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There will be 33 million driverless cars sold annually by 2040

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Members of the public are getting the chance to take a free ride in a self-driving car in Detroit as part of a nonprofit coalition's effort to clear up misunderstanding and confusion about the technology (April 5) AP, AP Fully autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves in nearly any situation aren't roaming the streets just yet, but almost every major technology company and automaker is working on getting to that point as quickly as possible. These companies are making huge strides in creating a world where we can hop into a car, tell it where to take us, and safely arrive – with no human input needed. If you need some convincing about how these vehicles will transform our world, consider these four hard-to-believe facts. Research from IHS Markit shows that in nearly two decades, more than 30 million self-driving vehicles will be sold each year. That means that 26% of new cars will have autonomous mobility by that year.


Chemical Patterns May Predict Stars That Host Giant Planets - Eos

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Does this star have a planet? A new algorithm could help astronomers predict, on the basis of a star's chemical fingerprint, whether that star will host a giant gaseous exoplanet. "It's like Netflix," Natalie Hinkel, a planetary astrophysicist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, told Eos. Netflix "sees that you like goofy comedy, science fiction, and kung fu movies--a variety of different patterns" to predict whether you'll like a new movie. Likewise, her team's machine learning algorithm "will learn which elements are influential in deciding whether or not a star has a planet."


Investorideas.com Newswire - AI News: VSBLTY (CSE: VSBY) Selected by Energetika Technologies to Provide Crowd Analytics to Enhance Safety Lighting & Security Throughout Latin America

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Newswire) VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. (CSE: VSBY) (5VS.F) (VSBGF), a leading retail software and technology company, is teaming with Energetika, an international provider of "intelligent lighting" solutions, to install safety lighting and integrated security to Mexico City, and other Latin American cities designated as a "Smart City." Accessibility, habitability, sustainability, air quality, noise levels, energy, health and economic vitality are among the elements necessary to be selected as a "Smart City." Energetika is a leading provider of smart lighting solutions for economically efficient applications that incorporate security. Energetika chose VSBLTY to provide security technology that includes crowd analytics and facial recognition for residential, commercial and governmental applications. VSBLTY technology provides enhanced customer engagement and audience measurement using machine learning and computer vision.


Software micromanages call center employees by monitoring their vocal cues

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Artificial intelligence could soon replace the need for office managers - in call centers, at least. According to a recent report from the New York Times, new software by AI firm Cogito can micro-manage workers by monitoring when they talk too fast, lack enthusiasm, or even when their voices aren't conveying enough empathy. Workers are then notified of their performance in real-time via symbolized prompts like a coffee cup or cartoon heart depending on which metrics the program deems are lacking. And the tech is gaining traction: the Times reports that MetLife now uses Cogito - which claims its has 20,000 users, including the health insurance company, Humana - for 1,500 of its call center workers and claims the AI has helped boost customer satisfaction by 13 percent. Call center employees for the insurance giant MetLife are managed by an artificially intelligent boss that can offer tips based on their vocal cues.


Researchers unveil new tool to pinpoint unnatural movements that helps suss out deepfakes

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The fight against videos altered by the use of artificial intelligence just got a new ally. According to researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California, a new algorithm can help spot whether a video has been manipulated via a process known as'deepfaking.' Counter-intuitively, the tool that scientists say will aid them in their crusade against faked videos happens to be the very same tool that helps make the videos in the first place: artificial intelligence. The fight against videos altered by the use of artificial intelligence just got a new ally. Pictured is a grab from a deep fake video where Steve Buscemi's face is superimposed over Jennifer Lawrence's body Deepfakes are so named because they utilize deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to create fake videos.


I spent a day eating food cooked by robots in America's tech capital

The Guardian

Around the world, an industry has emerged around automating food service through robotics, raising questions about job security and mass unemployment while also prompting praise for streamlining and innovation. In the epicenter of Silicon Valley, where innovation is exalted beyond all else, this industry has played out in various forms, from cafes, burger shops and pizza delivery to odd vending machines. Man cannot survive on bread alone, the saying goes, but in the Bay Area, a woman could conceivably sustain herself on a varied menu of foodstuffs that had not passed the hand of man in preparation at all that day. And that woman is me. I began my day with a coffee at CafeX, where I met Francisco, the dancing and spinning robotic arm.


A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

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This story was co-published with ProPublica. Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior's performance on this April afternoon didn't disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren't enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression. A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D'Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound--a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold.


Airports begin to fight back against rogue drones with anti-incursion systems

FOX News

An estimated 7 million drones will be flying in the skies by 2020; Claudia Cowan reports on the new technology being developed to keep airports safe. But some people either don't care or use drones to intentionally disrupt airport operations. Last December, drone sightings at London's Gatwick Airport forced a three-day shutdown, and canceled flights left thousands of stranded passengers scrambling. No one has been arrested in the case, and this past April, investigators said it could have been an inside job. In recent months, suspected or confirmed drone activity has grounded flights in Dubai, New Zealand, Israel, and at Newark Airport in New Jersey.


IIC Richard Soley talks about Industrial Internet, AI, and the future of distributed computing

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From flying vehicles to smart buildings, this year's IoTSWC will bring the best industrial internet solutions to Barcelona. The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) is the leading organization promoting Industry 4.0 in the US. During the last five years, together with Fira Barcelona, it has been organizing the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC), the leading conference of industrial IoT. Dr. Richard Soley is the Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium and is responsible for the vision and direction of the organization. In addition to this role, Dr. Soley is Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG) – an international, nonprofit computer industry standards consortium -- and Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council – an end-user advocacy group.


Gut bacteria might influence how our brains develop as children

New Scientist

The microbes in our guts might play a role in how the human brain develops in our earliest years. The finding is just the latest evidence of how important gut microbes are: they have previously been linked to variation in human body weight, to mental health and even to how individuals react to drugs. Sophie Rowland at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and her colleagues analysed the microbial DNA in stools from 250 children and paired the information with data on brain activity obtained using fMRI brain scans. For children under two years old, the results show "a significant association between higher abundances of these two Bifidobacterium species and [brain] network connectivity," says Rowland. The bug B. longum was linked to better activity in parts of the brain associated with attention.