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Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai - Reuters

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Technology news website The Information reported earlier this month that the iPhone maker was considering acquiring the firm as a move to bring aboard some of its engineering talent to boost Apple's own self-driving efforts. One of hundreds of startups pursuing autonomous vehicles, Drive.ai had been running a small fleet of test shuttles in Texas, The Information reported. But the startup told California regulators that it plans to lay off 90 people in a permanent closure. The San Francisco Chronicle earlier reported the closure. In Silicon Valley, it is common for larger companies to acquire struggling startups primarily to hire their engineers, a move known in the industry as an "acqui-hire."


Artificial intelligence -The One Big Investor Trend of 2019 and Beyond

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Artificial intelligence is an enormous investment possibility since its influence has already been felt, and is only set to keep expanding. Every year seems to have some exciting trends or hot segments to invest in, and analysts believe this year has its picks too. In fact, these trends have been building up in the previous years to become potentially major trends in 2019. The segments making much of the news and building excitement are artificial intelligence (AI) in the technology sector, electric vehicles (EVs) in the automotive sector and cannabis in the healthcare sector. Motley Fool analyst Chris Neiger reckons there isn't much point in holding off from these trends for long.


What does digital transformation really mean?

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We hear the term "digital transformation" all the time, and probably too often in my humble opinion. But what does it really mean and why does it appear to be a never-ending struggle that permeates our existence? Is it a task condemning us to repeat pushing a digital boulder up a mountain like Sisyphus, only to see it roll down and start all over again? Digital transformation is a term used by many and understood by few. So, in my usual manner (I am consistent if nothing else) I will also include another less used, but possible more descriptive term - digital disruption.


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.


A Guide to Using AI for Marketing

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As technology increases, so do the tools that we as marketers have at our disposal. One of the more recent developments, artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception. While most just hear AI and think of self-driving cars or sentient robots, this is an area of science that we can use to help us be more effective as marketers. AI is the method of using machine learning to mimic human intelligence, patterns and tendencies. Computers use algorithms and historical data to determine how to respond to certain actions.


A Guide to Using AI for Marketing

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As technology increases, so do the tools that we as marketers have at our disposal. One of the more recent developments, artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception. While most just hear AI and think of self-driving cars or sentient robots, this is an area of science that we can use to help us be more effective as marketers. AI is the method of using machine learning to mimic human intelligence, patterns and tendencies. Computers use algorithms and historical data to determine how to respond to certain actions.


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.


Neural network vaccinations protect against hacking

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A programming technique that works on the same principle as disease-preventing vaccinations could safeguard machine learning systems from malicious cyber-attacks. The technique was developed by the digital specialist arm of Australia's national science agency, the CSIRO, and presented recently at an international conference on machine learning, held in Long Beach, California, US. Machine learning systems, or neural networks, are becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society, where they are pressed into service across a wide range of areas, including traffic management, medical diagnosis, and agriculture. They are also critical components in autonomous vehicles. They operate from an initial training phase, in which they are fed tens of thousands of possible iterations of a given task.


Ford's Argo AI will release its HD maps for free to autonomy researchers

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It's not like academic researchers have the time or money to command a fleet of self-driving mapping vehicles, which is why Argoverse is so important to that community. A self-driving car is only as good as its maps. Automakers around the world have made efforts to create high-definition maps of as many roads as possible as they ramp up AV development, so that their cars can have the best idea possible of the surrounding world. But while most groups don't seem too keen on the idea of giving those maps away, Ford's Argo AI is taking a different approach. Argo AI announced on Wednesday that it has created a public repository for its self-driving-car development data, including high-definition maps.


How to Build Ethical Artificial Intelligence

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The field of artificial intelligence is exploding with projects such as IBM Watson, DeepMind's AlphaZero, and voice recognition used in virtual assistants including Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and Google's Home Assistant. Because of the increasing impact of AI on people's lives, concern is growing about how to take a sound ethical approach to future developments. Building ethical artificial intelligence requires both a moral approach to building AI systems and a plan for making AI systems themselves ethical. For example, developers of self-driving cars should be considering their social consequences including ensuring that the cars themselves are capable of making ethical decisions. Here are some major issues that need to be considered.