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Art and artifice

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Practitioners in the arts labour under the misapprehension that the human factor of creativity would shield them from the depredations of artificial intelligence. It is assumed that like machines freed us from physical labour, machine intelligence would rid us of intellectual chores. They would put production line workers, bookkeepers, bank tellers and inventory managers out of work, but novelists and artists, and the marketing networks which have developed around their products, would be unharmed. A computer at Stanford which has digested the complete works of Shakespeare does almost passable knockoffs. In 2018, a neural network went on a journey across America and wrote a digital equivalent of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic On the Road.


Eyeing higher automation, TCS launches AI workspace management solution

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Given that the pandemic is unlikely to abate anytime soon and availability of human workforce therefore seen stretched, companies may be forced to invest in automation faster, industry experts believe. On an immediate basis, businesses are likely to migrate to simpler solutions such as chatbots and backend processing automation solutions which are less capital intensive than large scale industrial automation. But in the long run, experts feel, more critical human functions are likely to go the way of machines and companies that provide these solutions are rapidly rolling out offerings. In a Forrester report, analyst Andrew Hewitt noted that "81% of global services decision makers say their firms are undergoing or investigating a digital transformation, and 35% of those are investing in workforce enablement technology to drive it." AI.Digital Workspace adds to the comprehensive ignio suite of offerings that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to address business needs, including operations management, workload management, ERP operations and cognitive procurement.


Artificial intelligence (AI) who are its' creators?

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And it is still taking over many other, we already know that and little do we understand why that is. We conceptualize What Artificial Intelligenceis Exactly, and has seen some of its' uses. See Artificial Intelligence: Getting the best ofGoogle Assistant. See: Everything you should know aboutCortana Microsoft Intelligent Assistant. See: Siri Virtual Assistant: Everything you should know about Apple's AI.


Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN or ConvNet) by Sunny Solanki

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The convolutional neural network is a type of artificial neural network which has proven giving very good results for visual imagery over the last few years. Over the years many version of convolutional neural network has been designed to solve many tasks as well as to win image net competitions. Any artificial neural network which uses the convolution layer in its architecture can be considered as ConvNet. ConvNets typically start with recognizing smaller patterns/objects in data and later on combines these patterns/objects further using more convolution layers to predict the whole object. Yann Lecun developed the first successful ConvNet by applying backpropagation to it during the 1990s called LeNet.


China's Didi Raises More Than $500 Million for Self-Driving Tech

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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing Technology Co. raised more than $500 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp. for its autonomous-driving subsidiary, the company said Friday, as it competes with well-backed U.S. startups over self-driving technology. The fresh boost in capital led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2, the successor to the Japanese tech investor's $100 billion Vision Fund, will be used to test, develop and deploy Didi's autonomous-driving technology, Didi said. The company is also planning to work...


Allen School News » Allen School professor Dieter Fox receives RAS Pioneer Award from IEEE Robotics & Automation Society

University of Washington Computer Science

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society has announced Allen School professor Dieter Fox as the recipient of a 2020 RAS Pioneer Award in recognition of his "pioneering contributions to probabilistic state estimation, RGB-D perception, machine learning in robotics, and bridging academic and industrial robotics research." The society will formally honor Fox, director of the University of Washington's Robotics and State Estimation Laboratory and senior director of robotics research at NVIDIA, during the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2020) next week. The RAS Pioneer Award honors individuals who have had a significant impact on the fields of robotics and automation by initiating new areas of research, development, or engineering. Fox's contributions have focused on enabling robots to interact with people and their environment in an intelligent way, with an emphasis on state estimation and perception problems such as 3D mapping, object detection and tracking, manipulation, and human activity recognition. "We are extremely proud that Dieter has been recognized with this prestigious award. It is truly deserved," said professor Magdalena Balazinska, director of the Allen School.


Announcing the winners of the Towards On-Device AI research awards - Facebook Research

CMU School of Computer Science

In December 2019, Facebook launched the Towards On-Device AI request for proposals (RFP). The purpose of this RFP was to support the academic community in addressing fundamental challenges in this research area, to accelerate the transition toward a truly "smart" world where AI capabilities permeate all devices and sensors. "We've seen strong progress in moving AI workloads from the cloud to on-device. Running models locally has already helped drive new capabilities like speech assistants, night modes on cameras, and an entirely new class of intelligent devices like smartwatches and smart thermostats," says Vikas Chandra, Director of AI Research. "This is important to push further to preserve privacy, latency, and compute power, and to help create even more experiences that can be useful to us in everyday life."


Glasses that can monitor your health and let you play video games with your eyes are developed

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Multifunction glasses that can monitor your health, let you play video games with your eyes and still work as sunglasses are developed by South Korean scientists. The groundbreaking new wearable tech built at Korea University, Seoul, can provide more advanced personal health data than devices like Fitbits or smart watches. Devices that measure electrical signals from the brain or eyes can help to diagnose conditions like epilepsy and sleep disorders -- as well as in controlling computers. A long-running challenge in measuring these electronic signals, however, has been in developing devices that can maintain the needed steady physical contact between the wearable's sensors and the user's skin. The researchers overcame this issue by integrating soft, conductive electrodes into their glasses that can wirelessly monitor the electrical signals.


'Passive' visual stimuli is needed to build sophisticated AI

Daily Mail - Science & tech

'Passive' visual experiences play a key part in our early learning experiences and should be replicated in AI vision systems, according to neuroscientists. Italian researchers argue there are two types of learning – passive and active – and both are crucial in the development of our vision and understanding of the world. Who we become as adults depends on the first years of life from these two types of stimulus – 'passive' observations of the world around us and'active' learning of what we are taught explicitly. In experiments, the scientists demonstrated the importance of the passive experience for the proper functioning of key nerve cells involved in our ability to see. This could lead to direct improvements in new visual rehabilitation therapies or machine learning algorithms employed by artificial vision systems, they claim.


Automatic refill: Driverless prescription delivery is here

ZDNet

A company targeting the nascent driverless urban delivery market is now testing an autonomous prescription delivery service. Nuro, which has been opening up delivery testbeds and was recently awarded a DOT exemption for driverless delivery, has revealed plans along with CVS Pharmacy to test prescription delivery in Houston, Texas, beginning in June. Founded by former Google engineers Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson, Nuro's business model is to deploy a fleet of small, self-driving vans on an as-a-service basis for last-mile urban delivery. According to the company, its pint-sized, battery-powered vans are safer than human-piloted vehicles and will relieve congestion and pollution by taking bigger delivery trucks off crowded city streets. The prescription delivery testbed is a first-of-its-kind rollout in the autonomous delivery space and suggests significant faith in Nuro's identification and security protocols by CVS and the city of Houston.