Huawei Cloud ramps up AI efforts with Singapore lab, partners

ZDNet

Huawei is ramping up its efforts in cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) with the launch of a lab in Singapore and new partnerships in the region to jointly develop applications in these two areas. The Chinese vendor says the new Cloud & AI Innovation Lab aims to build local AI talents and offer resources to help universities and enterprises conduct research and build cloud and AI applications. The facility would provide Huawei's AI services such as research and development robots, development toolkits, and Traffic Intelligent Twins, which taps AI, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, and edge computing to help better manage cities, including traffic, emergency response, and public water systems. The lab aimed to cultivate AI talent and "incubate" AI applications, the Chinese vendor said. Country's government has introduced initiatives to train 12,000 people in artificial intelligence skillsets, including industry professionals and secondary school students.


Huawei and 5G: Why the UK ignored US warnings and said yes

ZDNet

The UK seems set to allow Huawei to provide at least some of the technology to power the country's next-generation 5G mobile networks, despite ongoing warnings from the US about the security risks of allowing the Chinese telecoms company to be involved. Reports suggest that a review of 5G security by the UK government will allow Huawei technology to be used in the edges of these networks but not in the sensitive core, despite the reservations of a number of members of the UK cabinet. At the technology level 5G is important because it will provide the invisible infrastructure for a vast number of future services, from self-driving cars to smart cities and the fast growing Internet of Things. All of these will rely on 5G's ability to connect up millions of devices to share information wirelessly. Using 5G to introduce new services or simply make existing ones more efficient could have substantial economic benefits – and significantly boost the countries at the forefront.


Microsoft to join MLflow project, add native support to Azure Machine Learning

ZDNet

Microsoft has been serious about helping data scientists track and manage their machine learning experiments for some time now. For example, the company's Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) cloud service has supported the logging of experiments, including iterative runs with varying algorithms, hyperparameter values, or both. While Azure ML has had its own framework for such experiment monitoring and tracking, at last year's Spark AI Summit, its partner Databricks launched the open source MLflow project for handling similar tasks. MLflow is designed to work from most any environment, including the command line, notebooks and more, and its popularity has grown impressively over the last year, ostensibly as a result of that open orientation. Microsoft and Databricks are close partners, and MLflow is natively supported in Azure Databricks.


AI adoption is key to improving the customer experience

ZDNet

In a hyper connected, mobile, and social knowledge sharing economy -- age of the connected customer - the customer experience is as important as your company's products or services. To better understand the linkage between customer experience and AI, I connected with one of the top technology senior analyst, with a primary research focus on emerging technologies and their impact on re-shaping the customer experience in a digital economy. Omer Minkara, the vice president and principal analyst at Aberdeen, is researching best-in-class practices and emerging trends in the technologies and business processes used to enhance customer experience across multiple interaction channels (e.g. I asked Minkara to share his research and clarify what AI means for customer experience executives. Here is Minkara's Aberdeen research summary: It seems that artificial intelligence (AI) is a part of almost all technology discussions.


Student sues Apple for $1 billion, claims face-recognition caused false arrest

USATODAY

A teenager in New York is suing one of the biggest companies in the world for $1 billion. A New York college student filed a lawsuit against Apple for $1 billion, claiming the company's alleged use of facial recognition software in its stores falsely linked him to a series of Apple store thefts. Ousmane Bah, 18, claims that he received a summons from a court in Boston saying that he stole $1,200 worth of Apple products in 2018, according to papers filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court. The products included Apple Pencils, which retail for $99 each. On the day of one of the thefts in Boston, Bah was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, according to the court documents.


Former Google car project Waymo to build self-driving cars at Detroit factory

USATODAY

Stephen Crouch of Montana-based Blackmore explains how the company's lidar technology would help a robot car see what's ahead. Waymo will build self-driving vehicles in Detroit. The company, once known as Google's self-driving car project and now a leader in the push to develop autonomous vehicles, had previously said it was scouting locations in southeast Michigan but did not name a specific city. CEO John Krafcik revealed Detroit as the company's choice in a blog post Tuesday titled, "Making Waymos in Motor City." It refers to being "up and running" this year.


'Mars quake': Here's what the first tremor on the red planet sounds like

USATODAY

Three distinct sounds were detected by NASA's Insight Lander while sitting on Mars' surface. The first "Mars quake" has been detected, NASA announced Tuesday. The finding "officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!," said Bruce Banerdt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA said this is the first trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind. The sound was detected by NASA's Insight Lander, a robot spacecraft that's now sitting on the Martian surface.


Elon Musk says Tesla will develop a 'quiet electric leaf blower'

USATODAY

A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Just when you think Tesla is busy tackling groundbreaking tech projects like robotaxis and driverless cars, Musk comes out of nowhere announcing a possible new product line that nobody asked for. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company is planning to "develop a quiet, electric leaf blower," and like all good Tesla declarations, the news came via Twitter. Musk sent a follow-up tweet with a pun. "Tesla blows," the CEO said.


Can Elon Musk's robotaxi plan help Tesla owners make $30,000 a year?

USATODAY

Elizabeth Keatinge tells us about Tesla's Autonomy Investor Day where robotaxis were discussed. Are robot taxi's really on the horizon? Tesla's aggressive (perhaps unrealistic) goal to launch a robotaxi network in 2020 was revealed by CEO Elon Musk on Monday as the company discussed plans toward a self-driving future. Under Musk's strategy, the electric car maker will enable owners to add their autonomous driving-capable vehicles to a Tesla ride-sharing app, which he described as a combination of Uber and Airbnb. "From our standpoint, if you fast forward a year – maybe a year and three months, but next year for sure – we'll have over a million robotaxis on the road," Musk told an audience on Monday.


In Japan, busy singles are turning to apps to find love

The Japan Times

In Japan's time-scarce, results-oriented society, people no longer feel they can find a life partner through traditional dating methods, and are instead turning to internet matchmaking options to better their chances of meeting a compatible companion. Rather than visiting a dating agency, attending matchmaking parties or actually finding a partner the old-fashioned way through "a chance encounter," people are peering into their screens in hopes that artificial intelligence will help them find a match made in heaven. The companies are not focused on delivering a solely digital date, however, as some also host events where prospective partners can meet in person to see if the profile picture meets reality. Makoto Yamada, 30, who works in the western Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa, married Sayaka, 33, a university research fellow, in June last year after meeting through the Pairs online matching service run by Tokyo-based Eureka Inc. Both learned of the matchmaking service through social media ads and signed up without giving it a second thought.