As your Roomba cleans your floors, it's gathering maps of your house

Los Angeles Times

Those intimate maps, the company hopes, could soon be sold as personalized, data-rich products to giant tech companies, seizing a bigger role in the burgeoning market for "smart" devices in the Web-connected household. Angle said the spatial information generated by Roombas would enable connected devices to function better. In IRobot's vision, the Roomba will become a kind of machine mediator, improving other key features of the future connected home, including "music, TV, heat, blinds, stove, coffee machine, fan, gaming console, smart picture frames or robot pet," Angle said. In the future, with your permission, this information will enable the smart home and the devices within it to work better."

Your Roomba could be selling maps of your home to Google, Amazon, and Apple


"There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," said Colin Angle, iRobot's CEO. If the idea of a device spying on your flooring plan -- along with other data about your home -- and then selling that info to companies to help them improve their targeted ads seems particularly creepy to you, that's because, well, it is creepy. The privacy policy indeed states iRobot could share the users' personal data with other companies owned by iRobot, third party vendors and affiliates, the government, and "any company transaction, such as a merger, sale of all or a portion of company assets or shares." However, this is not necessarily personal data as protected under data protection law.

Smart Cities: Utopia or Dystopia?


New electrical technology is driving change, and sophisticated communication infrastructure will lead to even more. Public transportation is a cornerstone of large cities, and strong infrastructure can lead to greater service. Bus routes will become more reliable as real-time location data lets AI-driven systems send out buses where they're needed or hold buses back for greater reliability. Those interested in romance no longer have to head down to the pub to find potential partners when online dating provides great tools for meeting people online and arranging dates.

What Is The Future Of Technology In America?

International Business Times

While consumer protection laws clearly outlaw unfair pricing and require equal employment opportunities, the regulations enforcing these laws are increasingly obsolete and impotent. Politicians of all stripes support creating or increasing competition, preventing price-gouging in communities served by monopoly broadband providers and encouraging companies to provide internet service in remote areas. However, scaling up this approach, called distributed microgeneration, requires an electrical system that enables two-way metering – a smart utility system that credits customers for power generated and charges them for power consumed. The United States spends billions of dollars every year on information technology, and tens of billions more on government-funded research and other grants.

Beyond the Hype: An AI-Driven World Is Still a Long Way Off


A panel of experts at the recent 2017 Wharton Global Forum in Hong Kong outlined their views on the future for artificial intelligence (AI), robots, drones, other tech advances and how it all might affect employment in the future. Their comments came in a panel session titled, "Engineering the Future of Business," with Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett moderating and speakers Pascale Fung, a professor of electronic and computer engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Vijay Kumar, dean of engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and Nicolas Aguzin, Asian-Pacific chairman and CEO for J.P.Morgan. A fundamental problem is that most observers do not realize just how vast an amount of data is needed to operate in the physical world -- ever-increasing amounts, or, as Kumar calls it -- "exponential" amounts. "To have electric power and motors and batteries to power drones that can lift people in the air -- I think this is a pipe dream.

Stanford built a '4D' camera for cars, robots and VR


It relies on light field photography for the additional info to make its results four dimensional. As a result, the team's robot eye has the ability to refocus images after they're taken, which is light field photography's most popular feature. That small device can adjust the focus of an image, because it also uses light field imaging tech. A rugged robot can use its light field features to refocus images as it makes its way through the rain.

Improving the Realism of Synthetic Images - Apple


If so, we could just generate a bunch of synthetic images, capture real images of eyes, and without labeling any real images at all, learn this mapping--making the method cheap and easy to apply in practice. We first train the refiner network with only self-regularization loss, and introduce the adversarial loss after the refiner network starts producing blurry versions of the input synthetic images. The absolute difference between the estimated pupil center of synthetic and corresponding refined image is quite small: 1.1 /- 0.8px (eye width 55px). The absolute difference between the estimated pupil center of synthetic and corresponding refined image is quite small: 1.1 plus or minus 0.8 px (eye width fifty 5 px).

How AI Is Crunching Big Data To Improve Healthcare Outcomes


Machine support, patient information from medical records and conversations with doctors are combined with the latest medical literature to help form a diagnosis without detracting from doctor-patient relations. By utilizing deep learning algorithms and software, healthcare providers can connect various libraries of medical information and scan databases of medical records, spotting patterns that lead to more accurate detection and greater breadth of efficiency in medical diagnosis and research. IBM Watson, which has previously been used to help identify genetic markers and develop drugs, is applying its neural learning networks to help doctors correctly diagnose heart abnormalities from medical imaging tests. Powered by Baidu's deep learning and natural language processing networks, Melody improves her communication and diagnostic skills by learning from conversations with Baidu's hundreds of millions of users.

CrowdFlower expands to help companies implement machine learning


CrowdFlower, a company that helps customers build AI systems by providing them with training data, announced today that it's getting into the business of helping companies implement machine learning. It could help existing customers get unstuck with a system that isn't working, assist businesses that have already implemented one machine learning system get started with something completely new, and also get brand new customers started with implementing AI. This doesn't mean that CrowdFlower is abandoning its work providing companies with training data -- quite the contrary. Monica Rogati and Adrian Weller -- both veterans of the machine learning ecosystem -- will give CrowdFlower input on its technology and product strategy, as well as advising the company on developments in the AI ecosystem at large.

How AI will teach us to have more empathy


Some day, AI will become more proactive, assistive, and much smarter. It could help us in our personal lives with family members and friends. But I also see a major advantage in having an AI work a bit like a GPS. This AI won't provide a constant stream of information; instead it will offer the right amount -- the amount it knows we need to reduce stress or understand people on a deeper level.