergence of applications for human resources, marketing and communications, sales, customer service, market and risk intelligence and more."

High-tech Boston area in legal bind on driverless-car tests


With its Colonial-era street patterns, icy winters, notoriously aggressive drivers and high-tech talent, the Boston region would seem the perfect place to test self-driving cars and ensure they can handle anything thrown at them. But the area, and indeed the entire Northeast, has no law outlining how the technology should be driven and tested. And lawmakers who want to respond are being spurned by leaders of the fast-growing industry, who would rather have no rules than a patchwork of state laws getting in their way. "I'm hoping that the New England states will make it possible for us to do this work right at home very soon," said Daniela Rus, a professor who directs the artificial intelligence laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has partnered with Toyota to advance autonomous driving. "We have more flexibility testing our algorithms and self-driving vehicles in Singapore than we do here.

Is your business ready for robots?


The robots are coming, or so media have proclaimed in recent months. The world of work is about to undergo a revolution as advances in technology mean that many jobs humans do now will likely be done by machines instead in a matter of years. How many roles will go and what sectors will be most affected is open to debate but it seems certain widespread change is upon us. According to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report published in January, more than seven million jobs are at risk from advances in technology in the world's largest economies over the next five years. If anything this is a conservative estimate.