Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan, which in an effort to reduce congestion on the city streets, built a beer pipeline under the streets. The pipeline is capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of beer an hour at 12 mph to a bottling facility two miles away. As we've written about here quite often, autonomous technology is mainly seen in warehouses, on highways, and in last mile deliveries.
The government plans to establish a licensing system for operating drones when the flights are beyond the operator's line of sight, government sources said Monday. The proposal comes as the government hopes for increased usage of unmanned vehicles for purposes such as delivering daily necessities and medicine, or assisting security patrols in areas with an aging population, the sources said. The license, which the government hopes will be introduced in fiscal 2022, will be age-restricted, and will require operators to pass both a written and practical examination. The licenses will be only valid for a certain period of time and will have to be renewed. Illegal drone use will lead to the cancellation or suspension of a license.
Technology is advancing at an accelerated rate, and the far-fetched dreams of yesterday are quickly becoming the innovations of today. For the longest time, artificial intelligence was an ambiguous notion of big ideas with futuristic applications -- self-driving cars, drone deliveries, fridges that monitor food quality, and so much more. This rapid pace of innovation has some theorists concerned with "singularity" -- the belief that artificial super-intelligence will cause such rapid growth that human civilization will experience incomprehensible change. Some theorists predict that, at its current rate, singularity could come about in the next 30 years. My point here isn't to focus on if or when singularity will happen, but rather to convey that we are currently experiencing the impact of technological progress in our day-to-day lives and in the world of digital advertising.
Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a dozen angel investors also participated, including Berggruen Holdings founder Nicolas Berggruen, Quora co-founders Charlie Cheever and Adam D'Angelo, professional NBA player Kevin Durant, Gen. David Petraeus, Matician co-founder and CEO Navneet Dalal, Quiet Capital managing partner Lee Linden and Robinhood co-founder Vladimir Tenev, among others. Helm.ai will put the $13 million in seed funding toward advanced engineering and R&D and hiring more employees, as well as locking in and fulfilling deals with customers. Helm.ai is focused solely on the software.
Artificial intelligence technologies can be used to help buildings and spaces track their waste in real-time and engage users by nudging them to correctly sort their waste. According to a study by the World Bank, 98% of the world's waste is sent to landfills, dumped into oceans or being incinerated, even though a high majority of daily consumables are recyclable. This is primarily due to the high level of contaminants found in recyclables, making previously clean material practically unrecyclable and financially unmarketable. In Toronto, for every percentage point decreased in contaminated waste can create up to $1 million in recycling cost savings every year, which can be attributed to the management and sorting costs incurred by the waste hauling and collection companies. Intuitive is a Canadian company which seeks to achieve zero waste through their AI solution, Oscar.
Self-driving cars, meet your nemesis: the London roundabout. This strange piece of geometry, with tentacles shooting off at odd angles and cars nudging into impossible spaces, is one of the many headaches that will plague computer brains as the city's autonomous vehicle (AV) trials accelerate. In the US, Waymo and others boast fleets of self-driving cars that have racked up millions of miles of public road trials, across more than 25 cities. Billions of dollars of investment is flowing into AV units run by Uber and General Motors. Tesla is making bold promises about "robo taxis", and Ford plans to start building AVs in 2021.
To date, China's self-driving road test efforts have lagged behind other regions. The California Vehicle Administration (DMV) says 64 companies have been granted licenses for road tests with a human in the passenger seat, with former Google self-driving project Waymo the sole company in the state permitted to test without a human in the vehicle. Waymo has completed 2.34 million km of California road tests, followed by GM Cruise's 1.33 million km and others such as Pony.ai, It's not surprising that California is a world leader in self-driving road testing, considering the large number of AI companies located in the state. But a recent report suggests China has picked up speed, with Beijing emerging as a new self-driving vehicle hot spot.
ARTIFICIAL Intelligence (AI) is the wave of the future. This area of computer science emphasising the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans is heavily influencing and taking over the way we get on with daily life. Artificial Intelligence is revolutionising industries and improving the way business is conducted. More importantly, it is revolutionising industries and improving the way business is done, being already widely used in applications including automation, data analytics and natural language processing. On a bigger spectrum, from self-driving cars to voice-initiated mobile phones and computer-controlled robots, the presence of AI is seen and felt almost everywhere.
We live in an age where we have unprecedented access to almost any information we need. With the emergence of new technology like artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, big data and more, the human experience is being changed forever. Almost anything you need is just a tap away; but this access comes at a price--data for data. A simple online search may seem harmless, but before you know it, you're being bombarded with ads offering you exactly what you were looking for. How exactly does this work?
Pizza delivery has become a cutting-edge business: Pizza Hut, for example, recruited Pepper the Robot in 2016 to take customer orders. Little Caesars has patented a pizza-making robot. Domino's, meanwhile, has teamed up with Ford to deploy self-driving delivery vehicles, and it's conducted drone deliveries. To take its technical operations to the next level, Domino's is leveraging Nvidia GPUs to accelerate and improve its AI-powered applications. What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence Domino's "has grown our data science team exponentially over the last few years, driven by the impact we've had on translating analytics insights into action items for the business team," Zack Fragoso, a data science and AI manager at the pizza company, said in a blog post published by Nvidia.