South Korean telco KT has launched a 5G standalone commercial service for smartphone users and businesses to foster new technologies for autonomous cars and smart factories. The company said the standalone (SA) service would serve as an opportunity for 5G to be applied to other industries and 5G smartphone users. "We have prepared a SA service to provide customers with 5G that can give them a new value," KT's network strategy department head Kim Young-in said in a statement. The SA uses batteries longer than NSA and can provide a faster response rate. By utilizing the characteristics of 5G base stations, which are densely built, KT said that the SA would provide more sophisticated disaster text services from the end of this year after consultation with related agencies and system development.
A foundational technology in autonomous vehicles, lidar is steadily making its way into a broader range of robots thanks to plummeting prices. Case in point, a company called Seoul Robotics just launched a ready-to-go, plug-and-play lidar perception system that can be deployed out of the box. Lidar, which was cost-prohibitive for most applications as little as five years ago, may be the key to unlocking a world in which robots take to the streets en masse. But for that to happen, developers need not only the hardware but the software designed for easy integration. "First and foremost, lidar sensors do not work without sophisticated perception software. The lidar industry is investing billions of dollars on sensors without even considering the software needed to interpret the data into actionable solutions," says HanBin Lee, CEO of Seoul Robotics.
A lump in the thyroid gland is called a thyroid nodule, and 5-10% of all thyroid nodules are diagnosed as thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer has a good prognosis, a high survival rate, and a low recurrence rate, so early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Recently, a joint research team in Korea has proposed a new non-invasive method to distinguish thyroid nodules from cancer by combining photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound image technology with artificial intelligence. The joint research team--composed of Professor Chulhong Kim and Dr. Byullee Park of POSTECH's Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Convergence IT Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Dong-Jun Lim and Professor Jeonghoon Ha of Seoul St. Mary's Hospital of Catholic University of Korea, and Professor Jeesu Kim of Pusan National University--conducted a research to acquire PA images from patients with malignant and benign nodules and analyzed them with artificial intelligence. In recognition of their significance, the findings from this study were published in Cancer Research.
And I am no committed die-hard Marxist either. In this paper I am merely asking if our planning, evaluations & reviews of investments made in education, employment and human capital from tax payers' money over the years till now (especially since 1991) been judicious enough to warrant comfort in future outputs. Inviting my readers to do a self (mental) due diligence of achievements and the progress made in our country in the past few decades as I do, all I am asking is if, given the commitments radiating among our warring political parties under an archaic political system, the future of our grandchildren safe enough? Or, given they will not join the emerging lumpen elements, ought we to plan their migration to as bizarre countries as Taiwan, China, South Korea?] "Bureaucracy served Man well in the past. But the nature of Work has changed and management must change for us to survive. Our goal is to move from a bureaucratic model that is focused on maximizing compliance to one that is focused on maximizing contribution"– Management Guru Gary Hamel, speaking on Humanocracy at an Open Interactive pop up on 18th February 2021.
SEOUL – Is the young woman in the summer dress just admiring the view off the bridge? That is the question South Korean researchers and the emergency services are working to answer using artificial intelligence to detect and prevent suicide attempts. In this case it is one of the researchers demonstrating how hard it can be for human surveillance teams to tell. But the AI system they are developing has been learning patterns of behavior by analyzing data from cameras, sensors and the dispatch records of rescue services since April 2020, Seoul Institute of Technology said on Wednesday. Based on information from hours of CCTV footage and assessing details such as the hesitation of the person, the AI can then forecast a hazardous situation and immediately alert rescue teams, principal researcher Kim Jun-chul said.
In this case it is one of the researchers demonstrating how hard it can be for human surveillance teams to tell. But the AI system they are developing has been learning patterns of behavior by analyzing data from cameras, sensors, and the dispatch records of rescue services since April 2020, Seoul Institute of Technology said on Wednesday. Based on information from hours of CCTV footage and assessing details such as the hesitation of the person, the AI can then forecast a hazardous situation and immediately alert rescue teams, principal researcher Kim Jun-chul said. "We believe the new CCTV will enable our crews to detect the cases a bit faster and help us head to a call more promptly," Kim Hyeong-gil, who is in charge of the Yeouido Water Rescue Brigade, told Reuters as he monitored real-time footage from bridges on Seoul's Han River.
Boston Dynamics has released two incredible videos of its famous robotic dog, Spot, pulling off some very impressive dance moves. The first clip shows seven Spot robots performing a highly choreographed dance in union to the music of South Korean K-pop sensation BTS. In a second bit of footage released by the Boston-based firm Spot is seen meeting and showing the boy band its competent dance moves. Boston Dynamics said the videos are'in celebration' of its full acquisition by South Korean motor company Hyundai, which was announced last week. Funky: Seven units of the robotic dog Spot are seen performing a variety of impressive moves to K-pop band BTS's music in a new video released by Boston Dynamics In time with the music, the seven Spot's arms shoot out into a fluid series of elaborate patterns In the first video, the seven Spots are dancing to the band's 2020 song'IONIQ: I'm On It'.
Hyundai Motor Company, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. They have been heavily investing human and material resources in the race to develop self-driving cars, also known as autonomous vehicles. One of the algorithms often used in autonomous driving is semantic segmentation, which is a task to annotate every pixel of an image with an object class. These classes could be road, person, car, building, vegetation, sky, and so on. In a typical development cycle, the team at Hyundai Motor Company tests the accuracy periodically, and gathers additional images to correct for the insufficient predictive performance in specific situations.
Hyundai Motor Group has completed its acquisition of a controlling interest in leading robotics company Boston Dynamics in a deal that values the firm at $1.1 billion. Through the deal, Hyundai now owns an 80 per cent stake in Boston Dynamics while SoftBank owns the remaining 20 per cent through one of its affiliates. Between 2013 and 2017, the company was owned by Google before it was sold to SoftBank for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of Boston Dynamics marks an important step in Hyundai's transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider that in addition to robotics, has seen the South Korean company make significant investments into autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, Urban Air Mobility, and smart factories. Hyundai says that, with its new acquisition, it will create a robotics value chain from robot component manufacturing through to smart logistics solutions.
SoftBank Ventures Asia has participated in a $27 million Series A funding round in VoyagerX, a South Korea-based artificial intelligence (AI) software developer, according to an announcement. The early-stage venture capital arm of the SoftBank Group joined this round along with other investors including Altos Ventures and Yellowdog with each investing $9 million. VoyagerX will use the funds to develop more user-centric AI services and increase the depth of its talent pool, with the aim to hire 100 people by 2022. Founded in 2017 by Sedong Nam, VoyagerX's teams build AI solutions and tools that leverage deep learning capabilities – an offshoot of machine learning that imitates the human brain when creating patterns and processing data for decision-making. "With the rapid development of AI technology and the increased demand for digital solutions, we are seeing huge opportunities in the market. Artificial intelligence falls firmly in that category and VoyagerX, with their top-tier talent, creative innovation, and rapid time-to-market, have proven that they have the potential to be market leaders in this field," said JP Lee, CEO of SoftBank Ventures Asia.