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How AI can make your customer journey magical

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A few years ago it may have been the first time you used Uber and watched as your car made its way to you. Perhaps it was the first time Netflix recommended a movie that was just what you were looking for at that moment. More recently, it may have been the first time Nest automatically adjusted your home heating when you went on vacation, or when Alexa turned on your lights on command when you returned home. All these "first time" experiences share two things in common. On one hand, they are moments of surprise, delight and magic, creating first-mover emotional bonds between consumers and brands.


5 essential tech options for your new car

FOX News

A car is never just a car. Yes, there's the engine, windshield, and axle; these parts have been fundamental to cars since they were known as "horseless carriages." But the modern automobile is heavily computerized, with oxygen sensors, a stability controller, a powertrain module, and a vast network of other functions. Now, cars are more sophisticated than ever: Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, and zoned temperature controls are standard features in 2018 models. Too many people don't think about the vast amount of data collection that happens.


5 essential tech options for your new car

USATODAY

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both come standard on the 2018 Crosstrek (Photo: Reviewed.com A car is never just a car. Yes, there's the engine, windshield, and axle; these parts have been fundamental to cars since they were known as "horseless carriages." But the modern automobile is heavily computerized, with oxygen sensors, a stability controller, a powertrain module, and a vast network of other functions. Now, cars are more sophisticated than ever: Bluetooth, rear-view cameras, and zoned temperature controls are standard features in 2018 models.


Groupe PSA and Inria create an OpenLab dedicated to artificial intelligence - Automotive World

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Groupe PSA and Inria today announced the creation of an OpenLab dedicated to artificial intelligence. The studied areas will include autonomous and intelligent vehicles, mobility services, manufacturing, design development tools, the design itslelf and digital marketing as well as quality and finance. "Artificial intelligence will quickly become an efficiency factor for the group. The OpenLab will work on artificial intelligence algorithms enabling autonomous vehicles to drive in complex environments for example. It will also work on predictive maintenance, powertrain design optimisation and the modelling of complex systems such as cities, to offer mobility services adapted to people's needs" said Carla Gohin, Groupe PSA's Vice President for Research and Advanced Engineering.


Smartphone sensors could read your fingerprint from anywhere on screen

Daily Mail

However, these all-screen designs present designers with a challenge – where to place the fingerprint scanner button, a vital security measure in modern handsets. With its all-screen iPhone X, Apple dropped the scanner entirely in favour of its facial recognition solution, dubbed FaceID. Meanwhile, rival OnePlus relocated the fingerprint sensor to the back of the handset when it moved to an all-screen design. Researchers now believe they have an ideal solution for phone manufacturers, thanks to a new technology that transforms the entire display into one giant sensor. They say the results match up to the standards for fingerprint recognition set by the FBI and the technology could hit the market within the next 12 months.


Waymo names Ex-Netflix, Cruise Automation executive as chief people officer

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Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has hired former Netflix and Cruise Automation executive Tawni Nazario-Cranz as its chief people officer. Nazario-Cranz will be responsible for hiring workers, shaping the company's culture, and diversity initiatives. She will report directly to Waymo CEO John Krafick. The executive comes with a long background in human resources, including a 10-year stint at Netflix, Bausch & Lomb and FedEd Kinko's. She was most recently Cruise, GM's self-driving unit, a position she held for eight months before leaving in April, according to her LinkedIn profile.


Here’s the fundamental flaw with self-driving cars: Humans

Mashable

The safety driver in a self-driving Uber was not being very safe -- aka, not paying attention -- when the vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman in an Arizona city earlier this year, police records show. Included in a massive Tempe Police Department report this week were details about the March 18 fatal crash. The 318-page report found that Rafaela Vasquez, the 44-year-old driver, was frequently looking down and even smiling and laughing at what appears to be a cellphone streaming an episode of the talent search show, The Voice. In the moments before the test vehicle hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a Tempe, Arizona, road, the test driver, Vasquez, was apparently streaming the TV show through Hulu. A video of the moments before the crash shows Vasquez looking toward her right knee while occasionally looking up and around.


The 10 Biggest Artificial Intelligence Startups in The World - Nanalyze

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The world's most powerful person used to be Vladimir Putin. This year he was defeated by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, according to the Forbes ranking of powerful people who make you question what you've been doing with your life so far. It's safe to say that Mr. Putin knows plenty about power, and he believes that advances in artificial intelligence (AI) will not only change the world as we know it, but the global balance of power as well. It looks like other world leaders agree, with China and the US fighting for AI supremacy and the EU scrambling to catch up. Real growth is fueled by cold hard cash, so we've put together a list of the 10 biggest artificial intelligence startups in the world by funding.


Scott Amyx Speaking on La Belle Époque of AI in Helsinki, Finland

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The Belle Epoque or the Golden Age also known as the Beautiful Era from 1871 to 1914 before the outbreak of WWI marked a period of economic prosperity and the zenith of technological and scientific innovations. It was during this time that the architectural feat -- Eiffel Tower was built to as a grand entrance to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. This period ushered in great technological advancements from automobile, scooter, moped, electric light, cinematography and motion pictures. On life sciences, bacteriology flourished. Louis Pasteur developed pasteurisation and a rabies vaccine. Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie developed the theory of radioactivity, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes and the discovery of new elements -- polonium and radium.


Are Self-Driving Cars Really Safer Than Human Drivers?

Slate

They also discuss the futuristic news out of Google's annual developer conference, including an A.I. that can hold a conversation and book you a dinner reservation.