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Sony partners with Microsoft to achieve its AI powered image sensor ambitions


Luckily, Sony is aware of these concerns, and one of the foundational pieces of their sensors is the ability to process data and transmit information while respecting our privacy. Instead of generating actual images, Sony's AI chip can analyze the video it sees and provide just metadata about what's in front of it -- saying instead of showing what's in its frame of vision. Because no data is sent to remote servers, opportunities for hackers to intercept sensitive images or video are dramatically reduced, which should help allay privacy fears. The ability for these chipsets to process data locally means we may finally begin to see meaningful advancements in autonomous driving that go beyond the highway. Like humans, an autonomous car has to be capable of driving whenever, wherever, in any condition, and cannot be reliant on cloud computing to analyze, process, and respond to the world around it.

KT deploys 5G autonomous carts at warehouses


One of the carts, called, Targo, will trail behind staff. South Korean telco KT has deployed autonomous carts with 5G connectivity at its smartphone warehouses to alleviate the workload of staff, the company announced. The carts were co-developed by South Korean autonomous robot developer Twinny. One version of the cart, dubbed NarGo, will have a cart that has multiple carts trailing behind it, like a freight train. It is designed to carry large quantities of cargo, with each cart being able to carry 100 kilograms of goods.

Microsoft flexed its cloud and AI muscles at Build 2020


This week Microsoft hosted its annual Build conference completely online. That meant streaming keynotes, panels, digital breakouts and workshops for developers. The company's investments in cloud and machine learning are starting to deliver real products. Businesses continue to be the main target of its software offerings -- things like Outlook, Office, Teams and SharePoint. Microsoft has been working to make its 365 services more powerful.

EasyJet admits it was aware of 'highly sophisticated cyber attack' that affected 9 million customers as early as January

The Independent - Tech

Budget airline easyJet was aware of the data breach, which revealed personal information of nine million customers and the credit card information of over 2,200 customers, in January. News of the cyber attack broke yesterday, revealing that the attacker or attackers had access to the data of customers who booked flights from 17 October 2019 to 4 March 2020. In a statement, the airline said: "We're sorry that this has happened, and we would like to reassure customers that we take the safety and security of their information very seriously. "There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused." However, while there is no evidence the data was misused, that does not mean that it cannot be misused. Experts suggest that personal information "drives a higher price on the dark web" – the area of the internet inaccessible by mainstream search engines – and could be used for organised crime or ransomed. What does the easyJet data hack mean for you? What does the easyJet data hack mean for you? Two people with knowledge of the investigation have said that Chinese hackers are supposedly responsible for the hack based on similarities in hacking tools and techniques used in previous campaigns, but that has yet to be officially confirmed. In a statement, the Information Commissioners' Office (ICO) said: "We have a live investigation into the cyber attack involving easyJet.

Scared to ride? These e-scooters drive themselves to be cleaned.


Bike- and scooter-sharing isn't as compelling as it used to be, so companies are stepping up cleaning procedures. One scooter rental company is launching an extensive sanitization program in an Atlanta suburb with remote-controlled autonomous scooters. Go X e-scooters teamed up with Tortoise to put its autonomous-capable software and cameras on its fleet in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Starting Wednesday, a six-month pilot will send the scooters on their own to a cleaning hub after a rider rents a scooter. A cleaning crew will disinfect the scooter and then send it off where it'll be ready for another ride request, with a sticker to indicate it's been properly cleaned.

Nvidia researchers propose technique to transfer AI trained in simulation to the real world


In a preprint paper published this week on, Nvidia and Stanford University researchers propose a novel approach to transferring AI models trained in simulation to real-world autonomous machines. It uses segmentation as the interface between perception and control, leading to what the coauthors characterize as "high success" in workloads like robot grasping. Simulators have advantages over the real world when it comes to model training in that they're safe and almost infinitely scalable. But generalizing strategies learned in simulation to real-world machines -- whether autonomous cars, robots, or drones -- requires adjustment, because even the most accurate simulators can't account for every perturbation.

Artificial Intelligence in Marketing Report


The advertising landscape has transformed dramatically in the last two years. A huge part of that transformation is related to developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. This IAB guide is designed to help brand marketers and their agencies identify the opportunities that artificial intelligence and machine learning present, the range of options available, and some recent best practices for applying AI to marketing and advertising. Developed by the IAB AI Working Group which was formed to help marketing and technology executives navigate the impact AI and machine learning will have on the world of digital advertising, this is the first guide of its kind to offer a full picture of the benefits of AI in marketing, real-world use cases, best practices, and key takeaways for marketers looking to leverage AI to better engage with customers at scale. When IAB put out the call to its members to form an AI working group, the response was overwhelming: 115 members raised their hands to contribute to our collective industry understanding of this nascent and essential topic. Their responses informed the basis of this IAB guide, focusing on the areas of greatest importance to the marketing industry at this time.

Tesla’s FSD is getting pricier, but Musk says it be might be worth 15 times more


Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature will get more expensive soon, but that's all pocket change compared to its potential value -- if you ask Tesla CEO Elon Musk. According to Musk, FSD will cost $1,000 more starting July 1, bringing its cost to $8,000 when purchased with a new Tesla Model 3, S, X or Y. Tesla Full Self-Driving option cost rises by $1000 worldwide on July 1st. The FSD package builds on Tesla's Autopilot set of features, and it includes driver assistance features such as Navigate on Autopilot, Smart Summon, Auto Lane Change and Autopark. Ultimately, however, Tesla says it expects FSD-equipped cars to achieve a "new level of autonomy," though fully automated driving won't happen without regulatory approval. The price hike of FSD is no surprise; Elon Musk announced the price for the feature set would be "substantially" rising back in April 2019.

Mobileye CEO Sees 'Great Consolidation' Ahead in Autonomous Car Sector

U.S. News

Amnon Shashua, CEO of Intel's Israel-based Mobileye, said the strategy of having individual companies each focusing on one component, like safety, sensors or maps, is not sustainable because it's an "end-to-end system" that cannot be broken down.

Uber's job cuts and office closures reflect narrowing ambitions

The Japan Times

Uber Technologies Inc. was once a poster child for Silicon Valley's unchecked ambition. As recently as this year, the company was promising to usher in a self-driving revolution and popularize flying cars. But Uber now says it is slashing 3,000 jobs, sidelining extraneous projects and shuttering dozens of offices after the spread of the coronavirus slammed its ride-hailing business. The latest round of job cuts at the company brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 6,700, including thousands of layoffs earlier this month in customer support and human resources. The staff reductions now represent about a quarter of Uber's workforce.