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Elon Musk's Neuralink - Can It Make Humans Compete with AI?


Elon Musk is renowned for his innovative mind and unceasing desire to improve multiple facets of life such as transportations, space exploration, cities, and now, the human brain. The famed CEO and inventor announced the Neuralink brain microchip that could give humans equal footing with AI technology. Elon Musk is well known for his multiple ventures. Recently the tech genius announced plans to construct a Starbase--a new town in Southern Texas that will function as a miniature Cape Canaveral. Garry Kitchen, a pioneer gamer and engineer, tells The Post.

What happened when Waymo reenacted real fatal car crashes with its autonomous vehicle


Waymo's autonomous vehicles were put through the gnarly paces of 72 simulations of fatal crashes for safety research. The Google spinoff company, which operates its self-driving car service in the area just outside Phoenix, released a study Monday showing how its autonomous vehicles would respond during unsafe driving situations. The company collected crash information from 72 real fatal crashes with human drivers at the wheel that took place in the Chandler, Arizona, area between 2008 and 2017. Researchers reconstructed them in a virtual simulation, with the Waymo vehicle replacing both the car that initiated the crash (called "the initiator" in the study) and the car responding ("the responder"). With Waymo replaced virtually in both positions of the crash, the company ran enough simulations (91 of them, to be exact, since some of the crashes involved just one car) to understand how its autonomous platform would respond in the situation.

Artificial Intelligence and IoT can improve travel experience


In interaction with Media, Aamir Junaid Ahmad, CEO - BusAndTicket, a technocrat himself, shared how the company is planning to use technology for improving bus ticket booking and travel experience for its customers. With the AI advancement in the world, we will soon implement new ways the technology can improve customer experience. AI and IoT together will give more personalized ticket booking experience and will help users find the best deals and recommendations to fulfill their travel plans with ease. The more they use the service, the more information will be available to further customize the search results. is coming up for the first time with the concept of dynamic pricing in bus ticket booking using the Analytical Benefits of AI.

Amazon opens till-free grocery store in London - the online retailer's first physical store outside the US


Amazon will open its first physical store outside the US today - but the shopping experience will be a bit different. Amazon Fresh is in Ealing, London, and it is much smaller than a supermarket. It will sell prepared meals, some groceries, and Amazon devices, as well as having a counter for collecting and returning online orders. Shoppers will scan a smartphone QR code to open the store's gates and their purchases will be tallied using ceiling cameras and shelf weight sensors. The technology can also register when someone has put an item back on the shelf, if they change their mind, for instance.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - Knowledge@Wharton


A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international passengers between August and November 2020, which helped contain the number of cases and deaths in the country. The findings of the project are explained in a paper titled "Deploying an Artificial Intelligence System for COVID-19 Testing at the Greek Border," authored by Hamsa Bastani, a Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions and affiliated faculty at Analytics at Wharton; Kimon Drakopoulos and Vishal Gupta from the University of Southern California; Jon Vlachogiannis from investment advisory firm Agent Risk; Christos Hadjicristodoulou from the University of Thessaly; and Pagona Lagiou, Gkikas Magiorkinis, Dimitrios Paraskevis and Sotirios Tsiodras from the University of Athens. The analysis showed that Eva on average identified 1.85 times more asymptomatic, infected travelers than what conventional, random surveillance testing would have achieved. During the peak travel season of August and September, the detection of infection rates was up to two to four times higher than random testing.

Honda Launches Advanced Self-Driving Cars in Japan


Honda launched a self-driving car in Japan on Friday. Japanese automaker Honda has launched a limited roll-out of its new Legend, which it calls the most advanced driverless vehicle licensed for the road, in Japan. The Legend's capabilities include adaptive driving in lanes, passing and switching lanes in certain conditions, and an emergency stop function if a driver is unresponsive to handover warnings. The Legend's autonomy is rated Level 3 on a scale of 0 to 5; analysts said a true Level 4 vehicle, in which a car no longer requires a driver at all, is a long time off.

Google's ex-boss tells the US it's time to take the gloves off on autonomous weapons


In brief US government should avoid hastily banning AI-powered autonomous weapons and instead step up its efforts in developing such systems to keep up with foreign enemies, according to the National Security Commission on AI. The independent group headed by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and funded by the Department of Defense has published its final report advising the White House on how best to advance AI and machine learning to stay ahead of its competitors. Stretching over 750 pages, the report covers a lot of areas, including retaining talent, the future of warfare, protecting IP, and US semiconductor supply chains. The most controversial point raised by Schmidt and the other advisors was that America should not turn its back on autonomous AI weapons. The US government should actually be building its own systems to deter other countries from wreaking havoc, it argued.

Yoshua Bengio & Why He Is Bullish About Causal Learning


Recently, Yoshua Bengio and researchers from the University of Montreal, the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Google Research demonstrated how causal representation learning contributes to the robustness and generalisation of machine learning models. The team reviewed the fundamental concepts of causal inference and related them to crucial open problems of machine learning, including transfer and generalisation. Attaining general intelligence is one of the key goals in machine learning and deep learning. As things stand, the machine learning techniques are limited at some crucial feats where natural intelligence excels. These include transfer to new problems and any form of generalisation.

Intel, EXOS Pilot 3D Athlete Tracking with Pro Football Hopefuls


What's New: EXOS, a leader in the field of advancing human performance, is piloting Intel's 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology in training aspiring professional athletes to reach their peak performance. As pro days loom, these athletes seek to take their game to the next level with 3DAT by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to gain actionable insights about their velocity, acceleration and biomechanics when sprinting. This press release features multimedia. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton works as a product development engineer in Intel's Olympic Technology Group. "There's a massive gap in the sports and movement field, between what people feel when they move and what they actually know that they're doing," says Eaton, who won gold medals in the decathlon.

Startup Uses AI-Powered Garbage Bins to Monitor Pollution


In 2013, Peter Ceglinski and Andrew Turton set up their firm, Seabin, with a selfless ambition: "our ultimate goal is pretty simple. It's a world where sea bins are no longer needed for clean up," Ceglinski said, speaking at IBM Think Australia and New Zealand last month. As a report by ZDNet explains, the creators behind Seabin are focusing on building a future where their own product is only used for monitoring the sea, not for cleaning garbage. The cornerstone to this development is artificial intelligence (AI). "What started out as a garbage can has evolved into this global mission focused on data and behavioral change," Ceglinski said at IBM Think.