As your Roomba cleans your floors, it's gathering maps of your house

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Those intimate maps, the company hopes, could soon be sold as personalized, data-rich products to giant tech companies, seizing a bigger role in the burgeoning market for "smart" devices in the Web-connected household. Angle said the spatial information generated by Roombas would enable connected devices to function better. In IRobot's vision, the Roomba will become a kind of machine mediator, improving other key features of the future connected home, including "music, TV, heat, blinds, stove, coffee machine, fan, gaming console, smart picture frames or robot pet," Angle said. In the future, with your permission, this information will enable the smart home and the devices within it to work better."

Will we be able to control the killer robots of tomorrow?


Fully autonomous weapons capable of selecting, identifying and engaging with targets of their own choice without human input (think Terminators) have not yet been fielded by any nation, despite what Russia is claiming. As such, now is the time to devise a regulatory framework, the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) argued before a United Nations "Meeting of Experts" in 2014. "We've debated with the US about this and they won't say what they mean by'appropriate control'," Noel Sharkey, professor of AI and robotics at the University of Sheffield and chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, told Engadget. What's more, Just Security's Paul Scharre argues that world militaries have good reason to maintain human control: the ability to re-target these multi-million-dollar munitions mid-fight should the situation on the ground change while the weapon is in transit.



Japanese food producer Kewpie Corporation has revealed that it's using Google's TensorFlow to quickly inspect ingredients, including the diced potatoes it uses in baby food. The result was an inspection system with "near-perfect" accuracy, culling more defective ingredients than humans alone -- even with a conveyor belt shuttling potatoes along at high speed. The TensorFlow system handles the initial removal, but there are still people waiting to inspect the potatoes afterward. The tech is currently limited to Kewpie's baby food, but the company expects to spread it to other foodstuffs before long.

Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg's Understanding Of AI Is 'Limited'

International Business Times

It all started with a Facebook Live video and smoking meats. Mark Zuckerberg spent Sunday afternoon in the backyard of his Palo Alto home smoking meat and live streaming the process on his site Facebook. The image of a robot taking to the streets and killing people is a "doomsday scenario" like what Zuckerberg referred to in his live stream. While he believes in a future with AI, he believes the development process should be regulated so that business competition doesn't end up creating any AI monsters.


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A new report claims Facebook is planning to release a smart speaker in 2018. Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Show does feature a touchscreen display, but that only measures 7 inches. Richardson also worked for Amazon's Lab126 as its principal technical manager, and is believed to have worked on Amazon's Echo smart speakers. Research firm Strategy Analytics reported that worldwide smart speaker shipments reached 5.9 million back in 2016, 4.2 million of those were shipped during the fourth quarter of the year.

Top 5 open-source tools for machine learning - JAXenter


Some have been a little worried about the machine learning arms race leaving the world's top universities bereft of AI talent. Helpfully, the getting started section with TensorFlow has a ML for beginners section as well as a section for experts. Their getting started page is pretty well structured for deep learning beginners and walks newcomers through the initial steps with some problem sets. Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit is a deep-learning toolkit for training algorithms to learn like the human brain.

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home


Amazon declined to comment, and Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment. Low-cost Roomba rivals were the subject of a report by short-seller Ben Axler of Spruce Point Capital Management, which sent the stock down 20 percent to $84 at the end of June. The company's smart home vision has helped bring around some former critics. Short-seller Axler's June report caused a stir mostly with its prediction that value-priced appliance maker SharkNinja Operating LLC could launch a robovac by year's end.

Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of the future of AI is 'limited'


Billionaire business icon Elon Musk -- of Tesla, SpaceX and more fame -- just fired back at Mark Zuckerberg over his grasp of the future of AI, claiming that the Facebook CEO's "understanding of the subject is limited." He was responding to comments made by Zuckerberg this weekend -- he chatted to fans on a Facebook live stream for an hour and a half while grilling meat on his BBQ, no less. "AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive because if we're reactive in AI regulation it's too late," he said at a meeting of U.S. governors this year. AI is increasingly a critical part of the Facebook business, while Zuckerberg himself has tinkered with the tech to develop his own home automation system, so perhaps naturally he feels differently.

A Quick Introduction to AI


Rather than being just devices that perform tasks that the programmer tells them to do, AI enables computers to perform tasks (autonomously) that normally require human intelligence: visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. Artificial Intelligence is all about training computer systems to learn, analyze, think and make decisions like humans at a greater speed. Machine Learning: Machine learning is the new paradigm where computer systems and machines use algorithms to analyze massive (big) data sets and learn from the data to solve problems on their own rather than using traditional functional programming. Natural Language Processing (NLP): NLP is the computer's ability to recognize and understand human speech as it is spoken.

Harnessing the power of AI to operate in the 21st century economy - Media Releases - CSO


Any company – large or small – can leverage the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to succeed in the 21st century. This was affecting the whole process of optimizing IT resources and customer experience while leaving large and inefficient data center footprints. A customizable and dynamic web-based user experience for both users and IT staff was generated successfully, leading to reduced average server provisioning time, lower footprints, and data centre consolidation. On a similar strain, a large utilities company was struggling to cope with a complex distribution system, high mean time to resolve (MTTR), and faltering customer experience.