A front cover of the New York Post in December offered an unflattering view of Amazon Go, a test convenience store that does away with cashiers. The cover included Robby the Robot modified with Amazon branding and standing beside the giant headline: "THE END OF JOBS." Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president of global innovation, sees things a little differently. "We've not seen a slowdown in our hiring at all because of increased automation," Misener, an Amazon veteran of over 15 years, said in a phone interview Monday while he was visiting SXSW. We continue to deploy automation and we continue to hire people.
When it comes to drone technology, the focus in India is mainly on either amateur photography drones or military applications of drones in India. But between these two ends of the spectrum, lies the whole gamut of drone technology. The drone startup sector is nascent in India and is still to make its mark. But its prospects are promising and under the right policies and an able vision, drones can contribute a lot to Indian economy as well as help in solving many social and ecological problems. The fast-adoption of drone technology would give added advantage to India particularly in the sector of agriculture.
A new drone security startup claims it can disable or fly rogue drones that get too close to airports, military bases, stadiums or other other sensitive areas. SkySafe is one of several startups looking to stake a claim in the burgeoning drone enforcement industry. Headquartered in San Diego, SkySafe showed off its technology, but offered few details of how it was able to detect, hack into and control a drone in midair. It was speculated that SkySafe uses radio frequencies to take over the unmanned autonomous vehicles. "We fully take control of the drone from the operator, it sees us as the legitimate controller, and we can move it to a safe location and land it," said Grant Jordan, founder of SkySafe, in an interview with the Verge.
Stanford professor Fei-Fei Li is a pioneer in artificial intelligence. Her research helped lead to breakthroughs like allowing computers to recognize images. Now, AI has spread to every economic sector. This episode, hear Fei-Fei's thoughts on how humans can play a compassionate role in shaping AI's future. Plus, Caroline Fairchild brings reporting on some surprising jobs in this emerging industry. JESSI HEMPEL: From the editorial team at LinkedIn, I'm Jessi Hempel, and this is Hello Monday, a show where I investigate the changing nature of work, and how that work is changing us. Last year, I got to test-drive a self-driving car, which of course means I got to sit behind the wheel and not drive. In this one test, a human-size dummy walked out onto the track, imitating a pedestrian, jaywalking. SELF-DRIVING CAR TAPE: So here it comes...so we pass this trigger…do we see him? The car saw the pedestrian and slowed down to let him pass. This is just one of the many, many things that have become possible now that computers can recognize images. That's why this week, I wanted to talk to Fei-Fei Li.
The topic of AI has been a primary focus for Intel's Brian Krzanich, as he works to expand the chipmaker's scope from PCs to the next generation of technology breakthroughs. Intel's Chief Executive will be joining us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 in September to discuss the company's recent massive investments in AI, from multibillion dollar acquisitions to the formation of the Artificial Intelligence Products Group, which reports directly to Krzanich. Intel's CEO has been extremely bullish about forward facing technologies since taking the helm in 2013. Along with AI, under Krzanich's watch, the silicon juggernaut has become a leader in developing the underlying technologies that power 5G networks, self-driving cards, drones and cloud computing. It marks a strong contrast from the Intel Krzanich inherited as chief, which was still reeling from a failure to fully embrace mobile.