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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.


Choosing Augmentation Over Automation in AI Transforming Data with Intelligence

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On the AI journey, automation is often the default, depopulated destination. We must consciously choose to empower humans via augmentation. "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed. Donald Trump's tweet, a hasty response to the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, offers a typically visceral response to computerization when it is perceived to cause a catastrophe. Unfortunately, it ignores the subtle issues surrounding the adoption of technology to both support and replace human involvement in decision making. Early investigations into the cause of this and an earlier crash point to complex, computerized flight-control software -- the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) -- introduced on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to correct the angle of attack of the aircraft if it becomes too steep under certain flying conditions. A single source -- faulty sensor data -- has been blamed for the crashes. However, the algorithm also considers ...


A new set of images that fool AI could help make it more hacker-proof

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Artificial intelligence is great at identifying objects in images, but it's still pretty easy to mess it up. Add a few choice strokes or layer in some static noise invisible to the human eye, and you can throw off an image recognition system, sometimes to deadly effect. Adding stickers to a stop sign can make a self-driving car believe the sign is posting a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit, for example, while adding them to a road can make a Tesla swerve into the oncoming traffic lane. You win some, you lose some.)


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

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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.


Essential Skills For The Technology-Powered Future Of Work

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We're all familiar with today's commentary about how AI and robotics will change the work landscape. According to many, in just a few years' time we all will be passengers in driverless cars, and our packages will be delivered to our doorsteps by drones -- and we'll be elbowing robots out of the way to scrape together a living. My guess is that while many jobs will change, and some elements may be automated, they won't disappear. Technology -- whether AI, machine learning or robotics -- will help us be more efficient. Technology will take over certain menial and minor tasks and allow us to concentrate on what only we as humans can do best: innovate.


Transforming cruising with AI – you won't believe it!

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If you want a glimpse of the future, spend a minute with Joey Hasty – because he's got it in the palm of his hand. "Come here, take a look," he says, pulling a phone out of his pocket. With a few brisk finger taps, the affable associate vice president of innovation and transformation at Royal Caribbean, 45, calls up on his phone the image of the brightly lit, wood-paneled office where he's holding court, and marks a spot on the screen. "This is Richard Fain, our CEO; I'm going to just place Richard right in front of us," he explains. Within a heartbeat, a new person fills the visual reproduction of the room – this one, holding a 3D model of a massive ship.


Global Big Data Conference

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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.