If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Nvidia deep learning consultant Michelle Gill never imagined herself working in California's robot-crazed tech industry. When she left Nebraska and got a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics at Yale University, she saw herself as more of a scientist who studied life than a technologist prepared to build new creations. It wasn't until she started working at the National Cancer Institute that she first became interested in machine learning. Analyzing medical images with data science opened the door to a whole new world. "A lot of the concepts I had learned in science applied in some way to machine learning," Gill told Newsweek at the Artificial Intelligence & Data Science conference in New York City.
The company has partnered with retailer JD.com for an outdoor robotics initiative, which will use drones for making deliveries, helping in rescue operations and agriculture. While the JDrone will be an autonomous aerial vehicle, the JDrover will be a ground-based drone and will use the Nvidia Jetson platform for embedded artificial intelligence (AI) based navigational intelligence to navigate different terrains. According to Nvidia and JD X, drone deliveries will not only provide the last mile coverage in rural areas affected by poor infrastructure, it will reduce the logistics fees by 70 percent. Also, for the JDrover to ply on the roads, it will need to get knowledge of roads and traffic regulations right and evolve according to usage.
However, the company did not implement the update and in less than a year, it has already started equipping all its vehicles in the production stage, including the Model 3, with the new HW 2.5 hardware, Electrek reported Wednesday. According to the Electrek report, the company has opted for an upgrade as the HW 2.0 was not capable of enabling Level 5 autonomy -- fully autonomous driving with no need of human interference. Tesla's vehicles are based on Nvidia's Drive PX2 platform for autonomous driving. The company is also getting its cars ready for the day it can actually issue an over-the-air software update and enable full autonomy on its vehicles.
Chinese search giant Baidu announced Wednesday it will work with Nvidia on initiatives focused on artificial intelligence. Our collaboration aligns our exceptional technical resources to create AI computing platforms for all developers -- from academic research, startups creating breakthrough AI applications, and autonomous vehicles." In the past, both companies have collaborated on Baidu's Apollo open platform for self-driving and autonomous cars. Baidu's partnership with Nvidia also comes as the search company significantly bolsters its self-driving car research efforts.
Smartphone chipmaker Nvidia has partnered with automotive safety company Autoliv and automotive company Volvo to develop self-driving software and hardware. "This cooperation with NVIDIA places Volvo, Autoliv, and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next generation autonomous driving capabilities and will speed up the development of Volvo's own commercially available autonomous drive cars," Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, stated in the press release Tuesday. The press release further stated the companies will work together to create artificial intelligence-based deep learning solutions for object detection, recognition the anticipation of threats and safe navigation. The self-driven car developed by Nvidia, Volvo, Autoliv, and Zenuity, will use the Nvidia Drive PX2 artificial intelligence based self-driving system which was first showcased at Consumer's Electronic Show (CES) 2016.
The company, which was co-founded by noted machine learning researcher Yoshua Bengio, received its large funding round from firms and sources including Intel Capital and NVIDIA. In a statement announcing the investment, Element AI CEO Jean-François Gagné said the investment round reflects venture confidence in the company's goals. As VentureBeat previously noted, the company received an undisclosed amount in seed investment from Microsoft Ventures late last year. As the CBC noted, Element AI's consulting side has already finished 10 projects for clients that have included using AI to help a Japanese semiconductor company improve its production quality and rates.
It's a big accomplishment for Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG). To match the intuitive skills of human players, programmers taught AlphaGo pattern recognition. The latest version of AlphaGo that beat number-one-ranked Ke Jie is even more impressive than the one that defeated legendary player Lee Sedol last year. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), and Nvidia.
Earnings season rolls on over the coming week, with a few of the most anticipated reports set to be released coming from Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), and Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ:WFM). Disney will announce results for its fiscal second quarter after the market closes on Tuesday. Demitrios Kalogeropoulos owns shares of Walt Disney and Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Nvidia, Walt Disney, and Whole Foods Market.
As a company, NVIDIA might be best known in the graphics card and gaming market, but its latest project and partnership with Mercedes-Benz is a notable departure. At CES 2017, NVIDIA and Mercedes-Benz announced plans to bring a vehicle with Nvidia-powered AI to market by the end of the year. During a keynote with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Mercedes-Benz VP of Digital Vehicle and Mobility Sajjad Khan Sajjad Khan, Jen-Hsun announced the initial stages of the project, which started three years ago. "When our teams came together there was instant chemistry," Jen-Hsun said. "We share a common vision about how AI can change your driving experience and make it more enjoyable."
Nvidia has announced a refresh of its Shield TV streaming and gaming set-top box at CES 2017. The new Nvidia Shield TV delivers better streaming quality, support for Google Assistant as well as better overall performance. The new Nvidia Shield TV now comes with 4K HDR video support. That feature will only be taken advantage of by people who have 4K HDR TVs as well as those subscribed to services that offer that type of streaming quality. Amazon Prime Video and Netflix already have some 4K HDR content, but users will also be able to stream regular 4K content from the likes of YouTube, Vudu and Google Play, as pointed out by Android Authority.