AI, robots, drones and 3D printing: CES 2017 trends!

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This year the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)– an international consumer electronics and technology innovation trade fair – was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The January Las Vegas event, which venue extends over close to 250.000m2, can sometimes almost overwhelm its audience with its vast and varied array of innovative technologies but it serves as a valuable indicator of the technology trends that are now helping to propel corporate transformation and drive changes in consumer behaviour. Last year self-driving connected cars were the stars of CES, but this year artificial intelligence (AI) topped the polls by a long way, with the prospect of integration into tomorrow's road vehicles confirmed by announcements from Santa Clara, USA-based tech company Nvidia. Indeed the company's AI technology can now be embedded in'smart' co-pilot systems for car drivers. It can also be integrated into the virtual assistant systems that help users on a daily basis, incorporated into your'smart home' and its connected objects, underpinning the voice commands that regulate the temperature and lighting levels and close doors at your house, and can also order you a taxi.


8 cool new ways computer vision is changing everything

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Computer vision and image recognition are integral parts of artificial intelligence (AI), which has quickly gone from niche to mainstream in the past few years. And nowhere was this more evident than at CES 2017 earlier this month. From a few days of wandering the floor, here are some of the coolest new uses of computer vision. The biggest displays of computer vision are coming from the automotive industry, because computer vision, after all, is one of the central enabling technologies of semi- and fully-autonomous cars. NVIDIA, which already helped supercharge the deep learning revolution with its deep learning GPU tools, is powering many of the autonomous car innovations with the NVIDIA Drive PX 2, a self-driving car reference platform that Tesla, Volvo, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz are already using for semi- and fully-autonomous functions.


Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg savaged by politicians from around the world for avoiding them

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Facebook has been savaged by politicians from across the globe after boss Mark Zuckerberg once again refused to answer questions. The company was accused of undermining democratic institutions and failing to take responsibility for the damage it had done to the world. But the hearing was marked by the fact that Mr Zuckerberg had not arrived, despite a request that came from a coalition of lawmakers from around the world. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


DeepMind Has Simple Tests That Might Prevent Elon Musk's AI Apocalypse

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You don't have to agree with Elon Musk's apocalyptic fears of artificial intelligence to be concerned that, in the rush to apply the technology in the real world, some algorithms could inadvertently cause harm. This type of self-learning software powers Uber's self-driving cars, helps Facebook identify people in social-media posts, and let's Amazon's Alexa understand your questions. Now DeepMind, the London-based AI company owned by Alphabet Inc., has developed a simple test to check if these new algorithms are safe.


Amazon's delivery drones could parachute packages to avoid landing

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Amazon is toying with the idea of equipping its autonomous delivery drones with parachutes. The idea is that they would enable the flying contraptions to float packages down to the ground in situations where landing could prove tricky. The potential plans are outlined in a new US Patent and Trademark office patent spotted by CNN. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.