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How AI gave New Life to Global Sports


India lost two early wickets in the first session of the initial innings of the ICC Test Championship Final. There is already much history about him and England. This History was enough to create the hype around him. On the first note, the ground was the same where India loses their debut world cup winning chance in the captaincy of Kohli. Southampton has seen India losing enough times.

USC researchers enable AI to use its "imagination." - USC Viterbi


The new AI system takes its inspiration from humans: when a human sees a color from one object, we can easily apply it to any other object by substituting the original color with the new one. Now, imagine the same cat, but with coal-black fur. Now, imagine the cat strutting along the Great Wall of China. Doing this, a quick series of neuron activations in your brain will come up with variations of the picture presented, based on your previous knowledge of the world. In other words, as humans, it's easy to envision an object with different attributes.

AI strawberries and blockchain chicken: how digital agriculture could rescue global food security


In May 2020, with technical support from the UN FAO, China Agricultural University and Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo hosted a "smart agriculture competition". Three teams of top strawberry growers – the Traditional teams – and four teams of scientific AI experts – the Technology teams – took part in a strawberry-growing competition in the province of Yunnan, China, billed as an agricultural version of the historical match between a human Go player and Google's DeepMind AI. At the beginning, the Traditional teams were expected to draw best practices from their collective planting and agricultural experience. And they did – for a while. They led in efficient production for a few months before the Technology teams gradually caught up, employing internet-enabled devices (such as intelligent sensors), data analysis and fully digital greenhouse automation.

China Roundup: Kai-Fu Lee's first Europe bet, WeRide buys a truck startup – TechCrunch


Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch's China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. Despite the geopolitical headwinds for foreign tech firms to enter China, many companies, especially those that find a dependable partner, are still forging ahead. For this week's roundup, I'm including a conversation I had with Prophesee, a French vision technology startup, which recently got funding from Kai-Fu Lee and Xiaomi, along with the usual news digest. Like many companies working on futuristic, cutting-edge tech in Europe, Prophesee was a spinout from university research labs. Previously, I covered two such companies from Sweden: Imint, which improves smartphone video production through deep learning, and Dirac, an expert in sound optimization.

Insurtech Ethos Valued at $2.7 Billion After SoftBank Investment


"We're excited about it," Peter Colis, Ethos CEO and co-founder, said of the SoftBank investment. "It's more capital to fuel our mission of protecting families." Ethos plans to use the funds to build out its engineering and products team, as well as for research and development. Employees currently number about 200 people and are expected to jump to 350 to 400 by the end of the year, he said. SoftBank's investment is coming from its $30 billion Vision Fund 2. The pool typically focuses on companies that use artificial intelligence like Carro, the Singapore online car marketplace; DiDi, the Uber of China; and eToro, the Israeli online stock brokerage.

When self-driving cars are coming, for real


Self-driving features have been creeping into automobiles for years, and Tesla (TSLA) even calls its autonomous system "full self-driving." That's hype, not reality: There's still no car on the market that can drive itself under all conditions with no human input. But researchers are getting close, and automotive supplier Mobileye just announced it's deploying a fleet of self-driving prototypes in New York City, to test its technology against hostile drivers, unrepentant jaywalkers, double parkers, omnipresent construction and horse-drawn carriages. The company, a division of Intel (INTC), describes NYC as "one of the world's most challenging driving environments" and says the data from the trial will push full self-driving capability closer to prime time. In an interview, Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua said fully autonomous cars could be in showrooms by the end of President Biden's first term.

How AI Will Help Keep Time at the Tokyo Olympics


Timing of Olympic races has not always been sophisticated. On April 10, 1896, some 17 runners competed in the very first Olympic marathon. The course ran approximately 40 km, and of the athletes representing five different nations, it was a Greek water carrier, Spyridon Louis, who eventually emerged victorious, winning in two hours, 58 minutes, and 50 seconds. How do we know this impressive statistic? The very same stopwatch set running by the judge in Marathon at the start of that historic race was then delivered ahead of the runners--by bicycle, no less--to record the momentous time as Louis crossed the finish line in Athens just shy of three hours later.

Tokyo Olympics get a taste of esports, sort of

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Since at least 2017, there have been discussions about esports becoming part of the Olympics, even as sports aimed at younger audiences joined the Games, including skateboarding and surfing in Tokyo. This year, those conversations led to esports gaining a more significant presence in professional competition. In April, the IOC announced it would hold virtual auto racing, baseball, cycling, rowing and sailing competitions, ahead of the Summer Games. However, those competitions omitted the most popular game titles in esports, such as "League of Legends" and "Dota 2," and focused instead on games that replicated traditional sports with limited player bases.

Israel pushes military digital transformation in the age of 'artificial intelligence war'


Israel has sought to increase its operational success on the battlefield through a major push for digitization in the Israel Defense Forces. The importance of this transformation was apparent in the recent conflict in Gaza that Israeli officials have called the first "artificial intelligence war." Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has made employing digital potential a central feature of his command, according to Col. Eli Birenbaum, head of the IDF Digital Transformation Division's Architecture Department. "The IDF had a few shortcomings to increase our lethality on the battlefield," said Birenbaum in an interview. While the IDF looks like one organization from the outside, for years its different services, including the air force, navy and ground forces, were balkanized in their use of their own networks for data services, he said.

The music for the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies? It comes from video games.

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Music in gaming is written to motivate players all the while not distracting them from the tasks at hand. It's why Popular Science wrote in 2018, "You should be listening to video game soundtracks at work." As the article states, there's little research on the effects of video game music while working, but it checks a lot of boxes when it comes to low roars of noise boosting productivity, including having no lyrics and maintaining a steady rhythm. If video games really are esports, the medium's music has provided our brains with workout playlists for years.