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Ethical AI. What does it mean? Why is it important? Why is it so difficult to do?

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Young people increasingly live in a world transformed by artificial intelligence and those who understand and leverage it will live richer and more fulfilling lives. This article provides a framework and an interactive experiment for teachers and parents to begin having a conversation about ethical AI. You can learn more by clicking on any of the links for additional context and information. Ethical AI is composed of two words, ethical and AI. Ethics means the moral principles that govern the behavior and actions of a group or individual.


How Does Social Media Use Artificial Intelligence?

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As technology develops, AI is making its way into every aspect of our lives. From self-driving cars, Alexa, Google Home and even traffic cameras – AI is everywhere! And as people are beginning to recognise its presence as well as its usage of our data, they're asking how else it is infiltrating their lives. And one part of our lives in which its role is quite significant is social media. It's helping our technology and our social platforms to become more intelligent; using our details and behaviour to become more individualised and give the user the best experience.


Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

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Huawei is also now the world's largest supplier of smartphones, surpassing Samsung Electronics Co. Qualcomm also announced a super-fast charging platform this week for Android devices that is supposed to charge a battery to 50% full in 5 minutes, and 100% full in 15 minutes. Xilinx wants to help drive open, interoperable, and adaptable Radio Access Network (RAN) 5G technologies. The company this week joined the Open RAN Policy Coalition, an organization that advocates for open and interoperable solutions in RAN. Xilinx is already a member of O-RAN alliance and is a contributor to the 3GPP specifications for 5G mobile networks. Xilinx offers silicon that supports multiple standards, bands, carriers and sub-networks for Open RAN, the company said in its press release.


Look, Hal, No Hands! Robotaxis Rolled Out in Suburban Shanghai

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The computer system housed in the trunk quickly processes information gathered by a fast-spinning sensor atop the vehicle, calculating how many pedestrians are nearby and predicting which lane the car in front will shift into. This unmanned car is among the first self-driving taxis -- or robotaxis -- permitted to carry passengers on the open roads of Shanghai, part of a pilot program from China's dominant ride-hailing platform, Didi Chuxing. Since Saturday, users of Didi's app aged 18 to 70 have been able to sign up for a free test drive. Wang Mingze, a Didi spokesperson, told Sixth Tone that so far, over 10,000 people have requested test drives. "The line is pretty long," he said. "People will have to wait a few days before their turn comes up."


Baidu completes its computer for self-driving cars

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Baidu is on the cusp of making self-driving cars more practical. The Chinese tech giant has revealed that its Apollo Computing Unit, billed as the "world's first production-ready" autonomous driving computer, is ready for use on the streets. It's an unassuming box (see below), but it can handle massive amounts of data from five cameras and 12 ultrasonic radars. It's based on Xilinx processors and boasts microcontrollers from chip maker Infineon. You'll see the ACU in use quickly. It will power Apollo Valet Parking, a team-up with WM Motor that will automatically pick you up and otherwise streamline valet service without requiring drivers.


Computer Vision: Python OCR & Object Detection Quick Starter

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This is the third course from my Computer Vision series. Image Recognition, Object Detection, Object Recognition and also Optical Character Recognition are among the most used applications of Computer Vision. Using these techniques, the computer will be able to recognize and classify either the whole image, or multiple objects inside a single image predicting the class of the objects with the percentage accuracy score. Using OCR, it can also recognize and convert text in the images to machine readable format like text or a document. Object Detection and Object Recognition is widely used in many simple applications and also complex ones like self driving cars.


Amazon's Zoox Acquisition– Is LiDAR Next?

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Amazon's recent offer to acquire Zoox places them squarely in the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) space, competing with the likes of Waymo, Tesla and others for movement automation of people and goods. As a reminder, Zoox is the San Francisco, California based company with a breathtakingly bold vision – to develop purpose-made autonomous electric vehicles for ride-hailing, and deliver services to consumers through this platform. Executing this vision means competing on multiple fronts with big players- automotive OEMs (designing and building cars), tech companies like Google (who has spent a decade and a fortune to develop the Autonomous Vehicle Driving System or AVS), and ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft LYFT . To date, Zoox has raised $1B and hired close to 1000 people, but without any revenues, they probably need 10X the investment. A recent article covers the details of the Zoox acquisition, and posits that an important driver was Zoox's expertise in computer vision.


Artificial intelligence to achieve Sustainable Development

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Technological innovation plays a decisive role in the evolution of changes towards a new model that involves improving development, without leaving anyone behind, and with the focus on avoiding inequality and injustice, ensuring better protection of the environment. These are broadly the foundations of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Technology with its multiplier effect can accelerate the achievement of objectives and goals. There are four technologies (based on AI) that allow addressing the five basic elements on which the 2030 Agenda is structured: people, prosperity, planet, peace and alliances. The interconnection of the five pillars of the 2030 Agenda and with four technological blocks that pivot on the Internet of Things (IoT), Automation, the Analysis of large volumes of data (Big Data) and Advanced Robotics is essential so that the developed world that we know is in balance and the current imbalances are corrected.


Amazon's Zoox Acquisition– Is LiDAR Next?

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Amazon's recent offer to acquire Zoox places them squarely in the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) space, competing with the likes of Waymo, Tesla and others for movement automation of people and goods. As a reminder, Zoox is the San Francisco, California based company with a breathtakingly bold vision – to develop purpose-made autonomous electric vehicles for ride-hailing, and deliver services to consumers through this platform. Executing this vision means competing on multiple fronts with big players- automotive OEMs (designing and building cars), tech companies like Google (who has spent a decade and a fortune to develop the Autonomous Vehicle Driving System or AVS), and ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft LYFT. To date, Zoox has raised $1B and hired close to 1000 people, but without any revenues, they probably need 10X the investment. A recent article covers the details of the Zoox acquisition, and posits that an important driver was Zoox's expertise in computer vision.


Full Innovation Story: Collaboration between Marketing, IT and Engineering

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"Innovation" is a word that says everything. Yet, it means nothing without any insights behind it. Companies use the term constantly to appear forward-thinking. However, by falling back on this vague and overused vernacular, they can fail to identify what makes them new and exciting. This means that as marketing budgets grow in size and importance, companies must become better innovation storytellers.