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Revealed: how popular autonomous vehicles are in the UAE

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Nearly half of UAE residents are likely to own a self-driving car in the next five years if it are available to them, according to a new survey. The poll by YouGov also showed that close to a quarter (23 percent) are unlikely to do so and an equal proportion is unsure. It said men are more inclined to own an autonomous car in the future than women, with 53 percent of males expressing interest compared to 42 percent of females respondents. Among the various age-groups, people in their thirties (52 percent) are more likely than those under 30 (47 percent) and those aged 40 and above (48 percent) to possess one. When it comes to safety, YouGov's research showed that 43 percent feel driverless cars are safer than human-driven cars, 27 percent think they are less safe while 17 percent say they are just about the same.


Human beings are unable to connect with artificial intelligence: Pranav Mistry - ETtech

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Neon, the artificial human prototype conceptualized by computer scientist and inventor Pranav Mistry, created waves recently. The President and CEO of Samsung's STAR Labs told ET in an exclusive interview that he created Neon because human beings are unable to connect with artificial intelligence (AI) assistants such as Apple's Siri. The Palanpur (Gujarat)-born Mistry, considered one of the best innovative minds in the world right now, said Neon will be a companion to the elderly and to those who are lonely and could even work as fashion models or news anchors. The 38-year-old also spoke about the dangers posed by AI,echoing Google parent Alphabet Inc's chief Sundar Pichai who recently called upon governments to regulate AI. Edited Excerpts: When you started thinking about Neon, what was the problem you were trying to solve?


GPS system upgrade utilizes AI to make sure you're in the right lane

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In-car satnav systems and mobile mapping apps have made it much easier to travel from one place to another without getting lost, but a new innovation promises to help fix a remaining pain point – getting in the right lane at intersections. Today's mapping apps aren't always much help if you're at an unfamiliar intersection and aren't sure exactly where on the road your car is supposed to be: the apps often don't have the detail or the knowledge to warn you in good time about changing lanes. The system developed by researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute uses satellite imagery to augment existing mapping data, but the smart part is applying artificial intelligence to work out the layout of roads hidden by trees and buildings. It's called RoadTagger, and by deploying machine learning on satellite imagery, the system is able to figure out with a high degree of accuracy some extra details on roads – including, for example, how many lanes they have. That could give drivers an early warning about diverging or merging lanes.


Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Signs a collaboration agreement

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He praised the efforts of the academic and administrative staff, whose efforts were instrumental to the growth and development of the university; which is not only a testament to French-Emirati relations, but is also responsible for more than 2000 graduates who have entered the local workforce. He concluded, "We have collectively taken a giant leap in the direction of progress and development and hope to march on with the design of new programs and initiatives that are fully in line with the national strategy of the UAE." Professor Chambaz commented,"This agreement is the first of many educational and research programmes at Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence and we welcome Total and Thales Group as the key stakeholders in this innovative venture. The aim of cooperating with partners from the UAE and France is to support research in the field, create knowledge, and to integrate artificial intelligence into the sustainable development initiatives of the UAE." Mr. Christophe Sassolas, President Total E&P UAE and Total Country Chair in the UAE added "By bringing the Sorbonne's best researchers and Total use cases in close vicinity with Abu Dhabi ecosystem of research institutions and industry, we are contributing to define the future of Artificial Intelligence in the energy sector. We are proud to bring this opportunity for the next generation of UAE talents!"


New Deepfake Method Can Put Words In Anyone's Mouth

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A woman looks at the camera and says, "Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another." Then, she says, "Knowledge is virtue." The same person, with the same voice, says two conflicting statements--but she only said the first in real life. The second statement is the work of an AI system that took audio of her speech and turned it into a video. Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition in China, and artificial intelligence software company SenseTime developed the method for creating deepfakes from audio sources.


New Deepfake Method Can Put Words In Anyone's Mouth

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A woman looks at the camera and says, "Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another." Then, she says, "Knowledge is virtue." The same person, with the same voice, says two conflicting statements--but she only said the first in real life. The second statement is the work of an AI system that took audio of her speech and turned it into a video. Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition in China, and artificial intelligence software company SenseTime developed the method for creating deepfakes from audio sources.


SHIELDHQ India's No.1 Machine Learning

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Here, we have expertise in creating multi-platform mobile app solutions for both Android and iOS devices. Using PhoneGap, Xamarin and React Native, we offer custom app development that runs smoothly on multiple platforms.


How artificial intelligence provided early warnings of the Wuhan virus

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During the kind of virus outbreak that China and other nations are now contending with, time is of the essence. The earlier the warning, the better the chance to contain the contagion. One problem, though, is that governments are sometimes reticent to share information. Such was the case in 2002 and 2003, when Chinese authorities were accused of covering up the SARS epidemic that eventually claimed over 740 lives around the world. With the current outbreak, involving a coronavirus that originated in Wuhan and has so far taken over 40 lives, the Chinese government is being more transparent, as Germany's health minister noted to Bloomberg yesterday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.


World AI Show - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (WAIS)

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World AI Show - Kuala Lumpur will be Malaysia's biggest confluence of Tech, Partnerships and go-to-market strategies. The potential of Artificial Intelligence is far from being fully exploited thus making now the best time for Malaysia to sprint to the front of the race. WAIS is an unprecedented opportunity that pushes an agenda of #AIForAll Malaysians as we bring AI which is affordable for businesses across. This event is Co-Located with the World Blockchain Summit (23-24 March 2020). World AI Show is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events taking place in strategic locations across the world.


EmotionCues: AI Knows Whether Students Are Paying Attention

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Facial recognition technology was introduced in the 1960s, languished through the AI winter, and in recent years has taken off -- boosted by increasingly powerful deep neural networks. Facial recognition has been applied in Face ID device unlocking functions, public security services, smart payment systems and more. During Taylor Swift's 2018 "Reputation" tour, the American singer-songwriter's security team utilized the tech to safeguard her from stalkers. Now, a research team from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Harbin Engineering University has adopted facial recognition technology to analyze students' emotions in the classroom through a visual analytics system called "EmotionCues." Paper co-author Huamin Qu says the system "provides teachers with a quick and convenient measure of students' engagement level in a class. Knowing whether the lectures are too hard and when students get bored can help improve teaching."