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Seven Jobs That AI Could Replace by 2030

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In a recent speech, Forrester vice president and principal consultant Huard Smith said that the human aspect of many professions would be "all gone" by 2030 due to advances in AI and ML technology. In this piece, I'll look at seven of the industries or positions that are currently most likely to decline over the next decade. Believe me; number seven will surprise you. The chances of this particular role becoming fully computerized are as high as 99.9%. This is mainly because telemarketing conversion rates are relatively low.


Top 5 AI Collaborations Between Indian Govt And Tech Giants In 2019

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term saw a slew of initiatives started in order to adapt cutting-edge technologies in the economy. The Interim Budget 2019 discussed the national program for the development of emerging technologies like robotics, IoT and AI, among others. However, the Indian think tank NITI Aayog has clearly been at the forefront of looking at the adoption of new-age technologies for bettering government service. In this article, we list down the top 5 AI collaborations between the Government of India and the tech giants in 2019. After signing a statement of intent (SoI) last year, this year in March, NITI Aayog joined hands with ABB and organised a workshop in order to help the MSMEs to understand how the Indian economy can be digitised with the help of emerging technologies like AI, big data and digital connectivity.


Nvidia built an AI that creates 3D models from 2D images

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What if developing a 3D gaming world were as easy as snapping pics with your phone? Nvidia researchers recently developed an AI system capable of predicting a complete 3D model from any 2D image. Called "DIB-R," the AI takes a picture of any 2D object – an image of a bird, for example – and predicts what it would look like in three dimensions. This prediction includes lighting, texture, and depth. DIB-R stands for differentiable interpolation-based renderer, meaning it combines what it "sees," a 2D image, and makes inferences based on a 3D "understanding" of the world.


An Alternative to Low-level-Sychrony-Based Methods for Speech Detection

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Determining whether someone is talking has applications in many areas such as speech recognition, speaker diarization, social robotics, facial expression recognition, and human computer interaction. One popular approach to this problem is audio-visual synchrony detection. A candidate speaker is deemed to be talking if the visual signal around that speaker correlates with the auditory signal. Here we show that with the proper visual features (in this case movements of various facial muscle groups), a very accurate detector of speech can be created that does not use the audio signal at all. Further we show that this person independent visual-only detector can be used to train very accurate audio-based person dependent voice models.


Air France Hopes to Reduce Delays With Self-Driving Luggage Carts

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A multitude of factors can contribute to a flight being delayed, but Air France, who partnered with a handful of other companies, is testing the world's first self-driving luggage tug in hopes of streamlining airport operations and improving the speed of getting luggage to and from an aircraft. The vehicle, known as the AT135 baggage tractor, began official testing at France's Toulouse-Blagnac airport last month on November 15. To the untrained eye it looks like the myriad of vehicles you already see scurrying around the airport tarmac while waiting for a flight, including a cab with a seat, steering wheel, and all the controls needed for a human driver. But look closer and you'll be able to spot some of the telltale hardware upgrades of an autonomous vehicle, including laser scanning LIDAR sensors on the roof and bumper that complement less visible sensors like GPS and front and rear cameras providing a 360-degree view around the tug. Climb inside the tug and you'll also find a big switch allowing it to be switched between manual and autonomous modes, as well as an oversized touchscreen showing a map of the airport and all the gates the vehicle is designed to service.


Software Robots Get Smarter Thanks to AI

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Some of these new roles include verifying a signature on a check, assessing insurance claims and detecting fraud in paperwork. Most software robots in use today are programmed to complete straightforward numerical tasks, such as processing weekly payrolls or reviewing employee expense reports, which can be based on a template. "Organizations want to automate ever more complex, wide-ranging activities, so we're pushing the boundaries of what RPA can do," said Pat Geary, chief evangelist at Blue Prism Group PLC, a U.K.-based robotic process automation vendor with roughly 1,300 customers. Blue Prism is testing an AI-enabled platform for insurers that can interpret the validity of claims and make recommendations for human examiners. With approval from the examiners, the robot can process the claim, significantly reducing the time and effort needed to handle a case from start to finish, Mr. Geary said.


How will the proliferation of autonomous vehicles affect sustainability?

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The widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles (AVs) seems inevitable. Despite various concerns, AVs' development and implementation continues to advance. How will their spread affect sustainability? How will they affect humans' capacity to live on Earth in a way that does not threaten the planet's life-support function? We asked experts the following question: "How will the proliferation of autonomous vehicles affect sustainability?"


Google Bans Artificial Intelligence for Weapon Use - Gadget Reviewed

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According to the Google leadership, the company will not renew its Project Maven contract when it expires in 2019. Project Maven is the company's involvement with the U.S. military which involves the use of Artificial Intelligence to detect and identify people or objects in military drone surveillance videos. Many of the employees at Google were upset and 3,000 of them signed a petition voicing their concerns of Google's involvement with the military which could in turn be harmful for Google. They were against the development of image recognition technology which could be used by military drones to identify and track objects. It was reported on June 1 by Gizmodo that the company would not renew the Project Maven contract after June 2019.


Mercedes and Bosch commence self-driving trials in San Jose

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Do you know the way to San Jose? As they previewed earlier this year, Bosch and Mercedes-Benz have commenced trials for an automated ride-hailing service in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose. To start with, autonomous S-Class Mercedes-Benz vehicles (with safety drivers at the wheel) will shuttle "a select group of users" between North San Jose and downtown. The busy San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between west San Jose and downtown should be good test for the self-driving tech used by Mercedes and Bosch. Rather than just playing with prototypes, the companies want to create a production-ready SAE Level 4/5 self-driving system that can be built into different makes and models.


Ethics, Morals & Robots • DaisyDaisy

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A group called The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots advocates for global treaties to stop AI from waging war without human approval. AI weapons are "grossly unethical and immoral," according to a celebrity advocate quoted in a newspaper. Unfortunately, so are any tools used to wage wars, as there's nothing ethical or moral about a sword, machine gun, or cruise missile. The decision to use them is about a lot of things, some of which can have legitimacy (like survival, freedom from fear or bondage), but weapons doing what they were designed to do have no deeper meaning than that. If the tools of war are unethical and immoral, by definition, to what higher standard should robots be held when it comes to sanctioning violence?