OCTlab – University of Basel Applied Research in Optical Coherence Tomography, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics


Welcome to the OCTLab, the OCT research group for OCT technology, Virtual Ophthalmology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Basel. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a new, non-invasive imaging technology that uses laser waves to detect pathologies in diseases as age related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), tumors of the eye or brain. The OCTlab does applied research and Quality Assurance Studies in the field of optical coherence tomography and targets to save human vision. The University of Basel was founded in 1460 and is the oldest University in Switzerland.

Harry Kazianis: Trump wise to avoid a devastating war with Iran in wake of attack on Saudi Arabia

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There's an old saying that wars are easy to get into but hard to get out of. President Trump understands this, which is why he wisely resisted the temptation to launch a military strike against Iran after that nation launched a missile and drone attack last week against Saudi Arabian oil facilities. When he was running for president, Trump promised the American people he would not jump into endless conflicts in the greater Middle East, where thousands of members of the U.S. military have been killed and wounded in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fighting began in 2001 in Afghanistan and 2003 in Iraq and still continues in both countries. U.S. forces have also fought on a smaller scale in Syria to strike at terrorist targets.

The Future of AI and Hiring: How It Can Help Business


It admittedly sounds a little like Big Brother, that a robot can tell significant things about your personality merely by looking into your eyes. Yet, that is the hiring territory that we are fast approaching – although we may not be sitting across from androids in interviews anytime soon. The use of artificial intelligence in making HR decisions is, while fraught with peril, not without its promising aspects. In an era when it is increasingly difficult for businesses to unearth the best job candidates, we may yet see the day when technology makes it possible to separate good from bad in the blink of an eye. Despite caveats about security and privacy, relying on AI would appear to be a method far superior to digging through a pile of resumes or asking ice-breaking questions like, "What's the last book you read?" Hiring good people – people who are talented, agreeable and work well with their co-workers – goes a long way toward nipping workplace conflicts in the bud.

Microsoft chief Brad Smith says rise of killer robots is 'unstoppable'


The rise of killer robots is now unstoppable and a new digital Geneva Convention is essential to protect the world from the growing threat they pose, according to the President of the world's biggest technology company. In an interview with The Telegraph, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said the use of'lethal autonomous weapon systems' poses a host of new ethical questions which need to be considered by governments as a matter of urgency. He said the rapidly advancing technology, in which flying, swimming or walking drones can be equipped with lethal weapons systems – missiles, bombs or guns – which could be programmed to operate entirely or partially autonomously, "ultimately will spread… to many countries". The US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia and the UK are all developing weapon systems with a significant degree of autonomy in the critical functions of selecting and attacking targets. The technology is a growing focus for many militaries because replacing troops with machines can make the decision to go to war easier.

The Mystical Side of A.I.


Let's put aside for a moment the metaphysical question of whether the divine exists or not. Blaise Pascal, the philosopher and author of the "wager" argument, says that there's evidence for both sides, but nothing that tips the scales completely for or against the existence of God. Let's approach this as Pascalian agnostics. What if Siri really did make a deeper-than-5G connection? Pascal himself once had a mystical experience he couldn't put into words, so he wrote a few words on a piece of paper.

Jump Start the Next Decade of Transportation at GTC 2020 NVIDIA Blog


As we enter the next decade, autonomous driving and AI-powered vehicles will revolutionize the way we move. That's why transportation has become an integral part of the conversation at the GPU Technology Conference, the world's premier AI event. It's the combined effort of automakers, suppliers, startups, researchers and regulators. They'll all be gathering at GTC, running March 22-26, 2020, in San Jose, to discuss the latest advances and the roadmap for what's ahead. And we want to hear from you.

KTN Robotics and AI 'Pitchfest' Investment Readiness Programme 2019


Pitchfest is an investment readiness programme to train RAI firms to deliver'the perfect pitch' and a chance to present to investors. This programme is hosted by the KTN's Access to Funding and Finance Team and the RAI SIG. Investment-hungry firms working in the field of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) are invited to take part in this investment readiness programme. This programme provides a unique opportunity to raise the company's profile in front of serious investors. The participating businesses will learn what is expected when raising cash and how to put forward a strong proposition.

Tesla promises full self-driving cars by year end, but regulators are wary.


Once the update arrives, Tesla vehicles will be able to drive themselves in a city the way they can perform highway cruising now, the company said. That means interpreting stop signs and traffic lights, making sharp turns, and navigating stop-and-go urban traffic and other obstacles -- a far more difficult task than navigating long, relatively straight stretches of highways. Although Tesla's website has promised features as soon as this year including the ability to recognize and react to traffic lights and stop signs, and what it calls "Automatic driving on city streets," the suite would still require a human driver behind the wheel. As soon as next year, Tesla has said, the cars will be able to operate reliably on their own, even allowing the driver to fall asleep. This tiered approach is different from companies such as Waymo, whose sole aim is to launch autonomous vehicles that do not need a driver behind the wheel.

Autism and artificial intelligence: Visiting scholar probes human-robot interaction


Lundy Lewis, an academic and researcher in artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction, is watching a pair of six year-old boys playing with social robots in the gym at CHEO's site for autism in Kanata. Griffin and James Beck are twins. The robot they're interacting with is called Jibo, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jibo has no arms or legs and only two joints, one which approximates a neck and another a waist. Despite this, Jibo can pack a lot of emotion into his rotund body.

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Hype! Just like the @elonmusk's or Google's self-driving cars that have refused to come off the shelf. Those are controlled lab experiment. Would be a huge challenge scaling to production.